I thought I would do a post today about achieving that glowy radiant skin that all of us want. Make up is really great in helping us achieve this look, but what about when we take our make up off? We still want our skin to look healthy and glowy right?!
I was very fortunate when I was going through my puberty stage of not getting spots (I mean I got fat, wonky teeth and influx of hair, so whether I was lucky or not is a matter of opinion). But what I mean by fortunate in terms of spots, is the scarring it leaves many people due to the acne they had when they were teenagers. Saying that, I haven’t always had really clear skin. My skin was spot free, but there were blemishes and it used to look really worn and dry.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve really paid special attention to my face and have been giving it the care and affection it deserves, which gives me a glowy and clear look with or without make up.
In this post I’m going to talk about the things I do to achieve glowy skin both with and without make up.
So let’s get glowy!
My diet, at the moment, is very strict within the week.
For breakfast I either have…
Oatmeal with cinnamon, honey and blueberries or bananas
Weatabix with cinnamon, honey and blueberries or bananas
1 slice of wholemeal toast with peanut butter and banana
2 poached eggs with spinach and 1 slice of wholemeal toast
For lunch and dinner I have a protein such as turkey or chicken breast and whatever vegetable I feel, its usually a mixture or just broccoli.
Then at the weekend, I treat myself with having delicious meals, which are usually home made, one pot wonders. I try not to eat junk food (only when I get the mad cravings for nuggets). But most of the time I’m pretty good.
I limit myself to 2 coffees in a day, 1 English tea, unlimited water and unlimited mint leaf tea. Everywhere you look people are screaming to drink more water, and its such an obvious thing, yet so many of us rarely do it, opting for a sugary drink instead of refreshing water to quench our thirst. To make things easier and to get you to drink more water, invest in a really nice water bottle, so then you will want to use it.
I have two that I use, one for at home and one for when I’m on the go
Diet is crucial when it comes to having clear skin, as well as it making you feel good too. Obviously your diet doesn’t have to be as strict as mine, mine is purely this strict at the moment as I’m training (will reveal what for soon). So although my breakfast is the same, my dinner and lunches will be quiona salad, or salmon, potatoes and salad for example.
Skincare Morning Ritual
I have so many beauty products its insane! But its because I really just have no self control, and I just feel the need to try out any new beauty product that I come across (I think this is called an addiction)?! The ones listed here are my dream products- the ones that I cannot live without and that leave my skin looking radiant and feeling soft! I also mix up skincare products to go with the season, as you need different forms of protection dependant on the season.
I love this facial wash and use it in the morning after I’ve been in the shower. I use this after the shower, as the steam from the shower really opens up your pores and you’ll get the best results. Not only does this product smell refreshing and is great value for money, it is one of the only facial washes that doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry. This product really helps in reducing pores and blackheads, as well as giving my skin a really refreshed look- the perfect morning facial wash!
So depending on the season, I will use either of these Simple toners. As it is is Summer (although it doesn’t always feel like it here in the UK), I am using the Simple Kind To Skin Soothing Facial Toner at the moment. This toner is liquid based, compared to the one I use in Winter, which has a thicker, creamier consistency. I find that the lightness of the one I use for the Summer months gives me the results I need for my skin, as its not as heavy on the skin.
Toners are a must in any skincare routine, as the name suggests, they give your complexion an even skin tone, re balances your pH, as well as hydrating and soothing the skin. I use toner both morning and night just before I apply my moisturiser.
I’ve been using this particular moisturiser since day one, and I don’t think anything would convince me to use anything else. I love Simple products anyway, due to them being great for sensitive skin, but this moisturiser just does the trick. It’s so light and creamy when applying, and gives me such a fresh faced look and leaves my skin feeling hydrated. Also, due to the SPF 15, it protects you from UVA/UVB rays and is a product I use both Summer and Winter
For further protection against the elements on my face I go a bit further in protecting my face by using an extra protective layer.
For Summer it’s the UltraSun Professional Face Protection SPF 30 £18.99
Although a bit pricey, it is worth it for that extra protection on your face. It is great for sensitive skin, as contains no perfumes, oils, emulsifiers or preservatives and is water resistant. Even though my moisturiser contains SPF, I don’t feel fully protected from the sun, and as a religious applicator of sun cream, my face is definitely not missing out on all the fun. This is a great lightweight, non greasy product and get this, it also reduces the appearance of wrinkles– so its just an all round winner.
For Winter I use the Eucerin Dry Skin Relief Face Cream £10.99
This product is a lot thicker compared to the Summer protection I use, therefore making it the ideal product to use for winter to provide maximum hydration and reduce very dry skin. In Winter, I find that my skin is so much more drier, and this product is my saving grace in keeping me looking healthy and radiant.
