How to get your glow back

Lynnette Peck / 27 May 2016

As time marches on, you might find your skin looks a little less dewy and sometimes rather dull, but don’t worry – there are ways to get your glow back!



Make-up artist advice

Experienced make-up artist to the stars Nadira V Persaud takes us step by step using products she personally recommends to achieve more radiant skin. She says: “Reviving radiance back into your skin doesn’t mean uncomfortable oils, heavy creams or even shimmery make up; instead think balmy textures, weightless fluids and glimmers of golden flecks here and there for that GLOW moment!”

  • It’s a must to prep skin by cleansing daily to remove grime, whilst redressing the balance in your complexion; for this try Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm (£12) which melts away excess oil and dirt on contact with water and leaves skin super soft.
  • Never underestimate the importance of a night time routine that will assist in repairing skin effectively – Erborian Sleeping BB Mask (£36) is not a mask as we know it, instead a potent ‘barely there’ gel-like formula that comfortably nurtures skin overnight so you can wake up to well-rested, refined skin.
  • We often think cheeks when we are keen to regain a little youthful pick-me-up, which is why formulations like Studio 10 Plumping Blush Glow-Plexion (£24) are a go-to product – a peachy pigmented fluid of warm particles that oozes luminosity and has a ‘plumping’ action too. Smooth it on to cheeks then lightly over contours of forehead, brow bones, nose and chin. Though, if you’re partial to powder blush of a pink hue, Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten Blush in Pink Grapefruit (£23) adequately gives lacklustre cheeks a rosy glow in an instant.
  • If dark circles and shadows around the eyes are not tackled with clever brightening they can appear tired and flat; carefully blending a lasting fluid concealer around the orbital area, such as Delilah Cosmetics Fade Away Future Resist Concealer (£26) is on-point for diffusing shadows, redness and puffiness.
  • There is no end with glow and you shouldn't ignore your lips when going for a highly polished look. A little glimmer to your pout guarantees a fuller effect with Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Glorious Gloss in Ava (£18), a neutral apricot shine of glistening golden flecks to warm up your complexion. Wear alone or add a glamorous dimension by wearing over any bright lip color. If you prefer lipstick, Susan Posnick ColorEssential Moisturizing Lipstick in Shanghai (£19) is a glowing alternative to gloss yet adds a pinker glisten to lips with the feel of a moisturising balm.

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Natural methods

Many of the ingredients we have in our kitchen cupboards can help skin get its glow back. Here are our favourite natural tips:

Oats: the most natural way to scrub skin and give it a sheen. Take ½ cup of oats and add some warm water to make a paste. Then apply on your face and gently massage the oats around your skin. Concentrate particularly around the nose area which can be prone to blackheads. Leave for 15 minutes and then rinse off with cold water. This is good for skin with blocked pores and prone to breakouts.

Eggs and honey: Add one egg white to a tablespoon of honey and mix. Then apply all over your face and relax for 15 minutes. You will find that the honey will brighten skin and the egg white will tighten. The difference is noticeable. This is good for skin that looks dull and needs a boost.

Papaya and honey: Mix half a cup of ripe mashed papaya and two tablespoons of honey. Then apply evenly across the face and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and moisturise. This is good for those with hyperpigmentation and sun spots.

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