At Sunday Riley, we know the importance of finding your glow from the inside out. A full night’s rest, filling your body with nutrients and relieving stress all make huge impacts on keeping your skin looking its best. While finding your glow starts with nurturing your body, mind, and soul, the products you use to nourish your skin play a huge part, too.
That’s why we created C.E.O. Afterglow Brightening Vitamin C Gel Cream because we wanted you to have a moisturizer that supercharges your natural radiance with a burst of antioxidant-packed vitamin C. It’s our newest glow-inducing product that leaves your skin looking bright, plump, and hydrated. You can use it as part of both your morning and nighttime routines in helping you find your shine, so you have the confidence to brighten everything and everyone around you. We dive in further below on how to take a holistic approach to achieve radiance — from head to toe.
Glow up your skin
Your skincare routine not only gives you a moment to find some calm at the start and end of the day, but it honors your body on an aesthetic level by carving out time to take care of your skin (and yourself). Even the act of applying your skincare products in a rhythmic manner can be incredibly meditative. When using the new Sunday Riley C.E.O. Afterglow Brightening Gel Cream, for example, apply with slow, circular motions to massage your face and encourage blood flow. The lightweight moisturizer’s vitamin C-packed formula (made with powerful THD ascorbate) amps up your radiance by brightening and evening out your skin tone. Sodium hyaluronate is a great humectant that attracts and binds water so your skin remains plump and dewy-looking. Lutein and ergothioneine are packed with antioxidants that protect your skin and reduce the signs of aging so your skin looks healthy and bright. The aromatic neroli oils (a gorgeous blend of floral notes, citrus, and pepper) uplift your spirits as the gel-cream texture sinks into your skin.
Glow up your hair
Dull, limp hair can happen to anyone thanks to a mix of environmental pollution, product buildup, and heat styling. A clarifying scalp serum like Sunday Riley Clean Rinse is like clicking the “reset” button on your hair. The AHA/BHA-infused treatment removes excess oil, dead skin, and product buildup preventing your hair from experiencing shine and healthy growth. A blast of cold water in the shower could help seal in the hair cuticle and prevent frizz. Plus, a lightweight hair oil like Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil is a quick way to add luster without hair feeling weighed down and greasy. In addition to adding high shine and silkiness to each strand, it prevents heat damage that also causes hair dullness.
Glow up your workouts
If you’ve ever noticed your skin has a glow after a good workout, it’s not just because of sweat. In addition to keeping your heart and body healthy, workouts increase your blood flow and oxygen to keep your skin clear and dewy. Though you shouldn’t expect a few workouts to get rid of wrinkles and signs of aging, studies show regular endurance exercises stimulate collagen production that encourages cell turnover, so your skin looks notably better. Just make sure you’re removing all your makeup before a sweat session and immediately wiping down post-workout to prevent exercise-related acne. Experts recommend 150 minutes of aerobic activity every week for adults.
Glow up your diet
If we had a nickel for every celebrity that said their secret to healthy, glowy skin was drinking eight glasses of water a day, well, we’d be rich. Don’t get us wrong: It’s important to stay plenty hydrated, but you also need a well-rounded diet with a focus on a few key ingredients for healthy, glowy skin. Pack your diet with omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like salmon, which also prevent skin inflammation and encourage skin cell production. Healthy fats and antioxidants found in avocado keep skin plump and moisturized. Nuts and seeds (think: walnuts, sunflower seeds) are also great sources of fatty acids that boost your body’s nutrients to promote shiny hair, skin, and nails. Since humans don’t synthesize vitamin C, in addition to getting it topically, make sure your diet is full of vitamin C-packed foods like oranges, kiwi, strawberries, and blueberries for the ultimate skin radiance.
Glow up your soul
In a world where there’s pandemic stress, political tension, and racial turmoil, kindness might be hard to find. But here’s a reason to be extra kind to someone — starting now: A study from the UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute shows that witnessing an act of kindness can make us feel better about our world and make us more inclined to spread that kindness ourselves. In other words, they proved kindness is contagious. By shining a light of kindness on others (whether that’s paying it forward with a Starbucks order, helping an elderly person in the grocery store parking lot, or simply asking someone how they are feeling), it can start a positive ripple effect of people discovering their inner shine.
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