A Cheat For Glowing Skin - Skincare


Glowing skin is 100% my thing when investing in skincare. I have dehydrated dull skin that lacks glow. I've found a few steps that really help to enhance my skin glow. So I've put together a little cheat sheet with some of my favourite products.



Exfoliate 


Exfoliating the skin is one of the most important steps! And I think no matter what your skin type  you can benefit from exfoliating. I typically lean towards chemical exfoliators because they are far more gentle and effective on the skin. That being said I do still enjoy manual exfoliators but I find them more deep cleansing than glow enhancing. Most chemical exfoliators work by dissolving the glue that holds dead skin cells to the skin. If you get rid of these cells the skin will look fresher, brighter and have more of a glow! Chemical Exfoliators can have a range of other skincare benefits including preventing breakouts, treating acne, reducing fine lines and pigmentation. I will say that if you have sensitive skin before watch which aha you choose as some can be very harsh on the skin. Also avoid using chemical exfoliators too often, especially if they have a high level of AHA in them as this can have the opposite effect on the skin.

The Exfoliating Product List:


The Ordinary AHA Peeling Solution  | £6.30

I bang on about this product so much but for good reason! It's easily the best chemical exfoliator I've ever come across in terms of results. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and it really does give a radiant, healthy glow! I like to leave this on for 10 minutes. It does tingle slightly but this isn't unbearable or uncomfortable.

Alpha H Liquid Gold | £33.50

This is called Liquid Gold for a reason! This is a really intense AHA treatment that you use overnight. It comes in a toner form and that's how I like to apply it. It can be layered with other products or used alone for a more intense exfoliation. When I wake up in the morning after using this I can't stop stroking my face. It's so smooth, glowing and radiant looking. If you're not used to chemical exfoliators it's recommended that you build up your skins resistance to this. So leave it on the skin for short period of time, and gradually building up to using this overnight.


Brighten 


Brightening the skin and exfoliating skin do kind of over lap because a lot of exfoliating products do help to brighten the skin. But I also like a use non exfoliating brightening products. These products are more aimed at reducing pigmentation and improving the overall tone of the skin. Vitamin C is my current favourite ingredient to help brighten the skin. It's also a powerful anti-oxidant that helps minimise the damage caused by free radicals and the sun.

The Brightening Product List:


The Ordinary L-Asorbic Acid | £4.90

L-Asorbic acid is a very potent form of Vitamin C. And this powder from The Ordinary is a brilliant brightening product! I've been using this for a few months and it's really helped with the greyness I get in my skin tone. My skin looks a healthy colour! I do think this has helped the Red marks blemishes leave on my face to. I like to use this at night. Sometimes if my skin is looking particularly dull I will use this alone and it really transforms the look of my skin. For just £6 I really can't recommend this enough.


Moisturise 


For me Moisturiser is another step I cannot miss. My skin is not going to glow if it's not hydrated. Because my skin is dehydrated moisturiser plumps out any fine lines and stops my skin looking shallow and haggard. You can get moisturisers aimed at giving the skin glow but I tend to like ones that just hydrate. But choosing your moisturiser depending on your skin type is probably the most important thing when trying to create a glow.

The Moisturising Product List:


Kate Summervile Glow Moisturiser* | £55

This moisturiser crosses over with exfoliating because it contains AHAs but this is still super hydrating at the same. It's quite a rich cream that is a real pleasure to use. If my skin is feeling particularly dehydrated this instantly soothes it. This does contain AHA but it's very gently, it doesn't tingle or anything! I like to use this at night. My skin looks so glowing and healthy when I use this. As well as plump and hydrated.

Dr Roebucks No Worries Moisturiser | £30

This lotion like moisturiser is one of my favourites for purely hydrating my skin! It's super light, fast absorbing but really helps to plump and hydrate my dehydrated skin. It leaves my skin soft and supple but without turning oily throughout the day. It's the perfect day time moisturiser and works brilliantly under makeup.

Eucerin Replenishing Face Cream | £11

My skin has been so dry recently, I think it's because of the change in weather. But this moisturiser has massively helped it. It is very rich so I like to use this just at night. It really helps to sooth the dry areas and plump out the fine lines. If you have really dry skin definitely check this out.

Cheat 


When all else fails fake it! I think I'm going to do a separate post on glowing makeup. But I wanted to mention a primer / skincare hybrid that can be used alone and instantly give the skin a glow.  Mac Strobe cream is a great little product to add to your stash if glowing skin is what you need. It's an iridescent cream that is hydrating on the skin. It melts into the skin giving it a gorgeous healthy sheen. It can be used alone, under foundation or mixed with moisturisers.

There's a few of my top tips for achieveing glowing skin.

Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?

Until next time...

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