7 Effective tips to get the most glowing skin of your life

1. Cleanse regularly (and fully!)

To get glowing skin, you need to clear your "canvas" by getting rid of all the dirt, oil, and smog that can clog pores and make skin look dull.

2. Exfoliate your skin

Nearly half of GH readers don't exfoliate, our poll showed. "One of the best ways to brighten skin and boost its glow both immediately and long term is by exfoliating," says Wizemann.

3. Then, hydrate and protect

Add a layer of lotion on top for more glow, like Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, which is a favorite in the GH Beauty Lab. Skin also reflects light when it's moist.

4. Look for brightening skincare ingredients

GH Beauty Lab scientist Danusia Wnek says that vitamin C is "an antioxidant that brightens skin by blocking an enzyme that makes pigment.

5. Moisturize skin regularly

Don't just put lotion on when your skin feels dry or once in a while. "Lack of hydration makes your complexion dull and even accentuates wrinkles,"

6. For a fast fix, try a face mask

When your skin looks dull or before a big event, put on a hydrating face mask and let it soak in. This will instantly make your skin look fuller and brighter.

7. Or make your own DIY mask

Make this face mask at home with tips from famous facialist in New York City Joanna Vargas to make your skin look more radiant. "It calms me down and makes my pores smaller," she says.