Dewy, luminous skin is the look these days. Everyone is waking up to the importance of hydration and a naturally vibrant complexion. If you want to show off the best your skin can be, we’re here to tell you that it’s possible. But it will take some effort — and a lot of good ol’ self-care towards your body’s largest organ. (P.S. we’re talking about your skin!) You can have dewy-looking skin without help from any filters or heavy makeup looks.
What is dewy skin?
First of all, what does “dewy” mean, exactly?
Dewy skin means a healthy, shining, glowing complexion. It’s plump and hydrated skin that isn’t overly greasy or oily. If you’re seen people taking selfies during golden hour, they’re hoping to catchy the dewy, natural look of their nature-given skin.Shop Dewy
Easy ways to get dewy-looking skin naturally
Here are some simple yet effective ways to bring out the dewiness of your skin, starting today.
1. Hydration, hydration, hydration
We'll give you one of the biggest secrets right off the bat: The key to dewy-looking skin, more than anything else, is hydration.
Healthy skin needs moisture to look and feel its best. Health organizations tell us to drink plenty of water each day to keep our bodies healthy, and that includes our skin. Hydration keeps things plump, smooth, and soft. Moisture will also help the top layer of your skin carry nutrients into the cells and remove toxins that we’re all exposed to each day.
Hydration also helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and other early signs of aging while giving off a naturally dewy glow.
Bottom line: Keep your skin hydrated. Use hydrating serums and face creams day and night after cleansing your face. A lighter, thinner moisturizer works great during the warmer months, while a dense face cream is suitable for colder months. Everyone’s skin is slightly different, so find products that keep your skin hydrated best.
2. Use a product containing vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerhouse ingredient when it comes to hydrating skin. This vitamin can help retain moisture, brighten, and even out skin tone.
Research shows that magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, one of the most common vitamin C derivates in skincare, has a hydrating effect on your skin while reducing water loss and increasing collagen production.
Cleansers and serums containing vitamin C can help create the appearance of dewy skin when included in your daily skincare routine.
3. Exfoliate to remove dead skin cells
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. If you don’t exfoliate regularly, these dead cells can build up and lead to a dry, dull-looking complexion.
The two main types of exfoliants are:
- Physical exfoliants like scrubs or body brushing
- Chemical exfoliants like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs)
Chemical exfoliants are usually best for the skin on your face, and most people should exfoliate 1-2 times per week but not more than a few times a week. Using products with exfoliants will help keep your face bright, dewy, and glowing.
4. Apply a face serum immediately after cleansing
This is one of our top Korean beauty hacks to promote dewy-looking skin.
After you cleanse and dry your face, apply your face serums (and other products) immediately. The ingredients will absorb into your skin best when your pores are still open from the warm water.
Also, layer your products to maximize their benefits. For example, you might apply the Everyday Essence Face Serum, then Botalin Age Repair Eye Serum, layer on 101 Volumizing Face Serum, and finish with Rose Quartz Moisturizing Face Cream. The combination is an intense boost of hydration to keep your face moisturized day and night.
If you have oily skin and worry about too much moisture, try a non-oily serum.Shop Volume
5. Give your face a gentle massage
Want to increase circulation in your face, energizing your skin while bringing out a natural glow? Give your skin a gentle massage.
Starting at your neck, use your hands to massage in gentle circles up your jaws, the sides of your face, around your eyes, and up to your forehead.
6. Add a little makeup
You can bring out the dewiness of your skin naturally, but a dab of makeup can help make things pop.
Think about ways to highlight your cheekbones, such as applying a little gel or cream to that area. Mix a primer or highlighter with your moisturizer to bring out the youthful glow as you hydrate.
You could also add some concealer on the bridge of your nose, underneath your eyes, and in the middle of your forehead to smooth your complexion and cover any imperfections while still letting your complexion shine.
Smitha Deepak has a great dewy makeup tutorial video to try.
7. Carry some facial mist for a quick refresh
Use a facial mist to lock in your dewy look, and keep the mist with you throughout the day. If you need a hydration refresh, you can simply spray and go.
Glow from the inside out with these quick tips on how to get glowy, dewy skin. Treat your skin well, and it will thank you, no matter your age or skin concerns. Give it time, maintain a good routine, and you’ll notice a marked difference in the complexion and shine of your natural skin!