Written by Annie Whitfield
You’ve got a big event coming up and you want to release your inner glowing goddess… Actually, scratch that. You’ve got NOTHING coming up and you still want to release your inner glowing goddess. Whether you’ve got a date with a takeaway pizza and Netflix or a red carpet to head to, having glowing, healthy looking skin is always a confidence booster.
Now when we say glowing skin, we don’t mean perfectly placed highlighter and shimmer-based foundation (however much we love using them), we mean a healthy, radiant natural looking glow. Nurtured from the inside, we all have a glowing complexion to release, we just need to know the right prep steps to get us there. Here’s our top tips.
No, not water based creams and gels – ironically, these can actually be dehydrating for your complexion – we mean the clear stuff, h20. It’s sometimes tiresome hearing that you should be drinking 2 litres a day, but it really can make a difference to your skin health. A study from Forefront Dermatology shows that drinking 2.25 litres of water a day can actually alter your skin density, whilst another proved that drinking just 2 glasses of water rapidly increased blood flow to the skin*. So, for a supple, plumper appearing complexion, we suggest you sip-up on the regular.
Now, whether you know your gua sha from your lymphatic drainage, there’s something to be said about the benefits of introducing an at home facial massage into your routine. Always working gently, even spending a couple of minutes a few times a week to give yourself a gentle facial massage (we recommend post-serum application, pre moisturiser) can increase blood flow, relax your facial muscles and help promote healthier glowing skin.
THE REAL DEAL
There’s an abundance of formulas that promise real glowing results in just minutes, so it can be hard to cut through the noise and find your staple glow-getting bathroom shelf residents. Trust us when we say for INSTANT results, look to 111SKIN. Inspired by clinically-led skincare, 111SKIN brings real life solutions to your everyday skin problems. Championed by Dr Yannis, clinical expert with 20+ years of experience, you can expect nothing but innovative formulas and the highest levels of efficiency from every single product. If it’s good enough for Kim Kardarshian, Bella Hadid and Rosie Hungtington-Whitley, it’s good enough for us.
Introducing a true skincare arsenal, the one you reach for every time you need a glow induced pick me up, the Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask. Infused with the most radiance-boosting ingredients, this mask is the ultimate pre-event prep step that ensures optimum glow after one use. Using hydrogel technology, this formula infuses the skin with a hydrating complex that not only illuminates but calms the complexion too. Loved by makeup artists, celebrities and influencers alike, 18 million of these masks have been sold world-wide since its launch in 2016.
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This mask transforms your skin in minutes, giving you a luxury skincare moment, finishing with a showstopping glow. Simply apply the unique gel like textured sheet mask to freshly cleansed skin for 20 minutes (you can leave on for longer for added hydration). Once removed, this cult product will have worked its magic to unveil a brightened, soothed and radiant skin surface.