Need To Look Good Fast? These Are The Instant Skin Transformers To Know About

For those times when your skin is looking dull and jaded, NEWBY HANDS shares the best fast-acting radiance restorers to help you get your glow back

Cate Blanchett, Ana de Armas and Jodie Turner-Smith were glowing on the Bafta 2023 red carpet

The power-packed ampoules Natura Bissé Diamond Instant Glow

This smart set of treatment ampoules from Natura Bissé is the ideal three-step program to give tired, gray-looking skin its glow back. Step one lightly peels the skin with a blend of AHAs, step two adds radiance to your newly polished skin, while the final ampoule helps to firm. It’s quick to use, too, making it the perfect pre-event skin treat.

The speed peel Goop GoopGlow Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator

Gwyneth Paltrow calls this a ‘facial in a jar’, and I would be inclined to agree with her because, like all the best skin polishers, this grainy scrub also contains glycolic acid to deliver the best of both types of peel. Even better, Goop’s ‘grains’ are tiny, so they beautifully polish off dull, dead skin cells, leaving a softer, more refined texture that is perfectly prepped for a treatment mask (see below).

The skin-refining treatment Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask

Although clay masks are often overlooked for more ‘on-trend’ hydrating face masks or sheet masks, I’m a big fan of a classic clay formula. While they are perfect for oilier types and brilliant for refining pores, I find that even my desert-dry skin benefits from using Charlotte Tilbury’s iteration – nothing else achieves the same elegant skin clarity and soft, velvety finish. Try Joanna Czech’s pre-red-carpet tip the night before an event: after removing makeup, deep-clean with a cleansing oil, leave the oil on your skin and then apply a clay mask for 15 minutes. When it’s time to remove, add a little water and massage into the skin before rinsing it off – the result is incredibly clear, smooth and polished skin.

The miracle mask Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask

Once discovered, this Sisley hero is one product you won’t want to run out of. It takes just 10 minutes to transform skin (leaving it on for longer makes no difference), giving your complexion a radiant, rosy glow. I usually massage it in rather than removing it, but this may not work for everyone. Either way, it’s a true standout product to add to your skincare collection.

The eye brightener Sarah Chapman Platinum Stem Cell Eye Mask

As the eyes are the first area to show tiredness (they actually get smaller and slightly closed in the evening compared to morning), this is a key feature to focus on. Treating the under-eye area, lids and above the brow, this winning mask gives the whole area a shot of hyaluronic acid and Sarah Chapman’s signature collagen-boosting complex. Plus, unlike many other eye masks, it’s not wet, yet sticks to skin so you can get on with getting ready while it works its magic. Best used chilled from the fridge (the cold has a firming effect on skin and helps to de-puff), the only downside is that the mask can be difficult to put on correctly. That said, I’ve often used it upside down and it works just as well.

The body enhancer Lancer The Method: Body Nourish

This multitasking body cream is a real standout, so it’s no wonder LA-based Dr. Lancer gets his clients to use it for two weeks before walking the red carpet. Without looking like makeup, this Lancer must-have makes arms, legs and shoulders look naturally flawless. Rich in glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid, the formula polishes and renews skin while deeply hydrating it. The result? Skin that looks as though you’ve just had a two-hour spa treatment and an instant blurring effect that perfects bare skin.



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