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24 May, 2019

Go! Get That Glowing Skin

We all want good skin. In the quest for good skin, people have done everything from purchasing expensive products to creating DIY masks to paying a lot of money for spa sessions. But as you chase that glow, are you treating your skin right? Here are things that you should do to achieve that perfect dewy glow.

Exfoliate

Dry, dead skin cells make your skin look dull and lifeless. Exfoliation clears those dead skin cells, uncovers new ones, and leaves your skin glowing. There are two basic types of exfoliants –physical and chemical. Physical exfoliants are products that remove dead skin cells on the surface of your skin through mechanical scrubbing. Chemical exfoliants, on the other hand, are made of certain types of acids, that dissolve dead skin cells without being abrasive. Examples of chemical exfoliants include lactic acid, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid.

Both physical and chemical methods are effective, but dermatologists recommend chemical exfoliation over physical because it is gentler on the skin surface. There is also a range of chemical exfoliants depending on strength, and they can be tailored according to skin type. The best way to exfoliate depends on your skin type, skin concerns, and complexion. If you have extremely sensitive skin, you should choose gentle products. Be careful not to over exfoliate because it can cause tears on your skin, exposing it to breakouts and infections.

Use Retinoids

Another cause of a dull complexion is unevenness. Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A that boost your skin cell turnover, therefore, creating more collagen. Collagen plumps up your skin, diminishes fine lines and improves the texture. Use a retinoid twice a week and scale up to daily use as your skin builds a tolerance.

Moisturize

Moisturizing may sound obvious, but it is one of the essential steps in achieving that dewy skin. Dry skin looks dull and tired, so you need to moisturize it for that bright look. When looking for a moisturizer, get something that is non-comedogenic and is suitable for your skin type. Moisturizing is especially critical if you have eczema because it keeps the moisture barrier intact. A damaged moisture barrier makes it hard for the skin to retain water, and this can lead to itchy skin and chronic dryness, which often causes eczema to flare up. In addition to moisturizing eczema prone skin, you should use and wear soothing fabric that is designed to relieve itching and dryness.

According to Yoro Naturals, a soothing moisturizer paired with soft, breathable fabrics reduces itching and the severity of atopic dermatitis. A proper moisturizer will soften, nourish, and soothe your skin, for that ultimate glow. For oily skin types, moisturizers might seem like the last thing you need to use, but avoiding them will cause your skin to produce more sebum.

Use sunscreen

It is common for people to invest in skincare products including toners, exfoliants, and moisturizers, but overlook the sunscreen. Sunscreen is important because it protects your skin from the damage of Ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Two types of Ultraviolet radiation, UVA and UVB, cause structural damage to your skin and ages it prematurely. To maintain that bright, healthy, and glowing complexion, you must use sunscreen.

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Getting that glow does not have to cost you a lot of money. All you need to do is learn your skin type and concerns then purchase products that work for your skin. Do not go for products that have been hyped up without doing your research to see if that is what your skin needs. With the steps and products mentioned above, you will be on your merry way to glowing, youthful skin.

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