LAURA BER­MING­HAM

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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.

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