The Korean beauty trend of dewy skin has gained popularity all over the world. Getting skin that’s smooth, moist & naturally glowy is what most of us want.
If you too are wondering what the secret behind getting dewy skin is, read on to learn about natural and safe ways to achieve it.
Our Ayurvedic Doctor’s Opinion
“Richly hydrated skin, satiated with Rasa dhatu (healthy lymph) is what Ayurveda would describe dewy skin to be. Attaining dewy skin runs deeper than mere vanity. Self care, right food choices, healthy metabolism, good sleep and reduced stress levels, elicit dewy skin along with deep systemic health benefits.”
Dr. Zeel Gandhi (Bachelor Of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery), Chief Ayurvedic Doctor, Vedix
What Is Meant By Dewy Skin?
Dewy skin is a trending term used to describe supple, smooth and glowing skin. When your skin appears so smooth and moist that it seems like it is emitting light, it is referred to as dewy skin. Various celebrities and beauty and skincare brands use this term to describe their product’s benefits.
Although such skin appears to be shiny, not all shiny skin can be considered dewy skin, unless the shine is natural, healthy and fresh. Often over-exfoliation can make your skin look shiny, which is very unhealthy and does not resemble dewy skin. Also, the greasy shine on your skin that comes from makeup does not resemble dewy skin.
Is Dewy Skin Healthy?
Naturally enriched dewy skin is very healthy. But if you are attaining dewy skin with the help of makeup, it is not healthy.
How Do Koreans Get Such Dewy Skin?
The concept of dewy skin was first introduced to the skincare industry by South Korean beauty experts and celebrities. From the late 2010s, Korean actors and celebrities were seen donning perfectly glowing skin, which seemed to bounce off light. This came from the Korean preference for youth over beauty. Korean women preferred being called young to beautiful and thus, they invented a makeup technique that can give them young-looking or dewy skin.
Korean beauty standards have always preferred baby-soft skin and almost airbrushed makeup looks. So, the beauty regime that Korean makeup artists follow for a dewy skin is as under:
- Choose cleansing micellar water that has proper exfoliation qualities and clears your pores thoroughly.
- Select the right moisturizer for the skin, which usually should contain good humectants like xylitol, sodium PCA and hydroxyethyl urea. Also, the presence of some plant oil in the moisturizer is beneficial.
- Apply a thick layer of moisturizer over your exfoliated skin.
- Choose a cream-based foundation that has hydrating qualities and apply it all over your face generously.
- Use a cream-based highlighter on your temples and high points of the face and blend properly.
- Pick a lip and cheek tint that goes naturally with your skin tone and apply it over your cheekbones and the center of your lips.
- Blend the tint properly until it looks natural and makes your skin look lush.
How To Get Dewy Skin Without Makeup?
Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor at Vedix says that, “Richly hydrated skin, satiated with Rasa dhatu (healthy lymph) is what Ayurveda would describe dewy skin to be. Attaining dewy skin runs deeper than mere vanity. Self care, right food choices, healthy metabolism, good sleep and reduced stress levels, elicit a dewy skin along with deep systemic health benefits.”
There are various foods, herbs and lifestyle habits that can help you get dewy skin, but first you need to learn about the type of skin you have. A few methods that you can adopt for dewy skin without makeup are elaborated below:
A. Natural Methods
This is the most important part of the dewy skin regimen. Avoid harsh chemical cleansers and switch to non-drying cream-based cleansers. You can use natural cleansers like milk, as the lactic acid present in milk removes dead cells and moisturizes your skin. You can also use honey as a cleanser if you have acne-prone skin that easily gets irritated by most products. If you are using a cosmetic cleanser, make sure it has hyaluronic acid in it. 
The second most important step is regular and proper exfoliation. This will remove layers of dead skin cells from your face and speed up the process of cell regeneration. 
You can use a soft piece of cloth or cotton pad dipped in lukewarm water to exfoliate your face. This keeps the wrinkles and fine lines away. Oatmeal is a natural exfoliator. You can make a paste with oatmeal and milk to exfoliate your skin and wash it off with warm water.
Sugar can also exfoliate your skin naturally, but be gentle when exfoliating with sugar as it is an abrasive ingredient and can cause irritation. The malic acid present in watermelon pulp can also exfoliate your skin gently and get rid of your tan. Apple cider vinegar is another brilliant exfoliator that also heals acne scars.
If you have dry and dull skin, a moisturizer can repair the damage. For people with oily and sensitive skin, a humectant can be used instead, to restore water in your skin cells.
Protecting your skin from external irritants is as important as hydration and exfoliation. Use sunscreen daily whether you step out of your home or not. Exposure to the sun can cause hyperpigmentation and early signs of aging on your skin.
Use a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 in the morning while you are at home and every 2 hours if you are going out. Some natural ingredients that protect you from the sun are sandalwood, sesame seed oil, sunflower oil, saffron oil and vitamin E oil.
5. Use Vitamin C
Collagen is a very important protein for your skin as it makes your skin strong and firm. With growing age, collagen production decreases. Using vitamin C induced skin care products can boost collagen production. You can use lemon as a cleanser as it contains a higher percentage of vitamin C. 
