Your Ultimate Glow Routine

Glowing, healthy skin begins with a well-rounded skincare routine. Inspired by Korean Beauty methods, our ideal routine incorporates multi-tasking products that can help you to achieve balance, no matter how your skin is feeling.

Your skin's needs change on a daily basis in response to our environment, the season, and even our stress levels. Discover which products are right for your skin today, or keep reading below for your starter guide.

Glowing Skin 101: Get Healthier And Nourished Skin Through These Easy Steps

There's nothing more satisfying than waking up with perfect, glowing skin that is devoid of those pesky blemishes and blackheads. While that may seem farfetched for many of us who struggle with acne and other skin issues, there's no harm in giving our skin the best treatment to see what results they bring out. But what skincare routine will provide you with clean, nourished and glowing skin in one go?

Ask a hundred people what worked for their skin, and you will be left with a hundred different answers and tips. While all these tips may have some merit, it is essential to never blindly follow skincare advice and product recommendations but consult a dermatologist or do your research to find out what will work best for you and your skin type.

Don't fret, though; we are not leaving you to your own devices just yet. Scroll down to read our best tips for achieving naturally glowing skin.

Let's Start At The Basics

A skincare routine that is essential for clean and healthy skin is the CTM ritual, which comprises three steps: cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. The practical 3 step ritual is the building block of any skincare routine. It begins as the acronym suggests with a cleanser that will remove any residual dirt and impurities from the day.

Cleansing is then followed up by toning either using a chemical toner with chemical exfoliants such as BHA and PHA in it or a natural toner of rosewater and witch hazel that will help your skin recover its natural PH, which may be stripped after cleansing.

Finally, apply moisturizer topically to keep your skin hydrated and plump.

Double Cleanse Your Way To Healthy Skin

If you have combination-oily skin, you can supplement the routine with a double cleansing routine. Begin with an oil-based cleanser that will remove any oil-based impurities, including makeup, sunscreen and built-up sebum.

Follow up with a water-based cleanse that will work its way into the skin, get rid of grime and sweat, revitalize dull skin and break past the skin barrier to allow other products to work better.

Don't Forget To Exfoliate.

Exfoliating your skin is a non-negotiable step to achieving healthy skin, especially for those of us who suffer from acne. The exfoliation process removes dead skin cells that plug up pores and cause acne breakouts. Regular exfoliation also softens and smoothens the skin.

But be wary of harsh physical scrubs that may irritate skin and aggravate acne further, instead choose a chemical exfoliant with AHA, BHA and retinol.

Mask Up

Face masks are synonymous with slow Sundays and self-care since applying the power-packed products is meditative and luxurious. But the benefits don't stop there; regularly masking can do wonders for your skin. While some opt for homemade face masks of turmeric or honey, others prefer chemical masks tailored to particular skincare concerns.

When buying a mask online or in a drug store, make sure to double-check the ingredient list before committing to a face mask and choose one with nourishing ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties that will rejuvenate the skin.

Gua Sha and Face Massages

If you've heard of facial yoga, jade rollers and gua sha but remain trepidatious of its benefits, we're here to bust any worries and tell you that the Instagram approved technique does wonders for your skin. By exercising your facial muscles through massages, you can increase the blood circulation to your skin and give your skin a natural glow.

While you can use your fingers to massage and sculpt your face, opting for a gua sha once a day will release tension in your facial muscles, stimulate collagen production and depuff your skin.

How Do You Use The Gua Sha

Begin by priming your skin with water, facial mist, facial oils or a serum. Start at the neck, working your gua sha up to your forehead in gentle upward strokes. Next, use short strokes to sweep the gua sha across cheeks, under your eyes, and eyebrows. Gently pat in any leftover serum or facial oils into your skin.

Never Forget Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a crucial part of your skincare routine that shouldn't be skipped at any cost. Even on cloudy days, our skin is susceptible to the sun's harmful rays, leading to early signs of skin aging.

By adding sunscreen into your skincare routine, you can reduce the risk of sunburn, avoid early signs of ageing such as wrinkles, maintain an even skin tone and protect yourself against skin cancer.

