You see it on the red carpet, in the movies and even on Asian commercials, skin that’s enviably bright, luminous. How in the world can you get the same results without spending a small fortune on skin treatments? The good news is, you don’t need to pay a lot to look good. If you are suffering from dull, dry skin, a little tweaking in your daily routine can help you wake up to brighter, clearer complexion. After the jump, we are counting down ways to brighten your skin and achieve a refined, clearer complexion.
Take A Closer Look At Your Daily Diet
Does your diet tend to include a lot of red meat, greasy fast food or calorific confections? Certain food can cause acne, skin irritation and even unhealthy-looking skin. To avoid this, start incorporating more fruits and veggies into your diet. If you love your protein, we suggest getting it from healthy sources like salmon, walnuts and even flax seeds. These fatty-acids-rich food items help boost collagen production, stimulate efficient cell formation deep within the skin layers and counteract the early signs of aging.
One of the most common causes of dull, dry and flaky skin is accumulated dead skin cells that sit on top of the skin. Dead skin cells have to be slough off to reveal the soft, vibrant looking skin under it. And this can’t be done by simply slathering on your moisturizer. You will have to exfoliate your skin in order rid yourself of yucky, dead skin cells. There are different ways to exfoliate your skin. You can either use a face scrub once or twice per week, use a skin care brush or scrub your face with a muslin cloth or go through an exfoliation treatment from your local dermatologist. Any of these steps can help slough off dead skin cells and achieve a brighter, more even-toned skin.
Take Your Vitamin C Daily
While we usually associate vitamin C for keeping the colds away or to boost the immune system, vitamin C is also a powerful anti-oxidant that helps repair skin, fight the signs of aging and c can brighten the skin over time too! The good news is, there are a lot of beauty products that are enriched with vitamin C. If you can, find a great moisturizer and serum that are enriched with vitamin C and always take your daily dose of vitamin C capsules too!
Use A Night Cream/Anti-Aging Products
Slathering a day cream is a great way to brighten and hydrate the skin. But beauty experts believe that skin care products are best applied when the environment is calm and stress-free. Which is why applying night cream before you sleep at night and ideally followed by any anti-aging product can help reveal younger-looking, clear skin. Night creams are very different from day creams as the former feature a heavier, more nutrient-rich formula aimed to repair and rejuvenate the skin as you sleep.
Use Face Masks
Koreans use face masks each day and that’s the secret to their fair, even, and luminous skin. Unfortunately, face masks tend to be expensive and you can limit your face masks application to twice per week. To further save money, why not create your own face mask recipe? It’ll be fresher, milder and less expensive than store-bought face masks.
Limit Alcohol Consumption
Alcoholic beverages can dehydrate the skin, causing dull, bogged down complexion. Dull skin needs to be stimulated in order to achieve that elusive flushed appearance. You won’t be helping your cause to maintain a bright skin if you continuously consume alcoholic beverages. So if you can, limit or totally eliminate alcoholic drinks from your diet and replace it with all-natural drinks and fruit juices.
Hydrate Your Skin
When it comes to supple, smooth and younger-looking skin that glows, you need to hydrate your skin. Ideally, you want to drink 8 glasses of water each day to prevent dehydration, use beauty products that boost the moisture level of the skin and never over-cleanse your face! Most women wash their faces several times each day. While washing your face helps get rid of oil, minimize clogged pores and remove all traces of makeup that may lead to breakouts or irritation, over-cleaning also strips the skin of natural oils needed to hydrate the epidermis.
To prevent this, always follow up with a lightweight moisturizer each time you cleanse your face. This way, you can maintain a clean face without drying out your skin that may lead to premature aging.
Minimize Makeup, Use Brightening Cosmetics
Ever heard of highlighters? You pat on this shimmery makeup to mimic a dewy-looking skin. You can also minimize the appearance of dull-looking skin by easing up on thick powder foundations and stick to lighter liquid foundation with brightening ingredients. The idea here is to let a bit of skin peek through rather than completely covering the entire face with makeup. You can also use mineral makeup to minimize breakouts, irritation and achieve a glowy-looking skin.