As a makeup artist, licensed aesthetician and specialist in glow, I am often asked what it takes to get GLOW. There are two main components of glow:
- Firstly, it is skin texture; the overall smoothness and softness of the skin.
- Secondly it is complexion which is largely influenced by genes, diet and lifestyle (in particular if you avoid smoking or drinking).
In this article, I will focus first on texture and color as I recently went through a bad bout of breakouts that wrecked my glow no matter how much foundation I put on.
This is how I went from acne to glow!
In my line of work as a makeup artist, I am constantly bombarded with marketing pushing the latest fad product to stop acne.
However, if you look at a dermatologist’s warchest¹, there are only a couple tools that they have used for decades to handle virtually every type of acne ranging from regular breakouts, stress breakouts, hormonal breakouts, etc.
Using their experience and decades of research, I came up with a simple 4-step process that will get you the texture and color for amazing glow:
Wash your face twice per day.
As basic as it sounds, many people get it wrong. For clear skin, you only need to wash once in the morning and once at night. Do not overwash as you will strip away oils and force your skin to overproduce sebum.
Choose a cleanser that is gentle on your skin. The Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser is an excellent wash suitable for all but the most oily skin types.
Shrink the visibility of pores with Toner.
Both morning and evening, I apply toner after I wash my face as it balances the pH of my skin and reduces the visibility of my pores.
Choose a toner which has little or no alcohol as you do not want to dehydrate your skin (thereby weakening your skin’s complexion). Clearly offers a gentle alcohol-free toner which uses witch hazel, cucumber and rose water.
Heavy hitter for smooth texture.
The Clear Out contains medical grade retinol and azelaic acid … two often used tools in a dermie’s warchest. As the name suggests, it gets inside the pore to flush out dead skin and clogs. With the clogs removed, pimples occur less frequently and even if they do, the breakouts are less intense.
Why not use a clay mask, scrub or peel instead?
Because they are NOT left on LONG ENOUGH to penetrate into the pore². I have all tried these products yet they have done little to clear clogs and breakouts. In order to be effective at clearing clogs, opt for a lotion that can be left on overnight where it has time to penetrate into the pore.
Getting rid of post-acne marks.
As a woman of color, my post-acne red marks always pick up pigmentation when exposed to UV. The Lighten Up has really helped reduce the appearance of these post-acne marks so that there is less chances that these red marks would get exposed to UV light and collect stubborn brown pigmentation.
I haven’t come across a product as effective as the Lighten Up … it has significantly reduced the need for concealer.
“Use this simple 4-step process consistently and within two months, you’ll get your skin to a happy-place.”
As a reminder during the day, make sure to apply non-comedogenic sunblock with SPF35 or higher as you should always protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays!
@brittaneyshanae is a full-time makeup artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a specialist in glow and also runs the Instagram page @beautybybrittaneyshanae. Use the coupon code GODDESSGLOW to get 10% off any item in the clearly basics eStore.
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So the difference between the two pics is, my face is slimmer (woo! 💪🏽) and LOOK AT MY SKIN!! The first picture is March 11 and the second is TODAY! The ONLY product that I’ve been using on my skin is @clearlybasics ! I swear the Power Duo (Clear Out and Lighten Up) are a GOD-send! • • I’ve been using both consistently for 3 months now and my skin has NEVER looked or felt better! I haven’t experienced a breakout since March and more than 80% of my hyperpigmentation is GONE! • • I’m so grateful to have finally found a product that actually works for my skin! • • If you’re dealing with acne breakouts and hyperpigmentation, you should def research Clearly Basics. • • If you decide to buy, use my coupon code: GODDESSGLOW #acnetoGLOW #clearlybasic #acnescars #skin #skincare #acnesystem #esthetician
See what others have to say about Clearly Basics.
@xx.tonilumsden This is me 5 weeks into my skincare journey with @clearlybasics.
5 weeks ago, 5 months ago, and even 5 years ago, I had lost all hope for my skin and appearance. Now I have regained that hope and positivity because I know that I am using amazing skincare products by @clearlybasics that actually do work without being harsh on my skin.
Just because you feel like nothing is working doesn’t mean you should give up on hope.
@myacnepage So there’s been some progress with my scarring🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼.
These are Clearly Basics results for 1 month of using the lighten up, you can use CODE EMMA for 10% off at the checkout (only if u want)
@gemskin__ A little progress goes a long way! 🙌🏻 In the first picture I think my skin was purging from the first week of using @clearlybasics ‘Clear Out’. I believe I actually cried either before or after I took this photo, my skin was super painful and I felt so ugly and self conscious!
The second picture is 5 weeks after using Clear Out, just scarring (being helped by using Lighten Up) and no actives!
I’m so happy with the results so far using these products and they have been the only thing that has helped my skin!
@skinwithalisha @clearlybasics helped maintain my skin after accutane and honestly their products have helped so many, I get many DM’s thanking me for recommending clearly basics and how it’s helped them.
If I knew about @clearlybasics prior to accutane I would’ve definitely gone with using Clear Out for sure!
@_myskinstory 😭 I feel like I’m an addict and someone has taken away my drugs 😂
Saturday night I came to the end of my @clearlybasics Clear Out bottle. After consistently applying it every night for 3 months along side Niacinamide & Zinc so last night I had nothing to apply. (Right picture: a few days previous. Left picture: This morning) As soon as I woke up I knew it different feel great! 😭
Regardless off the other amazing benefits that a 2% Retinol & Azaleic Acid has; I JUST WANT MY GLOW BACK!! I’ll dedicate my next post to the ingredients and how they ‘clearly’ work!!
@aishx I have been using this product for the last 3 months and I swear by it!
My nasty pimps went away within days, my blemish marks were lightened and the size of my pores decreased drastically! In fact I feel that my skin brightened up a lot and my makeup looked smoother too!