Who doesn’t want luminous, glowing skin? Whatever your tone or type, a healthy looking glow is the perfect way to start your spring
There’s no “magic” formula for glowing, radiant skin – but there are plenty of practical ways to get glowing; a few little changes to your lifestyle and skincare routine can make a big difference.
Exercise gets your blood pumping and improves circulation: that flushed look when you leave the gym or pool, or finish your morning run, translates into a healthy looking glow in the long term. To make sure the perspiration doesn’t clog pores, cleanse thoroughly post-workout so your skin stays clean and feels fresh.
Vitamin C is particularly good for a natural glow: it acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect your skin against environmental aggressors. As well as looking out for products that contain vitamin C, you can also up your intake by eating plenty of citrus fruit, berries, tomatoes, leafy greens and broccoli. Nuts like pecans and walnuts can also give you an interior boost.
Get cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising!
Having a regular skincare routine, tailored to your skin type, can keep your complexion balanced, healthy and glowing. Use a gentle cleanser, exfoliate regularly to slough away dulling, dead skin cells (using a soft facial cloth or sponge to enhance the process) and moisturise deeply using skin masques and a lotion or cream.
Products that act to brighten skin and even-out tone can illuminate your complexion over time. They often contain ingredients that help your skin to regenerate and repair, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation – a great recipe for giving your skin a natural glow.
Sometimes ‘Mother Nature’ needs a helping hand (and who doesn’t love to bend the rules?)…by using a moisturiser that also contains the radiance-boosting effects of a highlighter, you’ll get an instant glow. Look out for products with humectant ingredients that immediately draw moisture into your skin, making it appear plumper and smoother – and products containing finely milled minerals to reflect light will also help to make your skin look instantly luminous.
If you’re ready to get your glow on, here’s our edit of the fastest acting products:
Dermalogica Age Smart Rapid Reveal Peel – clinically proven to enhance radiance and visibly improve fine lines, this clever product provides powerful results with no downtime. Although Rapid Reveal is a light peel, it’s the highest-strength exfoliant in Dermalogica’s retail line.
Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm – expertly formulated with a 100% active base of natural oils grown within the UK, this powerful treatment cleansing balm dissolves make-up and daily grime. Skin is intensely cleansed, nourished and renewed for a glowing complexion.
Decelor Green Mandarin Exfoliating Bi Phase Peel – an overnight exfoliating facial peel, powered by a blend of green mandarin essential oils, glycolic acid and soothing botanical oils to resurface your skin, leaving you revitalised and glowing.
Elemental Herbology Vital Glow Overnight Resurfacing Cream – a rich overnight treatment to repair skin from environmental damage and tackle the early signs of ageing.
Ren Skincare Moroccan Rose Gold Glow Perfect Dry Oil – this exquisite dry oil leaves skin glowingly soft, nourished and healthy. Formulated with precious plant oils and actives, it deeply hydrates, conditions and protects while giving the skin a silky sheen.
Medik8 Glow Oil – ultra silky and fast absorbing, this dry facial oil contains powerful antioxidant vitamin C to hydrate and repair, leaving skin radiant and glowing. Blended for all skin types and ages, with a subtle floral fragrance for a truly pampering feel, it contains a combination of oil soluble vitamin C and omega 3 and omega 6 oils, helping to repair and protect the skin from environmental damage whilst keeping the visible signs of ageing to a minimum.