How to give your lacklustre complexion a radiant glow
W hen your skin starts to look a little lacklustre and tired, it’s time for a proper beauty boost. Radiance is where it’s at and, if you hadn’t already noticed, it’s the buzz word in beauty these days. Radiance, or luminosity, as it’s also called, can be achieved with many products — foundations that creates a dewy effect on the skin, primers that add a layer of light, or liquid and powder highlighters.
These are all mere tricks, however. Tackle radiance at skin level and you’ll find even more benefits. Take the skin care routine when we cleanse, moisturise and use eye cream. Step one removes make-up and grime, steps two and three add moisture and replenishes hydration. Adding a simple five to 10 minute treatment once a week might be all it takes to get brighter skin, smaller pores and lines looking smoother. Taking the lead from our US cousins, if we included a regular peel into our routines we could start to look younger and fresher in no time.
At-home peels are similar to what you might get from a facial, albeit a more diluted version.
They generally contain fruit, plant or milk acids and they work to dissolve the glue holding dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Once removed, skin feels smoother, pore size is reduced and, over time, wrinkles and sun damage improve.
Another bonus is the rest of your routine begins to work more efficiently. With no dead cells blocking products’ path, serums and moisturisers absorb better and act faster.
The only downside to using peels is comfort. We all have different skin types and sensitivities, so peels work perfectly for some people and not for others. Regularity is another issue — one person could tolerate a peel 2-3 times weekly another might only be happy with once a week.
For these reasons, it is better to have a consultation with a brand consultant. Buying an inexpensive peel with no option for advice or follow-up could leave you with irritated skin.
Three top peels include Rodial Glamoxy 15% Fruit Acid Exfoliating Pads (€52, Debenhams stores nationwide); Kiehl’s Overnight Biological Peel (€ 47.50, Kiehl’s stores), and Philosophy The Microdelivery In-Home Vitamin C Peptide Peel (€ 75, Arnotts).
Don’t forget — always use sunscreen daily when using a peel to protect the new, more radiant, you.