When it comes to getting glowing skin, it's easy to pile on all the makeup products in the world. But if you don't treat your skin at its core, you won't ever achieve a natural radiance that makes you look healthy and flawless.
Achieving a luminous complexion partly comes from using the right skincare and makeup, and partly from taking care of your inner you. Changing lifestyle habits, beauty routines and exercise plans are some of the easiest ways to improve your skin's condition. Plus, you will be left with boundless energy and feeling a lot calmer, happier and less stressed.
What are the 10 Best Ways to get Glowing Skin?
- Drink Water
- Do a Facial Massage
- Get Beauty Sleep
- Double Cleanse
- Eat your Vitamins
- Use a Face Mask
- Do Exercise
- Use Self-Tan
- Use a Dewy Foundation
This one is an age-old piece of advice, but today, there's lots of different products to choose from to help you exfoliate for your skin type. Whichever one you choose, make sure it forms an essential and regular part of your skincare routine. You can't expect to have glowing skin without first removing the dulling debris on its surface.
There are 2 different types of exfoliant: chemical and physical. Each one helps to buff away dead skin cells, but they work in 2 different ways.
- Chemical exfoliants work by using a blend of Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, which dissolve away dirt, oil and impurities.
- Physical exfoliants use small grains that when rubbed into the skin, manually remove dirt and grime.
While both methods are great, we tend to choose physical exfoliants to up-keep our healthy skin, and chemical exfoliants when we want a deeper clean.
Neutrogena's Daily Exfoliator is the ideal physical option, and feel gentle enough on the skin to not cause irritation. For an overnight and more powerful treatment, choose Pixi's Overnight Glow Serum. It contains 10% Glycolic Acid to eliminate pore-clogging bacteria.
Neutrogena Refreshingly Clear Daily Exfoliator 150ml4.8 Stars 10 Reviews£4.99
PIXI Overnight Glow Serum4.56 Stars 9 Reviews£26.00
Water is perhaps the most important and glow-inducing ingredient for your skin. If you don't keep your cells hydrated, they won't be healthy, and you will have a very dull and fatigued complexion.
Drinking at least 2 litres of water a day will not only help to keep your skin moisturised, but will also flush out toxins from your system so they don't build up in your cells.
If you don't like drinking plain water, try a fruit infusion. You can use different fruits, such as Strawberries, Lemons and Apples, which all add flavour without any nasty ingredients. Plus, the vitamins and antioxidants from these fruits are brilliant for your skin too.
Do a Facial Massage
If you suffer from the occasional breakout, dullness or skin fatigue, it could be that your circulation is poor and toxins are building up in your skin’s cells.
A facial massage helps to encourage circulation and lymphatic drainage, so that these pollutants in the skin are removed. Once they are flushed out of your skin, you will notice an improvement in its appearance, as it will look a lot healthier and more luminous.
Facial massages can also help to relieve sore and stressed out areas on your face, reducing tension headaches, under-eye puffiness and congestion. If you have sinus problems, and suffer from blocked noses, streaming eyes and sore temples, try massaging all round your face and you will notice a considerable difference in how you feel in only a matter of days.
Get Beauty Sleep
Alongside water, sleep is an absolute beauty essential. When you don't get enough sleep, it shows up in your skin, your mood and your mental energy.
While you sleep, your skin works to repair itself. So, if you are suffering from breakouts, dehydration or dullness, it's during the night that your skin will revive and rejuvenate.
Try incorporating overnight beauty treatments into your regime to help the process along and keep your complexion glowing. One of our favourites is the Darphin Ideal Resource Overnight Cream, which works in synergy with your cells to support them as you sleep. It also removes surface dead skin cells so you awake looking fresh and bright.
If you do suffer from restless nights and struggle to get some shut-eye, try using a sleep remedy, such as a pillow spray. The This Works Pillow Spray contains Lavender, Vetivert and Chamomile, to soothe anxiety and tension and help you drift off to sleep easily.
