The enemies of glowing skin
There are a number of factors—both internal and external—that can affect the look and feel of your skin. A few of these factors are physiological in nature, which you can’t influence so easily, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for you to reclaim the appearance of healthy, glowing skin.
First, let’s take a look at some of the possible culprits that may throw a shade on your glow, then we’ll shine a light on Olay’s blueprint for radiant skin.
Smooths and Hydrates
Hormonal changes: An accumulation of melanin (produced by the changing levels of progesterone and oestrogen stimulating melanocytes) can lead to uneven colour distribution on the skin. During periods of hormonal fluctuations, such as your monthly cycle, your skin can become oily, resulting in acne, but if your thyroid hormones are out of balance, you can experience dry skin.
Poor cell renewal: You shed millions of dead skin cells each day, which can pile up on top of each other like dust particles on a surface, preventing your skin from reflecting light, and dimming its natural glow. As you age, your skin’s cell renewal ability declines, causing an increase in the build-up of dead skin cells.
Sunlight: UVA and UVB rays can induce hyperpigmentation and over time may contribute to conditions such as age spots (also known as sunspots), while over-exposure to ultraviolet light can result in leathery, dry, sagging appearance of your skin. Read more about UV rays and learn why you need an SPF moisturiser.
Using the Wrong Cleanser for Your Skin: Cleansing is super important in our goal of radiant skin but over cleansing or using a products that’s too harsh for your skin can impair your skin’s cell structure and diminish the barrier function of the epidermis layer.
Diet and Lifestyle: The foods you eat, the amount of water you drink, whether you’re a smoker or a non-smoker, how much exercise or sleep you get daily – these are all contributing factors to your skin health, or rather, its lack thereof. Read about the connection between your diet and your skin and learn how certain foods can affect it.
How to get clear, naturally glowing skin
A tell-tale sign of healthy looking skin is a natural glow. Though factors such as stress, hormones, and lack of sleep can temporarily dim the radiance of your complexion, with a few tricks, you can transform tired dullness into a healthy glow.
Stay hydrated. If you want to get a smooth skin, aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
Pursue a healthier lifestyle. Follow a diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants by consuming plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Getting a good’s night sleep, exercising regularly, and not smoking can also help you retain the youthful characteristics of your skin and prevent skin concerns, such as deep frown lines and under-eye wrinkles.
Wash your face. Using lukewarm water, wash your face three times a day, massaging it in a circular motion to help get the blood flowing. After each cleansing, apply a light moisturiser to your skin.
De-stress. Allow yourself some me-time every day, and try to practice stress management techniques, such as breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation.
We have discussed the basics of how to make your skin glow naturally, now it’s time to change gears and look at a different approach when it comes to getting healthy-looking, clear, and radiant skin: the Olay way.
Achieving glowing skin with Olay
If you consider yourself a glow-getter, then you’ll be happy to learn that our Luminous collection was created just for you: designed with glow-rious formulas to hydrate, smooth, and visibly renew your skin, these luxurious pampering products give you lasting radiance and an even skin tone. Read on to know how to make your skin glow with Olay’s help.
Brightens and Evens skin
Radiant skin essentials
A must-have for glowing skin is the Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Serum that contains a concentrated yet lightweight formula, enriched with Niacinamide (the water-soluble form of Vitamin B3), it gives your skin a boost of glowing freshness.
Protecting against the sun is essential if you want to keep your skin glowing. Always use a face moisturiser with SPF that helps block both UVA and UVB rays, such as Olay Regenerist Whip SPF 30, which has a Sun Protection Factor of 30, and provides you with instant absorption and a lightweight feel.
You may have the smoothest, clearest skin in the whole wide world, but that can be counteracted by puffy eyes. To help diminish the look of dark under-eye circles, use an ultra-hydrating eye cream such as Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Night Eye Cream. Specifically designed for the time when your skin is at its most receptive, it penetrates up to 10 surface layers deep into the delicate skin surface around your eyes while you sleep, delivering a powerful blend of Vitamin B3 and Retinoid Complex for younger-looking, radiant skin. Pair it with Olay Retinol24 Night Moisturiser for visible improvements in fine lines and wrinkles, smoothness, brightness, firming, dark spots, and pores.
Cleansing & exfoliating
To keep your glow undimmed, cleanse your face in the evening before going to sleep and in the morning after you wake up. To remove make-up, oil, dirt, and pollution, try Olay Hungarian Water Essence, a cleanser developed with no-rinsing micellar technology.
In addition to cleansing, exfoliation is also key to brighten your skin and boost its glow. While you exfoliate, you remove dead skin cells, which results in a smoother, clearer, and more reflective outer layer. Formulated with Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5, Olay Detox & Glow is a gentle exfoliate designed for everyday use, containing touch-activated particles.
Perfect your tone
For a light and airy skin care experience, go for the delightfully powerful Olay Luminous Whip, a whipped moisturiser cream that transforms into a liquid for instant absorption, evening your skin tone, giving it a youthful radiance, and a smooth, matte, silky finish. Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream gives your skin a glow that doesn’t wash off, fades the look of hyperpigmentation, and boosts the surface cell renewal of your skin, while keeping it hydrated and silky smooth. Equipped with Olive (a derivative of olive oil, which in the lab has been shown to increase the penetration of anti-ageing ingredients into the surface layers of the skin), antioxidants, and our power player ingredient duo of Niacinamide and NAG, this luxurious formula is essential for achieving a glowing and even skin tone.
Preventing the loss of firmness with Olay
Now that you’ve learnt how to put your glow on, the next step for firmer, younger-looking skin is to read our quick-and-easy guide on improving your skin elasticity. Keep glowing!