Where would be without beauty tools? Of course we need our various powders and potions, but without the right equipment it would be pretty challenging to accomplish some of our favorite looks. Whether it’s applying foundation more precisely, smoothing out your skin more effectively, or graduating to a tweezing pro, you’ll need a few of these top-tier tools to make it happen. Here are our favorites of the moment.
Did you ever imagine that you’d end up rolling your way to amazing skin? The beauty world has essentially fallen head over heels for the incredible jade roller, a sleek, double-ended tool featuring jade stones on each end. Their popularity is due to a number of facts: they’re extremely portable and easy to use, they may help boost drainage and strengthen facial muscles, and they simply feel amazing against the skin. If you’re in the mood for a little extra summertime treat, pop yours into the fridge and roll it over your complexion for a brilliant massage.
Get a grip—on a great pair of tweezers that’s destined to change your beauty routine for good. This sleek pair is designed by one of the best in the industry, and it features an intricate design with a wide grip that makes it easy to hold on while you pluck away at those pesky strays. The slant design is ideal even if you’re a tweezing newbie—it’s just that simple to grab at each single hair and pull out without pinching your skin. A stainless steel construction ensures it will last a lifetime.
If you typically apply foundation manually, you’ll wonder what took you so long after you get your hands on this brush. Featuring a thick handle, a flat top, and feathery soft bristles that pick up just the right amount of product, the brush is designed to apply your makeup precisely and blend it to perfection. Blending is the key—buff, buff, and buff some more until you achieve that glam, magazine cover-worthy appearance that you love.
You may not be getting those weekly pedicures you swore you’d get at the beginning of summer, but you can definitely do your part to keep them looking fabulous all season long with this kit. It contains all of the essentials to achieve a salon-like look at home: nail clippers, a nail file, a nail brush, a pumice stone, and toe separators. All you need is an eye-popping color to complete your look!
Images courtesy Harper’s BAZAAR and Getty Images/Onoky.
When it comes to packing your holiday beauty essentials, no matter how many times you write a checklist, you always forget something. Having all your favourites in under 100ml for the plane, and remembering what you’ll need while you’re there, can be a bit of a headache. So, to lighten your load, we’ve worked out the fail-safe travel-sized beauty product must-haves that’ll ensure you feel summertime fine from take off to touch down…
The Skin Kit
Wish you could travel with a facialist on hand for your best-ever skin on holiday? It’s now one step closer, thanks to The Ultimate Renew Beauty Kit, £65, devised by the the beauty experts at NET-A-PORTER. With a selection of 12 skin cleansers, oils, peels, serums and eye brighteners, from cult brands such as Sunday Riley, Omorovicza, Lancer and Dr Dennis Gross to name just a few – it covers every skincare base for glowy holiday skin. And best of all it’s cleverly packed into a transparent pack so there’s no decanting or squishing into a clear plastic bag. We’re all up for treating ourself to first class beauty, even if we do turn right on the plane.
Ear plugs, tooth kit, eye mask: Yes, some airlines offer them, but surprisingly some don’t and it’s a bleeding nightmare if you’re stuck next to someone who insists on keeping their reading light and you want a kip. Better to be safe than sorry.
Nasal spray, painkillers: The single best travelling trick I know is to use a chemist-bought nasal spray such as Vicks First Defence (£6) when flying. Using it when you first get on the plane will significantly reduce the threat of developing bugs from inhaling the air conditioning. If, though, you tend to get a headache from the air-con, bring painkillers. It’s a killer not to have them.
Moisturiser, pillow spray and muscle cream: Hydration will literally be sucked from your skin whilst on a flight so take a thick and nourishing cream such as Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream (£70) to lather on when your face feels a little dry. Admittedly, pillow spray is an added luxury but, a little lavender mist (Susanne Kaufmann pillow spray (£18) can really help to relax you during the flight and don’t forget the muscle cream. It’s not something many people think of but if you wake up with a stiff neck, it’ll be your saving grace. We love This Works In Transit Muscle Therapy (£18) – it really does tingle the right spots.
Facewash and deodorant: When you get the “breakfast wake-up” having been hunched in the same position for seven hours, there really is no better word than “rough” for how you’re probably feeling. The best quick-fix is a good facewash, a slick of deodorant (we love Aesop’s(£23)) and a scrub of the old nashers. Take Kiehl’s travel-sized Ultra Facial Wash (£7.50) for the best kind of in-flight wake-up. Its gel formula lathers the skin in a creamy foam, leaving it moisturised and refreshed.
