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How to Get the Dolphin Skin Trend With Your Skincare

by Emily Linehan on October 14, 2021

You may have heard of the term "Dolphin Skin", but what is it? Dolphin skin is a makeup trend that can actually be achieved without makeup at all - through your skincare routine. 

Coined by Mary Phillips (celebrity artist to stars like Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, and other entertainment A-listers), dolphin skin refers to an ultra-highlighted, but dewy makeup look. 

When you have dolphin skin, you look fresh out of the water, hydrated, and effortlessly glowing. 

There are many ways to achieve this look through makeup, but what if you could have dolphin skin all the time, no makeup required? Through a consistent skincare routine with a few added elements, you'll have dolphin skin sans makeup and your friends will ask you how you do it!

1. Maintain Clear Skin

If you're one of the lucky ones who doesn't struggle with adult acne, this tip will be easy for you. However, if you're like the majority of us (yes, me included!), step one to dolphin skin is maintaining clear skin. 

The best way to do this is through my Clear Skin Care Set. My skincare is all customized, so if you haven't yet, make sure to start with the consultation (it is free)! That way we can get you on a routine as unique as your skin. 

2. Ensure You're Moisturizing Properly 

Hydrated skin is the key to getting bright, dewy dolphin skin. And how do you get (and sustain) hydrated skin? Through proper moisturizing.

Moisturizing actually starts with your toner. Toner, like our balancing Calm Down Toner, not only balances the pH of your skin, but it also supplies much-needed water to your skin.  

The next step to proper moisturizing is a humectant, like our Skin Quencher. You can think of humectants like a water-magnet. When applied to the skin, they attract moisture, leaving you with ultimate hydration. 

Finally, lock in all of that hydration with a moisturizer, like our HydraLuxe Cream

For an in-depth look at proper moisturizing, read here

Keep Your Skin Hydrated by: 

  • Using a toner
  • Following with a humectant, like our bestselling Skin Quencher, every time you cleanse your face (twice a day, minimum).
  • Locking the moisture in with an emollient, like our HydraLuxe Cream
  • Moving through your skincare routine (including moisturizing) as quickly as possible (don't let any of the moisture on your face dry!)
  • Drinking plenty of water, daily (aim to drink your body weight (in lbs) in oz per day. For example: 130 lbs = 130 oz of water).
3. Use Hyaluronic Acid in Your Routine

Hyaluronic Acid has the ability to hold 1000x's its weight in moisture, which means it's a powerhouse when it comes to skincare. If you're using Skin Quencher, you're in luck! It is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid to help hold that moisture in. 

If you're looking to achieve dolphin skin, consider adding a hyaluronic serum to your daily routine, like our Dew Drops Hydrating Serum. 

Dew Drops provides intense hydration and can be used with Skin Quencher, for ultimate hydration. 

4. Exfoliate Regularly

The best way to reveal radiant, smooth skin in a pinch is by using a gentle exfoliant, like our Skin Smoothing Polish, which is gentle enough to be used daily as part of your skincare routine.  

Exfoliating buffs away dead skin cells and helps minimizes the appearance of pores, to give you visibly smoother (and softer!) skin. Read my tips for exfoliation here

5. Multi-Mask

...In the #EmmeBabe method! tradionally, multi-masking is applying various masks to different areas of your face, to target specific problem-spots with specific solutions. However, masks should not all be left on your face for the same duration of time, so though genius in theory, this could do more harm than good. 

The #EmmeBabe method gives you longer-lasting, more holistic results. Read all about multi-masking here, including step-by-step instructions, but in summary, you'll want to use three masks in the following order:

  1. Sulfur Refining Mask - a clay mask that deep cleans and purifies
  2. Pumpkin Enzyme Mask - a fruit-based mask that exfoliates and brightens
  3. Cucumber Cooling Mask - a cooling mask that hydrates

Use these masks as directed, one right after the other, rinsing between. If you want dolphin skin, I recommend multi-masking once a week. 

6. Use an Illuminating SPF

Dolphin skin or not, always ALWAYS finish your routine with a sunscreen! However, if you are wanting that smooth, dewy complexion, finish off with an illuminating sunscreen, like our Illuminating Tinted SPF 58

This lightweight, yet effective sunscreen creates a dewy look on your face that leaves you glowing all day long.

This lightweight, yet effective sunscreen creates a dewy look on your face that leaves you glowing all day long. However, if your skin is not fair, I suggest mixing it with our bestselling Tinted Mineral Sunscreen. Do 1 pump Illuminating and 1 pump tinted to give you a dewy, tinted glow. 

 

 

 

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