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From Exfoliants To Highlighters, A Fluff-Free Menu To Glowy Skin

Dewy skin, glass skin. Call it what you want, but that glow we all seek isn't just about pumping hydration into your skin. Fluff-free doesn't always mean fuss-free.
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The beauty trend often referred to as dewy, glowy or the recent glass skin is one that has caused us to frantically scramble for products to slap on our skin. Good skin is something we all work so hard to get because having a clean canvas would also mean that makeup goes on more easily, if any makeup is required at all.

But for that to work, it takes hard work, a series of experiments to arrive at a good skincare routine. Then, you have to commit, commit, commit. If you’re not sure where to start, we’re here to help.

As we all know, the universal tip for good skin would be hydration. That literally cannot be stressed enough. However, while that is paramount, you first need to exfoliate so that every thing that follows can be absorbed better. Every single beauty expert we have spoken to – Selena Gomez’s makeup artist included – says it is the first step to glowing skin. Think of it like removing a layer of dead skin cells that block the good stuff from your actual skin. It also creates a smoother and more even surface that helps light bounce of better, like a mirror. Science, man.

With that said, exfoliation needs to be done gently and never with too much pressure or too often. There are two options to choose from: physical scrubs or chemical exfoliators. Although physical scrubs have had a bad rep for causing micro tears in the skin, gentler ones made from ingredients like sugar instead of coarser nuts or husks can be beneficial to the skin.

As for chemical ones, acids are the most common kind, like salicylic acid or glycolic acid that can usually be found in cleansers or even toners. If the idea of a chemical peel just scares the hoot out of you, gentler ones exist, too.

While all of this sounds pretty do-able, it really does take effort, commitment and time, all without factoring in the process of trial and error. That’s why, faking in the meantime is the way to go.

Things like liquid highlighters that can be mixed into your foundation for that all-over glow or blinding ones that really give the illusion of light bouncing off your skin are some ways to go about it. Do not forget dewy cushions and, if you dare, face oils. Below, we’ve rounded up a list of products that’ll help you on this journey to glowy skin.


REN Skincare Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial


Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Refine & Polish Miracle Balm


Natura Bissé C+C Vitamin Scrub


Lancer The Method: Polish Sensitive – Dehydrated Skin


Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops


Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting


Rituel de Fille Rare Light Luminizer

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