Darphin Ideal Resource Overnight Cream5 Stars 1 Reviews£62.00
this works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (75ml)4.56 Stars 185 Reviews£19.50
Cleansing is a clear way to beautiful skin. Not only does it help to remove the makeup from the day, but it also removes all dirt, oil and impurities so your skin can actually repair itself overnight. That is of course, when you double cleanse.
A single cleanse unfortunately just isn't strong enough to remove all the grime from your skin. Using an oil-based cleanser to start will attract all the oil from your skin, and then your second cleanse can be used to actually deep clean your pores.
Try Clinique's Take the Day off Cleansing Balm as your first cleanse. Its balmy formula melts into the skin upon application to dissolve all makeup and dirt on your skin. Plus, its fragrance free formula is suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types. Then, go in with the Lancôme Miel En Mousse Cleanser, which transforms into a velvet like foam to deep cleanse.
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm 125ml4.72 Stars 199 Reviews£25.00
Lancôme Miel En Mousse Cleanser 200ml5 Stars 8 Reviews£25.00
Eat your Vitamins
Eating vitamin-rich foods, including vegetables and fruits is a sure-fire way of improving the health of your skin and the appearance of your complexion.
Try adding in foods like Salmon and Tuna, which are rich in Omega Fatty Acids to keep the skin hydrated and moisturised, while Watermelon and Cucumber are brimming with water and antioxidants to keep your skin protected against environmental aggressors.
Read more about our 3 favourite recipes and ingredients for glowing skin on our blog.
Use a Face Mask
If you are suffering from a dulling complexion that needs an instant pick-me-up, a face mask is a quick way to solve it.
Look out for words like radiance, detox and charcoal; all of which usually correlate to masks that either infuse the skin with hydration, or decongest it to remove the dead skin that could be causing the dullness.
Bobbi Brown's Radiance Boost Face Mask is an exfoliating treatment, which contains Walnut Grains and Kaolin Clay to unclog blocked pores and remove dulling debris on the skin. It's perfect to use just before a big event as it will immediately improve luminosity, without causing redness or irritation.
If you do have oilier skin that needs shine control and decongesting, try the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. Charcoal acts like a magnet, which pulls dirt and impurities out of the pores to leave the complexion looking smoother, brighter and more refined.
Bobbi Brown Radiance Boost Mask 75ml4.5 Stars 2 Reviews£35.00
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores 75ml3.75 Stars 8 Reviews£20.40
Exercise is such an easy way to get glowing skin as the increase in heart rate pushes blood around the body and encourages the removal of toxins.
By doing just 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week, you will soon notice an improvement in the health of your complexion, as well as in your overall mood and energy levels too.
Read more on our blog about an energising morning routine, and a wind-down yoga routine to help improve your exercise life.
Use Self Tan
An easy and quick way to get your skin glowing is to use self tan and products containing bronzing ingredients.
Warming up your skin not only helps to reduce the appearance of pigmentation and blemishes, but it also adds a lovely luminosity to your complexion. We love to use quick and easy self tan products, such as the ELEMIS Total Glow Bronzing Moisturiser. It has been specially formulated for the face, which means it won't clog pores or break you out, but instead builds up a gorgeous golden glow in just 3 days.
For something even more express, try the St. Tropez Sheet Mask. Although the mask works up to 8 hours after removing it, it immediately gives the skin a dewy glow after just 5 minutes, which means you can pop on a little makeup and head out for the day.
Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Moisturiser 50ml4 Stars 3 Reviews£34.00
St. Tropez Express Sheet Mask4 Stars 1 Reviews£8.00
Use a Dewy Foundation
When all else fails, you've had a bad night's sleep and you feel absolutely exhausted, grab the most glow-inducing foundation you can find and blend in.
Sometimes, you just need the quickest product to get you glowing, and a dewy face base will mask all your dull complexion worries. Try the Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Foundation; it feels incredibly lightweight on the skin yet has one of the best radiance formulations we have tried.
If you have oily skin and still need a powder to set, choose a light-reflecting one such as the NARS Setting Powder. It has Photochromic Technology, which diffuses and reflects the light to make your complexion appear luminous, perfected and shine-free.