A product that people tend to forget to use as part of their beauty regime, is eye cream and it is such an important tool! The skin under your eyes is so delicate and thin, and needs its own product to keep that area firm, revived and in reducing the appearance of fine lines. It’s not something you should put off until you can see the thin lines, use it now! You only need a small amount applied to your wedding finger and dab- NEVER WIPE– under your eye.
Skincare Evening Ritual
Some of the products that I have discussed in my morning routine, I use in my evening too. These are…
As for the rest? You guessed it- there’s a whole lot more!
Can I just emphasise here how important it is to remove your make up – heck I even do this when I haven’t even worn make up all day. Your skin will attract dirt and all sorts, so its really important to give it a thorough cleanse before going to sleep. In the next section I’ve got a quick yet efficient way to remove make up for when your super tired or drunk.
Oh look another Simple product, who’d have thought it? These facial wipes are life, and just so gentle and soft on your skin in removing a layer of your make up. Yes I said layer, make up wipes do not remove all of your make up. This product is alcohol and oil free so doesn’t leave it feeling too damp or scratched by a make up wipe. It’s just a great start to even more cleansing.
If you haven’t heard of micellar water- where have you been? Literally I don’t know how I survived without this product! You get so much for your money and its actually amazing how much more make up is still on your skin from just using a facial wipe. This is a fantastic product to ensure that you remove all make up and impurities from your face. If you don’t have micellar water, get down to the shop ASAP!
So this is the last cleansing product I use in the evening, and what I love about this is how creamy it is and soft on the skin it feels. It really does make my skin feel very soft and replenished after a hard days work.
Yup, this product is from the most unlikely place of Aldi, and I love it! It so rich and thick and applies so evenly and smoothly onto your skin. It feels like its really expensive, when in fact its only £1.69- an absolute bargain! I’ve been using night creams since I turned 20, and just find them so effective in enriching my skin and keeping it hydrated throughout the night.
Being drunk or tired is no excuse for you to slip up on not removing your make up. And as someone who is regularly tired (and okay fine a bit tipsy at times), I was in search of a product that required minimal effort with maximum results and voilà! I have it!
So after removing some of my make up with a facial wipe, I then turn to this beauty of L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Facial Cleansing Oil £7.99. This is such a miracle working product! Applying a small amount into your hands, massage this product over your face, your eyes, lips, and it will remove all your make up instantly! And I mean all! Once your done, just wash your face and pat try and your done! It’s like every drunk, tired or lazy girl’s dream!
I’m not going into great detail regarding what make up products I use, but two products that really stick out for me in giving me a glowy natural look are…
I’ve only recently started using this product after seeing this on a work colleague and commenting on how flawless her skin looked. She told me that it was all thanks to this CC Cream, so naturally I had to try it for myself. I’ve been using BB Cream for about a year now and really love that, but CC cream is such a great product and leaves me with flawless glowy skin. With its three colour correcting pigments, its the perfect product to achieving flawless skin without foundation.
It has apricot for anti-fatigue, green for anti-redness and white for anti-dark spots.
CC Cream is like BB Cream, as they share the same properties of moisturiser, primer, serum and sun cream. However CC Cream has a heavier consistency, which means it has greater impact and coverage on age spots, uneven skin tone and wrinkles- which is why it makes the perfect glowy product.
I am obsessed with this product and cannot leave the house without it on. Its the best highlighter I have come across and is so easy to apply. It gives me the perfect glow look that I’m after. On days where I want a more natural looking look, I team this with my CC Cream and I’m good to go!
Okay, so finally, the last part of my get glowy ritual. These are the products that I use once a week to really give my skin that boost towards the end of the weekend, and before the working week kicks off again.
This is a product I have used for years, and after testing and trailing various different scrubs, this one is a winner for me. Some exfoliants can be quite harsh on the face, but this scrub is soothing with great results. Due to it being a deep cleanser, it gently removes dead skin cells and leaves you with smooth, radiant, healthy looking skin. Achieving that glowy look in no time at all.
(Apologies I actually ran out of this product and this is the only other face scrub I had in the house)
After using the scrub, I like to apply a intense hydrating mask and I love this one from Superdrug. Instead of buying individual face masks that come in those impractical tricky packets and half the product ends up in the sink. They have provided us with a tube of facial mask lotion. Its thicker and creamier than moisturiser, although looks similar. I massage this into my skin and leave on for 15 minutes, before patting the remaining residue into my skin with a tissue. Its a really lovely product and you see results fast.
So that’s it! My guide to achieving glowy skin!
I hope you enjoyed this post and have had a great weekend 🙂
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