Let’s face it: We want brighter-looking skin like the next girl. If you haven’t caught up, having brighter skin means having a more youthful complexion (say goodbye to looking tired and lifeless)—and it doesn’t necessarily mean whitening, just so you know. So how do you achieve it without spending a fortune? Below, we’ve listed the ways according to how much you’re willing to spend time- and money-wise.
Hair Flip + Facial Massage
Keep your head down and low for about five to ten seconds before standing upright, or use your fingers to massage your face. If a facial massage is more your thing, remember to tap and move your fingers upwards as if you’re giving your skin a lift. This stimulates blood flow and helps in give you a natural flush, making your skin emit a subtle glow from little to no effort. Do as needed, because effects won’t last more than half an hour.
P100 OR LESS
DIY with citric fruits.
Gently apply acids from calamansi, lemon, or papaya mixed with honey onto your skin to gently slough off dead skin cells, leaving you with a brighter complexion. But it’s best you don’t do this often, since the harsh acids can cause dryness and irritation.
P1000 OR LESS
Swipe your way to brighter skin with a hard-working highlighter. Just nix the glitter since you’re going for a look that’s natural, not sparkly. Whether in powder or cream form, get one with a subtle sheen when applied onto the skin. Instead of shimmer, opt for a more pearlescent effect so not to appear shiny (LOL). Use a fan brush (for powder highlighters) or your fingers (for creams) to lightly dust or pat the product on the high points of the face, like the cheekbones, the brow bone, the tip of your nose, and your cupid’s bow. Just reapply as you see fit, because it can lose a bit of its luster as the day progresses.
P1500 OR LESS
Take a chance on supplements.
Did you know that glutathione supplements can give you a glow from within? A capsule a day can not only brighten your complexion, but also even out your skin tone, lighten those dark spots, boost your immune system, and even slow the aging process, too. But before anything else, check with your doctor to ask how taking these could benefit your skin and body, in addition to getting the glow you’re looking for. Reap the benefits of glutathione by taking SnowCaps (P1495)—a box of capsules is good for 30 days, and you wouldn’t have to worry about your skin in the middle of a busy day.
P5000 OR MORE (PER SESSION)
Go on a trip to skincare havens.
Going to your dermatologist or even your skin specialist is sure to give your skin the TLC it deserves. Admittedly, the best part of just going to your trusted professional is that the magic happens as you lie down and relax—plus the direct line to an expect who’ll customize your program toward your needs. Ideally, it’s best to do your specialized facials every other week or every month at the very least, so your skin adjusts to the treatment and has adequate breaks in between.