Glowing skin is the holy grail of skin, let’s just face it. While we may not be able to recapture that natural luminosity that our skin had when we were younger, there are significant things we can do to get brighter, younger-looking skin.
According to Neal Schultz, M.D., a New York City dermatologist, teenage skin cells slough off every 28 days. By adulthood, however, skin cells hold on for 40, 50, or even 60 days. Unfortunately, this results in duller-looking skin from those old hanger-on cells, and it also triggers less collagen production, causing a lack of firmness and more wrinkles. (Oh, joy!) 🙂
Simply put, to turn up the glow, we need to turn up the cell turnover. How? With at-home chemical peels, exfoliation, and a few key makeup moves.
Glowing Skin Step #1: At-home Chemical Peels
The purpose of a peel is basically to “unglue” the bonds connecting dead skin cell to the surface of your skin. When these dead cells fall off, your skin will make new cells, as well as increase the skin’s level of hyaluronic acid and collagen production. While you can get strong peels in a dermatologist’s office, the milder, at-home peels are more than sufficient to prompt this cell turnover. The key is to use them regularly and to build up the frequency gradually. The active ingredients in at-home peels include mild acids, such as alpha hydroxy, glycolic, citric, or salicylic.
When I was researching this post, I read numerous articles about at-home peels. I have used some, but not all of these products. The ones I have not used personally come highly recommended by beauty bloggers, magazines, dermatologists, or aestheticians. Click on the links or images for more information. As always, I’ve done my very best to search out the lowest prices and free shipping for you whenever possible.)
InstaNatural Glycolic Acid Peel – (#1 in the image above) With 30% glycolic acid as well as Vitamin C, this peel will go deeper than a regular cleanser to target dry and dead skin that is holding onto the surface, revealing new and fresh skin.
BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz The Progressive Peel – (#2 in the image above) This three-step system gradually increases the strength of glycolic exfoliation over a period of six weeks. It is clinically proven to reduce multiple signs of aging including pores and fine lines. It also visibly improves skin texture, firmness, and overall appearance.
Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel – (#4 in the image above) I use this product once or twice a week right in the shower. It only takes one minute! It’s a gentle enzyme peel made with lactic and salicylic acids, combined with natural enzymes and a fruit acid. It’s a two-step process. First, you use the scrub, which deeply exfoliates to prompt cell turnover. Then you add the enzyme peel gel, leaving it on for one minute. When you rinse it off, you will be amazed at how glowing your skin is and how it diminishes the appearance of all those fine lines. I love this product!
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare ‘Ferulic + Retinol’ Wrinkle Recovery Peel – (#7 in the image above) I have never used this peel, but I have friends who swear by it and use it nightly 2-3 times a week. They say they wake up in the morning with smoother, firmer skin. The potent formula can cause some sensitivity, so you have to build up the frequency of use. IF you’re looking for a stronger peel, this is the one for you. It’s on my list to try!
Glowing Skin Step #2: Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells that can cling to the surface of our skin, leaving it looking dull, rough, and dry. It is a natural process that slows with aging. To recapture the look of glowing skin, this natural process needs a little help as we age. Exfoliation improves overall skin tone and prepares the skin to absorb serums and moisturizers more efficiently. If you want healthy, glowing skin, regular exfoliation is a must!
Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash – (#11 in the image above) I use this wash in the shower on the mornings that I don’t use Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel. It has little micro-exfoliating beads in it (they feel like grains of sugar or sand) that provide a gentle exfoliation.
Mia Pink Sonic Skin Cleansing System – (#9 in the image above) If you don’t own one of these, I beg you to consider it! I use mine every single night with my favorite nightly cleanser to remove makeup and loosen dirt and bacteria that has built up on my skin throughout the day. It is gentle enough for daily use and preps my skin for my nightly products. It has a pulsing timer, which tells you when to move to another zone of your face, to give an even and efficient 60-second cleanse. LOVE!!!
Glowing Skin Step #3: Faux the Glow
Let’s face it; sometimes our “glow” just needs a little help! There are some great products available to help us recapture that glowing skin of our youth.
Lorac Light Source 3-in-1 Illuminating Primer – I don’t use these products, but many beauty bloggers love them to pieces. Number 5 (in the image above) is an excellent primer to use in the winter when a bronze glow might look too summery. It brings luminosity to your skin with light-diffusing pigments and holds your makeup in place. You can mix it right with your foundation – a little goes a long way. Primer number #6 (in the image above) would be the one to use in the summer for more of a sun-kissed glow.
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer – Number 3 (in the image above) is an award-winning product I use year ’round for a little glow that is “just right.” It’s a translucent formula that is available in makeup base shades, correcting shades, and radiance boosting shades. I’ve linked the shade I use for a warm, illuminating glow, but I would encourage you to check them all out to see which one works best for your needs.
Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder – I’m sure you’ve heard by now that adding a little highlighting powder to the inner corners of your eyelid (near the bridge of your nose), the brow bone, and the top of your cheekbones can lift and flatter your face. I’ve tried a bunch of these so-called “strobing powders” (LOL!), and this is my favorite because it is not too much, if you know what I mean. (Bobbi Brown is all about the less-is-more philosophy of makeup, and I love that for women our age.) It’s got a pinkish hue and light-reflective pigments, and a light dusting is all you need. It also comes in a bronze tint.
Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster – (#10 in the image above) I wrote about this product in my post on my favorite sun protection & self-tanning products. You add a few drops of this 99.8% natural product to your regular moisturizer or sunscreen to create a glowing, natural-looking self-tan that builds gradually and evenly over time. I mix mine with my favorite mineral sunscreen and use it all over my body every day when the weather starts getting warm. I’ve linked the one for body, but I also use the one specifically formulated for the face with my go-to serum a few mornings a week.
What are your favorite “get your glow back” products? I’d love to know! Please leave me a comment and let me in on those products that always bring the compliments your way!