Best Skin Brightening Techniques

Everyone wants skin that seems to glow on its own, but not everyone knows how to get it. This is because achieving radiant skin is less straight-forward than other skin care goals, and involves daily maintenance. If you want skin that seems to illuminate from the inside out, add a few of these skin brightening tips to your routine.  You’ll find that naturally glowing skin has always been within your reach.

 Get More Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a key component to the body’s production of collagen and has amazing brightening effects when applied topically. Consuming vitamin C through diet and vitamins is important, but it quickly cycles through the body. Because of this,  it’s good to also use a serum, oil, or cream with a high concentration of vitamin C.

When applied topically, Vitamin C reduces the effects of free radicals, leading to firmer, glowing skin. It also smooths out skin tone by reducing the appearance of dark spots, rosacea, and redness. The skin brightening effects of Vitamin C are also great for sun spots and dark circles.

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Get a Facial

A facial is excellent for giving your skin everything it needs in one sitting, so you’ll instantly have bright, glowing skin afterwards. The massage that is typically included in facials is excellent for increasing circulation to the skin. Increasing circulation leads to naturally rosy cheeks and reduced puffiness around the eyes.

Additionally, an esthetician will be able to tell you what kind of treatments and care your skin type needs. Our qualified estheticians know the safest and most effective methods of extracting impurities from pores, exfoliating, and moisturizing. These treatments are guaranteed to make your skin look radiant and feel baby soft.

Wash Thoroughly and Gently

Cleanse your skin both in the morning and evening. This will get rid of dirt, excess oil, and toxins that have accumulated during the day and night. If you have a hard time remembering to wash your face outside the shower, then just use a quick wipe.  Simply taking a cotton pad dampened with witch hazel or rose water can be a quicker alternative.

It is important to never sleep with makeup on, as that is one of the biggest culprits of dull looking skin (aside from a very poor diet). To avoid dark circles that interfere with a bright complexion, use a q-tip around the eye area to remove all eye shadows, eyeliners, and mascara.

Ease up on Foundation

Though foundation is great for covering up redness or blemishes, too much can also mask the natural glow of your skin (especially liquid or matte foundation). Try to wean off of heavy foundation, or use it as a “spot” treatment for blemishes. You can also try using lighter foundation mineral powders that contain a sheen to them to help add a skin brightening quality.

If you don’t need a lot of cover-up, you can also switch to a tinted moisturizer. This will give you coverage while being translucent enough to let your natural glow come through.

Don’t Skip Exfoliating

Over exfoliating can cause your skin to appear red and irritated, but not enough exfoliation will keep dead skin cells to stay on the surface of your skin. As a result, it gives skin a dull appearance and rough texture. If it’s been awhile since you’ve exfoliated, that could be what’s causing your skin from looking bright.

Exfoliating twice or three times a week is a good amount. You can do this by using something like a Clarisonic cleansing brush, an exfoliating skin scrub, or making your own with honey and chickpea flour.

By using these skin-brightening tips, you’ll be well on your way to skin that seems to radiate from the inside out. At P&H, we offer a number of skin treatments in Toronto, so if you’re in the need of some TLC for your skin, schedule an appointment with us today.