10 Secrets to Glowing Skin, No Matter Your Skin Type
I care endlessly about keeping my skin looking good, but more importantly, helping others take care of their skin. As a spa owner and aesthetician, sharing my experience on how to achieve glowing skin, whether by tips or the importance of getting a facial every month, is very near and dear to me. There are a ton of tips that are very niche—as in, they only apply to one specific skin type or texture. I wondered if there was a list of advice that could be universally applicable, no matter the condition of your skin. Turns out, there is!
Below we compiled information on how to take care of your skin, no matter the skin type, into a neat and tidy list of ten secrets to know. This offers up product recommendations, easy-to-follow steps, and tricks for keeping your skin at its most supple, smooth, and plump.
Below, find everything your skin’s ever needed:
1. Don’t leave your skin bare for more than 60 seconds after cleansing
Without water, your skin’s health is compromised—which is never ideal in the quest for plump, dewy, and bouncy-looking skin. After washing your face and patting it dry with a towel, you have a 60-second window before moisture evaporation will occur. Immediately apply an alcohol-free toner to deliver water to thirsty cells and avoid that awful dry, tight feeling.
2. Use products with stimulating and energizing ingredients
Since circulation can be impaired with age, skin care products with ingredients such as peppermint, vitamin B12, niacinamide and ginseng root extract work to improve blood flow activity to bring a fresh radiance. When applied topically, they may dilate the blood vessels, allowing the skin to accommodate more nutrient-rich blood. Nicotinamide is a derivative of vitamin B3 and especially great for brightening, as it helps restore cellular energy, repair damaged DNA, and reduce the effects of sun-induced UV rays.
3. Hang your head upside down for three minutes a day
This is an old classic trick for glowing skin. You should notice that after three minutes, a slight redness will appear on the skin and in the long run, it can make a big difference in getting and keeping an inner glow, to appear ‘lit from within.
4. Repair your moisture barrier
If your skin is dry and flaky, it means you have a damaged moisture barrier. To get beautiful, glowing skin you need to start by repairing the skin barrier. Look for a product designed to repair the skin barrier and rescue dry, red or sensitive skin with soothing and hydrating ingredients. Squalane (our bodies produce its own version, known as squalene, but the amount retained in your skin decreases over time) is a huge ingredient to consider for achieving this. It’s ultra-hydrating and improves your skin’s moisture barrier while leaving it brighter and more balanced!
5. Exfoliate regularly (but not too often)
Exfoliating is the quickest and easiest way to brighten your skin. Just be sure to limit your exfoliation to a maximum of five times per week, even if you feel like your skin can handle it. A buildup of dead skin cells can make even the dewiest skin look dull and sad. Regular and gentle exfoliation with an enzyme mask or glycolic and lactic acid-based peel pads can immediately brighten your skin by sloughing dead skin cells away. Exfoliation also helps your skincare products absorb into the skin better, which means an extra boost of nutrients, hydration, and glow.
6. Give yourself regular facial massages
Regular massaging helps to drain puffiness and toxins with the help of jade rollers or rose quartz facial tools. Massaging your skin, even for just a few seconds, brings about more blood cells to the skin, more oxygen, and better absorption of products. Plus, it works to de-puff those inevitable tired, morning eyes with lymphatic drainage. For dry skin, massage in circular motions upward. Start at the base of the neck where your arteries are. Massage in gentle circles upwards, toward the jaw, up the sides of the face, and around the eyes.
This will help coax nutrients into the tissue. You want to do the opposite motion and start on the top of the face by the eyes if you are prone to breakouts—this will draw the waste away. Lymphatic drainage massage can completely change the look of someone’s face and is a great, under-the-radar skin care tip.
7. Use a really great serum every single day
No matter your skin type, a serum will help. There are so many different formulas—ones to hydrate, anti-age, brighten, exfoliate, everything. More often than not, a dermatologist or aesthetician will also recommend a hyaluronic acid serum. Incorporating a hyaluronic acid-based serum in the morning and at night will provide the ultimate boost in hydration for all skin types—this is a must in every skincare regimen. See, hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in your skin and attracts and holds up to 1000 times its weight in water. This means that your skin looks and feels replenished, plump, healthy, and super glowy!
8. Incorporate vitamin C into your routine
There is no powerhouse ingredient better than vitamin C to help brighten your skin, combat pigmentation, and contribute to overall better skin health. It works by interfering with pigment production and reducing inflammation while protecting your skin against free radicals and environmental damage.
9. And don’t forget to mist
Facial mists aren’t just spray bottles filled with fancy water. At least, not the good ones. The mists you should invest in contain skin-healthy ingredients like glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide, which work to calm the skin, rehydrate, and provide instant dewiness throughout the day. A few spritzes will also provide soft-focus and luminous finish, it’s perfect for setting your makeup or as a light skin refresher throughout the day.
Botanica Facials for Glowing Skin
And the secret number 10 to glowing skin is giving yourself a regular facial, which adds a whole new layer of protection, treatment, and nourishment to your face that your at-home skin care routine won’t be able to achieve. For a full list of Botanica’s facials, visit our page here and call us at 727-441-1711 to book your appointment today! We will love pampering you and offering the serenity Botanica spa offers to all of our clients while we glow up your skin like never before!