7 Tips for Glowing Skin, According to a Celebrity Facialist

Victoria Moorhouse
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How to get glowing skin is a subject we never get tired of talking about. Whether we’re chatting with our friends about their favorite serums or quizzing our dermatologist about retinols, it’s a topic that never gets tabled. So we decided to take our questions to someone who specializes in perfect complexions: celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas, who works with gorgeous stars like Julianne Moore. From diet tips to crucial skin care ingredients, she spilled all of her expert advice on what you need to do to finally get your glow.

Replace Your Afternoon Coffee.
You know that phrase “You are what you eat?” Well, what you snack on—drinks included—definitely affects your skin. Instead of your 2 p.m. cup of joe, Vargas suggests trying something rich in nutrients instead. “Drink a green juice every day,” she says. “It will be a great replacement to your afternoon coffee, and it will literally transform your skin in a matter of days. It helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage, so it’s de-puffing too!”

Don’t forget the Omega-3!
Vargas says that Omega-3s are essential for your skin’s natural barrier–keeping your skin protected against pollution, moisture loss, and sun damage. The fix is adding foods into your diet that hold this superstar fatty acid. “Flax seeds on your salad, or even snacking on walnuts, will be an instant boost to your omega-3, thus increasing your skins ability to hold onto moisture,” she says.

Get a Facial—Frequently.
Here’s one tip we love. “I always recommend clients have facials once a month,” she says. “Nothing you do at home can replace a professional exfoliation, extraction, and attention.”

Look for Ingredients Like Neroli Oil or Chlorophyll.
Vargas says that these are things that increase circulation, which in turn will help boost your glow.

Don’t Forget to Exfoliate.
It’s what Vargas says is her “secret weapon to having great skin.” And you’re going to want to make it a point to do it regularly—the benefits are worth it. “Think of exfoliation as your way of creating a perfect canvas for your products and your makeup,” she says. “You could be investing in the most expensive amazing skin care products at home, but if you don’t exfoliate, those ingredients won’t ever penetrate to make any difference at all.”

Try Natural Beauty Products.
According to Vargas, the end to have ingredients that penetrate the skin easier, allowing you to really see the result. “I love a serum that delivers an instant glow to a client, and natural serums like my Rejuvenating Serum will give you that right away.”

Give Yourself at At-Home Massage.
Ever heard of a lymphatic drainage massage? Vargas says that it can keep your skin glowing, but also help depuff your face. “For dry skin, massage the skin in circular motions upward,” she says. “Start at the base of the neck on the sides where your arteries are. Massage in gentle circles upwards, towards the jaw, up the sides of the face, and around the eyes. This will help coax nutrients into the tissue. You want to do the opposite motion and start on the top of the face by the eyes if you are prone to breakouts—this will draw the waste away.”

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