If you can’t seem to achieve a luminuous glow no matter how much brightening skincare you use, then these might the cause of your dullness.
A glowing complexion is often more about optics and the reflection of light, and less about being fairer. For skin to appear radiant and “glow-y”, light should penetrate the complexion’s top layers, diffuse laterally and then reflect back. As Dr Joyce Lim, consultant dermatologist of Joyce Lim Skin and Laser Clinic, explains, “If light reflects back to the eye, you see a glow. The more the light is bounced back the better the glow. The smoother the surface, the better the reflection. For example, a mirror reflects light very well because the surface is smooth.”
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One of the most obvious factors that affects your luminuousity is skin roughness. When your complexion is rough and uneven, light is less able to reflect off your skin. One simple way to treat this is through exfoliation, as it smoothens out your skin’s surface, thus allowing light to bounce of it. However, exfoliation alone is not the solution as radiance is the sum of many neglected parts. Here, we break down the different factors that are stopping you from achieving your desired radiance.