How to Have Radiant, Healthy Skin


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Fresh, radiant-looking skin and a natural glow are part and parcel of looking younger. When your skin is luminous it seems to emanate from within, creating a vibrant, pure brightness others can’t help but notice. Many of us try to creatively achieve this look with makeup, but it can be even more beautiful when your skin reflects this radiance without any makeup. It all starts with brilliant skincare, so we’ll reveal how Paula’s Choice Skincare can help you achieve that dare-to-go-bare real healthy glow.

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The First Steps to Radiant Skin

An effective skincare routine includes a gentle cleanser, skin-replenishing toner, exfoliant, sunscreen that includes antioxidants, and a nighttime moisturizer loaded with antioxidants. But that’s just the beginning of lasting vibrancy. The additional products you use can play a significant part in achieving glowing results.

Before we discuss the Paula’s Choice Skincare boosters, targeted solutions, or radiance products you can add to your routine, the role exfoliants play truly deserve extra attention.

AHAs (like glycolic acid) and BHA (salicylic acid) work overnight to dramatically smooth and soften skin’s texture while banishing dullness—two key elements to attaining radiant skin. Routine use of an AHA or BHA product helps the surface layers of built-up dead skin to shed as they did when we were younger.

The glowing result is that the newer, healthier skin that was covered up by the dead surface skin appears plumper, feels like silk, and has a bright luminosity. Then the skin brightening products you apply can deeply nourish skin with antioxidants, skin-replenishing ingredients, and restoring ingredients for enhanced results.

Next Steps to Enhance and Maintain Radiant Skin

What you apply after exfoliating but before your serum and moisturizer is the pivotal step that can reveal dazzling results. The products we encourage you to consider are our RADIANCE Renewal Mask, RESIST Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment, and our RESIST C15 Super Booster.

Vitamin C’s role in creating dewy, radiant skin comes from its ability to defend skin from environmental damage that causes dullness and makes skin look ashen or sallow. Vitamin C is a natural substance in skin that needs to be generously replenished in order for it to have a potent impact on skin’s appearance. When skin has an ongoing supply of topical vitamin C, it becomes renewed and revitalized, producing a luster from the inside out.

Another product to consider for getting and keeping a radiant, supple complexion is our RESIST Pure Radiance Brightening Treatment. This sheer, skin-smoothing lotion contains a mix of skin-brightening niacinamide along with plant extracts celebrated for their ability to establish an even skin tone for a polished smooth surface. It also contains brightening minerals for instant radiance—perfect for those who want to see a healthier glow right away!

One other product you may want to consider is our RADIANCE Renewal Mask. It’s a silky, rich, overnight skin-brightening mask that imparts a refreshed, luminous, and hydrated glow. If you have normal to dry skin, we think you will find this indulgent brightening mask provides the ultimate beauty sleep imaginable.

Putting It All Together

Here are the morning and evening routines we recommend to achieve enviable, radiant skin that also looks smooth, even, and of course, younger:

Radiant Skin Routine, AM

  1. Cleanse skin with a gentle, water soluble cleanser
  2. Apply a skin-replenishing toner
  3. Apply RESIST C15 Super Booster
  4. Apply Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment
  5. Apply eye cream
  6. Apply your daytime moisturizer with SPF (this is the most crucial step)

Radiant Skin Routine, PM

  1. Cleanse skin with your gentle water soluble cleanser (use a makeup remover if needed)
  2. Apply a skin-replenishing toner
  3. Apply an AHA or BHA exfoliant
  4. Apply RESIST C15 Super Booster
  5. Apply an antioxidant serum
  6. Apply the RADIANCE Renewal Mask as your moisturizer
  7. Apply a rich eye cream, such as our RESIST Anti-Aging Eye Cream

It’s relatively easy to add the key products mentioned above to your daily routine for radiant results you’ll love seeing every time you catch your reflection in the mirror. But the routine above isn’t just about brightening: You’re also getting anti-aging benefits, superior hydration, and specialized ingredients that create a visibly more even skin tone. We can’t forget to mention how astonishingly silky your skin will feel, too!

Now when you opt to use makeup, it will amp up your lit-from-within healthy glow, so you’ll love the results even more (and makeup will apply much better). Expect lots of compliments on your skin!

The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here: The same type of in-depth research used to create this article is also used to formulate Paula’s Choice Skincare products. You’ll find products for all skin types and a range of concerns, from acne and sensitive skin to wrinkles, pores, and sun damage. With Paula’s Choice Skincare, you can get (and keep) the best skin of your life! Learn more at Shop Paula's Choice

References used for this information:

Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, September 2013, issue 9 supplemental, pages S123-127
Annals of Dermatology and Venerology, December 2012, issue 4 supplemental, pages S153-158
Journal of Cosmetic Laser Therapy, December 2011, issue 6, pages 265-279
British Journal of Dermatology, February 2010, issue 2, pages 435-441and July 2002, issue 1, pages 20-31
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, February 1999, issue 1, pages 33-40

About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books about skincare and makeup. She is known worldwide as The Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula’s Choice Skincare. Paula’s expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international radio, print, and television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and providing expert advice that solves your skincare frustrations so you can have the best skin of your life!

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