A common question that I am always asked is ‘I just want my skin to look healthier – how can I make it look better?’
Often, this is in response to wanting your skin to look less tired, after recovering from illness or if you are lucky, too many late nights and partying.
My answer is always dependent on the person, after I’ve thoroughly looked at their skin type (if they have combination, oily, or break-out prone skin I’d advise something different to if they were dehydrated or dry).
If you’re looking for a general glow, this is best achieved with make-up products for topical, instant results, or with hyaluronic acid-based serums, such as Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis Intense Hydrating Booster, Novexpert Booster Serum with Hyaluronic Acid or NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex. These products won’t over-stimulate your oil glands, but will help to plump up skin cells for a fresher, juicier skin look.
Dry, dull and mature complexions definitely respond to increased exfoliation to the top layers of the skin, therefore revealing fresher-looking cells. Either increase the amount of times you use your exfoliator, or buy a stronger exfoliator such as the Philosophy Microdelivery Peel duo or one of the Beauty Bioscience systems for a more intense approach.
Interestingly, you can now get hyaluronic supplements to add to your daily beauty regime too.
For a complexion that has lost its glow due to illness, it may take a little longer to see a skin improvement, and I would suggest both increasing how often you exfoliate, adding more serums into your regime (both an oil-based and a water-based one), and working to plump up the look of your skin overnight with a great leave-on mask.
One of my all-time favourites is the Gatineau Melatogenine Futur PLUS Anti-Wrinkle Radiance Mask.
Often if you have an olive or deeper skin tone and it’s lost its glow or looking ashy and dull, you might like a daily resurfacing treatment like iconic Alpha-H Liquid Gold. This should also help with darker patches too.
Remember, the easiest and cheapest glow remedy of all comes out of your tap and if, like me, you are a coffee or tea addict, then the easiest way to take on more water, is to go continental and have a glass of water every time you have a cup of tea or coffee or glass of wine. I also find warm water sometimes easier to drink, especially at work as it’s a bit more comforting, or if you are addicted to the switch of a kettle or coffee machine, then just pour out hot water.
I’d love to know how you maintain, boost or create your glow, so let me know in the comments and feel free to leave a question or recommendation.