valentine card with glowing skinValentine’s Day is just around the corner, and whether you have a date or are looking for one… you’re going to need to get your best glow going! Here are five tips to get you glowing in just a few days.

  • Cozy up with a vitamin C serum. Vitamin C helps to promote blood circulation (therefore detoxing the skin), decrease uneven skin tone, and brightening your complexion all over. You’ll get bonus brightening if the vitamin C is paired with arbutin, licorice root extract, or kojic acid. One of my favorites is the iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum, packed with potent vitamin C to stimulate repair and get the blood moving. Another of my favorites is the Korres Wild Rose Brightening Serum , which uses wild rose extracts that naturally contain vitamin C to brighten and prevent fine lines.
  • Kiss your skin with some alpha hydoxy acids. A little extra exfoliation helps to get rid of the layers of dead skin cells that sometimes build up in cooler months and cause a dull complexion. Add a glycolic cleanser three to four times a week, or try an at home peel once a week for the next two weeks to excavate your glow. Some to try? I love DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge glycolic wash (available in varying glycolic strengths start with 1 if you’re new to glycolic), which is formulated to not cause excessive dryness. For at-home peels, I love MD Skincare’s Alpha-Beta Daily Face Peel, though I feel like daily use can be excessive. I generally recommend using it 2-3 times per week at night.
  • Have a fling with an instant brightening mask. I keep these miracle workers
    on hand for a quick fix. My current romance is with the Boscia Bright White Mask, packed with vitamin C and sea algae to remineralize and revitalize the complexion. Another one to try? I love Fresh Rose Face Mask for hydration and a glow.
  • Commit to complete moisture. Cold weather slows oil production and harsh wind can abuse the skin. Look for skin replenishing lipids such as ceramides, shea butter, and healthy botanical oils like jojoba and argan oils. I get my deep moisture from creams like Sircuit Skin Cloud 9 moisturizer or the Astara Antioxidant Light Moisturizer, which is a little lighter but still a glow getter. Be careful of going too heavy… many moisturizers just sit on the surface, leaving the underlying layers depleted and lacking luster. When in doubt, apply layers of moisture in the form of serums and creams.
  • Cheat your complexion with some cosmetic saviors. I rely on highlighters like Fresh’s Twilight highlighter and Benefit High Beam to fake a glow
    where there was dullness before. I swear by a pink blush like the ever famous NARS Orgasm blush, which has saved me on many an early morning (better for lighter skin tones… try Dolce Vita for deeper skin tones). I also love Tarte cheek stain in Blushing Bride. The gel texture is better for dry skin types because it helps the skin appear more hydrated (powders sometimes make skin look drier, which is opposite of the glow we’re going for).

These are some of my favorite tips. What do you do to save your complexion in the middle of tough skin times?

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