Quick Tricks for Glowing Skin
If you are experiencing dull, dry skin, you may be wondering what you can do to change that.
Achieving a beautiful glow is possible with a few nourishing skincare products and positive habits. Here are our tips for achieving healthy, glowing skin.
Apply SPF Daily
First things first, start making sunscreen application a daily essential. We know you've heard it many times before, but wearing SPF is the best way to achieve and prolong glowing skin, regardless of the season.
According to New York-based dermatologist Doris Day, "Ninety percent of wrinkles are from sun exposure," which means "It's so much easier to prevent the damage than it is to fix it afterwards."
Whether it's a sunny or cloudy day, make daily sunscreen application a necessity. And do not forget to reapply it throughout the day if you're spending long periods outside. Even working inside by a window exposes you to cell-damaging UVA rays which can penetrate glass.
Choose a formula that offers broad-spectrum protection to guard against UVA rays and UVB rays.
Stay Hydrated -- Inside and Out
It's another simple one, but nevertheless effective at promoting a dewy, radiant complexion.
The more hydrated you are, the healthier your body and skin are. Drink plenty of water to hydrate from the inside, and start moisturising on a daily basis to hydrate from the outside.
Look for a moisturizer or serum formulated with hyaluronic acid. This powerful hydrator can hold up to 100x its own weight in water, meaning it'll quench every layer of your skin's thirst and keep it quenched. Other hydrating ingredients that promote a natural glow include olive oil, coconut oil, and shea butter.
We recommend Rainbow's Hydrate Bundle, which features a face mask and serum made with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 to boost hydration and firmness of the skin for an all-over healthy glow.
Add a Retinol Product into Your Skincare Routine
"Retinoid and vitamin A products increase cellular turnover so younger oils replace older skin cells," says Dr. Tina Funt, a dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group. "This type of ingredient causes younger, plumper cells to absorb moisture and it decreases pigmentation or brown spots."
Alongside this, retinol also boosts collagen production, unblocks pores, and has great anti-inflammatory power, which means it can treat blemishes, diminish dullness, and ultimately promote radiant skin.
We recommend Rainbow's Firm Chest and Boob Mask and Tighten Butt Mask. With a rich texture and powerful blend of retinol and papaya, these masks reduce skin stress, restore moisture, and counteract sagging. They're an excellent addition to your beauty routine.
Try Vitamin C, too
There’s a ton of research to back up the benefits of vitamin C when applied as a topical skincare treatment. First, it helps the skin to fight free radical damage. In case you did not know, free radicals are generated by UV light and pollution. They're unstable and DNA-damaging, which can lead to premature skin aging.
Vitamin C also aids collagen production thanks to its acidity levels which spur skin healing mechanisms.
Finally, it also offers brightening effects to the skin by blocking an enzyme known as tyrosinase, which is responsible for speeding up melanin production that leads to dark circles, dark spots, and other pigmentation issues.
We recommend Rainbow's Smooth Bundle. It contains a face mask and serum made with vitamin C and vegan collagen, which join forces to thicken the dermis, combat fine line formation, and promote skin glow.
Incorporate Acid into Your Routine
Whatever skin type you have, whether oily, dry, or sensitive, everyone can benefit from using alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid and lactic acid. These exfoliating acids dissolve dead skin cells, oils, and dirt that fill the pores, making your pores appear smaller and your skin appear clearer and brighter.
To explain, the pores appear larger when they're congested with dirt, oil, and dead skin. By removing these intruders lurking in your pores with an AHA, you'll make skin appear glassier and dewier.
Start by using a gentle cleanser to remove the surface dirt and any leftover makeup, before going in with the exfoliator. This'll clear out the gunk and pave the way for glowing, healthy skin.
We recommend Rainbow's Glow Bundle, which features a mask and serum formulated with glycolic acid and bakuchiol. Together, these ingredients gently exfoliate the skin and infuse it with antioxidants for skin that glows.
Try Vitamin E
This antioxidant powerhouse is effective at minimizing the damaging effects of free radicals, warding off dryness, improving skin tone, and strengthening the skin barrier.
For best results, make it part of your daily skincare regimen. We recommend investing in a vitamin E serum or oil, which you can apply to the skin in circular motions to boost blood circulation and give the skin an instant glow.
Capitalize on Cold
Washing your face with cold water increases blood flow, giving your skin a natural radiance boost. Plus, it can help balance oily skin.
If you don't fancy washing your face with cold water, there are other ways you can benefit from the cold.
Try sticking your rose water face mists, toners, and aloe vera lotions in the fridge. The cooling effects will help reduce puffiness, minimize the appearance of pores, and give skin a natural rosy flush.
Give DIY Gua Sha a Go
Hailed from traditional Chinese medicine, Gua Sha harnesses a flat smooth crystal tool that you scrape across the skin. Studies show it increases blood circulation and volume, which ultimately speeds up collagen production. As a result, your skin can maintain its bounce and brightness. It's an excellent tool for antiaging effects.
"Angle the tool at 45 degrees, making sure it’s hugging your jawline and scrape away from the neck," instructs Chinese medicine practitioner Katie Brindle. "Use the rounded edge to press-stroke the forehead, the cheekbones, then the lips. Do eight sweeps in each direction."
With a few great skincare products and home remedies, you can easily achieve glowing, radiant skin. You don't even need makeup.