Sun cream: If you take only one item on holiday, let it be this. There is nothing more important when it comes to health and beauty than taking care in the sun and we highly recommend using no lower SPF than factor 30. You need to bring a body sun creamand a face SPF.
After sun, body lotion, body oil: It may seem excessive to pack all three moisturising products, but if your suitcase allows, do it. Use the after sun straight after the beach. For evenings, choose a lovely scented, deeply moisturising butter and use an oil on your legs. You can reapply just before you go to bed to allow your body to absorb the maximum moisture it can overnight. This will help to prolong your tan and keep your skin nice and plump.
Face mask: For many people, a holiday is a chance to go au-natural, allow the skin to breathe and avoid having to wear make-up for a couple of weeks, which we totally get. But, whether you fall into this camp or still maintain your normal beauty regime, the extra time you have whilst away is a great opportunity to pamper yourself and a face mask is the way to do so. Face masks such as SK-II’s legendary Facial Treatment Masks (£86 for a pack of 10) will help to restore moisture alongside your normal night cream and rejuvenate the skin after sun exposure.
Straightners or curlers and salt spray: Just because the hotel will have the hair cleaning products and a hairdryer, it doesn’t have the finishing touches to take your hair from day to night. Bring a set of stylers and a product such as a salt spray to get the ultimate beach waves, tousled look. We love Bosch’s mini straighteners-come-curlers (£23.99), perfect for squeezing in a suitcase and Davines’ Sea Mist (£15) for voluminous texture.
Concealer, tinted moisturiser, highlighter: Skin tends to clear up and look a whole lot healthier after being a little sun-kissed so leave all your thicker foundations and cover-ups at home. Take a concealer to use if your bags won’t budge and those dark spots and fine lines keep clinging. We love Hourglass’ Hidden Corrective Concealer (£23) for instant improvement. When it comes to a tinted moisturiser, select a shade one darker than what you normally wear if you tan. The best we have found is Estee Lauder’s Sheer Tint Release (£38), which adapts to your skintone, whatever it is. Lastly, the power of a good highlighter to enhance your holiday glow shouldn’t be underestimated. Try Nars’ Illuminator (£23) on your cheekbones, cupid’s arrow, brow bones and temples.
Mascara: Take a waterproof mascara such as Clinique’s High Impact(£17.50). That way, you’ll look fresh in the water as well as out. Don’t underestimate the power of humidity and sweat to smudge your look even if you are on dry land.
Lipstick: Yes, you’ve been told to always keep a red lippy on you at all times, but it’s for a reason. It’s the quickest, easiest, most effective way to glam up your look and is the symbol of classic beauty. You can’t go wrong with Mac’s Ruby Woo (£15.50). With its blue neon undertone, it’s got a really fun edge, which translates well to a holiday vibe. Also make sure to pack a nude lipstick so you can achieve different looks on alternate nights without having to bring a trunk full of colours. We recommend Tom Ford’s Sable Smoke (£37) for a sparkly, sheeny finish.
From reality tv stars to beauty moguls, the Kardashians are known for their ultra glam makeup looks. Aside from their signature lashes, you’ll always find them sporting a highlight that looks like they’ve been bathed in a halo of light. Well, we’ve done our research and found the few key products you’ll need to create a fresh, luminous glow that would even impress the highlight and contour queen herself, Kim Kardashian West.
Credit to Kim Kardashian West’s Instagram
First things first, you’ll need to prep the skin with an ultra-hydrating moisturizer. Peter Thomas Roth’s Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream ($35.99) helps lock in moisture since it’s formulated with 30 percent hyaluronic acid, which keeps skin supple and plump for 72 hours. You can choose to wear a primer on top or skip it completely like Kim does.
When it comes to foundation, use one that gives a radiant finish like Glo Skin Beauty’s Luminous Liquid Foundation ($47.99). This lightweight mineral foundation is infused with both diamond powder and green tea extract to make it look like you’re glowing from within. Apply some of the foundation on your neck as well so there’s no harsh line. Dab the product into the skin with a KKW-approved BeautyBlender ($15.99) sponge that’s been dampened for the most flawless streak-free finish.
Complete the base by applying Jane Iredale’s Active Light Under Eye Concealer ($24.99) under your eyes, on the bridge of your nose and the cupid’s bow to brighten up your face. The concealer also works as a highlighter so it creates a soft-focused effect that will amp up the glow.
Lightly dust Karin Herzog’s Egyptian Earth Finishing Powder ($35.99) over the t-zone to set the base. The powder evens and illuminates the skin, providing it with a long-lasting radiant finish. Now time to bake in true Kardashian fashion with BareMinerals Barepro Contour Face Shaping Trio ($30.99). Apply the lightest color in the areas you want to be highlighted—so under the eyes and on the middle of the nose, chin, and forehead. Let it sit on your face for a few minutes, then dust it off. Use the medium color to bronze the skin and the darkest color to contour.
