In order to achieve the season's highly coveted 'lit from within' glow, as much care must be given to skincare as to makeup. The first and crucial step in achieving and maintaining luminous radiance lies in the art of curating a bespoke skincare routine, tailored with just radiance in mind.
Meet the glow-getters.
I adore a silkily textured and easily absorbed serum for its versatility; this one can be used both day and night as it sits as well beneath makeup as it does moisturiser, with a texture that will suit both very dry and very oily complexions. Weightless and effortlessly absorbed, it's ideal for those who don't like to overload their skin with heavy layers of product. The formulation is specifically catered towards clearing pigmentation and scarring, and promises to make a difference within four weeks; utilising a powerful complex of antioxidants that work towards maintaining a clear, even, and luminous complexion.
A multi-awardwinning Clarins bestseller that has achieved cult status amongst skincare fanatics for its prowess as an instant skin brightener. Softening, smoothening, and above all brightening, the delicate, silky consistency [which is more light lotion than heavy balm] is ideal for an instant skin pick me up, an overnight moisture boost or a secret surge of hydration and luminosity under makeup [its smoothing capabilities make it an ideal makeup primer]. Immersed in a nourishing layer of ingredients [including olive, witch hazel, algae extract, and bisabolol], skin appears instantly more radiant and toned, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced and diffused. My skin never looks fresher and healthier than when I've applied this after use of the below Origins mask.
If you've ever scorned the idea that a cleanser is capable of more than just cleansing, then this product will be the one to prove you wrong; cleansing is the backbone of any committed skincare routine, and can be chosen to cater towards your individual concerns and goals just as easily as any other product can. Rich in vitamins and fruit enzymes, and created especially with dull skin in mind, this offers a thorough cleanse and gentle chemical exfoliation whilst delivering antioxidant protection and improving moisture retention; all of which contribute towards a fresher, more radiant complexion. What's more, this cleanser is a joy to use; a delicate gel that transforms into a weightless oil upon application, smoothening, softening, and infusing skin with the fragrant aromas of chamomile and rose.
Long term skincare strategies aside, some products truly are capable of having an immediately transformative effect upon the skin. Designed to recreate the bare-faced natural glow seen backstage at recent fashion weeks, this mask has an almost 'my skin, but better' effect after just one brief use. Following removal, my complexion appears instantly brighter, redness is calmed, exposed pores vanish, and imperfections are blurred, resulting in a fresh-faced luminosity that almost negates the application of makeup. The mask's success lies in its deep cleansing and exfoliating formula, which removes blockage from the pores and buffs away dead skin cells, whilst injecting skin with a cocktail of brightening and hydrating ingredients. [For a full review, see here].
For an instantly discernible glow, and true skin luminosity, this cream is quite unrivalled [in recent months I've torn through three jars so can more than attest for its prowess], offering a noticeably brightening effect after just a single use. Notably, the formula is rich in Dermapep [Eve Lom's trademarked brightening ingredient, proven to be 20 times more effective than its competitors] alongside a cocktail of essential oils, chosen for their efficiency in calming inflammation, fading pigmentation, and plumping skin with nourishing antioxidants. The result is a complexion that appears fresh, even, and radiant. If you're serious about injecting a little life and vitality into a dull complexion then this would be my first recommendation, it truly is glow in a jar.
When you sleep, your skin switches into repair mode, making overnight the optimal time and occasion to wear concentrated serums that restore and renew. Comprised of two parts [serum and oil], a few shakes blends the two formulas together in order to encompass both the hydrating benefits of an oil with the light texture and fast-absoprtion of a serum. The result is a sensual glow without clogged pores or a greasy residue. Moringa, jojoba, and pomegranate oils offer instant hydration whilst red rice stem cells tone and rejuvenate the skin; combined, the ingredients lend a wonderfully silky softness and impart a nourishing, indulgent effect that leaves skin radiant come morning.
Those with sensitive skin should invest in a natural oil blend such as Pai's, designed to nourish, regenerate, and protect the skin, and essentially providing all of the essential elements for a supple, radiant complexion. The minimal ingredients list comprises both the seed and fruit extracts of the rosehip, providing the ability to target numerous skin complaints at once, including fading scarring and clearing blemishes. The effects of so concentrated a formulation are multiple - exceptionally rich in fatty acids [Omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9] and antioxidants, this oil deeply hydrates skin and reduces redness; with consistent use, skin bears an ultimately brighter, clearer, and fresher appearance.
If it's a total reboot you're after, invest in a high quality chemical exfoliant such as Radical's Exfoliating Pads, which work on a cellular level to repair and calm the skin as well as promoting new cell turnover. Exfoliation is key to maintaining a fresh-faced 'lit from within' glow as it ploughs away dead skin cells, which pile up, diffusing light and causing the skin to look dull and grey. Utilising antioxidants and AHAs, which penetrate deep beneath the skin's surface, these pads offer a deep but gentle, and incredibly effective form of chemical exfoliation, with luminous results.
What skincare products do you use to 'get the glow'?