Glowing, healthy skin doesn't need to cost a fortune if you follow these six simple tips.
Ask any woman what kind of skin she dreams of and you’ll usually get one word back in response: Glowing. You know, that clear, healthy, lit-from-within kind of skin. Thankfully it doesn’t cost you the world or require a face transplant to get glowing skin, all you need are these six tips.
1. Pick a "glowy" base
If you’re a fan of a matte foundation finish, might we tempt you with something a little more dewy? The right foundation finish can help you look radiant and glowy with minimal effort. Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation ($29), gives you the perfect amount of radiance and coverage. Plus, the added vitamins C, B5 and E help to regenerate your skin on the go.
For something a little sheerer but equally as glow-inducing and skin-loving, try IT Cosmetics’ CC+ Cream Illumination SPF 50+ ($61).
2. AHAs and BHAs are your friends
If you’re not already using Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs), start now. They gently exfoliate helping to reveal fresh, rejuvenated skin.
“AHAs and BHAs cell exfoliate, increase new cell production, upregulate the skin’s cellular metabolism (which slows down with ageing) and more,” explains dermatologist and founder of Darlinghurst Dermatology Dr Natasha Cook.
“As a result, they give you fresh, youthful skin, fade pigment and minimise and prevent congestion. When used over long periods they also increase collagen and elastin levels, keeping the skin plump.”
3. Try LED Light Therapy
Heard about the effects of red or blue light on your skin but have no idea what’s involved? LED (light emitting diode) Light Therapy is used in facials to get your skin glowing.
“LED light therapy uses specific wavelengths of light to stimulate the cells to work more efficiently and create more collagen and elastin in the skin,” explains Natalie Abouchar, registered nurse and founder of Privée Clinic.
“The red light is more anti-ageing and specifically targets inflammation, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, texture, pore size and dehydrated skin. The blue light more specifically addresses acne and helps to kill the P.acnes bacteria on the skin which is associated with breakouts and acne.”
Look for places, like Privée Clinic, that offer LED Light Therapy like RejuvaLight or Omnilux.
4. Use rosehip oil daily
Rosehip oil is like your complexion’s cheerleader, it’s there to pump your skin up and help it perform at its personal best.
“It’s a very nourishing oil thanks to its extremely high level of unsaturated fatty acids (over 80%). It also contains vitamins (vitamin E, provitamin A) which support the antioxidant levels of the skin and help fight free radicals from the environment,” explains Annabelle Personeni, A’kin’s Botanical Chemist.
Replenish your skin by gently pressing a drop or two of rosehip oil onto your face, neck and chest after cleansing at night. For instantly luminous skin, add a small drop to your moisturiser in the morning. Try A’kin’s Certified Organic Rosehip Oil ($39.95) or Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil ($25.95) to get your glow on.
5. Get highlighting
To get your skin looking as though you’ve spent a month drinking green smoothies and meditating, highlighter is key. Whether it’s in liquid, cream, powder or balm form, highlighter’s reflective properties and slight shimmer will instantly up your glow-factor. Dab Mecca Cosmetica Enlightened Lit From Within Illuminating Balm ($32) on the tops of your cheekbones, down the centre of your nose and above your cupid’s bow for a radiant effect.
6. Brighten your skin with vitamin C
Of all the skin ingredients that get your skin glowing, vitamin C is the queen. It’s a powerful antioxidant that protects your skin from pesky free radicals. Plus, it has fabulous anti-ageing benefits.
“Vitamin C boosts collagen production and evens skin tone resulting in smoother, brighter and tighter skin,” explains Clinique State Education Manager, Kerry Stenzler.
“It also promotes cell turnover for a radiant glow immediately and over time. It has melanin-suppressing properties, meaning it slows down and prevents discolouration and pigmentation in the skin.”
Try Clinique Fresh Pressed 7-Day System with Pure Vitamin C ($45), or Dermalogica’s Biolumin-C Serum ($130) to kick-start your glow.