As much as I love highlighters, nothing beats a natural glow that comes from truly taking care of your skin. Bright, youthful skin means you’re doing something right, not just superficially, but deep beyond your pores. You can’t fake the candlelit effect as it represents several factors coming together, from tighter pores to reduce dark and red spots.
The attack to get glowing skin involves several steps, from cleansing to nourishing. All of which aimed to slowly eliminate what causes dullness and darkness. If you’re up for the commitment, here are some products to add to your regimen.
Clear your skin with a gentle but effective cleanser like the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam (P2,200). Aimed at micro-purifying, it cleanses out all the tiniest hints of dirt and buildup so your skin is free to receive the nutrients from your succeeding products.
Estée Lauder. Available at SM Mall of Asia. For a complete list of stores and more information, visit their website.
If you’ve had a pretty rough day and are in need of extra cleansing, exfoliate with a product filled with lactic acid and fruit enzymes that will reveal your skin’s natural state. Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant (P1,950) is unique with its cream formulation that doesn’t strip away your skin’s moisture while restoring back to life.
Dermalogica. Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source, Glorietta 4. For a complete list of stores and more information, visit their website.
Jump on the Asian skincare craze over snail essence. It’s long been proven to help revive dull skin with intense moisture. If you’re still a bit freaked out over masks and gels, opt for the Tony Moly Ferment Snail Toner (P1,300).
Tony Moly. Available at SM City North EDSA. For a complete list of stores and more information, visit their website.
Pollutants are the first source of our skin problems. Foreign and harmful substances are all over us that they’ve made nice homes in our dermis. Gross, I know. Slather on the Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque (P1,600) to get them out and to strengthen your skin from those invaders.
Kiehl’s. Available at Greenbelt 5. For a complete list of stores and more information, visit their website.
When you lack sleep, that automatically increases the darkness of your face and exacerbates the effects of dehydration. Give your skin a refreshing treat with the Nuxe Ultra Comforting Night Face Cream (P1,520). Best for dry and sensitive skin, it helps reverse the effects of dehydration for a well-rested look.
Nuxe. Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source, Glorietta 4. For a complete list of stores and more information, visit their website.
A dead giveaway for dull skin is those dark, crepe-y circles under your eyes. Apply the MAC Lightful C Vibrancy Eye Cream (P1,750) before putting on concealer for an enchanced glow and a mositurized feeling that will make you look awake.
MAC. Available at Eastwood Mall. For a complete list of stores and more information, visit their website.
If you want to lock your cream moisturizer and boost it a little bit more, reach for a serum like the Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Serum (P2,200) that’s full of vitamins that will supplement your skin’s balance.
Clinique. Available at SM Megamall. For a complete list of stores and more information, visit their website.
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