6 Ways to Get Radiant Skin

We all long for it—skin that boasts that natural glow. But getting it doesn’t always come easy. Boca Raton, FL, dermatologist Kathleen B. Herne, MD, explains, “Reduced cellular turnover is the main cause of dull skin. The skin renews itself every 28 days. As we age, that process slows, so if dead skin cells are building up, light is scattered in all different directions.” Rather than accept lackluster skin, up the ante with these expert tips and glow-enhancing products.

 

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The Skin Prep

Primer helps to even out skin so that your makeup goes on smoothly. This oil-free formula, which is developed specifically for dull-looking skin, creates the perfect base and leaves skin velvety smooth. Clinique Superprimer Face Primer Colour Corrects Dullness, $27, clinique.com

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The Dark Spot Reducer

Don’t let discoloration stand in the way of radiant skin. This multitasking lightener also helps fight the signs of aging and softens wrinkles with a blend of royal jelly, 24-karat gold and stargazer lily flower for a true nature-meets-science experience. Orlane Elixir Royal, $650, orlane.com

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The Skin Illuminator

An illuminator can do wonders for the complexion. This pearlescent pigment–packed one gives a healthy glow and highlights the natural contours of the face, no matter where you apply it. Illamasqua Gleam in Supernatural, $26, bloomingdales.com

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The Complexion Polisher

The key to radiant skin is regular exfoliation since dead skin that sits on the surface can not only clog pores, but also cause the skin to lack a healthy glow. Brimming with natural exfoliators, this gentle skin refiner—it’s safe to use on all skin types—lifts away impurities and dead cells for prettier-looking skin. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish, $24, sephora.com

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A Simple Way to Rev Up Radiance

For some, the key to a more natural glow may be as simple as making small changes to your daily beauty routine. Peoria, IL, dermatologist Carl W. Soderstrom, MD, recommends cleansing with an antioxidant-rich moisturizer in the morning and a glycolic cream in the evening. “Antioxidants bring life back to the skin while glycolic acid helps deliver moisture and hydration. The combination of the two formulas can bring a fullness to the complexion for more radiant skin overall.” Dr. Soderstrom also recommends a glycolic acid peel once a month. “I like the Perfect 10 Peel, which features 10 antioxidants and other chemicals. Typically, patients notice an immediate glow to their skin after this treatment.”

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You Are What You Eat

What we eat can show on our skin and too many heavy, processed or sugary foods can make skin dull and puffy. “The best way to improve your skin through diet is to eat foods that have a high water content,” says Lindsay Reinsmith, creator of Kaeng Raeng, a vegan cleanse. Juicing, cleanses and eating raw may be the trend lately, but there is solid reasoning why. “Traditional meals are high in sodium and low in beta-carotene and vitamin A, which are necessary for healthy skin. Raw foods like vegetables, berries and water-heavy fruits are best since they substitute those high-sodium culprits for high-fiber nutrients.”