Glowing skin is something we go after no matter what the season, but when spring and summer approach and the sun finally begins to show its face, the need for adorning that lit-from-within glow undeniably increases. It kind of becomes a necessity.
There’s nothing quite as flattering as when your skin heralds a certain luminescence. Here are ten beauty boosters and pick-me-ups that offer radiant skin within a matter of minutes…
Pixi Glow Tonic, £18, is a cult classic renowned for its skin brightening abilities. It’s enriched with 5% glycolic acid to gently exfoliate the skin, aloe vera to soothe and hydrate and ginseng to promote vibrancy – but a special round of applause go out to the inclusion of horse chesnut, which boosts blood flow and ergo grants your complexion with a naturally fresh and dewy glow.
The face cream
Packed with radiance-enhancing ingredients, from revitalising plant c-stem to vitamin C-rich kakadu plum, Elemental Herbology’s clever Vital Glow Overnight Resurfacing Cream, £57, helps to stimulate skin cell turnover (so you get rid of any dull, older skin) and deliver a healthy, radiant glow – all while you snooze.
The face serum
For a lit from within radiance, turn to Hey Honey Serum, £25. Honey, silk amino acids, sea buckthorn oil and vitamin E promise to provide your skin with an intense hit of moisture, for a glowing and nourished complexion day in, day out.
While providing a super smooth base for the rest of your makeup, certain primers will also give you a boost in illumination. Collection Primed & Ready Reviving & Illuminating Primer, £3.99, contains tinted pearls to lift and illuminate your complexion. The perfect quick fix for dull or tired skin!
Foundation is coming on in leaps and bounds, meaning we now have access to formulas infused with the benefits of skincare. So not only do they have the ability to give us a flawless finish, but they can give our skin a boost in moisture and nourishment, too. Stila’s weightless Aqua Glow Serum Foundation, £34.50, combines a special complex of ionised water and hyaluronic acid to help look after your skin and keep it hydrated. What’s more, they’ve popped in multi-reflective pigments that diffuse light, leaving you with a luminous glow time and time again (no matter how much sleep you’re lacking).
While skincare and a healthy diet are the secrets to glowing skin, sometimes our face needs a little helping hand. For this, we turn to illuminator and the recent trend for strobing provides the perfect technique. MUA have recently launched a special compact to help you do just this – its Strobe & Glow Highlight Kit, £4, contains a golden cream on one side and a luminescent powder on the other – the perfect duo to achieve that iridescent finish.
Adding a dash of glow to your lids helps open up your eyes for a more wide-awake look. Clinique’s Lid Pop eyeshadow in Vanilla Pop, £15, delivers a neutral hue and although it’s not specifically designed for radiance, the texture and colour have this effect when dusted across your eyes.
We’re big advocates for beauty-boosting supplements and Fountain have one that’s specially developed to deliver a youthful-looking glow from the inside out. The Glow Molecule, £38, promises to boost the skin’s natural radiance within just one week of use, the combination of hydrating and re-balancing ingredients target dullness to leave you with brighter and more revitalised skin.