We love a good highlighter as much as the next beauty addict, but let's be real: The real key to a lit-from-within glow is actually taking care of your skin, and we're not talking about just slapping on creams or serums-you have to commit, girl. Below, five reasons why you aren't getting the illuminated skin you want and what you can do about them:
1. Your body lacks in vitamins.
Vitamins C and E are the most helpful for a good complexion. Vitamin C helps your body produce collagen, and vitamin E can help your skin protect itself from free radicals, so your skin will look a lot more fresh and radiant in the long run.
2. You don't pay attention to your diet.
Health buffs, we see you. But the go, grow, and glow lessons we learned as children actually do make sense. Eat foods rich in fatty acids, like avocados, as these help your skin retain water; and zinc, like pumpkin seeds, as these help with collagen production. Your healthy diet will translate into glowing skin in no time.
3. You aren't choosy about your cleansers.
While you may have a curated skincare regimen, you might be underestimating one aspect of your routine: cleanser. Harsh soaps and facial washes can make skin look and feel tight, dry, and dull. Start your glow-up while you're still in the shower by using Dove's Beauty Bars, which helps your skin retain its natural moisture rather than stripping it away. Choose between the White Beauty Bar to give your skin a spa-like glow and the Pink Beauty Bar to enhance the rosy radiance of your fair-skinned folks.
If you need a cleanser that's gentle and nourishing, try a mild cleansing bar like Dove White Beauty Bar or Dove Pink Beauty Bar. It's made up of 1/4th moisturising cream so it doesn't strip your skin of moisture, making it a beauty bar instead of a regular bar soap.
4. You don't wear sunscreen.
If you want to look like a bronze goddess, you're in luck. Sunscreen doesn't actually prevent the tanning, but it prevents sun damage from UV rays that cause premature aging and spots-not cute if you're after brighter-looking skin. It's also an important step because no matter what treatments and serums you apply, if you leave your skin inadequately exposed to the sun, you risk canceling out or even reversing the effects of your other products that you so diligently apply.