‘Glowing.’ Could there be a word more widely used in the beauty business?
Glowing skin is something we all strive for, and something many beauty products claim to offer us – from the cheapest shimmering bronzer to the priciest 24k gold-flecked miracle-working serum.
But truly glowing skin – that radiates from within – is not easy to achieve.
Not easy BUT, you’ll be pleased to hear, not impossible. Most off-the-shelf products can only dream of reaching a true level of radiance, but thanks to medical-grade skincare, non-invasive treatments and aesthetic procedures, clear, glowing skin that has been treated from a cellular level is perfectly achievable.
Simply make a few tweaks to your treatment plan, by incorporating some of the following into your regime and we guarantee you will get your glow on in no time…
1. Invest In Medical-Grade Retinol
Retinol offers a whole host of anti-aging and beautifying benefits: stimulating the skin to turnover more efficiently and helping soften it by thinning the outermost layer of the epidermis, the stratum corneum. Clinical studies show that it also has the ability to thicken the skin, reduce the appearance of discoloration and re-organize collagen and elastin fibers. HintMD partner and Walnut Creek-based facial plastic surgeon Dr. Haena Kim calls its visible benefits the ‘photoshopped effect.’ Sold? Then introduce a medical-grade nightly retinol into your treatment plan right this minute. Ask your physician about Alastin Renewal Retinol .5. You won’t regret it.
2. Go For A Chemical Peel
Medical-grade peels that contain salicylic, trichloroacetic or glycolic acid are great for adding a pep to your step, but they’re particularly effective for dealing with discolorations and uneven skin tone. They work by injuring the skin on a superficial level to provoke a wound-healing response that sheds and expels unwanted dark patches. It really is as simple as that. Chemical peels can eliminate new discoloration issues in one session, but if you have older, deeper concerns, a series of three or four appointments is usually recommended, followed by maintenance treatments on a less regular basis. We’re big fans of The Perfect Derma Peel and VI Peel here at HintMD.
3. Don’t Forget Your Vitamin C
Vitamin C is one of the most essential and well-studied antioxidants available in skincare today. Proven to prevent accumulated damage and neutralize environmental assaults that can cause fine lines, wrinkles and discolorations, vitamin C waves a proverbial fist at premature aging caused by free radicals such as pollution, sun damage and cigarette smoke. Used topically and religiously, vitamin C effectively helps fade acne scars and discoloration, produces collagen (which helps give skin its elasticity), reverses UV-related skin damage and boosts the overall effectiveness of your sunscreen. Perhaps most compelling of all, vitamin C prevents the consequences of long-term sun exposure, which can lead to life-threatening skin cancer. Radiant skin, plus all of these longer term benefits? It would be rude not to, right? Just make sure you look for pure l-ascorbic acid in the ingredients of your chosen product (other lesser Cs might not actually increase levels in the skin) and ensure it contains a concentration of at least 10 percent. Anything less is pointless. Looking for a guaranteed real vitamin C deal? Then look no further than SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic.
4. Have A HydraFacial
The mighty HydraFacial is a big favorite with beauty members across our subscription platform due to its ability to treat just about every skin concern known. With small adjustments and modifications to your specific treatment, the benefits of a monthly or six-weekly HydraFacial include: smoothing fine lines, improving texture and tone, refining enlarged pores, hydrating your skin, removing congestion and fading uneven pigmentation. If this all sounds too good to be true for a treatment that is totally non-invasive? Believe us, it’s not.
5. Massage As You Cleanse
Facial massage is one of the most important things you can do for your skin at home. Take a minute to massage the skin as you wash your face and you’ll instantly boost circulation and help lymphatic drainage. The result? Glowing, dewy skin. Simply use the pads of your fingers to work in your cleanser, using light, circular motions. And don’t forget to pay special attention to congested areas like your nose, chin or forehead.
6. Treat Yourself To Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is to lackluster skin what Botox is to frown lines – a friend that’ll lift you up where nature has let you down. It works by combining microcrystals with a vacuum suction to exfoliate dead skin cells (that stratum corneum, again) and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin deep below the surface to promote stronger, more youthful-looking skin over time.
While microdermabrasion can’t compete with chemical peels, it’s less expensive, less time-consuming, much gentler on your skin and the perfect treatment for dealing with dull skin, hyperpigmentation and dryness.
7. Exfoliate Regularly
Chemical exfoliants are the cat’s whiskers at correcting dark spots and boosting radiance, and most fall into two camps: AHAs and BHAs. AHAs are naturally-occurring, water-soluble substances extracted from fruit or milk sugars, while BHAs are oil-soluble. This means that while AHAs are great for exfoliating the top layer of your skin and dealing with mild to moderate sun damage, BHAs are much better at exfoliating on a deeper level because they can penetrate into your pores. Try an AHA such as glycolic or lactic acid to treat surface discoloration concerns, or go for a BHA like salicylic acid for deeper dark spots. We love ZO Skin Health Dual Action Scrub which contains the benefits of both.
8. Tackle Dark Spots With A Topical Treatment
Did we tell you that we’re all over the new SkinMedica Lumivive Day Damage Defense Serum and Night Revitalize Repair Complex duo right now? With regular use, these medical-grade glow-getters claim to improve overall skin tone and evenness in just eight weeks, by fighting damage caused by blue light and pollution through the day, then recharging, detoxifying and invigorating the skin as you sleep to boost your skin’s natural overnight recovery process. In. Love.
9. Try A Vampire Facial
Otherwise known as Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy (PRP), the benefits of a vampire facial are endless. Perfect for for acne scarring, anti-aging, dark spots, discoloration and just about every other skin concern you can think of, a vampire facial takes just one hour from start to finish. The treatment involves having a certain amount of blood drawn from your arm, which is then spun in a centrifuge to separate out the PRP from the white and red blood cells. This healing plasma is then used to help glide micro needles over the face, in turn stimulating collagen and elastin production to rejuvenate the skin and give it a radiance like you’ve never seen before.
10. Use Makeup To Enhance Your Glow
We often gloss over the finishing touches here at HintMD because we’re all about dealing with the skin at a more clinical level. But, the sugar coating is often just as important as the filling, right? If you’re all about enhancing your ‘now existing’ glow thanks to some of the above, we could not think of a better assistant than Colorescience Brightening Perfector. This multi-tasking primer not only gives your skin an immediate illuminating boost, but it also offers a broad-spectrum SPF 20 and is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes.