It’s such a popular phrase in the skincare industry: “glowing skin.” But what does it even mean? And how do you achieve it?
What Is Glowing Skin?
What do we think of when we hear the word “glowing” in reference to our skin? Is it literally shining like a light?
We’re really referring to skin that stands out, skin that is so pure that it grabs your attention. Basically, in the context of skincare, “glowing” means “looks like it’s exceptionally healthy.”
So what are the outer, visual aspects of healthy skin? What is it that people are seeing that makes them take notice?
Skin that is eye-catchingly healthy will probably have these characteristics:
- The absence of blemishes, and the pores themselves will not be visible.
- Neither oily nor dry. Healthy skin has just the right amount of hydration, so it isn’t overly shiny, but it’s not dull either.
- Consistent color. It won’t be blotchy or have patches of inflammation.
What Factors Affect Skin’s Appearance?
Of course, we’re all trying to actively control the way our skin appears and behaves. But there are a lot of factors to consider, and not all of them are entirely within our control.
- When it comes to great skin, some people are, as they say, just born with it.
- Whole-body health. Skin health isn’t an isolated matter; conditions happening elsewhere in the body can affect skin’s appearance, too.
- Hormones fluctuate naturally, and those fluctuations change as we age.
- External conditions. Where we live and what the weather is like will affect our skin in the short-term and the long-term. Whether it’s dryness or overexposure to the sun.
- Here’s what we have the most control of: How we treat our skin and our whole body on a daily basis can help mitigate some of the other factors affecting it.
How Can We Achieve Glowing Skin?
There are a few facets of our daily lives that we should consider when trying to improve our skin’s appearance.
- Of course, the first thing we think about is what we’re putting on our skin. You have to find the right products—including cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreen—that work for your skin. Some of this is just trial an error, but working with a professional aesthetician can make the process of finding the right products go a lot smoother.
- Drink lots of water. That’s it. That’s the tip.
- So much of whole-body health boils down to what we eat. Focus on fresh, unprocessed foods, with an emphasis on fruits and veggies.
- Stress shows on your skin, so always make your mental health a priority. Try to get enough exercise and enough sleep. Improve your mental health and your skin will benefit, too.
Lastly, while physical health can improve how we look, it’s important that we don’t absolutely equate our appearance with “health.” Blemishes, moles, inflammation—these are all naturally occurring skin phenomena that will happen to healthy people. We never want anyone to feel guilty or unhealthy for how their skin behaves naturally.
But we are here to help with treatments as well as aesthetic adjustments, so that everyone can feel happy and comfortable with their appearance. When you walk out of here, we want you to feel like you’re glowing.