Monday, 24 August 2015

How To Get Glowy Skin

Having glowy skin is a look I will never get tired off. Achieving a glowy complexion is easy when you select the right products to work with your skin. You can, of course, fake it till you make it with highlighters and illuminating foundations but I love having naturally glowy skin through the use of skincare. So, how do you get glowy skin?

Vitamin C, Vitamin C, Vitamin C!

A great way to enhance and achieve a natural glow to the skin is to use products that contain Vitamin C. Vitamin C naturally turns over the skin cells so the skin will look fresh and radiant. It is also a powerful antioxidant, which fights off damaging free radicals and helps to repair already damaged skin cells. Vitamin C also helps to boost collagen production, which keeps the skin plump and firm. You don't need a lot of it in your products either, as little as 0.6% provides effective antioxidant and anti-ageing benefits.

The Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brightening Cleansing Oil (£10.99) is a great product to use in the evening not only to remove makeup but to cleanse the skin. It leaves the skin with an instant radiant glow, whilst removing every scrap of makeup too.

A serum will provide the skin with a far more concentrated source of vitamin C that will penetrate deeper into the skin, making it the most effective way to get a natural glow. The Ole Henriksen Truth Serum (£47) is a powerful vitamin C loaded serum, that instantly leaves the most beautiful glow and plumps up the skin. It is also loaded with other fruit acids such as pink grapefruit extract, orange and green tea. As well as Vitamins E and soothing rosehip. Lovely! (You can buy the mini size, which is the size photographed, for £18 here)

The Body Shop have recently introduced their Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser (£16)* And it does just that. Pop it on as the last step of your morning routine and it will leave your skin glowing, whilst providing long lasting hydration, all in a light and easily absorbed gel formula.

AHA's/Acid Exfoliation 

what I find to be the most effective form of exfoliation. Found in a completely smooth, liquid form, AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) nibble away dead skin cells and reveal new, fresh skin. You simply do not get the same results from a "physical" exfoliant (anything with beads in it).

My favourite is the Clarins Gentle Brightening Exfoliating Toner (£26). It is super gentle yet very effective and leaves the skin glowing.  I also really enjoy the F.A.B Facial Radiance Pads (£22) These are super handy as they are pre-soaked pads that you just sweep over the skin. Again, these help to brighten and gently exfoliate the skin to keep it looking bright and glowing.
A super affordable option is the nSpa Skin Renewal Gel (£6), which is an exfoliating mask. This exfoliating is mainly done through citric and fruit acids but it is still as effective and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth.

Keep the skin hydrated

It is so important to keep the skin hydrated, full stop. But it is key for having ensuring your skin is glowing. If your skin is dehydrated, it is going to lack radiance and fullness. Drinking loads of water is a good place to start but there are also products that help to lock in hydration, too.

For an overnight treatment I use The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask (£24) Apply this at night to help lock in hydration, whilst also replenishing the skin with plant oils and hyaluronic acid. The super light texture sinks in quickly to the skin but provides extreme hydration whilst you sleep. In the morning your skin will be plump, fresh and glowing. Facial oils such as the nSpa Deep Hydrating Oil (£6) or the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil (£22) are perfect the skin plump and supple and leave you with a natural, radiant glow in the morning. Both are really light and easily absorbed, too so even an oily skin type will benefit from these.

What tips do you have for achieving naturally glowing skin? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading.

Zoe x

Disclaimer: I work for The Body Shop. However, all opinions about products from The Body Shop are 100% my own and do not reflect the opinions of those at The Body Shop. Any product given to me for staff sampling has been marked with an *. Any product from The Body Shop not marked, will have been purchased by myself, with my own money at a staff discounted price. All my opinions are completely true and honest. 


  1. All the cosmetics with Vitamin C always work for me the best! I'm really tempted to try this Body Shop Sleeping Mask, it sound great:)

    1. Go for it! It is a great product. You could always ask for a sample to try first if you're unsure :) x

  2. Ole Henriksen is my skin saviour, I love that serum it's the best minus the price tag lol..

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