Get YOUR Best Skin // Tips for A Glowing Complexion & A GIVEAWAY!

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This post is part of my People’s Choice Awards partnership on behalf of Walgreens and Procter & Gamble and Covergirl.

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably on a continuous quest for perfectly smooth and glowing skin… you know the complexion dreams are made of? I have a friend actually, who inhabits this miraculous skin, and she’s in her 40s. It can be done, ladies -it’s truly possible, BUT I think on some level we have to give into our genes and our past sun exposure, eating and lifestyle habits and accept what we’ve got and do our best to keep it looking as radiant as possible.

Below are my 9 best tips for keeping your skin luminous, soft, smooth, and glowing now and for years to come.

Wash your face before bed ALWAYS!

I like to double cleanse my skin at night before bed. First, I remove makeup, dirt, and bacteria with a gentle soap cleanser and finish with a light exfoliator.

Skip the morning face wash

Over-washing removes natural oils which can actually cause your face to also over-produce oil. To combat this, skip harsh soaps in the morning and opt instead for a warm, wet towel to wipe any oil produced from your night cream, exfoliate a bit but also, to keep moisture in.

Exfoliate, but not too roughly

Exfoliate each night to purify your skin, sloughing off dead skin cells so that new ones can bloom. For a deep exfoliation, simply cleanse in circular motions LONGER, not harder, when using abrasive exfoliant scrubs or cloths.

Stay hydrated

Drink water and eat it too! When you eat hydrating fruits and vegetables, the water penetrates and plumps up cells better than by just drinking water. Greens like spinach and arugula are packed with naturally occurring antioxidants, avocados contain healthy fats and vitamins C and E to keep skin plump, bright, and hydrated, and lemons support your liver and kidneys, and studies show there’s a clear connection between healthy organs and healthy skin. Vitamin C-rich foods such as oranges may help prevent wrinkles, too. You can also hydrate all of your skin from the outside-in by using an ultra moisture body wash.

Eat a well-balanced diet

Stock up on superfoods like carrots and tomatoes which are stocked with phytonutrients and antioxidants, both of which protect against damaging free radicals. The beta carotene and lycopene found in these superfoods also protect your skin from sun damage and repair skin cells to boot.

Avoid sugar! Apparently sweets and processed foods that spike insulin, trigger a surge of other hormones as well that cause blemishes and lack luster skin appearance. Proteins in your skin react with excessive sugar, causing your skin to age faster too. Low-glycemic diets, on the other hand, full of veggies, whole grains, and healthy snacks like almonds, fish, and fruit, full of good fats like omega-3s, help your body regulate insulin, clear your skin, and keep your skin cells plump and healthy, reversing sun damage to boot.

Don’t pick at your face.

When I was told this when I was younger, I basically blew it off because my young skin would heal very quickly and appear to leave me scarless… cut to twenty years later, when all those random little scars I couldn’t see then are suddenly much more visible on my face, along with the fact that it takes a little longer to heal twenty years later as well. So just keep your fingers away from your skin, even if it means keeping your nails either very short or tipped with thick acrylics to prevent your OCD self from doing it.

Don’t smoke cigarettes!!!

Ladies, I’m telling you, if I could go back into my teenage years and never start smoking, I would. Not only is it horribly unhealthy overall, which we all know very well, it causes lackluster skin and wrinkles later in life.

Keep sunblock on your skin when it’s daylight

Apparently you can get some natural sunscreen from the inside out by eating pomegranate or swallowing a pomegranate-extract supplement {up to 60 mg} which enhances the skin’s sun-protective properties by 25%. But by all means, do NOT skip your SPF, even when it’s overcast.

Sleep! Sleep! Sleep!

There are tons of reasons to sleep more, and depriving your body, mind, and soul from sleep also wrecks havoc on your skin. So sleep in if you have the chance, but lay on your back as often as you can to avoid wrinkles from sleeping on and thus smashing your face throughout the night. Changing your pillowcase often will keep breakouts at bay as well.

But Here’s How You Fake Luminous Skin!

