The Paula’s Choice Guide to Dewy Skin: How to Get That Healthy Glow

The Paula’s Choice Guide to Dewy Skin: How to Get That Healthy Glow

Fresh, dewy, radiant-looking skin is something most people want, and why not? When your skin is dewy, you look healthier, younger, more beautiful. While most try to make their skin look dewy with makeup, we’ll explain how you can use key Paula’s Choice skincare products to achieve a real healthy glow.

Dewy Skin Isn’t Just About Makeup

Before we go any further, we want to stress that makeup can and does have a place in creating a dewy glow; however, when you start with skincare, the results will look much better, no matter which type of shimmer product you choose to enhance your newly dewy, more radiant complexion.

More important, because makeup only looks as good as the skin it’s being applied to, it makes sense that you begin your journey to dewy, radiant-looking skin with the right skincare products. Knowing what to use and why will quickly have you on your way to seeing the dewy, beautiful skin you want—even if you opt to go without a stitch of makeup. Now let’s get to the big secret to getting dewy skin: Exfoliation!

The Secret to Dewy Skin

OK, we guess it’s not such a secret anymore, but the first step to getting and keeping dewy skin is regular use of a leave-on AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) or BHA (beta hydroxy acid) exfoliant in the strength that works best for your skin type.

AHAs (like glycolic acid) and BHA (salicylic acid) work fast to dramatically smooth and soften skin’s texture while banishing dullness—two key elements to achieving dewy-looking skin. But the hidden benefit is this: When you routinely exfoliate skin with an AHA or BHA product, you’re allowing the built-up layers of dead skin cells to shed as they normally would. The surprising result is that the newer, healthier skin cells hiding underneath are much better able to hold on to the vital moisture and skin-identical ingredients all skin types need to look smooth, soft, and, yes, dewy. [1, 2]

Not sure whether you should choose AHA or BHA? Find out the best option for you in this article—and know that it’s perfectly OK to alternate between both and see how your skin responds. As a general recommendation, many people find that Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid does a wonderful job (often overnight) of making skin look amazingly fresh and dewy the next morning, and every morning after.

How to Turn Dull Skin Into Dewy, Radiant Skin

Routine exfoliation with an AHA or BHA exfoliant is step 1 in the process of getting dewy, radiant skin. The next steps involve key products that are easy to add to your daily skincare routine, and provide multiple benefits. Let’s begin with a high-strength but gentle vitamin C treatment…

When you add a product like Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster to your routine, you’ll see the difference that "C" makes! This particular formula combines 15% ascorbic acid (pure vitamin C) with other potent antioxidants in a liquid formula that can be applied on its own or, even better, mixed with any other treatment product (such as serum) for enhanced results.

Vitamin C’s role in creating dewy, radiant skin comes from its ability to fight free radicals—that prematurely age skin—and its brightening effects on skin tone issues like dullness and discolourations from sun exposure. [3] When skin looks brighter and more even, its ability to reflect light is improved. That means your skin will look more even and more radiant, ready for the next step toward enviable dewiness!

With your vitamin C treatment on, the next step is to add a facial oil blend to your routine. With the ever-increasing number of facial oils on the market, finding a great one shouldn’t be too difficult, right? Not so fast! Almost all of the facial oil blends ("blends" meaning the product contains more than one oil) contain fragrance or a mix of fragrant oils like lavenderrose, or geranium. All fragrant oils have strong potential to irritate skin—and irritation isn’t the way to a dewy, younger-looking complexion.

The lack of truly fragrance-free facial oil blends is one reason Paula’s Choice created the Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster, a mix of nine non-fragrant plant oils (plus other beneficial ingredients) that research has shown can improve skin in numerous ways. This concentrated gem of an oil can be applied on its own or simply add a drop or two to your serum or moisturiser. Next, step back and take a look at how smooth and, yes, dewy your skin looks—all without a heavy, slick, or greasy feel.

There’s one more Paula’s Choice product to consider for getting and keeping radiant, dewy-looking skin and that’s Paula’s Choice Resist Pure Radiance Brightening Treatment. This lightweight, lotion-textured treatment contains a mix of skin-brightening niacinamide, a B vitamin that has multiple benefits for all skin types, as well as finely-milled mica, a mineral pigment that adds an instant, subtle radiance to skin.

You can use this treatment with any other products, including those designed to lighten brown spots. It provides lightweight hydration for all skin types, and if your skin is drier, adding a couple drops of the Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster turns Pure Radiance Brightening Treatment into a "power couple" for those seeking that gorgeous dewy glow! But best of all, ongoing use of the Brightening Treatment will make skin look visibly younger and more even.

The Best Skincare Routine for Dewy, Radiant Skin

Now that we know the best Paula’s Choice products to use to get dewy-looking, radiant skin, here’s an example of how to put it all together in your daily skincare routine, both morning and evening:

Dewy Skin Routine, AM

  1. Cleanse skin
  2. Apply toner (if used; not sure if you need one? Check out this article)
  3. Apply your AHA or BHA exfoliant*
  4. In the palm of your hand, mix and then apply two drops of Resist C15 Super Booster with 1-2 drops of Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster
  5. Apply Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment
  6. Apply your daytime moisturiser with SPF

Dewy Skin Routine, PM

  1. Cleanse skin
  2. Apply toner (if used; not sure if you need one? Check out this article)
  3. Apply your AHA or BHA exfoliant*
  4. In the palm of your hand, mix and then apply two drops of Resist C15 Super Booster with your serum
  5. Apply Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment
  6. In the palm of your hand, mix and then apply 2 drops of Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster with your nighttime moisturiser; you can also add a drop of the Oil Booster to your eye cream.

*You may find that once-daily application of the exfoliant is enough. If this is what works best for your skin, you can apply the exfoliant morning or evening.

Getting that fresh, dewy-looking complexion you want is easier than you think. Along with increased radiance and attractive glow, your skin will see lots of other benefits, from visibly improved skin tone to fewer fine lines, wrinkles, and discolourations.

It’s surprisingly simple to add the key products mentioned above to your daily routine for dewy skin, and the extra benefits make it win-win for you! Now when you opt to use makeup to amp up your lit-from-within healthy glow, you’ll love the results even more (and it’ll apply much better). Full disclosure: Expect lots of compliments on your skin.

The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here: The same type of in-depth research used to create this article is also used to formulate Paula’s Choice Skincare products. You’ll find products for all skin types and a range of concerns, from acne and sensitive skin to wrinkles, pores, and sun damage. With Paula’s Choice Skincare, you can get (and keep) the best skin of your life! Learn more at Shop Paula's Choice

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References Cited:

  1. Smith WP. Comparative effectiveness of alpha-hydroxy acids on skin properties. Int J Cosmet Sci. 1996;18(2):75-83.
  2. Kootiratrakarn T, Kampirapap K, Chunhasewee C. Epidermal Permeability Barrier in the Treatment of Keratosis Pilaris. Dermatol Res Pract. 2015;2015:205012.
  3. Farris PK. Topical vitamin C: a useful agent for treating photoaging and other dermatologic conditions. Dermatol Surg. 2005;31(7 Pt 2):814-7; discussion 818.


About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books about skincare and makeup. She is known worldwide as The Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula’s Choice Skincare. Paula’s expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international radio, print, and television including:

The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and providing expert advice that solves your skincare frustrations so you can have the best skin of your life!