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Hands Down, These Are The Best Secrets To Getting Dewy Skin

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If your goal is to finally achieve dewy skin, look no further. Here is your ultimate guide to getting that healthy glow, whatever your skin type is.

What is dewy skin in the first place?

The term "dewy skin" has been around for decades. It has even evolved to these trends the world has been obsessed with in recent years: glass skin and honey skin. These three terms all depict a well-hydrated complexion that glows when the light hits the face. The skin looks and feels both soft and supple. It's shiny but not to the point that it appears greasy.

TL;DR: The skin looks alive—like you drank the recommended daily water intake and you ate lots of fruits and veggies. 

How to get dewy skin?

The primary goal of getting dewy skin is to have the proper oil-moisture balance and overall radiance. Revisit your skincare and makeup routine and check out this list of tips and tweaks you can try. Take note of the changes you can make to reach your skincare goals.

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  1. Go for brightening ingredients like vitamin C, niacinamide, and AHA.

    Look for these ingredients in the labels of the skincare products you'll be getting: Vitamin C, niacinamide, and AHA (or glycolic acid). These add-ons switches on your skin's natural glow, evens out discoloration, and fades dark spots and acne marks. I highly recommend you get vitamin C and niacinamide in serum form so your skin can benefit from a potent formula. As for glycolic acid and AHA, they work best as toners.

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    (Ed's note: If you've got existing breakouts, it's best to treat the pimples first (especially if it's severe acne) before getting to this step. This guide will help you achieve this. It's also highly recommended that you consult a dermatologist if you have recurring skin concerns like dryness and acne.)

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  2. Cleanse with gentle facial wash.

    To get dewy skin, you must maintain proper oil-moisture balance so you must avoid these two mistakes: Washing with a cleanser that leaves your skin dry and taut means it's too harsh for your needs. Overdoing it may also lead to damaging your skin barrier.

    Go for a cleanser that doesn't contain sulfates or one that says pH balancing on the label. These will get rid of the dirt beneath the pores without stripping away your skin's natural moisture.

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    Bio-Science Bio-Water Foamy Cleanser for Sensitive Skin



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  3. Prep with a hydrating toner that's made for your skin type.

    Some may think of skipping this step. But if you're serious about getting dewy skin, you better listen: A hydrating toner will prep your skin to take in all the active ingredients from your serums and creams. Pat the toner on your face with clean hands to wake up the blood circulation and gently hydrate the skin. Think of this as a splash of water for your skin.

    Best Hydrating Toner: Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion

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  4. Know the difference between hydrating and moisturizing products.

    This one is a bit tricky because we've interchanged them all our lives. According to dermatologist Dr. Maika Stalensek, "Moisturizers are made of oil-based ingredients, including occlusive agents." She said that these act as a seal on the surface of the skin that prevents water from escaping. They also make the skin feel smoother and less dry. Basically, moisturizer sits on top of the face to "trap" the moisture. Products with petrolatum or mineral oil and emollients like esters and plant oils are commonly found in moisturizers.

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    Hydrators, on the other hand,  have ingredients called humectants. These "absorb water from the atmosphere or your skin and hold it in place on your skin," Dr. Maika explained. Look for products with glycerin or hyaluronic acid if you're into hydrating products.

    Best moisturizer for oily skin: ISNTREE Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream



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    Happy Skin Hyaluronic + B3 Boost Water Cream

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  5. Exfoliate with acids.

    To get a smoother skin texture and even skin tone, it's essential to exfoliate your face with acids. AHA (or glycolic acid) is a wonderful ingredient that does a glow job so well. Another option would be lactic acid, a gentler formulation that can also micro-exfoliate skin.

    Keep in mind to ease into using these ingredients to prevent redness. These are micro-exfoliating components, aka they slowly renew the skin. Remember to always wear sunscreen in the morning to prevent irritation.

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  6. Learn to love facial massages.

    Having a healthy complexion means the blood properly circulates on the face. You can ~*activate*~ your rosy glow by doing face massages! You can use your hands, jade roller, or gua sha—whatever appeals to your lifestyle. This practice also helps prevent the skin from sagging prematurely.

  7. Use makeup with skincare benefits.

    Dewy skin habits also extend to your makeup routine! You're so lucky because there are a lot of brands that release makeup products enriched with skin-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid and plant extracts, Wearing skincare-makeup hybrids are look and feel good on your skin!

  8. Choose skin tints, tinted moisturizers, and water-based foundations.

    Lightweight bases like skin tints, tinted moisturizers, and water-based foundations create a second-skin finish: It looks natural and the skin looks evenly toned and supple.

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  9. Never underestimate the power of creamy highlighters and blushes.

    The fastest way to look like a glazed doughnut is by using creamy highlighters and blushes! The best blushes that can fake a post-workout glow are in the shades of pink, berry, and red (yep, I'm not kidding.).

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  10. Don't forget your lips!

    Girl, dewy skin must be a complete package. Your lips, like your skin, should be pillowy soft, too! Choose lipsticks with hydrating formulas or go for tinted lip balms and glossy lip tints.

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  11. Always have a face mist handy.

    To reboot your skin midday, spritz a hydrating face mist on your skin. This will refresh your complexion that's exposed to heat. Easy peasy, right?

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Short and sweet answer on how to get dewy skin

How to get dewy skin: Skincare essentials

Incorporate products with brightening ingredients in your skincare routine. Exfoliate with acids, use the right moisturizer for your skin type, and always wear sunscreen.

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How to get dewy skin: Skincare products
Some recommended dewy skin must-haves (L-R): Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater, Ole Henriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner, Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, Son and Park Beauty Filter Cream, Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream Ira Nopuente

How to get dewy skin: Makeup essentials

Go for lightweight bases for a second-skin finish. Choose creamy highlighters and blushes for a healthy glow. Make your lips look pillowy soft with hydrating lipsticks. A juicy pout is also a good move to get the dewy theme going! Glossy lip tints and tinted lip balms are your best bet!

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How to get dewy skin: Makeup essentials
Essentials that can help you get a dewy makeup look (L-R): Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Colourette Shimmertint, Romand Juicy Lasting Tint, Issy and Co, Creme Blush, and Dior Lip Glow Awakening Balm Ira Nopuente

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