3 Steps to Dewy, Flawless Skin

A healthy glow is difficult to fake no matter what magic your makeup wands are capable of weaving. This summer instead of running in pursuit of faking it – let’s set the bar high and dazzle everyone sans makeup by practicing right skincare to attain an effortless and radiant complexion. Here’s my simple prescription for one of this season’s biggest skin and beauty trends – naturally radiant dewy skin.

Targeted & Smart Skincare

To attain healthy and naturally glowing complexion, nourish your skin with a steady supply of ingredients like Vitamin A, C, E and Niacinamide that nourish, hydrate and brighten. If you want to flaunt radiant skin your best bet would be to sign a committal with a skincare regimen packed with powerful antioxidants that can ensure protection against UV damage and prevent signs of aging. Vitamin A and C are tried and tested front-runners in anti aging formulations. While shopping for skincare, look for retinol, retinoic acid and L-ascorbic acid in the ingredient list. Steer clear of ascorbyl palmitate containing products because it is one of the skin damaging kind of vitamin C formulations with palmitic acid. To rock a smooth radiant complexion, add natural skin brighteners like bearbearry extract, Kojic acid and arbutin.

Exfoliate Your Way To A Glowing Skin

Our complexion is nothing but light reflected off our skin surface. That being the case everybody knows light reflects better from a uniform surface, so you need to get rid of all the dead skin cells and flaky patches that sit on your skin like microscopic debris. Follow a gentle routine of chemical exfoliation (alpha or beta hydroxy acid cream or serum) to eliminate dullness. If you haven’t already been indoctrinated into the cult of Clarisonic or Braun facial exfoliating brushes, take them for a test drive once or twice a week to discover why everyone’s obsessed with their ability to smoothen and soften.

Yes, You Can Slick Up Your Complexion

Most people fear using facial oils, let me assure you that you won’t break you out as long as you choose the right oil for your skin type. Applying facial oils can give your skin a mega-moisturizing treat and can also promote healing from within. Use them at night and you’ll look luminous, not greasy, come morning. I’d recommend Tea tree oil for acne prone skin, Grape seed oil for oily/combination skin, Argan oil for antiaging and Rosehip seed oil for pigmentation prone skin.

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Gobble Up Greens To Gleam

Munching on green vegetables can make the people around you watching your skin green with envy and this is no exaggeration. Dark, leafy greens like kale pack a whopping punch of vitamin C, a nutrient that’s proven to help skin stay supple. Parsley, kale, collards and spinach also contain vitamin K, a potent anti-inflammatory that helps promote glowing skin. Feast upon as much greens, as you possibly can. In fact get a juicer and start drinking the good green stuff, as it hydrates even better than water.


Gurl Work Thy Body

Regular exercise can impart a healthy glow to any skin no matter what age, ethnicity, or skin type you belong to. Work out just before an important event to give your skin a rosy hue; it’s one of the best-kept beauty secrets of those who regularly walk the red carpet. Even if you’re not headed to the Oscars, exercise is a free and easy way to give your skin a natural glow, not to mention how it relieves stress and provides an endorphin boost. Get off that sedentary butt right now, and get moving towards dewy skin.

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Shazia Ali
A certified dermatologist, Skincare guru to the who's who of the Middle East, Dr. Shazia knows the secrets of anti-aging, the insider tips and tricks on how to achieve healthy, beautiful radiant skin and everything in between. Currently the brand Ambasador for University of Westminster, and the head Dermatologist at Tababa Clinics.

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