If your skin is dull and tired, you might be feeling hopeless about ever achieving beautiful, glowing skin. You’re busy. You don’t have hours to spend on your skin and hair; you have other things to focus on: family, work, housework… So how to get glowing skin? It’s easier than you think.
Probably the last thing on your mind is your daily skincare routine. It might seem too time-consuming or daunting to even think about. But it doesn’t have to be that way! With a few simple products and 5 minutes a day, you can work towards healthy, glowing skin without spending too much time in the bathroom. Because really, we all have better things to do!
Your 3-Step Skincare Routine
How can you make your skin glow? Start with a simple skincare routine you can complete in just a few minutes twice a day - once in the morning and another in the evening before bed. No fuss, no fancy steps. Here are the basics of your new 3-step skincare routine:
Cleansing your face is the first - and most crucial step in any skincare routine, so make sure you don't skip it if you want glowing skin. Starting with freshly cleansed skin is important as dirt will accumulate on your face as you go about your daily life. And although you're in bed during the night, your skin is continuously regenerating, shedding off dead skin cells as they go along - all of which you'd want to cleanse off in the morning.
If your skin isn't properly cleansed, you're increasing your chances of infections, acne and inflammation as dirt particles bury itself deep into your skin and wreak havoc. And if you're still not convinced of the importance of starting off your skincare routine with properly cleansed skin, here's another reason: skincare products work better on cleansed skin. Without any pollutants or dead skin cells to contend with, the active ingredients in your skincare products are able to penetrate into your skin better.
So start off the day right by washing your face, but pay close attention to the water temperature. Hot water can dry out and irritate your skin and even cause redness for those with sensitive skin. Although you may be accustomed to showering with hot water, the skin on your face and neck is much thinner than the rest of your body. This is why it is more sensitive to hot water. So instead of cleansing with hot water, aim to wash your face with warm or lukewarm water.
The best method to cleanse your face is to use gentle, circular strokes. To keep wrinkles at bay, avoid any form of harsh scrubbing and keep your nails away from your skin. Rinse off and lightly pat your skin dry with a soft face towel, as opposed to rubbing the water off your face with the towel. It's also good practice to change your face towel regularly (every 3-4 days) to prevent any dirt or microbes from lingering too long. This is even more important if your bathroom tends to stay humid, making it the perfect environment for bacteria breeding (yuck)!
Tradition dictates that the next step after cleansing is to apply a toner. Toners are designed to thoroughly remove all traces of dirt, makeup and dead skin cells that were missed off during the cleansing step. But if you are using a proper cleanser in the first place, a toner is totally unnecessary. Not only that, we would actually recommend that you avoid using toners altogether. Why? Most toners are formulated with alcohol - an ingredient that can dry out your skin - and get in the way of you achieving that radiant look!
In lieu of toners, you should consider floral waters instead. Also known as hydrosols or hydrolats, floral waters have been around for as long as essential oils have been produced (we're going back centuries here folks). A by-product of steam distilled essential oils, hydrosols capture the essence of the essential oil - but in a diluted form, making it safe to use directly on the skin. Another bonus point of using floral water on your skin - it smells beautiful, without the need for any artificial fragrances.
Your skin will benefit from using hydrosols as the essence of the plant's active ingredient work its way into your skin. And there are almost endless options to choose from, depending on your preference. Lavender water is ideal for those with sensitive, irritated skin as it helps to calm skin down and reduce inflammation. And if you're after a touch of luxury, rose water smells opulent and helps reduce puffiness. To use, simply spritz onto your face immediately after cleansing.
The final step in your daily skincare routine is moisturising. When you cleanse your face, you are also stripping off sebum - your skin's natural oil. It is vital that you replace the oil you've cleaned off by applying moisturiser. Even if you have oily skin, you should always moisturise - otherwise, your body will go into sebum overdrive to make up for the loss of oil, which leads to even oilier skin!
To moisturize, start off first with spritzing floral water on your face. While your skin is still damp, gently pat the moisturizer onto your face. This will create an emulsion of water and oil that will help your skin absorb even more of your skincare's active ingredients. Allow your skin to dry naturally and wait until your moisturiser is fully absorbed before applying makeup.
If you suffer from dry skin, consider using a facial oil instead of a water-based moisturiser. It may sound counterintuitive as your skin is probably crying out for more hydration but there's a very good reason behind this. Transepidermal water loss (TEWL) which is the evaporation of water through your skin, is a regular function of your skin. But if your skin's barrier is weakened or if you are frequently exposed to dry air conditions (central air conditioning at the office or during winter for example), the rate of evaporation can speed up - contributing to dry skin.
The reason why facial oils play a critical role in preventing dry skin is that it offers barrier protection for your skin - helping to slow down the rate of water loss. When you create a water-oil emulsion by blending your facial oil with floral water, you're replenishing moisture back into your skin and locking it in. Not only that, facial oils are full of vitamins and minerals which can help soften and repair your skin for that truly, natural glow.
That’s the whole routine! For those with oily skin, an additional moisturiser likely won’t be necessary. However, if you have dry skin, try layering your moisturiser with a thicker moisturiser on top for added protection. If your skin is more of a combination type, consider layering moisturiser where it's drier and leaving the oilier parts out.
The secret for how to get glowing skin in 5 minutes a day is simple: using the right products and the right techniques. This approach works because it minimizes damage and chemical interference to your skin. Adding more and more products doesn’t necessarily do your skin any favours, so it’s best to stick with a few high-quality products for best results. Less is definitely more in this case.
Take it up a notch
Your skincare routine is an important part of skin health, but it’s not the only factor in maintaining a youthful glow. Your lifestyle also has a major impact on your skin’s appearance. Stressed? Your skin will respond with breakouts, excess oil or dryness, and other problems. Not maintaining a healthful diet? Your skin might start to show signs of age and damage.
A diet for healthy and glowing skin is simple: just eat healthy whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and good fats. Avoid processed, packaged, sweet and salty foods as much as possible, and try to incorporate superfoods into your diet for their skin-boosting vitamins and minerals.
It’s also crucial for your skin’s health to protect it from the harmful rays of the sun. UV rays from the sun can speed up aging, trigger skin cancer, and cause damage to your skin’s pigment and overall appearance. Sunscreen and protective clothing play an important role in keeping your skin shielded from these dangerous rays, and it’s key to be consistent in using sun protection.
Ready to take charge of your skin? This effortless guide to glowing skin will get you started on the right track. By paying attention to how your lifestyle could affect your skin, you can stay on top of your overall health, and avoid many of the skin problems that can come up from an unhealthy lifestyle. You’ll soon see a difference!