Updated: Sep 7, 2021
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Every spring I look in the mirror and realize my skin has a dull almost grayish appearance. It's no longer glowing and rosy like it was in the summer. Usually I think to my self that it's time to book a facial so I can instantly get back some glow to my face. But, actually there are plenty of things to do at home that help just as much as a professional facial.
Now, if you have major skin concerns, just want to treat yourself, or really need some glowing results fast, then definitely book your facial with your favorite Esti. Last year, before Covid my mom, sisters and I did our annual girls day and all got facials with Kayla. I loved getting my facial from Kayla, I met her last year as our studio suites where down the hall from each other. She is the owner of Cloud 9 Luxury Spa and is the nicest, sweetest person you'll ever meet! (photo cred: cloud9luxuryspa)
However, If you would like to stay home and take care of your skin and don't mind waiting a little bit to see your skin get progressively better; then I have some great tips for you.
Before owning my own studio suite, I did facial services for my clients. One of my favorite brands to use was Bioelements. I liked them because they were high quality products. They have concentrated ingredients with out extra fillers like most drug store brands. They are easy to use everyday and make your skin look and feel healthier when used correctly. You can learn more about the quality of their products here on their website.
When I want to get rid of my dull skin at home I like to use my Bioelements products to help get my glow back. I have 6 things I do in my beauty routine that I think will really help you too:
You need to exfoliate (really year round) because your body is constantly growing new cells. As it does this, it pushes old dead cells up. Those dead skin cells sit at the top of your skin until they get sloughed off.
Now, you don't have to get too crazy with exfoliating and you shouldn't use harsh scrubs on your delicate skin. But, a gentle daily exfoliate will help get rid of the dull dead skin on top so that your skin's natural glow can shine through. Also, any other products you put on will be able to get in and really work vs just sitting on top of your dry dead skin.
My favorite Biolements facial scrub is the Measured Micrograins. It is gentle enough to use every day but you can also use it a couple times a week and still get good results. It leaves your skin feeling fresh but not stripped or tight. Click here to add this daily exfoliate to your routine.
Tip #2 MASKS
I Love a good mask!! They are highly concentrated and can help address specific skin issues. You can use a mask 1-2 x's a week for that extra kick in your glow routine. Usually you need some time to let them sit on your face. So plan out a little "Me Time" get a glass of wine, your favorite desert and cozy up on the couch for a few minutes.
If a mini spa session is not your style or you just don't have time. You can still get the benefit of your mask while you are doing other things. Just today I let my mask sit on while I washed a some dishes!
There are lots of different masks to choose from but since we are talking about getting our glow back here are the three I recommend according to skin type. Click on the name of the mask to check out more about it.
Oily Skin: Restorative Clay Mask
Normal to Dry Skin: Radiance Rescue Mask
(This is the one I am currently using, I love that it is also an under eye mask; however I avoid my T-zone because it's way to moisturizing and makes that part of my face feel too oily)
Dry or Anti-Aging Concerns: Collagen Rehab Mask
Tip #3 SERUMS
Serums are like masks in that they are very concentrated and help specific skin problems. However they are different because they are meant to stay on and not be rinsed off. Because of this, they have gentler more progressive ingredients that can stay on your face all day. Think long haul instead of quick fix. My favorite type of serum to give me beautiful glowing skin again is a Vitamin C serum.
Vitamin C helps repair your skin and give it that healthy glow. It will also help with dark spots, scars or age spots. Bioelements Vc10 Daily Glow is my go to serum right now. I use it everyday before my moisturizer. Click here to add this essential piece into your glow routine.
Some times getting a whole new skin care routine can be a little confusing. That is why I took two of my favorite products: Measured Micrograins and vc10 Daily Glow and did a video about them. Watch my video to see a step by step tutorial on how to use these products. Also get my professional review and in-depth overview of these products. Click on the video below to watch:
Tips #4 & #5 have nothing to do with skin care products.
Skin care has a huge effect on getting your skin to have a radiant glow. But, at home products can take a few days as you see a progressive result to your skin. In the mean time I like to do other things that will help me look more glowing and just feel good when I look at my face in the mirror each day. Try these tips for instant glowy happiness:
Tip #4 HYDRATE!
We all know we need more water. But honestly sometimes when it's cooler outside we don't think about it as much as we do on a hot sunny day. Water is still so important and maybe more on colder days because the cold air sucks all the moisture out of our bodies. Find a water bottle you like and is easy to use and wash!
I hate washing straws that come with some water bottles, and even though it's supposed to be better for you and the planet I don't like the taste of metal bottles or the fact that I cant see how much water is in there (Any one have a better solution for me?).
So for now I have a Big 32 oz clear plastic reusable bottle with a twist top I drink out of everyday. I love being able to see how much water is left because even if I don't really feel like drinking more water, if I see there's only a little left ill go ahead and drink it to finish it off.
Tip #5 CHANGE YOUR MAKEUP!
I'm not talking about your foundation color (more about that below) but the type of foundation. Here's a trick I learned from my Glo Skin Beauty Educator/Rep: Pressed Powders are better for matifying and getting rid of shine but, loose powders can give you a more dewy look. Same goes for liquid foundations, there are different finishes in liquid. A Satin finish will still give you coverage but, will give you a little bit more of a softer dewy finish vs a matte liquid. Check out Glo Skin Beauty Liquid Satin Finish here.
I usually wear Glo Honey-Dark pressed Base in the summer and Glo Honey Medium Loose Powder in the colder months. You can find your color match for Loose powders here
Most of us are working from home now, or if we do go in to the office (or anywhere else) half our face is covered up with a mask. So if foundation is not high on your makeup priority list I recommend a tinted moisturizer.
I use one everyday after applying my vc10 Daily Glow Serum. The tinted Moisturizer is quick and easy to apply and it gives me a dewy healthy finish. Glo Skin Beauty has mositurizig tints with spf 30! Click here to check them out.
Do you change your makeup with the seasons? I do! This is not about wearing seasonal colors, but wearing colors that complement your skin tone as it changes with the season.
I don't need to wear shimmery gold eye shadow and warm red lipstick during the summer because my face is already very tan and I don't need more warmth to my face. However, those same colors look great on my skin in the winter!
If you want to Change up your make up routine check out my other blog "7 tips for Zoom makeup" It's geared towards getting ready for a zoom meeting but I basically do this makeup routine any day that I wear make up because its quick and easy!
These 6 tips might seem like a lot, but even trying a few of them will help you get your skin in the right direction to a fresh glowing complexion. If you have any tips that you like to do to get your skin glowing please share them in the comments section I'd love to hear what you do!
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