The Best Natural Ingredients For Glowing Skin

Coconut Oil

While not recommended for oily skin types, coconut oil has several benefits that make it an all in one product that can be used as a makeup remover, cleanser and moisturizer that will get you one step closer to glowing skin. It is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties unrivalled by other natural ingredients. If you're prone to dry skin try massaging coconut oil into your face as a moisturizer. Remember to let it soak into your skin for only a few minutes before washing it off with a gentle cleanser.

Aloe Vera

Whether used to soothe sunburns or as a hydrating moisturizer, aloe vera is a miracle ingredient that works on most skin types to get rid of any skincare woes.

Aloe vera also has anti-bacterial and salicylic acid to help unclog pores and fight acne. The product can be combined with cucumber, honey, and various other ingredients to create a powerful home remedy.

It's Not Just Skin Deep

Glowing skin isn't reliant on topical treatments alone and is heavily impacted by one's diet and lifestyle. With more and more people gaining knowledge of nutrition and healthy food habits, it has become clear that what you eat can affect the health of your skin and the pace at which your skin will age.

Healthy Fats

Begin by incorporating a variety of healthy fats into your diet, such as avocadoes, nuts and seeds; these foods will keep your skin moisturized and maintain skin elasticity. Additionally, avocados are a good source of vitamin E.


Superfoods rich in vitamin C and antioxidants are essential to glowing, healthy skin. Oranges, papayas, strawberries and sweet potatoes are good sources for the same; incorporating these fruits and vegetables is key to achieving healthy skin.

Hydration Is Key

We know you're tired of hearing about it, but drinking water and staying hydrated is essential for clear skin. It is recommended to drink 2-3 litres of water a day for well-nourished skin. Our tip to ensure you're meeting this requirement is to set reminders throughout the day to hydrate, keep a bottle of water on you at all times and add some lemon to your drink to make it more appealing.


Q. How can I make my face glow naturally?

A. Leading a healthy lifestyle, drinking 2-3 litres of water a day and consuming foods with healthy fats, vitamin C, and vitamin E can help with many skincare woes. You can also opt to use natural ingredients such as aloe vera and coconut oil for glowing skin.

Q. What can you eat for glowing skin?

A. A well-balanced diet with copious amounts of superfoods rich in vitamin C such as oranges, strawberries, and papaya is good for glowing skin. We would also recommend indulging in healthy fats such as avocadoes, nuts, and sunflower seeds, which are high in omega-three fatty acids that help your skin stay healthy naturally.

Q. Is milk good for the skin?

A. Milk contains lactic acid, which is often found in cleansers and anti-aging products for its potential to activate new cell growth. When applied topically, milk can clear acne, brighten the complexion and even remove dead cells. Unfortunately, since sixty-five percent of the population suffers from varying degrees of lactose intolerance that can cause an allergic reaction, it is not a universal skincare solution.

Q. What should we apply to face at night?

A. Begin with a gentle cleanser which will get rid of the dirt and residue from your day. After which, you should use a toner to restore skin PH, follow your toner with any specific treatments or serums prescribed by a dermatologist, such as hyaluronic acid. If you suffer from under-eye bags or wrinkles, go for a gentle eye cream and finally end the routine with an oil-free moisturizer to nourish your skin.

How to Get Dewy Skin, No Matter Your Skin Type

I care endlessly about keeping my skin looking good. And, by good, I mean bright, dewy, and glowing at all times. It pretty much tops my list of priorities every single day (save for those times when I'm tired and carrying out a 10-minute skincare routine is not in the cards). So, it serves my interest to check in with experts in the industry for the most up-to-date information on skincare. That being said, there are a ton of tips that are very niche—as in, they only apply to one specific skin type or texture. I wondered if there was a list of advice that could be universally applicable, no matter the condition of your skin. It turns out, there is.

After reaching out to a few of Byrdie's most trusted sources, I compiled all of their information into a neat and tidy list of nine secrets to know. Our experts (which include a dermatologist, pro facialists, and celebrity estheticians) offer up product recommendations, easy-to-follow steps, and tricks for keeping your skin at its most supple, smooth, and plump.

Read on to learn experts’ top tricks on how to get dewy skin.

Maryan Barbara
Maryan Barbara

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