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  • Writer's pictureAnjana Rajbhandary

How to brighten skin

10 ways to get a glowing complexion



If your skin is looking dull and tired, you might be wondering what is causing it. By making a few changes, it is possible for you to achieve a healthy glow.


Skin is the largest organ of the human body, and if you are not taking care of yourself, it will show. Your complexion can look dull due to dehydration, stress or sleep deprivation. By examining your lifestyle, diet and skincare products, you can adjust your routine as needed to get brighter, healthier and clearer skin.

1. Exfoliate 1-2 times a week


The dead skin on the top layer can make you appear tired, so exfoliation is key. Use Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant with salicylic acid to remove dead skin and unclog pores for a more even skin tone. It is also important to exfoliate the skin on your body. OGX Hydration + Sea Kelp & Hyaluronic Acid Exfoliating Body Scrub is a hydrating body wash suitable for all skin types.


2. Use a weekly brightening mask

The BioNymph peptide complex in the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Clay Mask supports collagen and results in a radiant appearance. If you prefer sheet masks, the PIXI GLOW Glycolic Boost Sheet Mask is an affordable option. The glycolic acid and aloe vera instantly brighten and hydrate your skin.


3. Start your day with vitamin C serum

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can brighten your skin and fade dark spots. The multitasking and effective Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Brightening Serum fights discoloration and wrinkles without irritating the skin. If you prefer a more natural option, InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum is more affordable and contains niacinamide, which keeps your skin plump.


4. Always use moisturizer

Moisturizing on a regular basis can keep your skin hydrated and protect the skin barrier. Made with antioxidant-packed ingredients, Youth to the People Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream with hyaluronic acid can restore and balance your skin barrier. If your skin is more dehydrated and sensitive, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream offers long-lasting hydration and is paraben-free.

5. Wear sunscreen

The sun's UV rays can damage your skin by causing fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and skin cancer. Daily use of sunscreen provides protection and can give you brighter, healthier skin. EltaMD UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 protects you from both UVA and UVB rays without making you look greasy, and it is suitable for sensitive skin too. If you want a tinted sunscreen, bareMinerals COMPLEXION RESCUE Tinted Moisturizer comes in 20 shades and keeps your skin hydrated.


6. Invest in a silk pillowcase

Sleeping on a silk pillowcase absorbs less skincare products and can be gentler on your skin due to less friction. As an added bonus, it also keeps your hair smoother.


7. Take collagen supplements

Collagen is an important component of your skin and, as you age, the body produces less of it. Zint Collagen Peptides Powder is sourced from non-GMO, grass-fed cows and can help restore skin's moisture and smoothness. If you prefer gummies, Nature's Bounty Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies contain vitamin C and vitamin E to improve the quality of your skin from within.


8. Keep yourself hydrated

Keeping yourself hydrated can prevent fine lines and scaly skin, which can be the result of chronic dehydration. Make sure to drink eight glasses of water daily. If you are going to be out and about, remember to bring a water bottle.


9. Be physically active

Exercise increases blood flow, which helps nourish the skin. If you are not comfortable going to the gym, try investing in a treadmill or stationary bike so you can exercise in the comfort of your own home.


10. Get a good night’s rest

A good night's sleep can affect how you feel and how you look. Choosing a good mattress and a supportive pillow can improve the quality of your sleep and make your skin look more refreshed in the morning.


Bright skin FAQ


Can I get bright skin overnight?

A. No, it takes time and work to get bright skin. Consistent use of skincare products and healthier habits can make your skin brighter with time and patience.


What is glass skin?

A. Glass skin — a popular term that started in South Korea — is when your skin is at its healthiest, meaning when it looks clear, poreless and luminous.


Why does my skin look dull and tired?

A. Your skin can look dull and tired for many reasons. Lack of sleep, dehydration, diet, lifestyle (consuming alcohol and smoking) and dead skin cells can all contribute to a duller complexion.

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