16 Easy Ways To Make Your Skin Glow Without Makeup

Like most people, I am of the belief that there is nothing in this world that I am more deserving of than consistently clear, flawless, and, most of all, glowing skin. We are in peak Glazed Donut Era, after all, so burnished cheekbones and shiny (but not, you know, oily) brow bones have started to feel like the norm. But, also like most people, I usually don’t wake up a clear, flawless, and glowing complexion. So, recently, I started to look into ways that one can make the skin glow without any makeup. And you know what? There are a lot of ways!

Now, obviously, it’s pretty much impossible to get that super-shiny glazed donut look with anything but some highlighter and a good fan brush. Still, there are some ways to get a clean, subtle glow that’s still totally noticeable without having to use any makeup. You just have to use the right products. So, check out these easy ways to make your skin glow without makeup:

1. Wash your face with an oil cleanser:

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I have tried many a facial cleanser in my day, but none have given me such a smooth, even glow as oil cleansers do. (My fave is the DHC one, but any drugstore alternative works just as well.) This is because oil cleansers remove dirt and makeup from the face without stripping away moisture and natural oils, so it’s easier for the skin to look and feel healthier.

2. And follow it up with micellar water, just to be safe:

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AKA double-cleansing. You definitely don’t have to do this, but this is an extra step that a lot of people vouch by. It helps remove any excess residue left by cleansers or makeup, and help mositurizer absorb more easily. (Buy La Roche-Posay micellar water here.)

3. Try a vitamin C serum:

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I love serums! The best one for a glow is one that uses vitamin C–I love Glossier’s Super Glow and Paula’s Choice C15 serums–since this helps reduce inflammation and dullness.

4. And/or eat foods with vitamin C:

To boost whatever serum you’re using, eat foods packed with vitamin C (like citrus fruits, kale, and red peppers) or take a vitamin C supplement. Plus, in addition to helping your skin, you’ll just feel better overall, since vitamin C is great for your immune system.

5. And drink lots of water:

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Drinking water helps with pretty much everything, including getting naturally-glowy skin–it reduces inflammation, acne, and redness for an overall healthy look.

6. And chamomile tea:

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If you have dry skin, chances are good that it’ll look pretty dull, too. Counteract this by drinking chamomile tea, which can help reduce dryness in the skin. (You can also apply it topically.)

7. Make sure you’re moisturizing:

Obviously, to counteract dryness, one of the most important things to do is moisturize. For an extra glow, try face oils–if your skin tends to be dry, it’ll prevent any potential dullness and/or flakiness.

8. Don’t forget to apply SPF:

Even in the winter, it’s important to remember some SPF–sunburns dry out the skin, which will make it look flaky and dull.

9. Use a chemical exfoliant:

You might already know that exfoliating your skin is important, but, if so, you’re probably using a physical exfoliant–that is, scrubs with pieces in it, which can actually damage the skin. Instead, invest in a cleanser or moisturizer that contains glycolic or salicylic acid to exfoliate the skin and encourage cell turnover without rubbing it raw.

10. Do a DIY mask:
There are a ton of ingredients that you probably have lying around in your kitchen that you can use to brighten your skin.

11. Or spring for one that comes in a box:

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There are also a ton of masks that you can buy at, say, Sephora that work well, too. This GlamGlow one will definitely set you back at $69,but people swear by it to brighten the skin.

12. Or a bag:

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That is, a sheet mask–after you wash your face, stick this Dr. Jart mask on to lock in moisture and reduce dark spots.

13. Sleep more:

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This is annoying advice! If you could be sleeping more, you already would be sleeping more. But getting sufficient sleep every night really is important for your skin–it helps increase blood flow to your skin, which gives you a healthy, supple glow.

14. Eat more fat:

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Er, good fat–foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, eggs, and walnuts, help your skin retain moisture, which helps it look healthier, too.

15. Don’t touch your face:

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This transfers oils from your hands to your face, which makes it look dull and can also make you break out. Just…don’t do it.

16. Fake it:

Maybe put on…a little bit of highlighter. Just a little. Just a tiny bit of face gloss. You don’t have to! But, listen–nobody is going to interrogate you about it.

Do you have any glowy skin tips? What are they? Let us know in the comments!

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