In my LATEST YOUTUBE VIDEO I participated in a Q&A and answered a number of questions from my subscribers and followers on INSTAGRAM. One of the questions I answered, and one that was asked quite a few times, was about my skincare regime. In the video I explained that I adopted quite a strict skincare routine from about the age of sixteen, and that I use a three-step method of cleansing, toning and moisturising to keep my skin looking its best.
As well as my everyday routine, I also use a number of other products to give my skin a boost and to keep it glowing all year round. The seasons can be tough on our skin - in the summer all of the moisture in the air can cause break outs, and in the winter the cold weather can seriously dry it out, leaving it parched.
Today I am going to share with you 10 skincare products for glowing skin. Each product has a different purpose and will help in its own unique way - these are my little secret weapons that give a beautiful glow and keep my skin looking plump and refreshed all year round.
1. THE EXFOLIATOR - No7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator
Micro-Dermabrasion is a tried and tested dermatological technique famous for its effectiveness in treating tired and dull skin. Usually micro-dermabrasion can only be carried out by dermatologists, but this exfoliator has been specially formulated for use at home. Use twice-weekly to remove dead layers of skin and give an instant glow to your complexion. After just a few weeks of use you will notice that your fine lines have diminished and the tone of your skin is more even. I have been using this product for the last three years and can attest to its magic.
2. THE ALL IN ONE - THE ORDINARY BUFFET
Buffet from The Ordinary is a multi-technology peptide serum that is perfect for those who are simply confused by the array of skincare products available on the market. There is so much talk about hyaluronic acids, retinol, vitamin C, etc etc, it can be hard to know where to begin. This product covers all bases and targets multiple signs of aging whilst providing a much needed boost of hydration. Use twice daily after cleansing the skin.
3. THE GLOW GIVER - CLARINS BEAUTY FLASH BALM
If you are in need of an instant fix, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm will come to the rescue. I started using this just over a year ago after it was recommended to me by a friend. You can use it in a number of ways - on its own as a moisturiser when you are having a make-up-free-day, as a primer before applying make-up, or on top of makeup to give a glow and take away any flatness that occurs from using powder. You can also use it as a mask once or twice a week - simply apply a thick layer and leave it on for fifteen minutes to work its magic. This wonderful cream not only brightens and tightens the skin, it also smells wonderful.
4. THE EYE PATCH - TALIKA EYE THERAPY PATCH
I first heard about the Talika Eye Patches from the actress Drew Barrymore who recommend them for long-distance travel. We can use all the products in the world on our skin, but if the eyes look puffy and tired, a glow just won’t cut it! These patches are a miracle worker and help to brighten the under eye area and reduce puffiness. It is almost like eight hours of sleep in a patch. The other benefit of these patches is that they are reusable up to three times meaning that you are getting more for your money.
5. THE FACE-MASK - FRESH VITAMIN NECTAR VIBRANCY-BOOSTING FACE MASK
A good face mask can fix a number of skin issues as well as giving you an excuse to sit back and relax for a while. This fruit-filled mask is my very favourite and always leaves my skin feeling renewed and restored. Packed with vitamins C, E and B5, this mask helps to revive dull and tired skin and give an enviable glow. Also, the jam-like consistency is soothing and cooling and is perfect for when your skin needs a rest.
6. THE FACIAL OIL - NEAL’S YARD REHYDRATING ROSE FACIAL OIL
When it comes to putting lotions and creams on my face, I am quite fussy and do not like anything that will make my skin feel greasy. In the Winter I do suffer from dry skin and after doing some research, realised that it would be beneficial to invest in a facial oil to give me an extra boost of hydration. This Rose Oil from Neal’s Yard is such a wonderful product that does exactly that without leaving the skin feeling greasy or clogged. I am not usually a fan of scented facial products, however the gentle scent of rose is so heavenly and actually enhances my mood. You can either use this under make-up which will give a ‘glow from within’ look, or you can mix it with your moisturiser for extra hydration.
7. THE TINTED MOISTURISER - CHANEL LES BEIGES SPF 30 TINTED MOISTURISER
Now that we are in 2020, more and more gentleman are realising that tinted moisturisers are not just available to help the ladies! Why shouldn’t we also be able to look our best? This tinted moisturiser from Chanel is perfect for men and women who want a healthy glow without looking like they are wearing any make-up at all. The beauty of this product is that it not only gives a wonderful glow but also protects the skin from harmful sun-rays as it has an SPF 30.
8. THE VITAMIN C - SUPERFACIALIST VITAMIN C BRIGHTEN BOOSTER
For me, Vitamin C has been a fairly recent discovery and addition to my skincare arsenal. I am quite obsessed with skincare - it is a little passion of mine so I do enjoy doing lots of research and finding out about the latest developments and products. Vitamin C is an imperative weapon to help promote collagen production and ward off damage from free radicals caused by UV exposure. I particularly like this product because you can incorporate it into your everyday routine by simply adding a few drops to your moisturiser.
9. THE EVERYDAY MOISTURISER - IT COSMETICS CONFIDENCE IN A CREAM ROSY TONE
I will be the first to admit that I’m one of those people who will buy a product simply because of its packaging - and this was one of those buys. However, after adding this rich moisturiser to my collection I can tell you that it really does work! IT Cosmetics was developed by plastic surgeons, and a former news presenter who was looking for products that would be effective against the all intrusive and unforgiving HD cameras. This moisturiser is perfect for when your skin needs a boost of hydration; it also has rose pigments which add a natural glow to your visage.
10. THE NIGHT CREAM - CHARLOTTE TILBURY MAGIC NIGHT CREAM
We all know that a good night’s sleep is essential for looking our best. This Magic Night Cream by Charlotte Tilbury is eight hours of sleep in a jar. Apply the cream after cleansing your skin at night and let it get to work whilst you sleep. Enriched with olus oil and castor seed oil to hydrate the skin, you will wake up to a velvety smooth complexion that glows with youthful radiance.