When you look at a picture of a beautiful woman, what does it mean?
The answer is, if you look closely enough, you will notice she is glazed over, covered in makeup and the eyes are filled with mascara.
This is called “glossy” skin.
But if you take a closer look at your face, you may notice there is more going on than meets the eye.
Your skin is covered in a layer of melanin.
Mice, for example, produce more melanin than humans do.
But humans have very few melanin receptors in their skin, so they produce less melanin and have less of a response to it.
It’s this interaction between melanin in the skin and the receptors on our skin that causes a glazed-over look, says Dr Rachel Sperling, an ophthalmologist and lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
She says the reason this happens is because the melanin is absorbed by the skin into our blood, causing it to release chemicals into the blood stream that cause our skin to glow.
The effects of glazing-over on your skin are not always obvious, but when you look carefully you can spot these glazing over areas of skin in your face.
“If you have some kind of acne, it can be difficult to spot, because the skin is so dark,” Dr Sperlings explains.
“So what we see is the glazing is there because of the chemicals that have already been released into our skin, and they are making it darker.”
Here’s how to make your skin glow naturally When you use cosmetics, there are chemicals that are absorbed into the skin that have the effect of gliding over areas and making them look less natural, says Ms Sperli, who also has a degree in ophthalmology and a degree of dermatology.
This can include alcohols like formaldehyde, formaldehyde-releasing chemicals such as formaldehyde glycol, and pigments like silicones, which are pigments that are made from pigments.
These ingredients are absorbed by your skin and they can change your skin colour and texture.
“When you are wearing cosmetics, these chemicals have already accumulated and been released in your skin,” says Ms T, who is also a lecturer in ocular sciences at RMIT University in Melbourne.
So, when you are glazing the skin, these ingredients will have already begun to build up in the cells and the skin will start to become darker.
This means the skin colour will be lighter and more defined, and your skin will appear more natural, as well as glowing naturally.
This process of natural glazing can also happen naturally on your own skin, as long as you take care.
“What happens is your skin becomes more sensitive to the chemicals, which means that they can start to build-up in the cell walls and cause it to turn darker,” says Dr Sartori, who has a Masters in cosmetic dermatology and a Bachelor of Science in dermatology from RMIT.
So while this natural process of glaze-over may be a natural one for your skin, it is not necessarily the easiest way to do it.
To find out if your skin is naturally glazed, you can ask a doctor if it’s normal for your own body to glaze over.
To learn more about skin tone and cosmetic treatments, see our article, Skin Tone and Cosmetics.