How To Get Dewy Skin

Dewy skin is always in – especially in the summer. A healthy, hydrated glow is a warm weather staple for many. The secret to this fresh and glossy look is hydration, and lots of it. If trying out this look is on your to-do list, read on for a simple routine that will “dew” the trick. 

What is Dewy Skin?

Dewy skin is moisturized, supple, smooth skin that looks fresh and has a glow to it. Think hydrated, bright post-exfoliation skin. A telltale sign of dewy skin is that it reflects light beautifully, especially on the highest points of the face like the cheekbones. A lot of beauty lovers aim to achieve dewy skin in the summer because it creates a beautiful canvas for fresh, lightweight makeup.

How is it Different from Oily Skin? 

While on the surface, the dewy skin look might conjure up images of an oil slick, think of it more as a freshly moisturized look with a smooth, natural sheen that bounces and reflects light. Oily skin, on the other hand, has more of a shiny or greasy look to it. Dewy skin will feel clean and fresh, not clogged or dirty. “Dewy” is a look, while “oily” is a skin type.  

What about Dolphin Skin, Glass Skin and Glazed Donut Skin? 

You may have seen these terms trending on social media and wondered what sets them apart from dewy skin. While these skin trends are all different, they’re variations on a theme. A healthy moisture barrier is ground zero for all of these looks, with moisturized, nourished skin helping to achieve a plumped and luminous glow. The glass skin and glazed donut skin looks are essentially about a complexion that looks poreless, dewy and shimmers like glass, while dolphin skin includes a finishing touch of makeup, usually highlighter and blush, to really amp things up.

Does Dewy Skin Work For Every Skin Type? 

With the right products and prep, any skin type can achieve dewy skin – yes, even dry skin. What is important to remember is that the look is about moisture and exfoliation, so using skin care products from each category that are specific to your skin type will help you get there. As with a lot of skin and makeup looks, what goes on behind the scenes has a big impact on the final look. To achieve a dewy complexion, little to no makeup needs to be involved, so skin prep is key. When the canvas you’re working with is in the best possible condition, the outcome will be a smoother, brighter, dewier look. It’s hard to hide inflammation, irritation and other potential skin issues when your goal is minimal makeup and a dewy finish. So let’s get started.   

A Dewy Skin Routine 

Now that you know what it’s all about, the next question is, “How do I get dewy skin?” 

You’ll want to start with a cream-based cleanser to impart some moisture to the skin while also eliminating buildup. Cleanse gently with your fingertips – overcleansing or vigorous scrubbing could cause harm to the skin barrier in the form of micro-tears. Light pressure in circular motions is key; stay away from harsh tools or scrubbing with face cloths. 

Next up on your to-dew list is exfoliation. Nothing dulls the dewy glow like a layer of dead skin. The look you’re going for is radiant and refreshed, so eliminating the top layer of dead skin cells will help you glow. Exfoliation also helps the rest of the skin care products to penetrate better. A gentle exfoliant like lactic acid or glycolic acid is ideal for resurfacing. You’ll find both in the Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel, which will leave your skin looking plumped, hydrated and ready to absorb the next products.  

Pro tip: If you’re looking to save time, an exfoliating cleanser will do double duty by combining the first two steps. The Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser is a cream-based cleanser that uses both physical and chemical exfoliation to help refine your skin’s texture.

Antioxidants are important to nourish and brighten the look of the skin. A treatment like our Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Masque will do the trick. If you’re looking to really double down on the vitamins, follow that up with a hydrating and toning Vitamin C serum like the Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum

Since the look really leans into hydration, a hyaluronic acid moisturizer like the Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Hydrator is the water magnet your skin needs. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, especially when applied to damp skin. So spritz on a few sprays of Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist to enhance absorption and then go to town with your hyaluronic acid.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a dewy skin care routine if it didn’t include SPF. Sun damage can be a one-way ticket to dullsville, so it’s important to avoid it at all costs. The Lilikoi Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 40 adds hydration while it protects – another product doing double duty.  

The finishing touches in this routine are really what takes it to the next level. An oil gently pressed into the face will melt in and leave a beautiful gleam on the skin, without interrupting the efficacy of the SPF. A solid oil like the Camellia Glow Solid Face Oil or a liquid like our Facial Recovery Oil are two options that will get you there. 

One more step that can be repeated throughout the day, is to finish off with a spritz of something to hydrate the skin and keep it looking fresh. The Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist is full of ingredients that moisturize and hydrate, including coconut milk, coconut water and neroli oil. 

If you want to dive deeper into the dewy look, watch Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar as she walks you through a routine that will get you glowing, no matter what your skin type is. 


Are you looking to get your skin ready to glow? Visit our Spa Locator and book yourself a facial to get you on the way to healthy, dewy skin. 

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