It happens every single year. Summer is over and my skin starts to freak out. I’m not only talking about skin dryness and hormonal acne that I’ve been struggling for a while, but also dullness and lack of radiance. Last week, I organized an emergency meeting with my besties Alesya and Iyra, as we all wanted to find a way to get our summer glow back.
The conversation was inspired by the Silk’n Face FX light therapy device, designed with skin rejuvenation and anti-aging at the core. We have all tried red light therapy before (either at the dermatologist or cosmetologist office) and were excited to experience the same great results in the comfort of our homes, but this time, with an added bonus of deep thermal heating. While Alesya, Iyra and I couldn’t wait to put our hands on the Face FX devices, we also discussed less technical ways to bring the glow back.
Use a Light Therapy Device
I mention this strategy first because it’s truly spectacular. I’ve been researching red light therapy for a while and I love the idea that devices like the Silk’n Face FX promote circulation so your skin responds by strengthening its own cellular structure. In other words, red light therapy treatments are designed to support your skin’s ability to fight environmental damage and regenerate, meaning your skin looks more glowing and youthful.
While you can get more intense light therapy at the doctor’s office, with more frequent use of at-home devices like Silk’n Face FX, you can achieve similar results but on a much lower budget. According to RealSelf, an average cost of an LED skin treatment in New York is $275 which is almost twice the price of the Face FX device.
This device, however, doesn’t just use red light therapy but also uses deep thermal heating to make the treatments even more effective. In fact, there are no other at home anti-aging device which offers such a deep thermal experience!
What this means is that there is a synergistic combination of the red-light energy with the deep thermal heating that is gently applied to the skin, allowing it to deliver and maintain heat which makes the device so effective at treating skin texture and tone. This heating improves blood circulation, produces more collagen and allows the skin to absorb post-treatment moisturizer more effectively, helping us all achieve that beautiful, long-term radiant skin that we’ve been looking for!
The best part about using an at home device too is all of the time you save! It only takes 15-20 minutes each time for the Face FX treatment. Each time, you just move the device on your clean, dry skin and enjoy the sci-fi looking red light coming out of it. It also slightly warms the skin throughout the treatment. Silk’n recommends starting with 3 treatments per week for the first month and then adjusting the duration and repetition based on your preferences.
I’ve been using the Face FX device for a few weeks now and so far I’m loving the results. I feel that it’s a perfect combo to my regular IPL facials that I started getting weekly. My dermatologist uses red light therapy as a part of the facial too so a few extra LED treatments at home is a great addition to my high-tech skincare routine!
Vitamin C Serum Is Your Hero
When it comes to skincare, Vitamin C is the first thing to try if you are struggling with dull skin. Not only does this ingredient protect your skin from sun damage, it also boosts collagen production and neutralizes free radicals that damage your skin and cause aging.
These days, you can find all sorts of skincare products that contain Vitamin C in its different forms (most common as Ascorbic Acid and L-Ascorbic Acid) – feel free to research what works best for your skin concerns and budget. My only recommendation would be to use Vitamin C serum as these are typically more potent and absorb deeper into your skin.
Switch Foundation to BB or CC Cream
I’ll be the first to fail on this one as I can’t imagine my life without a full-coverage matte foundation. But ever since I treated my hormonal acne and I started getting injections, I use more and more BB and CC creams instead of a foundation. These could be tricky as the majority of K-Beauty style foundations are usually sticky and tend to oxidize, but if you pick the right one, the benefits are so worth it.
If you are not sure about the difference between CC and BB creams, CC stands for “color correcting” and BB cream is a Korean’s invention, “beauty balm.” Essentially, you want to use a CC cream to address skin issues like redness and hyperpigmentation. BB Creams are designed to address skincare concerns and protect your skin from the sun. So, if you are going for that glow, pick BB Creams as they contain moisturizing and radiance enhancing properties.
Use a Glow-Boosting Primer and Highlighter
An important make-up trick to have in mind if you want to “fake” that skin glow is to use a glow-boosting primer. Basically, these type of primers contains light-reflecting pigments that make your skin appear to be glowing from within. Usually, such products contain gold undertone micro pigments that reflect the light and give your skin a healthy appearance.
Another fun way to add a subtle glow (or eye-catching, as per your preference!) to your skin is to use a highlighter. Whether you pick a cream or a powder highlighter, apply it onto the areas where the sunlight naturally hits your face. We are talking about the diagonal along the cheekbone, under the brow bone and on the inner corners of the eyes.
Drink Your Greens
I’m not a dietician (or even a fitness junkie, if that matters), but the moment I started drinking green juice daily, I immediately noticed the results. My skin started glowing – as they say – from within. And for some reason, I can never achieve similar results with just eating more salads and veggies.
Dana, another friend of mine, just published a book called Quenched where she explains the benefits of eating vegetables that are high in water, like cucumbers, zucchini, and broccoli. It doesn’t mean that you need to completely ditch fruits from your juices – just use them as taste-enhancers, not the main ingredients of your green juice. Also, don’t forget to include known skin antioxidants like kale and spinach – these are crucial if you want to see glowing skin!
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There you have it: a complete breakdown of all the tricks for making your skin glow. From red light therapy to makeup and skin care tips on how to achieve glowing skin, I hope I was able to provide some useful information to help you achieve your glow. If this post was helpful, please let me know in the comments which tip from this post you are the most excited to start implementing.