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  • Spring = Glossy Skin (right on trend!). 6 Ways to Get the Glow!

    Every time we see an image of Katie Jane Hughes @katiejanehughes on our IG feed, it makes us happy. We love seeing a woman who celebrates life, tackles new projects readily, doesn’t take makeup too seriously but takes skin care very seriously allowing her to feed her own, and our, glossy skin devotion. We love the look.


    6 ways to amp up your youthful glow:

    Stay Hydrated

    Drinking plenty of water improves your body’s overall health and does great things for your largest organ: your skin. Glow from the inside, out. And, yes, those daily La Croixs count as water.

    Know Your Skin

    Do you have oily skin, dry skin or combination?

    Products like astringents, retinoids, hydroxy acids and benzoyl peroxide (BPO) decrease sebum or oil, and help eliminate shine. Oily skin is caused by hormone changes which cause excessive sebum production and enlarged pores. There’s definitely a difference between oily skin and healthy skin that glows. The right combination of water, foods, treatments, and products help you achieve the look you want.

    If your skin feels tight, cracks or peels you may want to adjust your environment. Lower the heat or air conditioning and shower and cleanse skin in water that isn’t super hot. Dry or ashy skin can be due to lack of moisture from overuse of products that dry skin like retinoids, hydroxy acids or BPO, changes in estrogen levels due to menopause or even workplaces with dry environment. The right combination of water, foods, treatments, and products help you achieve the look you want plus an at-desk, in-room, or whole home humidifier definitely makes an impact.

    Taste the Rainbow

    Green tea and chamomile extracts soothe the skin, while fruits add moisture. Vitamins C, B and E decrease free radicals in skin, which helps eliminate brown spots and dull, flaky skin. Think, strawberries, brussel sprouts, broccoli, papaya, tomatoes, kale, and bell peppers to name a few of the top sources. So, another reason to aim for rainbows of color on every plate.

    Try a Topical Retinoid

    Retinoids are vitamin A products that increase cellular turnover so younger cells replace old, dull skin cells. Retinoids cause younger, plumper cells to absorb moisture and they decrease pigmentation or brown spots. But these wonder products are not one size fits all. Ask your facialist which might be best for your skin, and follow the directions. With retinol, more is not better!

    We all use one at LNAA. Our top selling retinoid is: PCASkin Intensive Age Refining Treatment .5 Retinol

    No matter what, wear sunscreen every day and be extra vigilant if you use a retinoid since they increase sensitivity to the sun. There’s a reason I have so many hats now!

    Use a Serum Containing Hyaluronic Acid

    Hyaluronic acid (HA) helps draw moisture from the environment so skin looks and feels more dewey and plump. In the right form, it can also penetrate quite deeply and maintain hydration for a full 24 hours plus smooth the surface of the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines. We don’t recommend scrimping on this ingredient; look for a serum that has various molecular weights of HA for the very best results. We are loving PCA Skin’s newest serum, Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum, which contains a proprietary blend of ingredients that encourage your skin to make its own HA. $115

    Enhance Your Natural Glow With Makeup

    One of the quickest ways to make your skin glow is by finishing your look with a luminescent highlighter or a hydrating setting spray. Swipe on a powder, cream or liquid highlighter to give your skin an instant glow. Set your makeup with a hydrating setting spray to keep your makeup from melting off, while increasing your skin’s glow. Look for product descriptors like cooling, dewy or luminous. These don’t do much for your skin overall, but they do enhance the look of dewiness. Be sure to let them set for a few minutes before applying more. You can go from dewey to space-glow really fast.

    Milk Makeup and Glossier both have great products for simplifying your makeup routine and adding a little luster.

    Here’s to Spring, we’re glad you’re here!

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