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The secret's out: increase your skin radiance and you'll gain younger-looking skin!
Published 29th October 2008
Remember that long-lost rosy glow of your youth? It's not necessarily gone forever. Maximise your skin's light reflection by smoothing its surface and you're one step closer to that elusive, radiant glow. The smart way? Invest in skin-refining products that encourage skin to shed old cells naturally, nibble away at dead skin cells and loosen the 'glue' that holds them together, for a brighter, more radiant complexion. We like Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Refining Skin Refinisher which uses sugar-derived glucosamine to gently clear away dead surface skin cells and flakiness, dissolve pore-clogging debris and fade discolouration.
The glow-giving skin refiners we love: Clinique Turnaround Concentrate, Elizabeth Arden Overnight Success Renewal Serum, Origins Youthtopia Age-correcting serum with Rhodiola and Soap & Glory The Fab Pore 15-Minute Facial Peel.
Pesky dark spots, blotchiness and uneven skintone? "The primary cause of dark spots is ageing, then the sun," confirms Mathilde Thomas, founder of skin care brand Caudalie, the no.1 anti-dark spot brand in French pharmacies. "These cause the skin cells to become disorganised and produce too much melanin in an uneven way." Even hormonal factors like pregnancy and the contraceptive pill contribute. To help brighten dark patches, add a does-it-all brightening cream or serum under your day or night cream - we like Dr Nick Lowe Brightening Radiance Creme and also Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, which contains vinifere extract, potent "and 50 times more effective than vitamin c when treating dark spots," says Mathilde. Both target pigmentation whilst boosting radiance.
The secret weapons:
The new radiance boosting face masks: Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Revealing Mask. Korres Wild Rose Mask for Brightening & Illuminating.
The backstage skin diffuser: YSL Top Secrets Flash Radiance Skincare Brush.
The night cream: Burt's Bees Radiance Night Cream.
The dark spot correctors: Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector, Chanel Dark Spot Corrector.
Flat skin is ageing, say the pros who favour products with reflective properties to help radiate the illusion of a born-with-it glow. "Look for products with added sheen, glow and glisten such as illuminating foundations, light-reflecting concealers and sheer, shiny eyeshadows and lip colours," says Urban Retreat make-up guru Daniel Sandler, who recommends avoiding anything matte or powdery. "It will make your complexion look dull," he says.
Sheer foundation and base: Estee Lauder Face Primer Plus Illuminating Base. Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Liquid Make-up.
Blusher: Clinique Uplighting Liquid Illuminator. Diorblush Glowing Color Powder Blush .
For illuminated eyes: YSL Touche Eclat. Clarins Instant Sunlight Eyeshadow Palette.
Lip lustre: YSL Touche Eclat.
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