You can fake a glow with light-reflecting makeup, but why suffer the expense and effort when you can get truly luminous skin, which radiates from the inside out? A few tried-and-true strategies:
Eat a healthy diet. When your body lacks nutrients, it’ll take its limited resources to the organs that keep you alive, such as the heart, brain, and kidneys. That means less to go around for the maintaining the look of your skin. So drink plenty of water (you’ll know you’re hitting your quota when your urine is very light yellow as opposed to dark), and get your lean protein, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Healthy oils—found in fatty fish, nuts, and avocado, are especially helpful.
Keep your skin clean. Remove makeup and debris completely from skin every evening before bed. Dry skin types are best off using a gentle makeup remover (try a cleansing oil) and moisturizing cleanser.
Slough away dead skin cells. Don’t overdo it, though—one or two times a week is enough to get rid the old layer and reveal the new. If you have dry, sensitive skin, be sure to choose a gentle exfoliator (such as a product with lactic acid or very low glycolic acid).
Moisturize. Go gentle on this one, too. (May we suggest Calendula Nourish?) Apply while skin is still damp to seal in moisture. In the morning, combine with sunscreen (see below). At night, add a balm (like Calendula Repair) on particularly dry rough spots.
Wear a broad-spectrum sun block religiously. UV rays damage skin cells, which can cause dark spots, flaking, not to mention put you at risk for cancer. Choose one specifically made for the face to avoid irritation and blocked pores.