As a pale girl, sunscreen is my best friend. If I’m outside on a clear sunny day with no clouds in sight, I’m probably looking for shade immediately! That is how pale I am. It used to bother me, but now it’s such a blessing because I have less fine lines than usual in my mid to late 20s.
One thing that people will never say to me is “Look how tan you are!” However, my friends, family, coworkers, strangers, and even my esthetician comment on my skin and ask me how I keep it so clear and glowy. With that said, I’m sharing my tips for glowing skin with y’all today!
Some of my advice might already be a part of your routine or maybe you might learn something new!
Develop a Skincare Routine
I’ve always had pretty clear skin, but a lot of blackheads. Well, it turns out that I was using a face wash that wasn’t really cleansing my skin. In fact, it was clogging my pores! All it took was one trip to my esthetician at Massage Envy to find out why I was getting acne. Since I was clueless and had been using Pond’s Cold Cream to cleanse my face and remove makeup (big mistake), I had tons of blackheads as a result. My facialist recommended Murad Pore Rescue Daily Cleansing Foam for $30. My skin type is combo oily and dry and this works like a charm. The foam is fun to use and I feel kind of indulgent lathering this over my face every night since it’s $30 a bottle. Since I started using this cleanser, my blackheads have lessened and my skin is much smoother, especially my forehead. As a result, my skin looks brighter and my makeup goes on smoother. If you don’t want to spend as much, try CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser for $12. My best friend Ryllis swears by it and said that her facialist from Private Edition (spa in Nashville) recommended it.
Also, find a moisturizer that keeps your skin feeling hydrated. I bought a pricey one from Murad, but it made my forehead peel by mid-afternoon each day. Needless to say, I continued my search for the perfect facial moisturizer. Since Ryllis told me that CeraVe was a facialist-recommended brand, I purchased a simple lotion called CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion for $14. Let me tell you: it’s creamy, absorbs quickly, and soaks into my reactive, sensitive skin! I love this lotion! Go try it out if you need a new one!
Wondering about SPF? Just use a facial spray at the end your makeup routine that has SPF 50! I use this spray.
Treat Yourself to a Facial
Since I work very close to a Massage Envy, I have a monthly membership that I use for facials and massages. Once every 3 months, I treat myself to a facial for pore extractions and exfoliation. Lying down and receiving the spa treatment makes me feel rejuvenated and refreshed, so to me, it is 100% worth it. If you have extremely sensitive skin like I do, request that the esthetician use her fingers instead of an extraction tool to avoid bruising. Furthermore, make sure you ask questions and listen to your facialist’s advice! One of my facialists told me that for every night I sleep in my makeup, my skin will age 30 days. Although this is a bit extreme and I’m not sure if I believe that fact, she has a point. Dirty skin equals dull skin. Wash your face every single night, even if it’s just a face wipe! My facialist uses these for nights when she is too tired to wash her face.
If you don’t want to spend on a spa facial, treat yourself to the sheet masks (The Creme Shop has adorable packaging) and peel-off masks ( Freeman’s smell wonderful) at your local drugstore. They are relaxing and fun to try, but remember that a $2.99 facial can only do so much for your skin. Even if it’s just an annual visit, see a professional esthetician for a facial. You deserve it!
Clean Your Beauty Tools
If you already do this, give yourself a pat on the back! Most people forget about the importance of washing their Beauty Blenders and makeup brushes. If you have some stubborn acne, dirty tools may be the culprit! Think about how meticulous we are with washing our hands. This is how you should approach your beauty tools. They touch your face, eyes, and lips every day. With that said, use a brush cleanser like EcoTools Makeup Brush Cleanser Shampoo for $8 to clean your beauty tools once a month. As for your sponge or Beauty Blender, wash that baby every day if you can. If you are Type A like me, just make it a part of your evening routine and let it soak in a cup overnight. Your skin will thank you and your brushes might even last longer due to less product buildup.
Experiment with Highlighters and Illuminizers
These days, every single one of my friends uses a different highlighter powder, cream, moisturizer, or gel. If you don’t already have your go-to glow product, I’ll share my favorites for you to try. If you’re going for a natural glow look, try mixing a dab of the NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator for $5.99 with your liquid foundation for your entire face. If you want a powder that you can brush on the bridge of your nose, cheekbones, and cupid’s bow on your lip, pick up the cult favorite Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector for $38. If you want a moisturizer with an illuminator built-in, splurge on the GlamGlow GlowStarter Moisturizer for $49. I received a sample of this face cream in my review of Ricky’s Cult Crushes beauty subscription box and I wish I had never tried it out because it makes me look radiant without any foundation or concealer. Good luck trying to find it in stock in stores because it’s flying off the shelves. I went to “sample it” in store a few days ago (just kidding…I was ready to do a full-on application on my entire face), but the huge sample tub was bone dry and they were sold out in store. If you try it, let me know what you think!
So, that’s a wrap on my guide to glowing skin. What are your tips to glowing skin? Share them with me in the comments below!