We all covet skin that’s luminous, especially skin that looks luminous without a lot of effort (meaning luminous skin you don’t have to spend a lot of time on). Busy women, rejoice: We have some simple but effective ways to improve your skin no matter how many things are on your to-do list.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
If it’s luminous skin you’re after, then you need to find a good-quality body moisturizer and use it daily. We suggest one that not only hydrates but that also instantly improves the look of your skin. Our current favourite, Jergens® — which now boasts five moisturizers that contain an illuminating HydraLucence blend — improves skin texture, tone and luminosity while providing continuous hydration to your whole body.
Moisturize right out of the shower
Your skin is most responsive to moisturizer when it’s still slightly damp from the shower. So rather than waiting until your skin is completely dry, save time and lock in moisture by hydrating when your skin is still slightly damp. Keep your moisturizer on the shower ledge as a daily reminder to use it post-shower.
Lower your shower temperature
One of the easiest ways to keep skin looking luminous without having to do anything extra is to make sure it doesn’t dry out. One of the things that dries out skin is hot water. Keep your shower temperature moderate (not cold, but lukewarm) to ensure you don’t lose moisture.
Try dry skin brushing
OK, we know you’re busy, but sometimes a little extra effort now can mean saving time later on. Invest in a dry skin brush, and use it daily to exfoliate and detoxify your skin as well as to promote circulation, all of which will help lead to effortlessly luminous skin. And when you have effortlessly luminous skin, you don’t have to spend time doing anything else to it to get it looking great.
Drink your way to better-looking skin
Luminous skin doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of time prepping, buffing and polishing. Simply sip your way to better skin by increasing your water intake. Dehydrated skin is lacklustre, while keeping your hydration level in check means suppler, younger-looking skin.
Use a gentle cleanser
Sometimes all it takes to improve the overall look of your skin is to rethink what you’re using to cleanse it. Some shower gels and soaps can be overly drying to the skin, so it’s a good idea to switch to a gentle, soap-free, mild cleanser that’s free of chemicals, dyes and fragrance. Using a gentle cleanser that has moisturizing properties can save you time and help keep skin luminous and hydrated.