30 May Get The Glow Exclusive Beauty Editorial

It’s that time of year when skin complaints are rife, and we come to expect to loose our glow and surrender to the seasonal dry skin.

In this editorial we explore the many ways to keep your skin glowing ALL year round.

Whether it’s just really healthy skin that just glows from within, or it’s a cult beauty product that helps you fake it, we can help you Get That Glow!

Exfoliate

The first step to the skin of your dreams is to establish a great exfoliation routine.  I’m a huge advocate for good exfoliation because it’s the one thing you can do at home that will visibly improve the look of your skin after just one treatment.

Let me explain it like this, the skin is covered in a thick layer of dead skin cells. The dead skin cells sit on top of the living skin like tiny fish scales, and within this dead skin layer is where pigmentation and discolouration sit. Dead skin cells are dry and dull looking.  When you have a thick build up of dead skin cells your fine lines look heavier and deeper, and your skin looks more dull, dry and discoloured. Dead skin build up also leads to clogged and enlarged pores. So basically the more of the dead skin layer you remove, the more the radiant living skin beneath will be revealed.

Exfoliation comes in many different forms, and strengths and  I generally steer clear of scrubs with granules in them because they are less effective and much harsher than an enzyme, AHA or Glycolic exfoliant.

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Mask

Ask yourself what your main skin concern is and treat yourself to a mask for that particular problem.  Dryness? Pigmentation? Fine Lines? There are masks for every possible concern.

Face masks are incredibly popular because of their ability to give you more visible salon like results in a D.I.Y treatment.

Because my skin generally gets drier during Winter a hydrating mask is a little luxury I love to have in my bathroom cupboard. I love Hydrating masks, they are like a drink for thirsty skin. They plump it up, smooth it out and make your skin feel great!

Please Cleanse Properly!!!

Making sure you remove make-up and grime at the end of the day is SO important!

We all know make-up and dirt clog your skin and cause breakouts and imperfections, but did you also know leaving make-up on your skin overnight can block the effectiveness of your skin care products? Yep, if you don’t remove all of your make-up , those expensive creams and serums won’t work!

I prefer to use a cleanser that removes ALL of my make-up in the shower, in one go.  Did you know that many cleansers don’t effectively remove all traces of make-up?

I always check the effectiveness of a cleanser by wiping a damp cotton pad over my face after I’ve cleansed. If there is make-up on the cotton pad, it means the cleanser isn’t removing everything.

My pet hate is when people use only make-up wipes to cleanse their skin. Wipes are for intermittent use only, they can leave you with a harsh residue on your skin. And over time will cause all sorts of problems. Please don’t use them as your only method of cleansing!

Drink Water and Hydrate

I know, I know, we’ve all heard it before but I honestly I think the best way to hydrate your skin is to drink 2L of water a day. Many of us live our lives in a state of perpetual dehydration, and I have to admit, I do struggle to get in the full 2L on certain days. It takes a conscious effort to to have a drink every half hour or so, but if you can do it for a few days consecutively you will really notice a difference in your skin.

When I’m focused on drinking lots of water, after a few days my skin looks clearer and even the whites of my eyes look whiter. It’s such a simple thing that many of use fail to do, but it really can help your skin.

Along with trying to up your water consumption you should use a great moisturiser that works for your skin. During Winter opt for moisturisers that leave your skin feeling plump and smooth without leaving a heavy residue on the skin. You may also find you need to use a slightly richer moisturiser to combat dryness.

Fake It!

There’s a plethora of illuminate products available on the market. The best variety to give you a strong, but still ‘skin-like’ glow is a liquid illuminate. Either mix your liquid illuminate with your foundation or pat on a few drops to your cheekbones, brow bones and your cupids bow. If you have an event on or you want to have super glowy skin for a night out, layer your liquid illuminate with a dusting of illuminate powder. This will create a dazzling glow.