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How to get glowing skin

The phrase ‘glowing skin’ is definitely overused in the skincare world. Even though it’s the word that most women use to describe their ideal skin, few actually understand what it means when it comes down to the nitty-gritty of getting it.

In this post, we explain what characterises glowing skin and give you actionable skincare advice to achieve it. When you know what causes skin to glow, you can set about creating a skincare routine that will get you there.

WHAT IS GLOWING SKIN?

Skin appears radiant or glowing when it is physically in good health. These are the 5 characteristics of glowing skin:

• It is soft and supple

• Pores are small and the skin surface is smooth

• The complexion is even and bright with no dark areas

• No blemishes

• No flakiness

YOUR 3-PART SKINCARE PLAN FOR GLOWING SKIN

Given the above, it’s clear that we need a skincare plan that will deliver optimal hydration, balanced oil production, skin illumination, and reduced pigmentation. Ingredients are key in each step – we are looking for skincare ingredients that hydrate the skin without clogging pores, increase skin cell renewal, and help fade dark spots and blemishes.


CLEANSING

Properly clean skin is the starting point of any meaningful skincare routine. To increase skin radiance, add a hydrating skin polisher to your cleansing routine in addition to your make-up removal system. Steer clear of foaming cleansers that can dry the skin. Look for a natural skin-polishing cleanser that improves skin tone, tighten pores and leave your skin feeling hydrated and illuminated with no tight skin feeling. Adding a non-foaming polishing cleanser to your routine will prep the skin for optimal hydration which is part 2 of an effective plan for glowing skin.


HYDRATION

To get the ultimate lit-from-within look, skin needs hydration, hydration, and more hydration. The goal here is to layer up with different hydrators at each step of your routine. These can be in the form of a spritz, a serum, and a light daily moisturiser for example. Choose non-comedogenic hero ingredients like squalane and hyaluronic acid that won’t clog pores and be careful to check that there are no pore-blocking ingredients  sneaking their way into your routine.

SKIN-BRIGHTENING

Now that you’ve dealt with cleansing and hydration, it’s time to introduce an active skin-brightening ingredient into your routine. Without a doubt, the stand-out skincare ingredient in this category is Vitamin C. It visibly smooths the complexion, evens skin tone, and delivers a skin-brightening effect.

Best used in serum form to increase absorption, a great Vitamin C serum will showcase supporting ingredients that enhance the skin-brightening effect. Look for natural extracts like tamarind and other fruit ferments as well as ingredients that provide ancillary hydration benefits. 


THE PESTLE & MORTAR DULL SKIN ROUTINE

Curating a skincare routine for yourself can feel like hard work. There are so many products to choose from and ingredients can be confusing. That’s why we’ve done the work for you. The Pestle & Mortar Dull Skin Routine has been especially created to banish dull skin and develop a consistent routine that will deliver glowing results. It’s packed with hero-ingredients hyaluronic acid, squalane, vitamin C, tamarind, and magnesium so that you’ll enjoy a dramatically brighter complexion almost instantly.