When I was asked to share beauty trends for 2020 on GMA for their New Year’s show, I immediately though of GLASS SKIN!  It’s so hot right now.  Read on to find out what glass skin is all about, and how I recommend achieving the look quickly and on a budget!

First of all, what is glass skin?  It’s intensely hydrated skin that makes you look “lit from within.”

Ok, how do we get glass skin?  So, you might have googled “glass skin” only to find lengthy, daunting skincare regimens that are not only time consuming but frighteningly expensive.  NOT necessary, ladies!  Here’s my quick and easy guide to glass skin:

Add one pump of a glass skin serum under your usual morning skincare routine: I love Peach and Lily’s Glass Skin Refining Serum which brightens skin with niacinamide and traps moisture with hyaluronic acid.

Apply a glass skin balm alone or over makeup. This one totally nails the glass skin look.

At night, use a cream that pumps up your hydration, and really seals in moisture overnight.  I’m loving The Dewy Skin Cream by Tatcha.

EXPERT TIP:  In the morning, if you’re heading out with your glass skin look, considering using a bit of powder in an upside down triangle between your eyebrows to finish the look.  Glass skin should be translucent and radiant, but if you look too glassy in the T zone it can come across as shiny.  There’s a fine line between glass skin and greasy skin- do NOT cross that line for ideal results!

Dr. Whitney

One of my favorite products is a good vitamin C serum! Why? Because Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, boosts collagen production, and brightens dark spots.

Here’s the breakdown! First, Vitamin C helps to reduce visible signs of aging by combating the free radical damage arising from sun exposure, heat exposure, and other environmental stressors (like pollution). When speaking to my patients, I often explain that free radicals are like tiny missiles, and they destroy everything in their path. They are highly reactive forms of oxygen whose effects can damage cell membranes and other structures in the body, including DNA and collagen. When you are exposed to a lot of free radicals, it means you are suffering from oxidative stress, and too much oxidative stress can lead to premature aging, skin cancer, and chronic skin conditions like acne.

Second, Vitamin C promotes new collagen which firms the skin, minimizes the appearance of pores, and smooths out fine lines. Vitamin C is actually a cofactor that is required by enzymes to crosslink and create new collagen. However, to boost new collagen, the Vitamin C has to penetrate through the surface layers of the skin and reach the deeper layer, called the dermis. Vitamin C made in the lab has been shown to boost collagen, but I have yet to see convincing studies showing that natural forms of Vitamin C have the same effect.

Third, vitamin C is one of our most effective brightening ingredients, lightening dark spots on the skin to create a more even skin tone and complexion. The way vitamin C brightens the skin is by binding to the copper ions that are required by the enzyme tyrosinase, so this notorious pigment-producing enzyme is basically rendered incapable of pumping out more pigment. Eventually, the darker, stained layers of skin are sloughed away.

Here are some of my favorite Vitamin C serums:

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic

Naturopathica Vitamin C15 Wrinkle Repair Serum

 

Dr. Whitney

The New Year is the perfect time to try new things! One of my favorite, power-packed antioxidant masks is so simple and easy to make, but will leave your skin feeling refreshed, radiant and renewed! Here’s what you need:

CRANBERRY-APPLE ANTIOXIDANT POWER MASK

Three Simple Ingredients:

1 grated apple

½ cup fresh or frozen (defrosted) cranberries)

1 tbsp. almond oil

To Make:

Blend all ingredients in a blender until you have a paste consistency- should be a bit thick.

Spread on clean skin, leave on for three to five minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

Key Ingredients to Nourish your Skin:

Cranberries and apples are rich in wrinkle fighting antioxidants, including Vitamin C which helps collagen production and strengthens your hair and nails.

Almond Oil is packed with Vitamin E and softens and smooths the skin, improves tone and complexion and has been shown to slow down the visible signs of aging.

@DrWhitneyBowe

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