Recapture Your Glow
Hydrated, effortless, illuminated, smooth, healthy and awake; glowing skin is going to mean different things for different people but regardless of our goals we all have the same eternal question: how do I get it?
There are so many makeup products out there that can help give you a temporary glow (and we are so grateful for them) think, Westman Atelier’s Super Loaded Tinted Highlight, Ilia’s Liquid Light Serum Highlighter or the Beauty Master Radiance Base by RMS, but nothing can replace the beauty of naturally glowing skin.
You know those days when you wake up and feel alive and vibrant and your skin is slightly flushed, dewy, happy, bright, bouncy and everyone you encounter asks us what are you doing to look so fresh and awake? The makeup products we use to create this look are a play on the light that gets reflected off our dewy cheeks. To achieve this naturally is absolutely something we can all work towards but it’s a little deeper than a surface glow. It’s a whole being radiance, lit-from-within-skin and we want it!
If you’re looking in the mirror and your skin is a bit less illuminated than you like, in fact it may be dull, dry, irritated, patchy, ashy or uneven, don’t fret! We may have found the holy grail of skin care and some solid advice from our new friend, Dr. B:
“If we are healthy from the inside, our skin is healthy, we radiate.”
Dr. Barbara Sturm’s skincare approach is inspired by her research into anti-inflammatory medicine and she is a passionate advocate for living a balanced, anti-inflammatory lifestyle for optimal health and beautiful skin. And she reminds us that this isn’t a one size fits all approach. If our skin is a reflection of what is happening inside, the moment we look dry, patchy or red and irritated is the moment we can observe our lifestyle a little more closely and determine what might be adversely affecting us and causing our skin to react.
Reducing inflammation has always been at the forefront of Dr. Sturm’s medical career, and is at the heart of her skincare innovations. Her products reflect the beauty of treating the skin as a vital organ that thrives on respect and kindness and reacts with the use of harsh ingredients and aggressive treatments.
All of her formulations are hydrating because she believes that “hydration is the key to healthy beautiful skin” and found it to be lacking in the skin care industry. And she’s talking about hydration, not oiliness. “You don’t solve the problem of dehydration with oil”. So why is hydration so important? Dr. Sturm explains: “One, hydration is proven to stabilize skin barrier function and two, it allows your skin’s cells to take on active ingredients.” With hydrated skin your products are going to be more potent because your skin is receptive to them.
Her products also include her hero ingredient purslane which is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and rich in beta carotene and omega 3 fatty acids.
“Hydrating, anti-aging, and anti-inflammatory are the keys to healthy, beautiful skin”.
To be clear, by healthy, we do not mean perfect. Perfect skin is not attainable. Skin can be healthy and glowing, while also having normal characteristics: visible pores, fine lines and wrinkles, birthmarks and occasional blemishes. Of course we all want that instagram filter perfection but a healthy relationship with our skin in each moment may be equally if not more important than the products we use or the ounces of water we drink each day.
Hydrated, effortless, illuminated, lit-from-within skin is achievable and something we can all work toward with these amazing glow drops and a few simple steps:
1. Pay attention to what your body, in particular your skin is asking for.
2. Add a little more hydration into your diet and into your skin care routine.
3. Look into the mirror each day and go ahead and love on that radiant, sweet self you see reflected back.
- Cynthia Latimer