12easy ways to add ra­di­ance

NZ Life & Leisure - - Beauty -

C THE LIGHT Vi­ta­min C is proven to brighten the skin and help fade sunspots. Keep a look out for En­v­i­ron’s Eve­nes­cence C- Boost, $ 87, a light and non- greasy clar­i­fy­ing cream that em­ploys vi­ta­min C (among a host of other skin- benefi ting in­gre­di­ents) to smooth and even out the skin tone.

FAKE IT Give the im­pres­sion of lu­mi­nos­ity with high­lighter. Choose a cham­pagne- coloured one (the ex­perts agree it’s the one colour that’s al­most uni­ver­sally fl at­ter­ing) and dab a cream for­mula lightly around the edges of the face (keep the cen­tre matte). If your skin is es­pe­cially oily, swap cream for a pow­der il­lu­mi­na­tor. Dr. Hauschka’s Il­lu­mi­nat­ing Pow­der, $59, is up there on the wish­list.

SCRUB AND POL­ISH: Smoother skin refl ects more light. Full stop. Check out Nel­lie Tier’s Body Scrub May Chang & Man­darin, $ 40, which dis­solves dead skin cells leav­ing the skin soft, sup­ple and even toned. BUR­NISH WITH OIL

Botan­i­cal body oils are packed with fatty acids and help the skin look like they’re lit from within. Look out for An­tipodes’ Heav­enly Body Oil $28.50.

CON­SIDER

CE­RAMIDES Com­bat any dull­ness caused by dry skin with a mois­turiser rich in ce­ramides. Ce­ramides, like those found in El­iz­a­beth Ar­den’s Ce­ramide Youth Restor­ing Essence, $95, not only hy­drate the skin but also re­in­force its nat­u­ral mois­ture bar­rier. CON­SUME WISELY Caf­feine, booze, sug­ary drinks and treats and not drink­ing enough wa­ter can all make your skin dull and life­less- look­ing. If you are prop­erly hy­drated and are get­ting enough nu­tri­ents your skin will ra­di­ate health. (Bet you al­ready knew that…)

SUB­TLE

SMOOTH­ING Try and ex­fo­li­ate at least twice a week with a skin buf­fer such as Tril­ogy’s Gen­tle Fa­cial Ex­fo­liant, $ 44, a non- ir­ri­tat­ing prod­uct that smooths and pol­ishes with­out com­pris­ing the skin’s nat­u­ral bar­rier func­tion.

GO GO GLOW Our big­gest or­gan, the skin on our body is surely de­serv­ing of some spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion. Pam­per yours with a rich but non- slip­pery salve like Matakana Botan­i­cals’ Vanilla Hand and Body Lo­tion, $19. MAKE IT SHINE Pro­tect your hair with a clar­i­fy­ing sham­poo like Ae­sop’s Clas­sic Sham­poo, $ 67, which will leave it clean, bouncy and shiny with­out strip­ping it of its nat­u­ral oil. REACH FOR THE RETINOIDS Retinoids help stim­u­late col­la­gen and fi rm the skin. And like smooth skin, fi rm skin bet­ter refl ects the light. Try Shi­seido’s Benefi ance Wrin­kleRe­sist24 Pure Retinol Ex­press Sooth­ing Eye Mask, $93 (for 12). AP­PLY CAM­OU­FLAGE

Ev­ery body looks bet­ter with a tan – faux of course. Clarins’ Self-Tan­ning Milk, $ 53, con­tains DHA to add colour, even skin tone and dis­guise small im­per­fec­tions ( like those lit­tle lumps and bumps), along with skin re­pair­ers such as shea but­ter and sil­ver birch ex­tract. KEEP IT LIGHT Foun­da­tion should never be too opaque. Ap­ply a very light base and build up cov­er­age in lay­ers where you need it most. Try Cover­Girl’s Out­last Stay Lu­mi­nous Nat­u­ral Glow Foun­da­tion, $26.

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