When we think of #skingoals, “radiant skin” is often at the top of our lists.
A departure from the search for magazine-perfect, wrinkle and spot free skin, radiance is instead focused on a lit-from-within healthy glow.
While we can’t avoid the natural (and inevitable) process of ageing that can change the texture and appearance of our skin, a radiant glow is a skin shortcut to looking and feeling a little healthier.
But what exactly is radiant skin? Characterised by luminosity and smoothness, it essentially equates to the skin’s ability to reflect light. Think of it as that warm, dewy glow that catches the eye at just the right moment, making skin appear smoother and healthier overall.
Here, three quick ways to give your skin a bit of a radiance revival and take it from dull to dewy.
1. Use Science-Backed Skincare
There’s no doubt the products we use every day have a big impact on our skin’s look and feel, so be sure to use ones with science-backed formulas and proven results.
An iconic beauty favourite? Lancôme Advanced Génifique Serum, a skin strengthening serum proven to transform skin quality from day one.
Made to suit all skin types and tones, it’s backed by 20 years of research* and uses best-in-class ingredients to deliver essential nutrients for the skin microbiome, the protective barrier that is closely linked to skin health and appearance.
A mix of seven pre- and pro-biotic factions support the skin microbiome and moisture barrier, while radiance-boosting vitamin Cg, a plant-based stable form of Vitamin C, brightens and improves skin tone and quality. The serum is also formulated with hyaluronic acid to maintain precious moisture in the skin, leaving it looking plump and smooth.
Those that used the cult hero serum reported a 52 per cent boost to radiance**, as well as a 42 per cent increase in skin evenness**, with the serum also promising stronger, younger and healthier-looking skin in seven days.
2. Don’t Forget To Exfoliate
While it may seem like a basic skincare step, the important of exfoliation when it comes to achieving more radiant skin.
Buffing away dull, dead skin cells is one of the quickest ways to reveal newer, brighter-looking and healthier skin underneath.
For best results, be sure to choose an exfoliant suited to your skin type. Those with sensitive skin might prefer to choose products containing chemical exfoliants like alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids, which gently resurface the skin for a bright, even appearance in a milder way than some physical exfoliants.
As a general rule, physical exfoliants and scrubs should be used once or twice per week, while some gentler, chemical exfoliants can be used daily for those who don’t have sensitive skin.
3. Healthy Habits = Healthy Skin
As the largest organ in the body, our everyday habits play a big part in the health of our skin.
Eating a diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals—such as fruits, nuts, vegetables and legumes— can help you glow from the inside out†, and drinking plenty of water can encourage clearer, more hydrated skin while boosting cell regeneration.
Maintaining a proper sleep schedule gives the skin plenty of time to repair itself as you rest, and making time for exercise can not only boost oxygen flow to the skin and clear impurities, but it can reduce anxiety and stress-related skin problems like acne.
Brought to you by Lancôme.
* In microbiome science
** Cosmeto-clinical study, 34 women, 8 weeks