Once you’re done, bring some color back into your face with Jane Iredale’s In Touch Cream Blush ($17.99). Use your fingers to apply the product onto your cheek and then blend it in with the BeautyBlender. The creamy formula blends effortlessly into your skin—not to mention it also smells like chocolate.
Then glide BareMinerals Highlighter Stick ($18.99) on the highest part of your cheekbones. This oil-free highlighter is infused with Mineral Moonbeam Essence that mimics how light reflects off crystals, which gives your cheeks an ethereal, multidimensional look. Feel free to also dab some on your cupid’s bow and tip of the nose if you love the shine. To make your eyes look bigger and brighter, apply Jane Iredale’s Eye Highlighter Pencil ($11.99) along the inner corner, waterline, and brow bone. And voilà, you’re ready to keep up with the Kardashians all summer long.
Just as you slather on the sunscreen during summer, you need to be sure that your hair is protected, too. There are several ways to ensure that your strands stay in shape no matter how much heat and humidity comes their way. Here’s how to accomplish that while ensuring that every day is a great hair day.
Cover It Up
Occasionally a heat wave rolls through and makes it impossible to manage your hair. Use this opportunity to add a few chic hats to your wardrobe. They’ll protect your mane from dryness—and as a bonus, you’ll also shield your skin from damaging ultraviolet rays.
Use UV Protection
It’s just as important to protect your hair from ultraviolet rays as it is your skin. Overexposure to the sun can lead to dryness, brittle strands, and even fading color. A product such as TIGI Bed Head Beach Freak Moisturizing Detangler Spray ($12.99) contains a potent UV complex that is formulated to filter out those potentially harmful rays that might cause your hair to look less than healthy. It also includes seaweed extract, which is enriched with protein to strengthen and prevent dryness.
Images courtesy Allure.com
Prevent Chlorine Overexposure
You can spend as much time in the pool as you desire—that’s the beauty of summer, after all. But all that time splashing around comes at a price for your mane. Take the time to protect it from chlorine, which can cause extreme dryness and, in some cases, even cause your strands to turn green. A little bit of conditioner is all you need. Simply apply a dime-sized amount to damp hair, comb through, and throw your hair in a bun. Try Bain de Terre Meadow Balancing Conditioner ($11.99)—it’s safe for daily use, smells great, and is suitable for all hair types.
Protect from Overheating
If you’re a slave to your hairdryer and flat iron throughout the year, it’s important to do one of two things. Either take a break f
rom using those tools completely—usually easier said than done—or protect your hair from the effects of heat styling. Try Hot Sexy Hair Prep Me 450° Heat Protection Blow Dry Primer ($12.99), which helps reduce breakage and minimize brittle strands. Bonus: It leaves hair ultra smooth and silky!
Get Your Wave On
Although it’s tempting to throw your hair up in a topknot or ponytail every day of the week, there are styles that you can achieve without heat. By adding Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray ($29.99) to your routine, you can rock an amazing look that channels a tropical vibe. A little spritz from top to bottom on wet hair is all you need to style your mane. Finger comb it through for best results and try not to touch—you’ll love the natural, super-soft wave that results.
Less is definitely more when it comes to creating a no-makeup makeup look. That being said, you’ll still need certain products to achieve it. We’ve found the best seven beauty products that will get you a fresh face for summer that will endure even in the hottest of climates. Versatile and affordable, all of these products will become essentials in your beauty bag. Concealer Skip the foundation, and opt for a full coverage concealer instead. Dermablend’s Quick-Fix Concealer ($18.89) will give you all the coverage of a foundation without making it feel like you have a mask on. Use the stick concealer to cover everything from under-eye circles to blemishes to scars. Since it comes in a variety of yellow and pink tones, you’ll be able to pick your perfect match. With its smudge-proof SPF 30 formulation, this stick concealer will be your go-to during the summer.
Powder If you can’t live without foundation, no worries! You can still use it—in powder form that is. Jane Iredale’s Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder ($34.89) offers sheer to medium coverage so you can either apply it as a setting powder for the concealer or build it up for that extra bit of coverage. The water-resistant SPF 20 product diffuses the appearance of fine lines and pores all while concealing redness. Great for those with sensitive skin types, including those with eczema, acne, and rosacea.
