The word "glow" has been going around the beautysphere, as many of us want bright, lit-from-within skin that looks great with or without makeup. But as popular as the idea is, there are still a lot of misconceptions and bad practices around skin brightening. Below, some of the common mistakes many Pinays make as they lighten their skin—plus tips on how to look glowing.
1. Not putting on sunblock
If you’re going for a brighter complexion, you’re going to need to protect it from the elements. Foregoing sun protection lets the UV rays undo all the hard work you’ve put into achieving brighter skin, so slather on that SPF!
We all know that a round of chemical or physical exfoliation reveals brighter, smoother skin. But as with all things, moderation is key. Limit exfoliating to once (if your skin is dry) or twice (if your skin is oily) a week. Otherwise, you weaken your skin’s protective barrier with every exfoliation session, exposing your skin further to pollution and UV rays.
3. Thinking that "brighter" means "whiter"
There’s a misconception about skin brightening: that it's equal to skin bleaching, or having an unnaturally pale complexion. However, the word "brightening" in today’s context means to erase the damage done to your skin, not to bleach it an entirely different color.
4. Forgetting about your body
The skin is your body’s largest organ, so you should be taking care of the skin on your face as well as the rest of your body. If you’re looking for a way to have brighter-looking skin, consider Snow Crystal White Tomato Soap, which has colorless carotenoids derived from organic white tomatoes that can help reduce visible signs of aging while brightening your skin.
Looking youthful is entirely possible without makeup, as youthful skin starts from within. Just make sure to care for your skin and choose products that do the same.