Ever wondered how to get your skin to be flawless? With the help of a few change in your daily habits and products with key ingredients, you can also achieve effortlessly gorgeous skin.

Here are five things you should do to get that natural glow:

1. Fade dark spots with a Vitamin-C Serum:

Women of color are more prone to hyperpigmentation because of the higher levels of melanin in our darker skin. When the skin experiences trauma, there is an overactive production of melanin (which is the pigment that gives skin its color) and this creates an uneven skin tone and makes the skin more sensitive. The best treatment for hyperpigmentation is a topical Vitamin C serum which fades the dark spots and brightens the skin, making it smooth and even. A good Vitamin C serum is also hydrating and nourishing for the skin, making its benefits extend way past fading dark spots.

2.Shield your skin from the sun with a broad spectrum sunscreen:

Many people believe wrongly that black women do not need sunscreen because of the high levels of melanin in our skin. Whereas it is true that melanin provides a natural defense against the sun, it cannot prevent sun damage in the long term. People of color are also more likely to develop the most deadly form of skin cancer (malignant melanoma). A great sunscreen is therefore very important for enhancing the skin’s ability to protect itself from the harmful effects of UV rays. Even though sun damage will not show up as vividly on darker skin, it’s effects are still present (sun damage can cause hyperpigmentation and, in the worst case scenario, skin cancer. Most sunscreen formulas leave a white cast on dark skin that can make the skin look dry and ashy. A good way to prevent that is by adding a few drops of your foundation to mask the color.

3. Slough away the dead skin with a facial scrub:

Skin roughness is also a condition that is prevalent in people with darker skin because our skin is naturally thicker than average and is generally more rough and uneven. Exfoliators are a great way to mechanically smoothen the skin. Frequent exfoliation helps to lift away the dry, dead skin that remains on the surface of the skin to reveal the newer, smoother and more radiant layer underneath. Milder scrubs that are less abrasive can be used daily but limit rougher exfoliants to 2-3 times a week.

4. Hyaluronic Acid is your friend. Adding it to your routine is a must.

The solution to dryness and tightness in the skin especially after washing is a good moisturizer. When you wash your face, the natural oils of the skin are stripped away so you need to rehydrate the skin with a moisturizer. Find a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid to get maximum hydration. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the skin and it has been popularized for its amazing ability to attract and hold water, enhancing moisturization and hydration of the skin. To achieve a fresh plumpness and a youthful glow, use a good moisturizer with hyaluronic acid after you wash your face.

5. Get your glow from within. Water. Vitamins. Super Foods.

Your skin is oftentimes a good depiction of your general diet and hydration levels. This means if you eat foods that are low in nutrients and full of saturated fats, your skin will look clammy and dull. For vibrant and smooth skin, eat plenty fruits and vegetables containing antioxidants and vitamins. Drink a lot of water as well to keep your skin fresh and hydrated especially during the summer heat.

Great skin is achievable by following a simple by efficient skincare routine and using the right cosmetics for your skin type. Follow the five easy steps above to get radiant skin with a youthful glow.

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