5 Ways to Give Your Skin a Glow Up for the Upcoming Festive Season

With Diwali right around the corner, here are 5 expert-approved ways to get your glow on, almost overnight!

There's no denying that Diwali celebrations aren't going to be quite the same this year around. With the world battling a global pandemic and social distancing norms in place, we may have skimped on the 'festive vibe', and understandably so. But, all said and done, who doesn't love a glow up once in a while? To keep the festive spirit alive and experience the benefits of smooth and supple skin, skincare expert Paula Begoun shares 5 ways you can bring on the glow with the help of her sworn-by products.

Paula's Choice SKIN BALANCING Oil-Reducing Cleanser

DON'T SKIMP ON A GREAT CLEANSER- While washing your face with a regular soap is an inexpensive, convenient way to get your skin clean, it's not recommended. Almost all bar soaps or cleansers are excessively drying and leave a waxy, dull film on the skin that builds up with daily use. A great cleanser must always be handy, one that is gentle on the skin, yet effective in removing makeup, impurities, and unwanted pollutants. More importantly, note that is doesn't leave your skin feeling tight or dry. You may also use a soft washcloth to wipe your skin without irritation. Once you switch over from a drying soap or a harsh cleanser that leaves the skin in a compromised state, to a gentle skin cleanser, you'll be amazed at the difference it will make to your skin health.

Paula's Choice SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid

REMOVE BUILT-UP LAYERS OF DULL, DEAD SKIN- Gently and naturally remove built-up layers of dull, dead skin by using a BHA exfoliant to reveal your complexion’s natural glow. Exfoliation is a crucial step in your skincare regime. When you use the right kind of exfoliant, there is an apparent difference in the appearance and feel of your skin. Although, how you exfoliate is incredibly important, as using the wrong exfoliant can end up causing serious skin problems. It's no lie that a lot of people believe exfoliating the skin is all about using harsh scrubs or cleansing brushes. Well, contrary to popular belief, both are terrible options for your skin because they are limited in their reach and damage the skin by causing micro tears on the surface. Instead, using a BHA (beta hydroxy acid, which is only salicylic acid) liquid leave-on exfoliant is one way to reach the deeper layers of the skin without unnecessary damage. BHA's not only gently exfoliate your skin, but also amp up hydration, unclog pores, reduce breakouts, improve uneven skin tone and soften and strengthen the skin’s protective barrier.

Paula's Choice 10% Azelaic Acid Booster

BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOUR COMPLEXION- Azelaic acid works by inhibiting factors in the skin that cause discoloration, dullness, uneven skin tone, irritation, and even rosacea. It has a radar-like ability to inhibit what causes skin imperfections and helps make them fade away so that your skin looks noticeably healthier and refreshed.

Paula's Choice Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50

PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM SUN DAMAGE- For an instant boost of radiance and to protect your skin from sun damage (the major cause of skin looking dull), opt for a hydrating sunscreen that also imparts an instant glow. Our Paula’s Choice Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 has an impressive satin-matte finish that strikes the perfect balance between enriching the skin with much-needed hydrants that give way to a subtle, youthful glow, without looking or feeling greasy. Plus, it delivers the daily sun protection everyone needs!

Paula's Choice SKIN BALANCING Invisible Finish Gel

MOISTURISE, MOISTURISE, MOISTURISE- Restore and repair your skin at night with a moisturiser that helps heal the impacts of stressors that the skin has faced all day, while also boosting your skin’s suppleness and hydration. The skin is always hungry for antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and hydrators, especially at night. Pick a moisturiser with a texture that works best for your skin type (creamy for dry skin or fluid and light for oily and combination skin), loaded with vital ingredients. Paula's choice SKIN BALANCING Invisible Finish Gel leaves a dewy sheen of hydration, perfect for accentuating your glowing skin under the bright lights on Diwali!