Most people skip this step in their skincare regimen but using a good toner is very important for dewy skin. Make sure to use a hydrating and alcohol-free toner. Chamomile tea is a great natural toner, it tightens your pores and brightens your complexion. You can also use ginger and mint-infused water as a toner. The antioxidant properties of the toner can soothe irritated skin.
Like every natural skincare regimen, drinking the required amount of water is a very easy yet important step in having dewy skin. An average adult should consume 8 glasses of water every day but the amount may vary if you have Vata dominant or exceptionally dry skin.
Lack of sleep is the biggest evil for your skin, it causes dark circles under your eyes, puffiness and early signs of aging. An average adult needs a minimum of 8 hours of sleep to maintain healthy and dewy skin.
9. Avoid Drinking & Smoking
Unhealthy habits like the consumption of alcohol and smoking can make your skin dull and age your skin way before time. Dermatologists advise you to quit these unhealthy practices. According to a study conducted by the National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease in 2019, the smokers noticed an impact on their skin’s elasticity and age,
B. Ayurvedic Methods
- Begin your Ayurvedic skincare regimen by identifying the type of skin you have. Your skincare regimen will vary depending on whether you have a Vata, Pitta or Kapha skin type.
- Practice abhyanga or a therapeutic Ayurvedic oil massage with herb-infused oils. You can use any kind of oil based on your dosha and perform this treatment every day. However, make sure to wash the oil off before you go to sleep.
- Yoga poses like pranayama detoxify your body, improve blood circulation, build up the immune system, and much more. Good blood circulation will make your skin firm and radiant.
C. Herbs For Dewy Skin
- Neem: The oil extracted from neem leaves is good to treat blemishes. It also has antibacterial properties.
- Padmaka: This Ayurvedic plant is great for improving skin complexion. 
- Nagkesar: Nagkesar has various benefits such as improving skin complexion and leaving behind smooth and supple skin.
- Khus: This is a great herb to fight acne and blemishes. It also gives a radiant and even skin tone. Khus is even used for brightening the skin tone. 
- Manjistha: This Ayurvedic herb is essential for glowing skin. You can take this internally or can also use it in your regular face pack.
Before going to bed, take (2-3 drops) of Kumkumadi thailam on your palm, apply it over the face with your fingertips and gently massage onto the skin until fully absorbed. It illuminates the skin and adds a dewy look.
1. Control Sugar
Sugar consumption is not only harmful to your body but also to your skin. Insulin present in sugar boosts sebum production in your skin causing acne breakout and can even trigger psoriasis. Avoid foods with high sugar content like packaged food, condiments, soft drinks and ready-made sweets.
2. Consume Antioxidants
Foods that are rich in antioxidants help in collagen production, which makes your skin firm and dewy. Eat all kinds of berries, citrus fruits and drink green tea.
3. Consume Healthy Fats
Healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids are very important for your skin as they moisturize your skin and add a dew-like shine. Consume foods like avocados, oysters, salmon, flax seeds, walnuts, etc.
Your cortisol production rises due to stress, which can result in oily skin. Eventually, this can also lead to rashes, hives and other skin issues.
4. Vitamin E
Consumption of vitamin E reduces inflammation, so include vitamin E rich foods like cashews, beets, bell peppers, etc. in your daily diet. 
Drinking herbal tea is very important in Korean culture. Be it chamomile tea, green tea, oolong tea or white tea, all these herbal teas are rich in antioxidants and can make your skin look radiant. Regular consumption of these herbal teas can improve your blood circulation and add a blush-like redness to your skin.
Secret Tips To Get Dewy Skin Like Koreans
- There are certain facial exercises that help with better blood circulation in your face and make your facial skin firm and dewy. You can try puckering your lips and moving them sideways, saying vowels with full mouth movement and smiling and swallowing with your chin up to tighten your skin.
- Charcoal is a secret magic ingredient that can help you get that perfect dewy skin. Charcoal face masks exfoliate the skin and remove blackheads and whiteheads. Make your own charcoal mask by adding water, essential oils and bentonite clay to activated charcoal.
- Be gentle with your skin. Do not smack yourself while applying serums, exfoliators and moisturizers. Put the product on your fingertips, apply it all over your face and gently massage your face with it.
- Although Ayurveda is strictly against applying overnight moisturizers, you can always use an overnight hydrating mask for dewy skin. Make your own DIY face mask at home with 1 tbsp of aloe vera gel, ½ tbsp of honey and 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil.
- Keep a facial mist near you and keep applying it to your face all throughout the day.
What Does Dewy Skin Mist Do?
A dewy skin mist is a moisturizer that has the consistency of a mist that you apply over your makeup for a dewy look. Apart from giving you an instant dewy look, it also soothes and hydrates your skin. This type of mist consists of 20% botanical oils and humectants. When you apply this before your makeup, it hydrates your skin and helps in blending the makeup better.
The Last Word
Dewy skin is a Korean trend that has slowly caught up the fancy of many people across the world. While there are various ways to achieve dewy skin, choosing a holistic approach that takes care of diet and lifestyle aspects is the best way forward. Proper skin care with regular exfoliation, hydration, and other aspects can help you achieve such radiant skin in no time.Know Your Dosha Now
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