2. Get enough quality sleep
See what we did there? Quality of sleep, not just quantity of it, is key for cells to regenerate, emotions to process, and beauty to literally blossom. Sleep deprivation actually reduces blood circulation, leading to dry, pale skin. Aim for seven to nine hours of real sleep — the zombie look is so last October.
3. Stay hydrated
Our bodies are made up of around 60% water, so fill 'er up on the inside, and it'll show on the outside. Though we love our coffee, keep in mind that coffee is a diuretic — meaning it makes the body expel water — so don’t rely on it for hydration — opt for real water.
Same with alcohol: It's hard on your kidneys, suppressing hydration action, and it depletes your body of skin-loving vitamin A.
How to know you're properly hydrated? Your pee should be nearly clear, and you should rarely feel thirsty — once you do, you’re already dehydrated.
4. Eat clean
Fruits and veggies are full of vitamins and antioxidants that clean up the scavengers in our bodies. They're also mostly water, so they help to keep skin hydrated. Get your vitamins A, C, and E, and your face will show it.
Does your cat's fur stand on end when you pet her? Getting a jolt when you touch anything around the house? Check your home's humidity level. A dry environment dries out your skin, so consider adding a humidifier — at the very least in your bedroom.
We also swear by a steamy shower and lots of plants in your bathroom, which are natural humectants. This will create a dewy space to perform your skincare routine.
6. Address the stress
Worry and stress affect not only your physical and emotional well-being but also the appearance of your skin. You've no doubt heard about the dangers of high levels of cortisol, the fight-or-flight chemical your body produces when it's stressed. Cortisol and the ailments it causes — high blood pressure, insomnia, gastrointestinal symptoms — take a major toll on your skin, which is your body's largest organ.
The practices of mindfulness, yoga, and exercise improve circulation, endorphin responses, and happiness — and that, friends, shows in your face.
This skincare step is almost always mentioned by dermatologists. Sloughing off dead skin cells and microscopic debris helps reveal brighter, fresher skin. Natural exfoliates, like oats, coffee, and fine sugar, are a key ingredient in glowing skin.
All skin types — even oily — need to be hydrated, and it’s easy to find a moisturizer suitable for your skin type. Penetrating the top layer of skin with moisture is key to a healthy, dewy look, so look for natural moisturizers that are free of parabens, phthalates, and other harmful ingredients that work against you.
Coconut oil, shea butter, and glycerin are fantastic natural moisturizers.
Thanks in part to social media, celebrities and models are far more accessible as are their makeup artists and their arsenal of tips to create glowing skin with beauty products.
At the top of the list is highlighting, whereby you apply lightweight, even, shimmery makeup to areas of the face where you want light to reflect. Apply it above the cheekbones, along the ridge of the nose, between the eyebrows, on the apple of the cheeks, and the chin.
Use a small amount and a very light hand, lest you look like an electric skeleton. Less is always more when it comes to makeup.
10. Fake a bake
Another staple for that sun-kissed glow, bronzers are also best applied with a light touch. Very gently sweep a golden bronzer (one to two shades darker than your skin tone) in the shape of a "3," starting at each side of your forehead, then inward on the hollow of each cheek, and again under each side of your jaw. With practice, you'll create a warm glow outlining your gorgeous face.