Eyeshadow For the eyes and brows, all that’s needed is a good eyeshadow palette like Jane Iredale’s Eyeshadow Kit ($38.99) in Daytime. The kit provides five neutral colors that work well for all skin colors. For a subtle, but noticeable highlight, apply the lightest color in the inner corners of the eyes, brow bone, and cheek bone. Apply the medium shade in your socket and underneath the tip of your nose for dimension. Apply the remaining medium to dark colors to your brows. Mascara To make your eyes really pop, use YoungBlood’s Mink Lengthening Mascara ($19.99). This long-wearing mascara doesn’t flake or smudge so rest assured it will stay put in the blazing heat. For the best results, apply the mascara close to the base of the lashes, then wiggle upward for maximum volume and length. Make sure to separate each lash for the most natural look. Blush & Bronzer Get that flushed look with TIGI Cosmetics’ Glow Blush ($12.99). The highly pigmented product appears dark, but it goes on sheer so you can easily and seamlessly blend it into the skin for a rosy glow. Same goes for BareMinerals’ Invisible Powder Bronzer ($26.99)—the baked bronzer gives a naturally radiant finish that is both buildable and multidimensional.
Tinted Lip Balm Finish it off with lips that look naturally stained with BareMinerals’ Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm ($13.99). Ingredients like vitamin E and passion fruit seed oil deeply hydrate the lips while leaving behind a beautiful color stain that lasts. Initially applied the product is sheer, but you can layer it to achieve a full coverage glossy pout.
The countdown to summer is on—and that means it’s also time to reintroduce sunscreen to your skin care routine if you haven’t already done so. While it’s a year-round essential, many people simply don’t use it until the temperatures soar and the sunshine beats down on their skin. As long as you use it, you’re in good shape. But are you using the right type of sunscreen?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), there’s no specific type that is better than another. However, it is important to seek out a formula that meets the following criteria: it should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more, provide broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays, and be resistant to water. All of these factors will offer you greater protection from burning, the visible signs of aging, and skin cancer.
Based on your skin type, where you’re going to be, and what your preferences are, you can select from a wide range of sunscreens. Here are several we love and highly recommend for their protective benefits:
For Normal Skin
If you have normal to combination skin, you’ll benefit from a lightweight formula that increases your ability to resist harmful ultraviolet rays and minimizes the odds of developing fine lines and wrinkles. PCA Skin Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Water-Resistant ($25.99) is a potent product that lasts whether you’re taking a dip in the ocean or relaxing by the pool. It contains caffeine, a hyper-charged anti-aging ingredient that works overtime to save your skin.
For Oily Skin
Dealing with oily skin can be especially frustrating in the summer, when sebum production seems to go into overdrive. Luckily, products like bareMinerals Prime Time BB Primer-Cream Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($21.99) help soak up the shine while giving your skin the protection it needs when you’re outside. And if you happen to have a few dry patches, this will help stave off the flakes and improve the overall appearance of your skin with regular use.
For Dry Skin
Dry skin can be difficult to treat, especially when it comes to selecting an effective sunscreen that won’t make the problem even worse. Seek out formulas enriched with moisturizing ingredients, like gentle oils or squalene. Avene Hydrating Sunscreen Balm SPF 50 ($13.99) contains shea butter and glycerin, both potent “drinks” for your skin that help nourish. Vitamin E protects your skin from antioxidant damage, while Avene’s signature thermal spring water provides some calming protection.
For Sensitive Skin
Don’t let blotchy skin and hypersensitivity stop you from wearing sunscreen. If anything, you need it more than ever to minimize the odds of aggravating already irritated skin. Try Dermablend Cover Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($25.99) if your goal is to cover the redness while protecting your complexion. This provides full coverage, so you can rest assured that the ruddy nose, dark spots, and undereye circles will all be beautifully concealed. With up to 16 hours of coverage, it’s available in 21 shades and won’t budge.
Achieving a golden glow is one of the easiest ways to refresh your skin for the onset of warm weather. While baking in the sunshine is certainly a feel-good summer pastime, it’s not the safest way to achieve the tan skin you crave. With a few key products from our extensive collection of self-tanning beauty products, you’ll be on your way to rich, flawless color in no time. Here’s what we suggest to achieve a beach-worthy look—without the harmful ultraviolet rays.
Exfoliate Your Skin First
The key to successful at-home tanning is smooth skin. If you leave behind traces of roughness, your product will inevitably get caught up in the flakes and leave dark, unsightly patches of color behind. Use a gentle product, like John Masters Organics Raspberry & Orange Body Scrub ($16.99), to slough away dead cells and leave it soft and supple. This one is ideal for all skin types and leaves behind a soft, fruity scent.
