Glow From Within
The state of your skin (your body’s largest organ) is a direct reflection of what’s happening on the inside. Try one (or all) of the tips below — and watch your radiance skyrocket.
“I tell my clients to eat half an avocado every day, whether it’s on top of a salad or in a smoothie,” says celeb facialist Joanna Vargas, founder of Joanna Vargas Skin Care. The fruit supplies the skin with healthy fats and phytonutrients that hydrate from the inside out.
A good cardio sesh can make skin come to life: It speeds up your heart rate and ups blood flow to the brain, and that’s reflected in the face. Cue that lit-from-within look that lasts long after your workout.
Hit The Hay Earlier
Listen up, night owls! Skin’s restorative powers kick in when you snooze, specifically between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., says sleep specialist Michael Breus, PhD. If you’re up at that time, you’re missing out on benefits like cell turnover and collagen building.
Have More Sex
Afterglow is real, ladies. Getting busy improves circulation and keeps stress hormones in check. Plus, orgasming spikes levels of DHEA, a hormone that has been linked to glowier, healthier skin.
Studies show gut health is essential for glowing skin. “It’s where we make nutrients that contribute to collagen formation as well as enzymes that detoxify,” says Carla Oates, founder of The Beauty Chef, an Australian supplement and skin-care company. A daily probiotic can keep your gut balanced and digestion optimal.
Stress can cause hormones like cortisol and adrenaline to go into overdrive, which can increase inflammation (a known glow stealer) in the skin. Make a daily date with a meditation app, like Headspace — or give yourself a few minutes a day just to chill. You and your skin deserve it!
Glow With Skincare
If your complexion isn’t on point, you’ll never glow like a goddess. These two steps make it easy to score a smooth, super-hydrated surface.
Step 1: Exfoliate
“When dry, dead skin piles up, light scatters off the face in different directions, which is perceived as dullness,” says Cosmo contributing dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD. Getting rid of those cells allows light to bounce off in one smooth direction. The easiest way to buff: with a light chemical exfoliator. Try M-61’s peel pads three times a week or Drunk Elephant’s maskonce a week.
Step 2: Moisturize
While lots of lotions claim to offer radiance, “look for one that contains hyaluronic acid and glycerin,” says Dr. Bowe. Applied to wet skin, HA can hold 1,000 times its weight in water for a serious hydration boost, while glycerin creates a barrier to trap it all in. (TryL’Oréal Paris’s Liqure Care for Extra Dry Skin if you’re dry, Tatcha’s Water Cream if you’re oily.) And don’t just slap it on: Treat yourself to a mini facial massage and increase circulation by bringing oxygen to the skin’s surface.
Glow With Makeup
All your highlighter Qs… Answered!
Q: How do I choose the right shade?
A: Let your jewelry cue you. “Whatever color looks best on you—silver, gold, rose gold—is your ideal highlighter shade,” explains makeup artist Ashlee Glazer, ambassador for Smith & Cult.
Q: Will it make my skin look more oily?
A: Not if you set it with a translucent mattifying powder, explains celeb makeup artist Hung Vanngo, global artistry ambassador for Marc Jacobs Beauty. Once the powder settles, the highlight will still come through…but in a subtle way that doesn’t look overly shiny.
Q: Should I use a cream, liquid, or powder?
A: It comes down to skin type and personal preference, says Glazer. Liquids are the easiest to blend (good for strobing newbies), creams work great on dry skin, and powders are best for oily types.
Q: At what point in my makeup routine do I use highlighter?
A: As the finishing touch. Dab on liquids and creams using your fingers, and dust on powders with a fluffy brush.
Q: Where should I apply it?
A: Let science be your guide: “The five optimal areas of light reflection include: under the tail of your brow, upper cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, above the Cupid’s bow, and the tip of your chin,” reports Joshua Zeichner, MD, from the 2016 Fall Clinical Dermatology Conference.