How to Get Dewy Skin For Any Skin Type
I care endlessly about keeping my skin looking good. And, by good, I mean bright, dewy skin, and glowing at all times. It’s pretty much tops list of priorities every single day (save for those times when I’m tired and carrying out a 10-minute skin care routine is not in the cards). So, as an owner of a day spa, I’m always staying up-to-date on skin care. That being said, 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!
I compiled all their information into a neat and tidy list of nine secrets to know. They offer 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, bouncy-looking, and dewy skin. After washing your face and patting it dry with a towel, you have a 60-second window before moisture evaporation will occur. I 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 my favorite trick for glowy, dewy 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.
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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 (I love to use Rose Quartz) helps to drain puffiness and toxins. 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 and create that dewy skin you crave. Lymphatic drainage massage can completely change the look of someone’s face and is a great, under-the-radar skin care tip. (The best way to achieve this is with a regular facial appointment.)
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 esthetician 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 skin care 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!
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide found in the human body. It acts as a cushioning and lubrication agent for our joints, nerves, hair, skin, and eyes. When used in skin care, it acts as a moisture binder, which means that it will attach itself to the water in the cells (while also attracting and holding water from the air) making them plump.
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.
Unfortunately, vitamin C serums with high-quality ingredients can be pricey, but they are worth the investment if you want consistent and visible results.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient required for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body, including the skin, but we cannot produce it on our own. For the skin, it helps to boost collagen, lighten discoloration, and fight free radicals.
9. And don’t forget to mist
Facial mists aren’t just spray bottles filled with fancy water. At least, not the good ones. Instead, 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 a soft-focus and luminous finish, it’s perfect for setting your makeup or as a light skin refresher throughout the day!
For any tips on achieving dewy skin or for the best facials in the Tampa Bay area, contact Botanica Day Spa today!