Glow-boosting beauty: my favourites


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.

Ali x


  1. Gayle September 12, 2017 at 8:36 pm -  Reply

    I’ve been using Gatineau,elemis and decleor for years, I’ve recently added erno laszlo and it’s giving me a huge extra boost, I’m loving it, could qvc also sell the brightening cleansers? And a tsv would be fab, thank you

  2. Katie Dolby September 12, 2017 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi I’ve just received the liquid gold…pls can you tell me how many drops I should be using on the cotton wool pad each time I use it?

  3. Nicola Crane September 13, 2017 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison please can you help. I’ve been spending a fortune on skincare bits of this and that and really want to sort a proper routine that works. I have oily, combination dehydrated skin still have the odd breakout, I have open pores that you could pot hole in so blackheads are an issue. Struggle with a lot of shine on my t-zone throughout the day. I also have a lot of fine lines on my lower cheeks. My skin also looks tired I have no glow. Eyes have wrinkles, dark circles and hooded eyelids. Your advice would be very very appreciated. Thank you. Nicky xx

    • christine peace September 14, 2017 at 11:19 am -  Reply

      hi Alison ive used gateneau liz earl and have now been using elemis for the last 6 months my lines on my lower cheeks are now creeping upwards im so worried about this im using elemis peptide 4 night recovery cream oil and now on my third bottle and am getting nowhere with the lines im exfoliating every 2 days I use Gatineau aquamemory mask but nothing is making any difference could you please advice me any help would be appreciated yours truly Christine peace

  4. Kylie September 13, 2017 at 12:20 pm -  Reply

    Great advice as usual. Thanks Alison

  5. Nicola Crane September 13, 2017 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    I’m hoping if I get my skincare right with your help my makeup will stay as my foundation is gone by lunchtime and eyeliner just disappears x

  6. Claire Moore September 13, 2017 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    I love alpha h rose gold it’s made a massive difference to my skin along with Gatineau melatogenine cleanser my skin has never looked better ?

  7. Beverley Grice September 13, 2017 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I use cleanse and polish followed by the skin tonic. Then I use sbc collagen serum mixed with sbc vitamin c gel before I finally use the Liz Earle super skin or light moisturiser with novexpert hyaluronic drops mixed in. I have oily skin and I am 53 so am at ” that time of life” and I just wondered if I was overloading my skin with product and not benefitting from the treatments. Thanks

  8. Amarjit Dhillon September 17, 2017 at 7:24 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison

    I really want to book a consultation for my 16 year old daughter with Elemis’ Keeley Aydin. Can you advise where and when this can be arranged.

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