From dramatic mascaras and rose-tinted cheeks to state-of-the-art face creams and masks that promise a lustrous complexion in no time, many of us are, quite simply, unable to live without our make-up bags. Why not try these skin care solutions to give you a radiant glow when you’re in need of a quick fix?
If you feel that your skin is looking a little lacklustre, dull and in need of quick boost, choosing a product that wipes away dead skin cells is a must. Aside from brightening the skin, gentle stimulation improves the skin’s circulation, plumping the complexion to bring freshly oxygenated blood to the surface. If you have sensitive skin, choose a product that promises to clean without stripping, such as Kiehl’s Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser.
For an even deeper clean, apply the cleanser with a face brush. The soft bristles will work to buff the skin, leaving you with even more of a glow. As a once-a-week treat, follow your skincare routine with a perfecting mask, such as the Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask from Fresh.
A body boost
Many will cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturise their facial skin on a daily basis, yet despite this, they’ll forget to do the same to their body. Using the likes of a body polish will both exfoliate and hydrate your skin, leaving it soft and smooth. Often described as a facial for the body, ingredients often comprise sugar, salt, coffee grounds, rice bran and pecan hulls. Although a popular spa treatment, there are a number of products on the market that will allow you to achieve the same effect in your own home.
Once you’ve scrubbed every inch of your body, wash the scrub off in the shower and apply a moisturising body lotion. This process is especially beneficial to those who suffer from dull, dry skin and jetting off to a sunny location. The exfoliation will leave you glowing (a must for the beach) while promoting a deeper tan. I’ve been using the Virgin Mojito range from The Body Shop.
If you wish to control sebum secretion whilst boosting anti-inflammatory benefits, face water (which is a little like an intense toner) will keep facial skin soft and plump. This allows the skin to absorb a number of other skincare products with ease.
Regardless of how much sleep you’ve had, sometimes your skin needs a quick, pick-me-up boost. Lotions and potions that contain ginseng are said to boost the energy levels in our skin cells, whilst encouraging a faster renewal rate.
Once you’ve applied an energy-boosting moisturiser, follow this beauty regime with a BB cream or an illuminating cream. Both promise to hide blemishes, cover dark circles and perfect complexions without being too heavy on the skin. The end result: skin that, through the reflection of light particles, appears healthier.