5 Simple steps to Getting Your Glow On
Reach your skincare glow goals in 5 simple steps
Skin Radiance is a skincare goal defined by healthy glowing skin. The skincare market is full of products claiming to give us that enviable dewy, glow. But which ones really work for long-term skin radiance, and how do they affect the skin?
5 Simple Steps to Getting Your Glow On
1. Exfoliation. Exfoliation encourages the sloughing off of the dead skin. Dead skin does not reflect light, but healthy, hydrated skin reflects skin naturally. To achieve the glow the dead skin cells need to be turned over or exfoliated. This is best achieved by using an acid based product. Acids such as glycolic, salicylic and lactic are able to dissolve the dead skin on the surface and reveal fresh new skin cells that reflect light and enhance the skin's natural radiance. Exfoliation also improves the absorption of any products applied afterwards.
2. Antioxidants. Antioxidants are so important to skin health. They work by protecting from free radicals that can cause damage to the skin. Free radicals are present in the atmosphere (at higher concentrations with increased UV, and increased pollution levels). Free radicals are very reactive molecules which can interact with cells in your body, but antioxidants work by neutralising their reactivity before they can cause any damage. This protective ability helps to slow the signs of ageing, increase hydration in the skin and brighten your complexion. Vitamins A, C, E, B3 (Niacinamide), Resveratrol are all at the top of the skincare hierarchy.
3. Increased blood flow. Increased blood flow or circulation is achieved by exercise. The act of exercise pumps your blood at an increased rate through the body. This increase in activity removes toxins from the bloodstream, increases oxygen intake by the skin, and brings out that warm glow of the skin. Facial massage can also stimulate blood flow to the skin, bringing oxygen and increasing radiance.
4. Hydration. Hydration is vital to keeping your skin healthy and glowing. You can hydrate the skin topically using products that contain humectants such as hyaluronic acid and glycerine. Hydrated skin is able to reflect light well, essential for that dewy glow.
5. Moisturiser. Moisturisation and hydration work in different ways to help you achieve radiant skin. Hydrating the skin adds water, where moisturising locks that water in. Moisturisers typically contain oils, which prevent trans epidermal water loss (TEWL), which is basically water escaping from the skin. The oils in the moisturiser act as an occlusive agent to seal in the hydration.
This may sound simple, but we understand that finding your holy grail acid toner or perfect moisturiser for your skin type can be overwhelming. Our experts are always on hand to help you build your dream routine and achieve all your skin goals. To get matched to an expert for personalised support, start our online consultation here.