Now, there are some who are just blessed with amazing skin whether they work at it or not, and mostly, they don’t even realize how good they’ve got it, but that’s true with anything we take for granted right? But what’s kind of amazing is that we’ve got tons of makeup and beauty products and sneaky tricks to fake perfectly smooth and glowing skin, and here’s how…

Use a really great moisturizer or even a hand cream

Sometimes, if my skin is really dry, I’ll mix a little bit of a super-thick hand cream in with my foundation to really moisten it up. It’s too thick for everyday use, but once in a while, it works like a charm. For daily use though Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening & Protecting Lotion is perfection.

Say yes to highlighter

We all know that highlighter is the new contouring {though I never contoured really because it just feels like SO MUCH MAKEUP!} but if you remember the late ’90s and early ’00s of shimmer face city, then do the exact opposite of that. Keep a soft and luminous look by applying just a hint to your cheekbones, nose, brow bone, and cupid’s bow, and you’ll be set!

Don’t over powder your face

As much as we want to cover it all up with powder, too much of a good thing is all kinds of wrong. Not only does over-powdering create thickness which settles in lines, making them appear deeper than they are, it dulls the natural beauty and any highlighter we may have used to illuminate and glow. So powder skillfully and carefully. Try CoverGirl Ready, Set Gorgeous Fresh Complexion Powder Foundation for all-ver coverage that doesn’t “cake”.

Take a really steamy shower AFTER you’ve done your makeup

Now, this really only works if you’ve showered earlier and washed your face and hair, then much later in the day you can apply your makeup, turn on the shower as hot as it can go to steam up your space, then get in for a quick rinse for about 2 minutes then get out. Keep the doors and windows shut for maximum steam soakage and you get a perfectly dewy look!

You can also fake this with a hand-held clothes steamer, but it’s not quite as good. However, for those who are worried about frizzy hair, it’s the better option.

Smile! Smile! Smile!

Not only does smiling {even a fake smile} trick your brain into sending happy hormones into your system which is proven to actually make you happier, a great big smile disguises all your perceived flaw and acts like an invisibility cape on your wrinkles, and a leaves you with only an infectious glow. Grab Crest 3D White Whitestrips Teeth Whitening Kit to get those pearly whites shining their best!

Glowing skin on the red carpet

Giveaway! Giveaway! Giveaway!

To help you get red-carpet-ready every day, I am giving away some great beauty products, and a gift card to Walgreens where you can find fabulous beauty brands like CoverGirl, Olay, Pantene, and Crest!

GLAM Walgreens People's Choice Awards Giveaway

  • $75 Walgreens gift card
  • CoverGirl TruNaked Eyeshadow Pallet {Obsessed with CG eyeshadows!}
  • CoverGirl Plumpify Mascara
  • CoverGirl Outlast Longwear Lipstick
  • Secret Clinical Stress Response {NEW FAV!!!}
  • Venus Razor Swirl
  • Olay Body Wash Ultra Moisture
  • Pantene Hairspray
  • Pantene Total Damage Care 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner

 

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* My Red Carpet Photos and our glam makeovers.
* My Red Carpet Style… the dress I chose and wore to the event.
* My Bardot inspired hair and my PCAs highlights

* This post is brought to you by Walgreens and Procter & Gamble. All opinions are my own.

 

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

50 Comments

  • Jennifer Rote

    January 14, 2016 |

    My best tip is to moisturize daily.

  • Rosie

    January 14, 2016 |

    I’ve been mixing shea butter, coconut oil and lemon essential oil and using it liberally – so nice for dry skin!

  • KV

    January 14, 2016 |

    I like to stay hydrated throughout the day.

  • Shira

    January 14, 2016 |

    I’m working on getting better about moisturizing regularly!

  • Kim Henrichs

    January 14, 2016 |

    My favorite skincare to-do is a really good overnight mask at least once per week – especially in the winter!

