BRIGHT & BEAU­TI­FUL

Choose plant-pow­ered prod­ucts to cul­ti­vate a fresh-faced glow

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Choose plant­pow­ered prod­ucts to cul­ti­vate a fresh-faced glow

With spring on its way, we all want a com­plex­ion that looks as ra­di­ant as the sea­son. Un­for­tu­nately, a win­ter of cold weather and dry­ing cen­tral heat­ing is more likely to have left us with lack­lus­tre skin, which can make us look tired and washed out.

“The main cul­prits for dull com­plex­ions are dead skin cells, de­hy­dra­tion and un­even skin tone – all of which can af­fect us at any age,” says Ge­orgie Cleeve, founder of nat­u­ral skin­care brand Oskia (os­ki­ask­in­care.com). It’s this grey pal­lor, not wrin­kles, that is the real ager, it seems, so the lat­est prod­ucts con­tain a raft of plant-based in­gre­di­ents that work to re­in­state a youth­ful radiance. Gen­tle masks and ex­fo­lia­tors re­move dead cells without ir­ri­tat­ing skin that has been made sen­si­tive by win­ter el­e­ments, while nour­ish­ing mois­turis­ers and serums even out com­plex­ions, and il­lu­mi­nat­ing creams help re­turn that spring-like glow.

RE­MOVE WIN­TER LAY­ERS

As we age, the speed of skin-cell re­newal slows down and can lead to a dull, rough and un­evenly toned com­plex­ion. “A build-up of dead sur­face cells makes it harder for creams and lo­tions to reach the fresh layer below, re­sult­ing in that fa­mil­iar win­try grey cast and loss of youth­ful plump­ness,” ex­plains Sarah Brown, founder of Pai Skin­care (paiskin­care.com). “Great ex­fo­li­at­ing in­gre­di­ents, such as nat­u­ral jo­joba wax beads and gen­tle AHA fruit acids, help to break down the ‘glue’ be­tween dead cells, re­veal­ing fresh ones without caus­ing ir­ri­ta­tion.”

Pai Kukui & Jo­joba Bead Skin Bright­en­ing Ex­fo­lia­tor (£24, paiskin­care.com) lifts away im­pu­ri­ties on even the most sen­si­tive skins. Oilier or blem­ish-prone com­plex­ions are more suited to An­tipodes Juliet Skin-bright­en­ing Gel Cleanser (£24.99, an­tipodesna­ture.com). It con­tains ex­fo­li­at­ing ex­tracts of kiwi and hi­bis­cus, as well as sooth­ing Manuka honey.

Jan­jira Ma­rine Ra­di­ant White Ex­fo­li­at­ing Scrub (£26, jan­jira.co.uk) uses finely ground wal­nut shells to freshen the skin, and also con­tains al­gae to help brighten it – use once or twice a week. For some­thing more pow­er­ful, REN Gly­co­lac­tic Radiance Re­newal Mask (£32, ren­skin­care.com) has a com­bi­na­tion of fruit acids to ex­fo­li­ate and de­con­gest. Ap­ply no more than once a week – it’s not suit­able for sen­si­tive skin, but it will re­veal a brighter, clearer com­plex­ion seem­ingly in­stantly.

BOOST VITALITY

To get back that bloom, you need to nour­ish and soften skin, while also im­prov­ing tone and even­ness. “Look for prod­ucts with hyaluronic acid and light fa­cial oils that will add a nat­u­ral sheen while deeply hy­drat­ing and plump­ing,” Ge­orgie ex­plains. “Even skin tone be­comes in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to achieve over the years due to sun dam­age and hor­monal changes, but vi­ta­min C can help.” Oskia Re­nais­sance Bright­light Serum (£85, os­ki­ask­in­care.com) con­tains two types of vi­ta­min C and is an in­ten­sive treat­ment that helps to brighten skin tone. In a small trial of 30 women, 90 per cent

said that their com­plex­ion ap­peared more lu­mi­nous af­ter us­ing it twice daily for a month.

Wild rose oil is par­tic­u­larly high in vi­ta­min C, and Kor­res Wild Rose Ad­vanced Bright­en­ing & Nour­ish­ing Face Oil (£30, kor­res.com) com­bines it with apri­cot and sun­flower oil to soften and soothe ir­ri­tated skin.

When you mas­sage Darphin Lu­mière Essen­tielle Il­lu­mi­nat­ing Oil Gel-cream (£45, darphin.co.uk) into the face, the soft gel trans­forms into a light oil. Hyaluronic acid plumps, while a com­bi­na­tion of seven es­sen­tial oils work to brighten. Very sen­si­tive skin types may want to try Aure­lia Re­vi­talise & Glow Serum (£57, au­re­liask­in­care.com), which in­cludes omega-rich baobab oil.

GET THE GLOW

A new raft of creams and balms adds in­stant radiance to skin us­ing light-re­flect­ing par­ti­cles, while work­ing to re­store vitality un­der the sur­face. “Finely milled top­i­cal high­lighters bring back lu­mi­nos­ity,” Ge­orgie says. “They’re per­fect for en­hanc­ing your glow, but can also help you fake one af­ter a long night or early start.”

Switch your morn­ing mois­turiser for This Works En­ergy Bank Skin Glow (£30, this­works. com). A serum and lu­miniser in one, it has vi­ta­min C and red al­gae ex­tract to re­ju­ve­nate, with golden min­eral par­ti­cles for sub­tle sheen. Al­ter­na­tively, Lancôme En­ergie de Vie Pearly Wake-up Lotion (£28, lan­come.co.uk) adds a lit­tle zing to tired-look­ing skin with goji berries, lemon balm and gen­tian for nour­ish­ment and a translu­cent pearl ef­fect for a fresh com­plex­ion.

New Er­bo­rian Glow Crème (£37, er­bo­rian. co.uk) is a silky, iri­des­cent cream, en­riched with liquorice ex­tract to brighten skin. Wear it un­der make-up or as a high­lighter on cheek­bones for a dewy look. Sim­i­larly, Chanel Hy­dra Beauty Flash (£43, chanel.com) can be used first thing as a com­plex­ion pick-me-up or even ap­plied spar­ingly dur­ing the day for a quick radiance boost. Su­per-hy­drat­ing camel­lia helps the skin ap­pear soft and smooth, while pearles­cent par­ti­cles in­stantly il­lu­mi­nate.

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