Everybody has a different version of what radiant skin looks like in their own head, and that’s because everyone has different skin and skin concerns. Generally speaking, radiant skin is dewy, clear, healthy, and has a certain “glow” factor that’s hard to capture in a bottle. That’s because one product or treatment doesn’t have the power to give you consistently radiant skin — instead, it comes from a commitment to taking care of your skin and sticking to a few key tips and rules.
Whether you have a big day coming up and you’re looking to shine all night long or you want a little extra confidence going foundation free on a daily, there are a few things you can do to bring the glow into your skin. Of course, everyone is different, so no one product or method will work for everyone. The best way to formulate skincare for you is to pay attention to your specific concerns and adjust accordingly.
1. Keep a Consistent Routine
There’s a saying that goes, “the best skincare routine is the one you use.” This has much more truth to it than meets the eye. In order for skin to glow and find its total radiant bliss, it needs constant routine and nourishment. A minimal three-step routine that you always do without fail morning and night is much better than a fancy seven-step routine that you constantly skip out on.
This also means that constantly overhauling your routine and switching out products left and right might freak your skin out. Your skin needs time to adjust and thrives on consistency. Sometimes, simple is better.
4. Customize Your System
The same products aren’t going to work for everyone. Just like using your friend’s shampoo won’t give you her curls, using your friend’s face wash won’t always give you her blemish-free complexion. Most people have either oily, dry or combination skin — some people have “normal” skin, which usually leans towards one of those types — and figuring out your skin type will be the key in determining what kinds of products you use. While people with oily skin may benefit from more lightweight formulas that lock in moisture, people with dry skin will probably get better results out of thicker, creamier products.
In addition to your skin type, it’s important to pay some mind to your specific skin concerns. Whether you’re trying to prevent breakouts, dark circles, or aging, you can get a boost in your goals by finding a serum or other product with ingredients specifically designed to combat whatever issue you’re facing.
3. See a Professional
Sometimes, a regular skincare maintenance practice is best rounded out by routine visits to a professional for specialized treatments that you can’t do yourself. Whether you see a dermatologist, esthetician, or another skincare professional, they have the training, equipment, and knowledge that you might not. Especially if you’re looking to find some radiance and glow before a big event, it can be good to start the process with a professional even a full year before the big day. That way, you’ll have time for chemical peels, fillers, and other larger treatments to settle in.
4. Use Sun Protection
There’s an age-old myth that laying out in the sun and getting a golden tan will make you glow to the heavens, but this is actually the opposite of true. Direct exposure to the sun without proper protection can cause damage over time, including skin cancer, hyperpigmentation, discoloration, and premature aging — which is why an SPF should always be the last step of your daytime skincare routine, no matter how much you can naturally tan.
There are many different kinds of sunscreens you can choose from. While physical blockers directly reflect UVA and UVB rays, chemical blockers sink into the skin and protect from within. While most professionals stand by physical blockers as the best option, any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen at all.
5. Always Moisturize
Yes, even if you have oily skin. In short, everyone needs to moisturize because skin is designed to lose moisture regardless of your skin type. In fact, your skin type is merely a manifestation of the way your skin reacts to the loss of moisture — this is called trans epidermal water loss, which is when the skin’s moisture barrier can’t keep in moisture and water to properly hydrate.
While some people have skin that overproduces oils to compensate for transepidermal water loss, others have skin that simply dries out. This means that even though your type of moisturizer might vary based on your skin type, it will work towards the same goal — locking in moisture. By locking moisture into your skin and aiding in its natural hydration, you’ll find a more dewy and radiant look.
6. Use Beauty Tools
There are all kinds of beauty tools out there, from face rollers to massagers to gua sha tools. While their benefits haven’t been exactly proven, many see results when using them to tone, sculpt, tighten and boost circulation in the skin. If you’re looking for an even tone and smooth finish, try out one of these tools a few times a week. If you’re dealing with redness, puffiness, breakouts, and irritation, you can keep your tool in the fridge or freezer for a soothing, cooling sensation.
Glow Like That
Getting your skin to a glowing, radiant, and flawless finish will be a journey specific to your needs, your skin type, and your lifestyle. But with a bit of trial and error, research, and even some professional guidance, you can make your way to the skin of your dreams.