8 Secrets for Glowing Skin!

Psst — lean in because I’ve got a big secret to share with you.

I’m going to “spill the tea” on all of my coveted and highly guarded skincare secrets!

Yep! My holy grail products and practices that I have followed religiously for the last 10 years. And I’ve got to say – my skin looks younger now than I did at 18 — you’ll see why in a minute 😉

This post is inspired by my recent trip to Ethos Spa in Summit, New Jersey on Tuesday! This gorgeous medical spa is a personal favorite of mine! Dr. Soni keeps my skin looking healthy and bright all year round. So if you’re in the NYC/NJ area — it’s just a quick trip across the Hudson — stop by, say hello and tell them I sent you 🙂 Your skin will thank you!

OK – without further ado!


1) SUNSCREEN – If you know me, you saw this one coming. If there is ONE THING you take away from this post, it is the importance — nay, the critical momentousness — of SPF. Slather it on — at least SPF 30 — every single day — even when it’s cloudy! UV rays are the #1 aging factor for our skin.

As a former sun worshipper, this has been the biggest game changer in my skin. My skin looks healthier now, then it did at 18 when I was stupidly going to the tanning bed all the time. SUNSCREEN IT UP.

And while you’re at it — get a cute sunhat with UPF 50! I literally wear this one all the dang time.

2) You are what you eat! – Sure, Vitamin C serum is terrific, (and I use one!) BUT – nothing beats a glow from the inside out! I also EAT an orange every day for the Vitamin C, too! A diet rich in fruits and veggies, and healthy fats (think olive oil, avocado) does wonders for your skin!

3) You are what you DON’T eat! – On that note – try and limit your sugar and caffeine consumption! It shows on your face! (Same with alcohol…but, hey — we’ve got to be realistic here!)

4) HYDRATE! – Water, water, water, my friends! Your skin is an organ. And your body’s largest one, at that, and needs water to function optimally. Not only that, but water helps flush out toxins in your body, resulting in a truly glowing complexion.

5) BEAUTY SLEEP – It’s not just an old wives tale. Sleep is your best friend. I aim for 8-10 hours a night. And trust me, you can see it on my face (and in my grumpiness) when I don’t! But it’s your body’s time to repair and turn over cells. So let it work its magic!

6) DEDICATION, BABY! It’s not just for relationships. Be dedicated to your skincare routine. Meaning: take off your make up every. single. night. Let those pores breathe! And then commit to your skincare products faithfully!

7) ROLL IT OUT – In the last couple years, I have started doing lymphatic massage every morning, and I have noticed a huge difference in my skin! You can use a jade roller, your hands, or — my new obsession — a Nurse Jamie Uplift. (Not sponsored!) It is a depuffing tool that literally, dreams are made of!

8) Smile and be kind! – The most beautiful glow comes from the inside. I know – cheesy. But it’s the honest-to-goodness truth. Kindness, and compassion radiate from the inside out. It is what true beauty is made of. All the other secrets pale in comparison to the glow of a good heart.

Alright – now for my holy grail products…

I’ll walk you through my routine:

HYDRATE with lemon water
Vitamin C serum
Peter Thomas Roth Eye Cream
M61 Hydraboost Cream
Nurse Jamie Uplift/Jade roll

Maracuja Oil
Peter Thomas Roth Eye Cream
M61 Hydraboost Cream
**Every 3 days: Retinol**
PawPaw Ointment underneath eyes to lock in your skincare product, and on eyelashes to nourish/growth
Lip Mask

**Quick note on PawPaw Ointment — it’s like vaseline but with fermented papaya. It’s all the rage in Australia. And it is my holy grail for moisturizer! Use it as a sleeping mask over your products.

And speaking of sleep – get a silk (or faux silk) pillowcase! It helps prevent wrinkles, hair breakage, and they’re just so dang luxurious!

Face Cream: M61 Hydraboost Moisturizer

Eye Cream: Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Intensive Anti-Aging Eye Cream

Face Oil — Maracuja Oil from Tarte — Whenever I’m home, I have this on my face instead of makeup. Deep hydration!

Lip Mask: Laneige

Alright, there you have it, sports fans! I hope you found a new tidbit or two!

And let me know in the comments what YOUR biggest skincare secret is!! I’m always looking to learn! 🙂

See ya Monday! I have a really exciting topic that I can’t wait to share with you 🙂

“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5

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82 responses to “8 Secrets for Glowing Skin!”

  1. Hi. I need to ask you a professional blogger question. Can you help me with the amaZon store feature? I too have a store but can’t seem where to find my link like the one you have? Any tips for where I can get this?

  2. Wow! I’m impressed and inspired! Thanks for all the great tips. No wonder you and your Mama look so good!

    • Hi Mary!! Hahah oh my gosh you’re too sweet 🥰 thank you! Hope you’re having a great week so far! Love you!! Xoxoxo

  3. Oh, wow, this could be just great for adding a new dimension to my genetically challenged scalp! Hehehe. Unlike most, I don’t go to a hair stylist. A dermatologist would be more appropriate. My Dad takes after me. He was a teacher and his nickname was The Shining! 😱🤣🤣🤣

  4. My dear Caralyn,

    What a sweet girl you are 🙂

    Really, I can see your inside glowing shining outside… sometimes there are moments,
    when taking photos they reveal not just the inner smile, but express glimpses of the soul and heart.

    A happy weekend to you and your family
    Warm regards

      • Yes, dear Caralyn – of we see photos from us but they not able to reveal much of us, only certain snapshots, a very special moment can sometimes convey this hidden treasure in which the heart gets a bit transparent that only a heart can read and see, not our eyes…

        Hugs and love, dear friend 🙂

      • You’re right – the heart sees and feels thins the eye can’t! Hugs and love xox

    • Awwww thank you so much Didi! I am seriously so touched by your kindness! Big hugs to you my friend ! Xox

  5. Excellent! Miss reading your great content! My teaching job has taking over my life. I need to do some serious praying and get back to my creative outlets-especially writing. 🙏 Love, Giselle from Miami

    • Hi Giselle! So exciting about your teaching job!! Thanks for saying that 🙂 yes! Writing is such a great outlet!! Hugs and love xox

  6. Thanks for the information. I am going to have to really get back into my regiments. You really look faboo. Blessings and Peace. Have a great weekend.

    • Oh my gosh you’re kind to say that – thank you! I hope you have an awesome weekend too! Hugs and love xox

  7. great suggestions; I’ll start with the sunscreen. But I noticed the one you linked to is quite expensive. Does it matter what kind of sunscreen is used?

  8. First, wow! Your skin IS amazingly healthy! Thank you for sharing these for us. I need to REALLY upscale my beauty regime! I’ve been wondering what the heck these roller things were for, and now I’m SERIOUSLY intrigued!

    • Oh my gosh thank you! You’re kind to say that 🙂 haha yes! The rollers are awesome. I just used mine! Haha Hugs and love xox

  9. As always, great post. I always had problems with my skin. It effected my self-esteem growing up. I had to learn how to love the person I am…which is a work in progress.

    • Thank you Amanda! I feel you there – always a work in progress – but we are beautiful and worthy from the inside out! 🙂 Hugs and love xox

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