Hands up if you’re suffering from festive fatigue. After a month of too much drinking, stressing and too little sleeping, our skin is in need of more than a little TLC. The daily cleanse, tone and moisturise routine tends to fall by the wayside over Christmas, but we’re ready to toss the emergency face wipes aside and return to our normal skincare routines. Still, it’s going to take more than a good cleanser to get the glow back into pores, which is why we’re looking to tips, tricks, hacks—anything—for a speedy radiance boost.
If you’re also on a mission to make your skin look luminous (fast) keep scrolling for 13 easy ways to achieve a dewy finish at home.
While everyone knows that applying a highlighter on top of your foundation will give a good glow, few realise the benefits of wearing an illuminating liquid underneath your base. For a luminous, lit-from-within glow, blend an illuminator along the tops of cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose and on the Cupid’s bow before buffing on a glowy foundation.
It’s simple, really. Exfoliating skin will polish away any dulling dead skin cells, leaving you with a smoother complexion that reflects the light and looks utterly dewy. Try a buffing tool, like the Foreo Luna Play—an simple cleansing brush that teams silicone bristles with T-Sonic pulsations to skilfully unclog your pores. One minute of washing with this glow-booster and you’ll be hooked.
In an average week, one sheet mask is enough to make skin look plump and dewy. But when your complexion appears irretrievably dull, we recommend doubling up your sheets. Apply one while you’re relaxing in the bath, and another an hour or so later. By the time you go to bed that night, you’ll be boasting insane levels of glow.
Just as a scalp massage can add a little extra bounce to your hair, a facial massage ups the glow in your complexion. Oh, and it’s completely free. Use a drop of oil and start at the lymph nodes located under your ears at the sides of your neck. With the tips of your fingers, massage these points in a circular motion for one minute, then repeat the gesture down towards your throat and up along your jawline. Use the same circular strokes at the sides of your mouth and your cheekbones, always moving your hands up and out—never downwards. Finish by gently massaging your temples and forehead.
This trick comes approved by Kate Moss. In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, she reveals that her go-to glow-giving facial is an at-home technique called the “ice plunge”. The model says, “Fill a sink with ice cubes, cold water and slices of cucumber and hold your face in for as long as you can.” Sounds chilly, but a quick dunk will reduce puffiness and make you look more awake.
Frank Lipman, MD, founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center and author of The New Health Rules can’t sing the praises of bone broth enough. Aside from being an all-around skin saver, bone broth is uniquely great for glowing skin because it’s so nutrient rich. It contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, silicon, sulphur and phosphorous that many of us don’t get enough of from our regular diets. “When we are depleted of nutrients, our skin looks pale and dull rather than glowing and vibrant,” explains Lipman. He recommends ingesting a cup a day, whether you sip it pure or incorporate it into cooking soups and stews.
Your mum probably nagged you about taking your vitamins, and she was right. A good hair, skin and nail formula—which includes vitamins, minerals and amino acids specific to skin health—will improve overall quality and appearance. “Skin products work externally to try to create the desired effect of glowing skin, but while these products may help a bit, the real change takes places from the inside out,” explains Lipman. “A supplement works at an internal level to correct any deficiencies or imbalances.”
Full of minerals, chlorophyll and antioxidants, fresh green juice is like a powerful multivitamin. “The nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream and reach skin cells quicker thanks to the lack of fibre in the juice,” Lipman explains. Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection, says green juice is her number one skin fix for girls who want clean, clear, glowing skin. “It’s a great replacement for afternoon coffee and it will literally transform your skin in a matter of days,” she says. “It helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage so it’s de-puffing too.”
Lipman advises staying away from green juices that are high in fruit (to avoid the extra sugar), and instead looking for ones that are mainly greens with low-sugar additions like lemon and ginger. Alternatively, you can go straight to the source: “If I have a client who doesn’t eat salad or drink green juices, I tell them to go to Whole Foods and buy liquid chlorophyll,” says Vargas. “It tastes like mint, it oxygenates the skin and it works in a matter of days.”
Repeat after us: There is no glow without hydration. In addition to being low calorie and delicious to snack on, cucumbers have a high water content. “Cucumber is both hydrating and cooling for the body, and staying well hydrated is rule number one for great looking skin,” says Lipman. Try snacking on cucumber every chance you get. For an added dose, look for green juices that contain the ingredient.
Though it’s often skipped in at-home beauty routines, exfoliation is a critical step on the road to glow-dom. Vargas recommends all-over exfoliation in the shower to make skin fresh and bright. “Dry-brushing is my favourite method of body exfoliation because it is multitasking—it’s actually incredible as a cellulite treatment and increases skin's elasticity, too,” she says.
Don’t know how to dry-brush? Don’t fret, here's how Vargas does it: “Start at the tops of the feet and brush upward toward the heart. Spend extra time on areas that tend to be more stagnant, like the inner thigh, and don’t forget to include the backs of the arms and the back. Dry-brushing immediately increases circulation, so you will feel warmer when you are done. Try it before you get into the shower for two minutes in the morning, and you will see a difference in your skin quality in days,” she says.
Our skin needs fat in order to stay hydrated and glowing, and avocados supply the skin with healthy fats and phytonutrients to do just that. “Avocados are nature’s own moisturiser, rich in healthy fatty acids, which will keep your skin supple, moist and glowing,” explains Lipman. Add avocado to your salads, make fresh guacamole at home (our personal favourite), or use Vargas’s sneaky tip: Throw half an avocado into your morning smoothie. It provides a rich, creamy texture—and you won’t even be able to taste it.
In addition to eating avocados, Lipman suggests applying an avocado face mask to get the glowing benefits both inside and out. “Mash half of a soft avocado with a fork. Stir together one tablespoon of raw honey with two tablespoons of hot water, and add the mixture to the avocado to create a rich mask,” he says. “Apply to your face (avoiding the eyes), let it do its magic for 10 minutes and enjoy a refreshed face.”
Vargas suggests a simultaneously rejuvenating and anti-ageing mask made from grape seed oil, rose oil, honey, and ground almonds. “The grape seed oil is an awesome antioxidant, while the rose oil will restore that amazing glow we’re all looking for. The honey will hydrate the skin and erase fine lines, while the ground almonds will gently exfoliate. It’s great for anyone who feels their skin looks dull and tired,” she says.
“Combine six teaspoons of grape seed oil, two drops of rose oil, one teaspoon of warmed honey, and five of teaspoons of ground almonds to form a paste. Leave on the skin for 20 minutes, then rinse.”
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