Though fads and trends come and go each season, one thing is certain, we all want that luminous glow. Glowing skin feels great, looks healthy and makes you look younger too. Nutrition, exercise and hydration play a big part in maintaining skin's elasticity and getting your glow on. However, there are a few skincare secrets and makeup tricks that can add a sheen to your everyday life too. So today we’re going to focus on some tricks of the trade that will have you glowing like J-Lo in no time.
We often see the words 'super' and 'serum' put together. So is it true that switching your face cream for a serum will benefit your skin? In short, yes. Serums have the capacity to penetrate smaller molecules and nutrients into deeper layers of your epidermis. Vitamin C is one of the best anti-aging nutrients you can give your skin. Search online for the best vitamin C serum and watch your skin glow from within after just a month of use.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that peps up tired, lifeless skin. It stimulates collagen, plumps up the skin and gives you a superstar glow. If you suffer from rosacea, there are also many wonder-serums for sensitive skin that will alleviate your symptoms. Serums are also a great base before applying makeup to create a dewy effect. Look for serums that contain hyaluronic acid if you want to firm your skin up and reduce any signs of wrinkles. The quickest way to get your skin glowing and give it a powerful hit of moisture is by incorporating a serum into your skincare regime.
If you truly want to pamper your skin once a week in a spa-like way, invest in a magical mask for your face. Masks are having a resurgence in the beauty industry and are also another effective way to get your skin glowing quickly. Masks come in a lot of different forms: mud, clay, gel and even paper/sheet masks. The GlamGlow YouthMud TingleExfoliate is one of the best masks on the market right now. And it does exactly what it says: tingles on application! It’s a pretty muddy ten minutes of application and waiting, but it delivers a soft, tight and glowing skin.
Sheet or paper masks are the new big thing in beauty, and the idea comes all the way from Korea. A paper mask is literally a sheet in the shape of a face that is soaked in lots of super charged ingredients. They are placed on your face for fifteen minutes or more, so that all the nutrients can soak into your skin. Apart from Korean brands, Shiseido and Estee Lauder also make some great sheet masks.
LipsGlowing skin is what we all want, but it’s no use having a luminous face if your lips remain chapped and dry. Soft and moisturized lips mean you’ll be able to go au natural with an ease, but they are also a better base for a lipstick! For soft juicy lips with a sheen, try a cult product Yesto Coconut Lip Oil. This glossy oil leaves lips hydrated and luminous without any sticky residue. And if you want a great lip treatment that banishes the cracks, opt for a lip scrub. A scrub will slough away dead skin leaving your lips looking plump and shiny. Sara Happ Lip Scrub in Brown Sugar smells irresistible and also gets rid of dry skin for deliciously kissable lips. For extra luminosity, apply a clear lip gloss or a lip balm afterwards.
EyesEyes are the windows to our soul. When they get tired and saggy, it really brings the whole face down. To bring luminosity to your eyes always make sure to drink plenty of water every day and remain hydrated. Natural ways to get brighter sparkling eyes are soaking them in cold rose water or trying the tried and tested method of applying cucumber slices over them. Makeup wise, use a white liner to rim the inside lash line and Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Duo Pencil on the brow bone and inner eye corner for a luminous glow. It would also be wise to get your eyebrows professionally threaded into a perfect natural arch to instantly brighten your eyes. Lastly, investing in a three month lash lift and dye for longer and darker lashes that will also make your eyes pop without much extra effort!
HairWe can’t talk about getting that glow without including the need for healthy, glossy hair. Frazzled, dry hair can instantly age you, therefore if your hair has lots of dead ends, don’t hold on to them. Chop it all off for a fresh cut that will instantly revitalize your locks. Lay off heated products as much as you can and let your hair dry naturally. Do an intensive weekly treatment using coconut oil or Vitamin E capsules to promote your hair growth and add gloss. Nourished hair looks instantly healthier. However, if you want to cheat your way into having glossy hair, you can use a shine spray such as John Frieda Frizz Ease 100% Shine Mist.
BodyIf you want your body to glow from within it’s all about exercise and the right diet. Sluggish circulation can make your skin look dull, so make sure you spend your time wisely and exercise at least four times a week. This is not only beneficial for your skin, but also your overall health.
Munch on Brazilian nuts to get lots of selenium into your body. Selenium increases skin elasticity and may also decrease the risk of skin cancer. Exfoliate your skin three times a week and apply a rich moisturizer to your body every evening. You can also cheat your way into a glowing, glossy body by using body oil. Body oils hydrate and dry quickly, but still leave a luscious glow on your skin.
Disclosure: This post has been contributed to Lona-Jasmiin.