Fake it! Don't Make it

23rd August 2019

We all know sunbathing is terrible for our skin; but when a hint of a summer glow is so flattering, it can be too tempting to resist. However, there’s no need to bake when you can fake! Lisa Botwright shares some tips on getting glorious, glowing skin the safe and healthy way…

Glow from within…

Antioxidants are absolutely essential for optimum health and gorgeous, glowing skin. Vitamins E and C are particularly effective at fighting environmental aggressors, so eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based, whole foods. Avocados are amazing skin-enhancing superfoods – rich in fatty acids that help to moisturise the skin and leave it soft to the touch, while the polyunsaturated fatty acids protect against damage and help to reduce inflammation in the skin.
Eating a healthy diet will also improve your microbiome; studies show a clear link between gut health and clear skin.

Sleep earlier…

Sleep has a powerful restorative effect on your whole body, and when you’re well-rested, it’s immediately apparent in your skin. While we sleep, our body’s hydration rebalances, which is why we get puffy eyes and dark circles when we don’t get enough shut eye. Our hormones also get busy repairing cellular damage during the night, and are said to work the hardest in the first phase of your sleep cycle between 11pm and 2am.

Celebrate skincare…

Since most of us switch over to lighter makeup in the summer, it’s even more important to keep up with a great skincare routine. Double-cleansing each night (using a cream cleanser, followed by a face wash) will more effectively remove SPF and makeup, leaving you with squeaky clean skin. Exfoliating – another important step – speeds up cell turnover, making skin more radiant, and also delivers a smooth base to apply makeup or a self-tanner. Try Glamglow’s Youthmud for a weekly treat of exfoliating with volcanic pumice rock, helping to smooth fine lines and and soften the skin’s texture (£44 www.glamglow.co.uk).

Tan healthily…

Is self-tanner one of the wonders of the twenty-first century? I continue to find it incredible that I can wake up with an effortless summer glow just by applying a small amount of gel or cream, and without the need for baking in the sun. I prefer to use a formulation especially for the face, as the only downside is that I find that self-tan can sometimes prompt the odd spot. Lancôme’s offering is an extremely light gel that disappears into the skin without a trace and builds an extremely natural colour.

Bronze beautifully…

Bronzers are your best-beauty-friends in the summer months and will immediately add a lovely warm glow to your look. The idea is not to use anything too sparkly and to find a match that’s close to your skin shade. Anything too dark (or heaven forbid, too orange), will dominate and look unnatural. Sweep it over your face with a big brush – and then, to really lift your skin, add a separate pop of blush in a pink or peachy shade to the apples of your cheeks. For a trick that’s part-bronzing and part-contouring-for-beginners, try makeup artist Caroline Barnes’s tip to apply your bronzer in the shape of a ‘three’ down each side of the face, around where you’d wear your sunnglasses (temples, cheeks and jawline). Bobbi Brown’s bronzing powder is a cult classic that has an impressive range of shades and a matte, but beautifully radiant, texture.  

Hail the highlighter…

Highlighters are no longer the preserve of the Instagram generation; they’re a way of harnessing the most up to date light-reflecting technology to add incredible luminosity to your skin. They’re extremely flattering for all ages and skin types – and just a tiny touch goes a long way to create that lit-from-within-glow. Add to the tips of your cheekbones, to the bridge of the nose, to the inner corners of your eyes (this really makes them sparkle) and to the cupid’s bow of your lips. If you have oilier or combination skin, however, make sure to use powder to mattify the t-zone, particularly the chin and forehead, to ensure you look ‘glowy’ rather than ‘shiny’. IT Cosmetic’s cream luminiser delivers a subtle, grownup iridescence, and with its handy stick formulation, is so easy to apply – making this, and all these suggestions, a win-win for glowing skin.

Hello Light Luminizing Crème Stick, £21

www.itcosmetics.co.uk

Flash Bronzer Self-Tanning Face Gel, £27

www.lancome.co.uk

Bronzing Powder, £32 (Golden Light shown)

www.bobbibrown.co.uk

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