How to Get Glowing Skin – A Step-by-Step Guide

Remember when having matte skin was in? Now it’s all about that ultra-dewy and lit-from-within glow! Dewy makeup is easy to pull off; all you need is an illuminating primer, a good highlighter and a shimmery lip gloss. However, it’s a different story when it comes to getting a natural dewy complexion – you’ll need more than just those three items in your skin care regimen!

To get radiant skin, you need to invest and build a solid skin care routine with products that firstly suit your skin type, and secondly deeply hydrate your skin. It’s hard to achieve dewy, glowing skin if your skin barrier is damaged, so be sure to nurse it back to a healthier state before you start curating your skin care products.

Follow this step-by-step guide and you’ll soon be on your way to getting the glowing skin that you’ve been dreaming of:

Step 1: Double Cleanse

To get that healthy glow, you MUST always start with a clean face before piling on products. Do a double cleanse every night. If you’re unsure of what double cleansing means, it’s basically cleansing your face with an oil cleanser followed by a foam or gel cleanser. It’s important to start with an oil cleanser, especially if you wear makeup during the day, as that helps get rid of excess oil and dirt that most facial cleansers won’t completely remove when used alone. Read chapter 7 of the Beauty Book for a more in-depth guide to oil cleansing.

Pair innisfree’s Green Tea Cleansing Oil with KLAVUU’s Pure Pearlsation Revitalizing Facial Cleansing Foam for the first step  of your routine; the cleansing oil mildly cleanses skin with its green tea extracts and water, while the foam cleanser creates a rich lather that completely washes off any makeup residue. This power combo will leave your skin dewy, smooth and bright.

Step 2: Exfoliate

It’s impossible to have glowing skin if there’s a layer of dead skin cells getting in the way. The best way to remove them is by exfoliating at least twice a week. You can either use exfoliating pads like NEOGEN’s Dermalogy Real Cica Pad, which gently removes dead skin cells, reduces redness and boosts collagen production, or opt for BANILA CO’s Hi Bye Vita-Peel Exfoliating Scrub, which exfoliates skin with a traditional scrub consisting of lemon peels, lemon extracts and walnut powder.

Don’t go overboard with exfoliating as over-exfoliation will dry your skin out, hindering your chances of achieving that natural glow!

Step 3: Toner

After patting your skin dry, it’s time to apply a facial toner. Aside from restoring your skin’s natural pH balance, toners are great for soothing skin and giving it a boost of moisture, which is much needed after all that face washing. Look for a toner with moisturizing extracts like I’m from’s Rice Toner – it’s packed with rice and 77.78% Goami extracts that leave skin glowing while also offering anti-aging benefits.

You can either spritz the toner all over as a light mist, or apply it on a cotton pad and gently wipe the toner across your face. When doing the latter, you may notice some dirt on the cotton pad after wiping. This is leftover dirt or makeup that the toner picks up, ensuring that your face is extra clean before moving on to the next step.

Step 4: Essence

Essences may not be in everyone’s routines yet, but using one has amazing benefits, particularly if you’re aiming for dewy skin. Essences are lighter than serums or ampoules and some come in watery textures that may remind you of a toner – but they do so much more than toners! They’re highly concentrated with formulations that target specific skin concerns.

An ideal essence for achieving a radiant glow is the Galacto Niacin 97 Power Essence from PURITO. It’s formulated with 92% galactomyces ferment filtrate and 5% niacinamide that leaves dull skin revitalized and moisturized. Sensitive skin types won’t have a problem with this essence as it’s free from harsh ingredients and preservatives.

Step 5: Serum

The secret to supple skin is simple: hyaluronic acid. This skin care hero is really a game-changer, thanks to its moisture-binding powers. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, firmness and radiance, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles. Products with hyaluronic acid strengthen your skin’s barrier to prevent moisture loss and also give you a smoother and softer complexion.

Use a hyaluronic acid serum like the Oligo Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Ampoule from blanc doux or the Waterfall Moist Balanced Hyaluronic Acid 100 from THE PLANT BASE. These serums not only help skin look exceptionally dewy and soft but also offer anti-aging benefits.

Step 6: Face Mask

Don’t forget to apply a hydrating mask at least once a week. There are many different types of masks that you can incorporate into your routine for glowing skin – you’ve got sheet masks, sleeping masks or the usual wash-off masks.

For extra radiance, try Dear, Klairs’ Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask. It’s rich in antioxidants to brighten your overall complexion and repair any damage caused by free radicals. It’s also multifunctional so you can use it as a regular mask, a sleeping pack or even a night moisturizer if your skin desperately needs the moisture.

Holika Holika’s Watermelon Mask Sheet  is perfect for those who need something to calm and soothe skin redness and inflammation. This sheet mask is infused with Watermelon Complex™ and contains red lycopene complex extracted from red fruits to restore skin’s elasticity while brightening dull skin. Apply it after your serum or ampoule and leave it on for no longer than 20 minutes. You’ll be left with a layer of remaining essence that you can gently dab in for better absorption.

Step 7: Moisturizer

The last and most important step of this routine is applying your moisturizer. You won’t get that dewy, glowing skin unless you have the right moisturizer, so be sure to pick one that works well for your skin type. Another thing to consider is to have two separate moisturizers, one for your morning routine and another for night.

During the day, it’s better to use a moisturizer that easily sinks into skin as you want your makeup to apply evenly. Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream a popular product by Nature Republic, is raved about by many skin care lovers; this cream has a light gel texture that hydrates and refreshes skin with its blend of Sapporo water and seaweed extract. It’s the ideal cream for combination skin as it revitalizes the T-zone and keeps your cheeks hydrated at the same time.

Our skin loses moisture overnight, especially if you like sleeping with the aircon on full blast! Want to wake up to softer and super plump skin? Slather on a thick cream like the Hydrate Me. Micro Tension Cream from make p:rem to lock in that much-needed moisture throughout the night. It strengthens your skin barrier and helps restore skin’s elasticity thanks to its blend of Arctic berry extract, botanical oils and ceramides. This non-irritant cream is also great for sensitive skin types since it’s free of any artificial dyes, alcohol and parabens. Plus, the packaging looks Insta worthy for your #skincareshelfie!

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