  • Sara Brents

    January 14, 2016 |

    I absolutely love quality drugstore beauty products.. They are normally the only place that carries my clean and clear acne moisturizer which keeps my skin looking fabulous even on the worst days.. It isn’t too heavy or oily which for my skin works perfect. I’m also a huge fan of their sales (which are crazy often) where I can stock up on my favorites (Revlon colorstay aqua powder- feels so good on my skin and gives it an all over “finished” look without the cakiness) Of course baby face pore primer is another favorite when I want a day off (or i am in a hurry) & allows me to skip the foundation and just wear powder.. It makes my skin feel silky smooth and allows my face to breath a little.. If Im in a pinch and cant get to (afford) my usual UD foundation, my go to is always Covergirls with Oil of Olay.. Lasts forever! Granted I love my high quality high priced items just as much but damn it feels good to be able to save some money and be beautiful! Love your blog, have been reading for 5+ years and just to be honest I cling to every hint at a “personal” issue.. I’ve struggled and continue to struggle with so many of the same things I feel like our lives are parallel with the exception of yours being so much more glamorous! You’ve inspired me in so many ways.. Okay- I feel like I’m fan girling it!

  • Christy Peeples DuBois

    January 14, 2016 |

    You stayed this but I have always been a believer in not going to bed with makeup on. I have oily skin so I do exfoliate several times s week. I follow a rigid skin care routine and have since I was a teenager.

  • Lisa

    January 14, 2016 |

    I usually leave my face a bit damp after washing and blotting water off, it helps serums and moisturizer absorb better.

  • natasha lamoreux

    January 14, 2016 |

    I like to use preparation H for under eye bags. Works like a charm even though it seems a bit weird.It takes away all the puffiness and seems to brighten the skin.

  • Alisa

    January 15, 2016 |

    Turning 40 soon and have been really paying attention to my skin lately so this post comes at the perfect time!! Thanks!!

  • MA

    January 15, 2016 |

    My skin is naturally oily, post acne scars (teen years) dark spots. I have a regimen of gentle exfoliation, gentle cleansing and an oil free moisturizer. I have yearned for clear skin for many years. ?

  • Kelly D

    January 15, 2016 |

    My favorite skin care secret is to wear a daily lotion with SPF.

  • Sara Vitorino

    January 15, 2016 |

    One of my beauty secrets is my miracle cream from Vichy!

  • Lindsey

    January 15, 2016 |

    The Clarisonic was a game changer for me — get’s your skin so so clean! I only use it once a day at the very most. Also, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate changed my skin for the better, too!

    Lindsey I http://www.treasuredinspiration.com

  • shiva

    January 15, 2016 |

    Great Look!

  • Patti

    January 15, 2016 |

    I wear a moisterizer with sunscreen each and every day! So important!

  • Meghan B

    January 15, 2016 |

    Cold spoons to de-puff eyes!

  • Amy Z.

    January 15, 2016 |

    I try to wash my face with lukewarm water, never hot!

  • Jazmín Ramirez

    January 16, 2016 |

    These tips are spot on! One I haven’t heard before is not washing your face when you wake up. I’ve been religiously washing my face every morning in the middle of the day and before I sleep for as long as I can remember. And recently my face has gotten so oily! I’m definitely going to try letting my natural oils do their job and give my face a break.

  • Kimberly J

    January 16, 2016 |

    I love using coconut oil on everything!

  • Samantha

    January 16, 2016 |

    My best tip is to do a clay mask once a week to draw out impurities. It’s even better to warm your face with a moist cloth first.

  • Laura J

    January 17, 2016 |

    To help keep my lips from chapping during these so cold winter months, I always apply lip balm before lipstick to help them from drying out during the day!

  • Michelle C

    January 17, 2016 |

    For me, the most important thing is hydration. I have to drink plenty of water and use moisturizers for skin and lips.

  • Meegan

    January 17, 2016 |

    I love using Vaseline on my eyelashes and lips before I go to sleep every night!

  • Elizabeth Seeley

    January 17, 2016 |

    Love the look! After I wash the foundation off my hands(I use the back of my hand as a palette) I leave them a little damp and pat them all over my face to get a dewy look. But I’m gonna have to try the clothes steamer trick…

  • Ellen Casper

    January 17, 2016 |

    Use a moisturizer with SPF daily.

