Skincare – my favourite topic! I have recently been asked how to achieve a glowing skin. As I mentioned in my previous post (Combat Dull Winter Skin: Feed Your Face), I believe it is a three pronged attack: from within, skincare and finally, makeup.
It goes without saying, that a good evening skincare routine is essential. However, the following routine is what I do in the morning to really get my glow on.
As a rule, I don’t tend to spend a lot of time cleansing in the morning as my evening routine is so thorough. However, if my skin is looking a little dull or I have a special occasion to go to, I like to spend some extra time on my morning routine.
When I first get up, I apply a small amount of balm on to my face (I am currently loving MOA Green Balm*), before going downstairs for a cup of hot water with lemon.
After half an hour or so, I like to massage an exfoliator on top of the balm. Perhaps not the most conventional way to exfoliate, but I find this works really well for me. I have a couple on the go – Green People’s Orange Blossom Exfolitor*, a lovely, gentle exfolitor with skin brightening ingredients and Nourish Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser, which can be used as a cleanser or a mask. I remove with a flannel soaked in warm water.
If I’m really going to town, I will then follow up with a mask, my current favourite is the aptly named Bioregenerate Rapid Radiance Mask by Pai – currently on offer at Content Beauty. This reminds me of Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and gives my skin an extra moisture boost.
Facial massage is perfect for getting the blood flowing, which helps create a glowing skin. I try to incorporate facial massage whenever I apply my skincare, but take some extra time when I want my skin looking extra healthy. I have been using Lyonsleaf Marshmallow Soften and Rejuvinate Face Oil* while I do this.
I like to rely on a self tan to inject a little bit of colour into my face during the long winter months. It helps me look and feel better. I can’t recommend Green People Gradual Tan Moisturiser enough. It is a fool proof way to obtain a subtle, sun-kissed glow. I use this over a few days to create the perfect glow. It’s worth noting that I will skip the facial oil step if I am using this.
Lip balm is a staple all year round for me. I have found this Sukin Paw Paw Ointment* to be invaluable to keep my lips in tip top condition. I also use it on my eyebrows and cheekbones too!
I’ll be talking glow giving makeup in Wednesday’s post.