A major sign of healthy skin is a natural glow and the ‘glass skin’ trend is all the rage right now. However, factors such as sleep, stress, age and even what we put into our bodies can rob our complexion of its natural radiance but there are some steps you can follow to say goodbye dullness, hello glow…
Start With The Skin
Tackling lacklustre, dull skin is no easy task and is not something that can be fixed overnight but we all have to start somewhere. Incorporate an exfoliator into your routine but ensure it’s a physical scrub or an AHA-based solution that can be used at least twice a week to effectively slough away dead cells and congestion. We love Murad’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser which combines Glycolic, Salicylic and Lactic Acids to remove debris and dirt from within the pores. By regularly removing the dead cells from the surface layers, you will be exposing the fresh, healthy cells below to reveal clear, luminous and light reflecting skin.
If you’re battling with stubborn discolouration, then we need to work a bit deeper to restore radiance by using melanin controlling products to curb the formation of uneven pigmentation. Look for products that contain Liquorice Extract, Retinol or Vitamin C as these powerful ingredients will take care of discolouration and damage to make skin’s tone appear more even. The Cosmedix Simply Brilliant 24/7 Brightening Serum is a top pick for us as it corrects existing pigmentation while preventing new dark spots from developing.
It’s What’s On The Inside That Counts
When you care for your body from the inside, you’ll see more results on the outside. It’s key to support all of your amazing topical skincare products by including more vitamins and minerals into your diet, especially Vitamin C which fights free radicals and improves your overall internal health. Also, your skin will thank you for keeping the body properly hydrated as this won’t only quench your thirst but will help to plump dehydration lines and slack areas, leaving the skin smoother and more glowy.
Another great way to get that glow is to exercise regularly. As simple as it sounds, incorporating at least 30 minutes of exercise into your daily routine will not only make you feel healthier and stronger but it will also encourage your body to release skin-dulling toxins while you sweat. As long as you’re cleansing after every workout, you’ll start to notice that dewy freshness making its way back.
Make It Up
Sometimes, we need a helping hand when we’re trying to achieve that Instagram-filtered skin which is where make-up comes in. If you’re noticing sallow, grey undertones in your complexion, try a brightening primer to cancel out any signs of fatigue or discolouration. Dermalogica’s AGE Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF30 contains Pearl Powder which adds a neutral tone to the skin to make it appear more luminous and even, making it perfect for wearing alone or underneath a glowy foundation.
If all else fails, bring out the highlighter. For a more natural, lit-from-within look, we’d recommend choosing a cream or liquid highlighter as they are super easy to apply and create a more realistic sheen. If you’re looking for something more beaming on those extra dull days, then grab a gleaming powder to dust over the high points of the face. For a blinding glow, our first choice is the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder which contains ultra-fine micro pearl particles to add dramatic shine to the complexion. For something more natural, try MAKETHEMAKE’s Vitamin E Illuminating Balm which has a creamy texture that melts into the skin to add a subtle glow to the cheek and brow bones.