  • Elizabeth Seeley

    January 17, 2016 |

    After washing makeup off my hands (I use the back of my hand as a palette) I keep them a bit damp and tap them on my face to get a dewy finish. Urban Decay has some great makeup setting sprays… Even their matte one leaves a perfect dewy and matte finish. I already commented but I don’t think it went though so I’m posting again! Have a great day, everyone!

  • Raine

    January 17, 2016 |

    I change my pillow case every 2-3 days. It really made a huge difference clearing my skin and overall looking better. It seems like overkill but I always grab cases when I see them in sale so I have extra. Even if I wash my face well, hair products and bacteria build up. I also quit smoking two years ago and the changes are incredible.

  • Julie

    January 17, 2016 |

    My tip is using q-tips dipped in makeup remover to get any tricky eyeliner and mascara off at the end of the day. Cotton pads alone just don’t get everything.

  • sarah s

    January 17, 2016 |

    I don’t have any really secret tips, just to drink a lot of water and when using sunscreen also I sometimes will use a spray sunscreen on my head if I’m not going to be wearing a hat on a very sunny day.

  • adriana

    January 17, 2016 |

    I love using coconut oil as body moisturizer and eye makeup remover.

  • Luna S

    January 18, 2016 |

    Use gentle soaps to wash your face if you do use soap.

  • Jennifer Schatzel

    January 18, 2016 |

    Drink lots of water and wash with a facial oil in the morning!

  • Cheryl

    January 18, 2016 |

    Hydrate from the inside out by drinking plenty of water.

  • misty woods

    January 18, 2016 |

    Stay hydrated it is good for the skin!

  • Michaela K

    January 18, 2016 |

    I keep a pack of Burt’s Bees Facial towelettes in White tea on my nightstand. So on those nights when I’m exhausted I can still clean my face before bed without having to get up again.

  • Jamie

    January 18, 2016 |

    One of my skin care secrets has been using Mizon snail serum. It’s a Korean product that has really helped my skin stay dewy while helping to clear any dry patches of redness!

  • Erin W

    January 18, 2016 |

    Quick pimple fighter/wash….rubbing alcohol. I know it dries out skin, but only use if for that stubborn time of the month when a nasty pimple emerges. Also, I just purchase the Olay moisturizer mentioned in article. Love it so far, hoping to see results.

  • Julie Wood

    January 19, 2016 |

    My favorite skin care product is Neutrogena facial wipes. They really clean my face with out drying it. I also love doing my homemade facial masks to help me skin stay soft!

  • Linda

    January 19, 2016 |

    I always apply lotion under my foundation for a smoother look.

  • MaryBB

    January 19, 2016 |

    Hydrate, inside and out – drink lots of water and apply moisturizer often.

  • Elle

    January 19, 2016 |

    I use daily face moisturizer that has SPF built in.

  • Allizon

    January 19, 2016 |

    My beauty secret is only washing my hair 2-3x a week! People can’t believe it when I tell them. I’ve trained my hair to withstand the schedule. And of course, dry shampoo always comes to the rescue! My hair is crazy thick, so I do have that advantage. But honestly I credit my healthy hair to not washing it every day!

  • Starla b

    January 19, 2016 |

    Goodness! So many awesome products that I would love to try. My favorite beauty trick is using a qtip to get all of the smudge and excess mascara off of my eyelid. It works beautifully! 😉

  • Evie B.

    January 20, 2016 |

    I always use a layer of chapstick under my lipstick for a better look.

  • Anita Duvall

    January 20, 2016 |

    I stay hydrated by drinking lots of water throughout the day. Begin the day and end the day with a glass of water.

  • Sara

    January 20, 2016 |

    Using oil to remove makeup 🙂

  • Keri justice

    January 21, 2016 |

    Always wear SPF!

  • Klydra Pugh

    January 21, 2016 |

    Moisturize moisturize moisturize
    Thanks for the chance

  • lydia

    February 1, 2016 |

    I love using a charcoal bar for my skin!