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The best beauty buys to maximize your glow

Radiant skin was in the spotlight at Emilia Wickstead SS19

No one product can do it all – from peels to highlighters, these are the glow givers that will ensure your skin really shines. By LIZ HAMBLETON

Beauty

THE BRIGHTENING PEEL Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel

A gentle acid-based exfoliator can be an effective solution if you have dull, congested or pigmentation-prone skin. The latest innovations keep your complexion fresh and prevent pores from becoming blocked without stripping or irritating even sensitive skin. These peels are strong enough to be effective – you’ll get that ‘just cleaned’ feeling after use – but not so stringent that you can’t use them every night. In fact, according to Dr Gross, regular use will actually improve skin health and help rebalance your natural pH levels.

How to: Each peel consists of two saturated pads, and you can experiment to see which frequency is best for your skin – as little as weekly works well for some. Use it in the evening after cleansing and before hydrating.

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THE MEGA MOISTURE MASK La Mer The Hydrating Facial

Skin must be fit to burst with moisture in order to reflect maximum light, and a sheet mask gets you there, fast. Often underestimated as little more than a convenience-first approach to skincare, sheet masks deliver a super-speedy, intensive hit of hydration and make an instant difference to even the driest skin. La Mer’s The Hydrating Facial has the added benefit of taking the sting out of sensitive areas thanks to its nutrient-rich kelp formula.

Tip: Use one after a bath or a shower, when your skin is moist and your pores are open and primed to soak up as much goodness as possible.

THE WAKE-UP-YOUR-FACE BALM Esteé Lauder Revitalizing Supreme + Global Anti-Aging Wake Up Balm

The right moisturizer is essential if you want smooth, plump skin that exudes radiance, and balm formulations are brilliantly nourishing. Esteé Lauder’s Wake Up Balm has a potent mix of revitalizing plant-stem cells and is a true multitasker: it moisturizes, helps to defend skin against pollution, encourages collagen production and primes skin for makeup. In terms of glow, it conveys a low-level, beautiful radiance rather than full-on, filter-level shine.

How to: Place a little onto your fingertips and massage over clean skin in firm, upward strokes.

THE REJUVENATING FACE OIL Dr. Jackson’s Face Oil

Whatever your skin type, treating your face to an overnight brightening oil is an effective way to boost radiance. Dr Jackson’s formula contains anti-inflammatory, redness-reducing ingredients, plus almond and rose geranium oils that really deliver a hit of moisture.

Tip: A little goes a long way, so dispense just two or three drops into one hand and rub your palms together to warm it up. Then press onto your skin and massage it in with firm pressure or a jade roller.

THE BODY BOOSTER Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body

Glow should not be a face-only affair – take the timidity out of exposing long-hibernated limbs with a hint of shimmer. Slather Charlotte Tilbury’s body lotion over your arms, legs and décolletage; the pretty rose-gold sheen will boost body confidence, while the metal rollerball and cooling menthol help to soothe puffiness and improve circulation.

Tip: Apply this after dressing to avoid staining delicate fabrics.

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