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how to get glowing skin

From social media to the dermatologist’s office, everyone is talking about the pursuit of glowing, dewy skin. A complexion brimming with natural radiance can help minimise the visible appearance of skin concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles, as well as helping your skin look bright and healthy without the need for makeup.

Keep reading to learn some top tips from the Kiehl’s experts on how to get glowing skin that lasts. We’ll draw on almost 170 years of skincare expertise to recommend some highly efficacious skincare for glowy skin, from serums and cleansers to masks and more. We’ll also help you understand what else your skin needs to glow and provide some lifestyle tips to enhance your radiance.

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What makes radiant skin?

Radiant skin can seem like an elusive goal, but there are several concrete factors that affect whether or not your skin has a ‘glow’. Your overall health, the condition of your skin, your skincare habits and exposure to external stressors are all factors that can contribute to a lack of radiance. Dehydrated, stressed and damaged skin tends to look dull and lose its bouncy appearance. On the other hand, implementing simple measures to take good care of yourself and your skin can help your complexion appear much more radiant.

How to get glowing skin naturally

Here are our recommendations on how to achieve and maintain a radiant complexion all year long, by addressing the causes of skin dullness. We’ll also recommend ingredients and products for glowing skin from our Clearly Corrective collection.

maintain a healthy diet

It’s common knowledge that a healthy, balanced diet helps you achieve radiant skin. But you might not have thought about how ingesting a diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants can play a direct role in protecting your skin against environmental aggressors that can lead to premature signs of visible skin ageing.

Some nutrients found in fruit and vegetables such as vitamin C are known as antioxidants due to their ability to minimise the effects of damaging unstable molecules known as free radicals on your body and skin. Your body is confronted with free radicals via exposure to environmental aggressors including UV radiation and pollution. Ingesting dietary antioxidants helps minimise the potential effects of these stressors: wrinkles, pigmentation and dull looking skin.

Exfoliate your face regularly

The next step in how to get dewy skin is ensuring you exfoliate your skin at an optimal frequency. Your skin is constantly shedding cells to make way for new layers, but as we age this process slows down leading to a dull or rough looking complexion. Using products with either physical or chemical exfoliant ingredients helps your skin slough away dead cells to reveal the glowy fresh skin underneath.

We recommend using a cleanser or serum containing chemical exfoliants like salicylic acid and glycolic acid or physical exfoliants like apricot kernels or pearlstone at least once a week. The ideal frequency of exfoliation varies depending on your skin type and individual concerns.

Cleanse twice a day

It should come as no surprise that fresh, clean skin looks more radiant. It’s simple to understand that cleansing morning and night is essential for brighter skin, but did you know that your choice of face cleanser formula can make a significant difference? For example, our Clearly Corrective Brightening and Exfoliating Daily Cleanser utilises pearlstone to gently exfoliate as it cleanses to help leave skin visibly radiant. This formula also contains brightening ingredients for even more benefits. It’s also important to avoid over-cleansing, as this can dry out your skin and leave it prone to redness and dullness.

Maintain hydration to support the skin barrier

Hydration is an essential characteristic of healthy, radiant looking skin. If you let your skin become dehydrated it will likely appear dull or rough and the appearance of fine lines may be more apparent. Aside from drinking lots of water and eating moisture-rich fruits and veggies, regularly applying hydrating skincare products is a key way to avoid dehydrated skin.

We recommend applying an ultra-hydrating moisturising product twice per day post-cleanse. This will keep your skin moist and also help support and hydrate your skin barrier. Our Clearly Corrective Brightening and Smoothing Moisture Treatment has a rich formula designed to provide continuous hydration while also diminishing visible discolouration and dark spots.

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Use skincare with brightening ingredients

Here are some of the key Kiehl’s brightening ingredients for naturally glowing skin.

  • White Birch Extract: This natural ingredient is derived from sugars in birch trees. In addition to facilitating discolouration correction, this impressive ingredient can also work in conjunction with vitamin C to help improve skin clarity.
  • Peony Extract: This ingredient originates from Chinese medicine. Peony extract is a plant derived antioxidant known to protect against free radicals while enhancing skin clarity.
  • Activated C: As a next generation vitamin C derivative, Activated C is more efficacious than Ascorbyl Glucoside. This ingredient has high bioavailability meaning it has a potent ability to minimise the appearance of discolouration for more radiant looking skin.

Apply face masks

Searching for an additional brightening boost beyond your daily skincare regime? Slipping on a nourishing face mask can help energise the look of your complexion.

Our Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask is formulated to  invigorate your skin through the power of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients to help your skin feel comfortable and look radiant. Turmeric is known for it’s comforting and brightening properties, while cranberry contains antioxidants and resveratrol to help enhance radiance. We recommend using this mask three times a week for optimal benefits.

Protect your skin with SPF daily

Searching for an additional brightening boost beyond your daily skincare regime? Slipping on a nourishing face mask can help energise the look of your complexion.

When it comes to naturally glowing skin, a natural tan is not a necessary part of the equation. In fact, exposure to the sun’s UV radiation is one of the leading causes of skin damage. Skipping SPF for even the shortest of sun exposures creates cumulative effects including discolouration, increased fine lines and wrinkles, dullness and an increased risk of cancer. Avoid sun related dullness by applying face sunscreen every day, after your skincare routine and before your makeup.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge you need on how to get glowing skin, learn more about how regularly using face masks can benefit your skin. Our Guide to the Best Face Mask for You will help you identify the right mask formula for your skin type and concerns.


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