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How to cheat… a winter glow

Learn how to bring luminosity back to a tired winter face with our simple tips for glowing skin

By Shannon Wilson, 11 January 2016
How to cheat… a winter glow

Winter can be a recipe for disaster for our skin with a lack of sunlight and colder, drier air making it appear dull and lifeless. Don’t despair though - you can get your glow back with our combination of skincare tips and make-up cheats. So whatever the forecast outside, you can face the day feeling human and looking radiant.

Do:

Get more sleep.

Your skin heals itself while you sleep, and with pollutants damaging your cells during the day it’s even more essential to ensure you clock up eight hours at night. Apply a product that pumps antioxidants into your skin and helps rehydrate it before bedtime, such as Nivea Daily Essentials Rich Regenerating Night Cream Dry & Sensitive Skin. This will help make sure your skin cells can recover while you sleep, meaning you’ll wake up looking more fresh and radiant.  

Change your cleanser.

Switch your foaming cleanser for an oil version such as L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes. Not only will this give you much-needed moisture by rebalancing the natural oils in your skin, but used with a face cloth to remove all make-up, it will gently exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells and helping to bring lacklustre skin back to life. Remember to use lukewarm water to cleanse and shower as hot water strips protective essential oils from your skin – ouch!

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate.

Moisture can’t penetrate deep down if there is a layer of dead skin cells sitting on the surface of your skin, so regular exfoliation is key during the winter months. Try to exfoliate twice weekly with a product that aims to shed dead skin cells and restore natural radiance. We love the NSPA Skin Glow Mud Mask which is particularly soothing for dry, weather-damaged skin.

Introduce a facial oil

Going between the cold, unruly elements outdoors and dry heating systems inside can play havoc with our skin, leaving it dehydrated. In winter, add a facial oil to your skincare routine to deliver moisture at a deeper level. Look for natural oils containing hydrating plant-extracts such as NSPA’s Deep Hydrating Facial Oil. Once your skin has fully soaked up the oil, then apply your regular moisturiser on top.

It’s all about that base.

Winter usually means our skins need a little more coverage but it’s a fine line between looking healthy and feeling caked in make-up! Avoid heavy matte foundations and choose a base with light-diffusing particles to cheat a luminous glow like Max Factor’s Skin Luminizer Foundation. A good trick is to go for a slightly darker base than your skintone coupled with a sweep of matte bronzer, such as Rimmel’s Natural Bronzer 025 Sun Glow, to warm winter skin up. Used together, the effect should create a ‘glowing-from-within’ effect that’s bound to prompt friends to say how well you’re looking!

Blush, blush baby!

Nothing says healthy glow like using a cream blush on the apples of your cheeks. Apply by smiling in the mirror and using your finger to dab on a flush of flattering blush. Grab a brush to buff out the edges to avoid an Aunt Sally look! Not sure what shade to go for? George’s Crème Blush comes in three flattering shades, allowing you to find the tone that suits your skintone best.

Illuminate.

Finally, to get that ‘just-been-for-a-country-walk’ look, don’t forget to dab some illuminating lotion on the upper corners of cheekbones, brows, and your cupid’s bow (the centre of your upper lip). Try Rimmel London’s Good To Glow Highlighter, which contains light-reflecting pigments for a luminous look. You’ll be glowing in no time!

 

Don’t:

Fake it.

Orangey fake tan looks out of place on a blustery January day – your aim is to look natural.

Use your summer make-up.

Tinted moisturisers are great for bright sunny days but in winter you’ll need more coverage.

Cake it on.

To get that natural healthy glow, less is definitely more. Use a liquid foundation that looks natural but still covers redness and blemishes.

 

What are your skincare tips for getting a winter glow? We’d love to see what works for you. Tell us in the comments box below.