We all have that friend that we secretly envy because she always has this camera-ready, ‘lit from within’, dewy skin. I asked my friend what foundation she’s was wearing to achieve that look, only to realize that she was makeup-free. Clearly, gone are the trends of the ultra matte make-up of 2016 making your skin cakier and drier than the Sahara desert. Thankfully, we’ve transitioned into a trend of finding ways to achieve healthy and naturally glowing skin.
So, how exactly do we achieve this?
What is Dewy Skin?
The look of dewy skin can be described as a youthful, radiant, almost moist appearance. You’ve seen it everywhere lately: it’s blowing up your Instagram feed, it’s all over Korean cosmetic advertisements, and the giant posters at Sephora with girls who look like the had a bucket of water thrown at their face right before the picture was taken.
The big theme here is hydration. The range of products that help produce the look you want can be in the form of makeup and skincare. Dewy makeup trends have been blowing up and you have huge brands curating launches and whole product lines targeting this trend. We’ll show you how to get this look without using makeup.
How To Get Dewy Skin
Glowing skin on your face starts from within. That means that what you put in is what you get out. You’ve heard it from your mom, your mom’s mom, your best friend and their mom, but there is a reason why this timeless advice is reiterated generation after generation – because it’s the truth.
Stay away from refined sugars, alcohol, processed and packaged foods as much as possible and start eating whole foods, and replace your soda or cocktail with water. Make sure to get enough sleep at night and leave time to decompress, work out and meditate. Stress is also a huge indicator of skin quality. After all, your skin is the largest organ in your body – your choices today affect its quality for years to come.
The next thing is having a great routine to maintain and enhance all that hard work you’re putting into caring for your skin. A popular misconception is that skincare product effectiveness is equated to its price tag. You don’t have to purchase the most expensive products to get the best results.
You can use this routine as your daily routine, or you can incorporate these steps into your existing routine to get that perfect glow.
- Gently Cleanse: The skin on your face is delicate and you want to choose the most gentle, yet effective, cleanser for your skin. Harsh cleansers will strip your natural oils – which is the opposite effect we are striving for. Picking a cleanser is heavily based on your skin type. If you’re experiencing acne, you’ll want to find cleansers with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to penetrate deeply and remove excess sebum. For people with dry skin, you’ll want to look for ingredients like glycerin as they help retain water in the skin.
- Exfoliate: A little exfoliation goes a long way. Exfoliating removes old, dead skin cells to reveal that soft, supple skin layer underneath. The two main types of exfoliators for the skin are mechanical and chemical. Mechanical exfoliators are a sand-like scrub that physically rub away skin cells. These can be problematic as the scrub can be too harsh or users go overboard with the scrubbing. Chemical exfoliators use glycolic or lactic acids (AHAs, BHAs, and PHAs) to dissolve dead cells, and are more gentle on the skin as it doesn’t involve scrubbing. You apply it like a toner in the evening, and the magic happens overnight. These naturally occuring acids promote new skin cell development for a brighter, firmer complexion and can increase the thickness of deeper layers of skin, promoting firmness. If you don’t want to overwhelm your skin and irritate it then starting with a low percentage is key. Beginners should start with 1-5%, and users should not exceed 10-15% concentration.
- Add vitamin A: As we age, skin cell turnover also slows down so adding retinol and retinoids, which are derived from vitamin A, will boost skin regeneration. You can find this product in serum form or as a topical treatment you can combine to your moisturizer. This product can irritate the skin so it’s best to start with a little, then carefully work it into your routine starting out with 1-2 times a week. Make sure to follow this step with a moisturizer or serum that re-adds moisture back into the skin.
- Repair your moisture barrier: Retinols are drying so it’s important to add moisture back into the skin. According to The Havard Health Publication, for people who crave a more dewy, moisturized feel to their skin, a serum or moisturizer with hyaluronic acid (HA) is a great choice. Since HA is a humectant, a substance that retains moisture, it is capable of binding over one thousand times its weight in water. When looking for HA products, 1-2% is safe and ideal. Try to find HA products that also have peptides to help speed up collagen production, it leaves the skin looking plump and smooth immediately. Peptides are amino acids that essentially signal to cells that skin has been damaged and that it needs to collagen to heal it. More collagen=more youthful, firm skin = dewy, glowing skin.
- Don’t forget the SPF: One of the fundamentals of skincare that we all just always seem to “forget”. If you don’t wear SPF, then all the wonderful things you’re doing for your skin won’t matter anyway. Using retinoids the night before may make your skin a little sensitive to the sun so this step is even more essential. The trick here is to find a sunscreen that is truly broad-spectrum, meaning it protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays with at least SPF 30, says the American Cancer society. Look for products with Mexoryl SX (FDA approved, 2006) and Avobenzone. Mexoryl SX is best for sun protection because is blocks UVA1/UVB rays and when combined with avobenzone, UVA protection of both ingredients is enhanced and stabilized.
- Consider Vitamin C: When your skin is under constant exposure to the environment and sun, this results in damage from free radicals. Board-certified dermatologist Ashley Magovern, explains that vitamin C is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the skin, boosts collagen production, reverses cell damage, and helps with hyperpigmentation. All the while, revealing your beautiful, naturally dewy skin. Sounds like a miracle right?
Whether or not your goal is to have dewy skin or not, it is so important consider all the things your can do to nourish and protect it. According to the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care , your skin is the leading indicator of your health. Your skin is your best barrier from the elements of the outside world. Its job is protecting to protect your health by regulating temperature, give you the privilege of sensation.
Dewy skin may be a trend, but healthy skin is always in.