You can have all the designer shoes and signature handbags on the planet, but one of the most invaluable assets to your look is your skin. Here are 5 simple steps to get that dewy look that leaves your skin glowing!
1. Exfoliate your skin on a weekly basis.
The only thing worse than having layers of dead skin and makeup residue on your face, is looking like you have layers of dead skin and makeup residue on your face! So be sure to find an exfoliate that works just for you. I love Boots No7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator because they use actual Microderm crystals mixed in a cream-based cleanser. And I heard it’s supposed to work wonders when paired with a Clarisonic. Note: I would shy away from exfoliants that have large abrasive beads. These can end up doing more harm than good.
2. Moisture is key.
If your skin is dry, it’s going to be hard to accomplish the glow you’re looking for. Seems to make sense, right? I’m sure most of you have found a great moisturizer that suits your skin type, and stick to it! But if you’re looking to up the ante try moisturizing with coconut oil. It’s natural, affordable and effective. It might take a few minutes to soak in, but once it does your skin will surely thank you. Note: I wouldn’t recommend putting anything on your face immediately after you exfoliate since your pores are open and stimulated. Including moisturizer. It could cause breakouts or a nasty reaction.
DOUBLE WAMMY: Try the Ultimate Multitasker, using equal parts baking soda to exfoliate and coconut oil to moisturize. Be sure to check out the rest of Nicole’s blog, Vanilla Extract, for more beauty and style tips. I promise it will not disappoint!
3. You must hydrate too.
Along with moisturizing and drinking plenty of water, you can also invest in a great mist to keep your skin hydrated. I absolutely endorse Jurilique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist (along with a number of their other products). It’s like dew in 3.3 oz bottle (which contains 9,000 rose petals) and each spritz takes your mind smack-dab in the middle of a beautiful rose garden. Note: Rose extracts are known to provide a number of benefits, like toned and shining skin for starters. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take it!
4. Even your skin tone.
Like most of us, I need to use some form of cover-up to even out my skin tone, but I don’t like anything too heavy or cakey. Laura Mercier has the most wonderful tinted moisturizer that does just the trick. First off, it’s a moisturizer, so you’re getting double moisture action (but it’s oil free so it’s not too greasy) AND it has SPF 20 protection. But, most importantly it makes your skin look flawless and dewy. Note: If you’re looking for more coverage, her foundation is really great too and has a similar dewy effect. Or you can try dusting mineral foundation over the tinted moisturizer. I wouldn’t recommend powder all over because it takes away a lot of the shine we’re going for.
5. Highlight your face off… or on.
Last but, certainly not least is the greatest beauty trick known to man. I mean woman… or maybe both. Anyways, Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick is my greatest beauty secret and will do wonders for any make-up routine. Ever feel like something was just missing? I can guarantee this was it! Use the diagram below to bring out your bone structure and add the glow you’ve been searching for.
I hope you find these tips helpful and get the results you’re looking for. You might have to experiment with products, but you’ll get there! I’d love to hear if this worked for you and if it didn’t, what products are working. So do tell! And check back a week from now for the next Friday Tip Off!
One more thing! Don’t waist your time running around to get your beauty essentials. You can get most of these products and other great stuff at Sephora.