Obtaining the Holiday Sparkle

african american woman washing faceSteps You Need to Take Now for Great Skin

Contributed by Cathy Fricke, Skin Care Specialist

With the calendar switching to October and fall weather settling in, it is time to regain that “natural glow” in your skin so you can sparkle throughout the holiday season.

Having that appealing glow to your skin, no matter your age, requires more than just washing your face twice a day. To stay one step ahead and obtain that radiant and ravishing glow, follow these simple tips:

  • Exfoliate. Exfoliation is a very important technique that you can perform on your skin at home to achieve healthy and glowing skin. It’s best to exfoliate at night to remove all the dirt and oil that forms on your skin throughout the day. Exfoliators that contain alpha hydroxy acids work best to revive your skin and give that “natural glow.”
  • Tone. After you exfoliate or cleanse your skin, use a toner. Toner bonds products to your skin and evens your skin tone. Oily skin and clogged pores benefit the most from toner usage. Using a toner also helps moisturizers and other products work into your skin faster.
  • Moisturize. Applying moisturizer is essential to keep your skin hydrated. Moisturizers create softer, gentler skin because they repair damaged skin cells. Another great benefit to applying moisturizer is that it helps foundation and concealer spread more easily and consistently. Morning is the best time to apply moisturizer to help protect your skin from the outside elements.
  • Highlight. To get that glow, day or night, apply a highlighter. With a highlighter, you want to cover the areas where the shine would naturally be if the sun was hitting your face. The best areas to highlight are the top of the cheek bones, down the center of your nose, and on your browbone (under your eyebrows).
  • Hydrate. Drinking plenty of water helps hydrate your body, including the skin. The more water you drink, the more toxins are pushed out of your body, leaving your skin healthier and glowing. Clean eating also helps keep the toxins out of your body so your skin can “shine.”

No matter the season or occasion, the easiest way to keep your skin clean and brighten your complexion is to treat it well.

 

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