With the spring weather gracing us with its presence a little early this year, our craving for a radiant, soft-focus and youthful-looking complexion has never been greater. From supplements to self-tan, these are the products we reach for to combat unwanted dullness and visible fatigue.
The Radiance-Boosting Scrub
Removing dead cells lingering on the surface of the skin is a sure-fire way to make your complexion look instantly glowier. Using a physical exfoliator – one that uses beads or particles to buff the skin – instead of an acid-based formula improves skin radiance even further, as the act of massaging and scrubbing the skin stimulates blood flow to the surface, leaving skin with a plump and naturally radiant appearance.
The Make P:rem Radiance Me Mild Essential Peeling is an unusual but highly effective radiance-booster; starting off as a light gel, when massaged into the skin it starts to ball up and break down. During this process, the gel rubs away dead cells, collecting them in tiny clumps, so skin appears to be visibly shedding, before revealing the younger, glowier version hiding beneath.
The Glow-Giving Tan
Golden skin has become synonymous with a glowing complexion, as we associate sun-kissed cheeks with being well-rested and recently returned from somewhere glamourous and sunny. To gradually add a healthy-looking tan to dull and sallow skin, spritz a generous layer of the James Read H2O Tan Mist all over the face and body once a day. The Rose Water and Aloe Vera-infused solution also cools and hydrates the skin, helping to keep it looking plump and smooth.
For nights out, crank the glamour up a notch with the H20 Illuminating Tan Mist Body from James Read, which contains actual 24K gold particles to make skin shimmer and shine.
The Illuminating Moisturiser
On dull days, and every other day to be honest, the Paula’s Choice Defense Essential Glow Moisturiser SPF30 is all you need. Firstly, it’s incredibly hydrating and smoothing – two things skin needs to become naturally more radiant – and it provides sun and pollution protection to ensure skin stays dark spot-free. But, most importantly for us, it leaves skin with a veil of radiance. It’s not shimmery, it’s not glittery, it’s not even detectable until it is applied to the skin but, trust us, you will be hooked from the very first use.
The Luminous Primer
One thing a supermodel’s skin always has is an effortless, lit-from-within sheen, something that is hard to achieve without a little help from your beauty products. A primer infused with light-reflecting particles will ensure imperfections are minimised and dullness is alleviated, giving your complexion a healthy, well-nourished and well-rested sheen that looks equally great on naked skin as it does shining through your foundation. Try the SENSAI Glowing Base SPF10 which gives skin that expensive sheen, while softening dehydration lines and prolonging the wear of your other base products.
The Glossy Highlighter
When you really need your skin to glow (and we mean GLOW) applying a highlighter to your skin after foundation can really lift and illuminate the face, catching the light in all the right places. Tap the universally-flattering Tata Harper Very Illuminating cream highlighter onto cheekbones, brow bones, the bridge of the nose, inner corners of the eyes and on the Cupid’s bow, to make any complexion look fresh, radiant and youthful.
The Skin Supplement
The more hydrated your skin is, the more radiant it will look. If you can’t quite manage the recommended eight glasses of H2O at day, a supplement could provide the solution. Try the Rejuvenated H3O Night Repair, a night-time supplement infused with Hyaluronic Acid, vitamins and Magnesium which works to restore radiance and vitality to the skin while you sleep, so you wake up looking refreshed instead of tired.
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