2.Dry Skin Off Completely
Although you may be tempted to apply your tanning product immediately after stepping out of the shower, it’s important to wait until your skin is completely dry. For best results, dab your skin dry and wait at least 10 minutes before the next step. This will prevent those telltale streaks.
3. Add a Touch of Lotion
A hint of moisture is essential for those areas of the skin that are naturally dry. Use a lightweight product, like Elta MD Lotion ($13.99), to hydrate the elbows, knees, and ankles. The key here is to apply the moisturizer sparingly; too much will affect the way the tanner blends into your skin, but too little won’t soak up any lingering dryness.
4. Apply Your Self-Tanner
From mousses to liquids to creams to sprays, the self-tanning world is rife with options. Using a spray product, such as Bliss FatGirlSlim Hide and Glow Sleek ($33.99), makes it easy to reach difficult spots, like the back of the body. Be sure to select a shade that’s designed specifically for your skin tone—don’t opt for the color that you’re trying to achieve. A gradual formula is a great choice for beginners who want to monitor their color and stop when it reaches a certain intensity. Try Fake Bake Amplify Daily Lotion Gradual Tan ($15.99).
5. Clean Up the Mistakes
The odd mistake here or there is inevitable. With time those will become less frequent, but you can easily fix any errors with one very simple cooking ingredient: lemon. Simply rub half of the citrus fruit onto the affected area for a couple of minutes. Then smooth it out with a slightly damp towel.
We all do what we can to make sure we don’t look older. Night creams, wrinkle-reducing serums, and under-eye creams aren’t the only ways to blur the lines of aging. For those of you who might have missed the anti-aging memo, check out this makeup tips that can make you look younger in less than 5 minutes!
Illuminate your faceHighlighter not only gives you that nice glow, it can be used strategically to lift and contour the face, making it look more youthful! Try a little highlighter like the BareMinerals Highlighter Stick on the inner and outer corners of the eyes and along the brow bone to brighten up the eye area. You can also use the bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo 0.31 oz highlighter to lift the cheeks. This will draw your cheeks upward.
As your skin loses elasticity, your eyelids begin to droop. To fake lifted eyes, go for a good mascara. This product is one of the easiest things you can apply to make your eyes look bigger—and therefore younger. We couldn’t think of a better option to add that volume to your eyes better than the bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara – Intense Black
Go for a Liquid- Base Foundation
There is a time and a place for matte skin. However, powders can make your skin look dull and give you a cakey finish that accentuates lines and wrinkles. Go for a liquid-based foundation with a dewy finish, something like or similar to Youngblood Liquid Foundation. The moisture and illuminating properties will minimize those pesky lines and make your skin look fresh and youthful. Plus, it is recommended to go for a yellowish foundation. Yellow warms up the skin, and the warmer your skin looks, the younger it looks!
Fill in your Brows
Because your brows thin out and droop at the ends as you get older, fill them out to look way younger! Lift your brows by applying a powder or brow pencil with a brush-through spoolie along the top line of the tail of your brows. Then, fill in any sparse areas lightly and brush through for a soft but defined look. We recommend the Glo Minerals Precision Brow Pencil ($12.99) since it works to fill in, sculpt, and shape your brows just how you like them.
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to begin the search for the perfect gift. We’ve narrowed it down to the seven most indulgent products that will make her feel like the queen that she is. All of these skincare products have been favorited by celebrity moms so rest assured your own mom will be receiving the star treatment this year.
Avene Thermal Spring Water
If your mom is into natural and organic skincare products, then Avene Thermal Spring Water ($16.99) is the way to go. Effective at calming itchy and red skin, this soothing mist excels in replenishing moisture back into the face. Gwyneth Paltrow, who loves holistic healing and detoxifying treatments, considers this water one of the best French beauty products in the market. She says it works as both a quick refresher on a hot day and helps set makeup.
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Foaming Cleanser
Although Kelly Rutherford is almost 50 years old, her skin still looks flawless. Her secret? Peter Thomas Roth’s skincare products, which she’s been using since her twenties. Aside from applying sunscreen, she advises to invest in good skin products and wash your face nightly—advice handed down to her by her own mother. We recommend Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Foaming Cleanser ($18.99) because it’s great for all skin types. It’s effectively sweeps away dirt yet still nourishing as it supplies the skin with vitamins and aloe.
Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant
When she’s not caring for her son or working on a project, January Jones loves to take moments for herself by doing treatments at home. In fact, she prefers to do those then get a facial done because she finds it therapeutic. The actress first uses Avene to cleanse her skin, then she follows up with Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant ($35.99) because “you look so shiny and new after you use it.” The two-in-one exfoliating mask really does help the skin look brand new because of the natural fruit enzymes that help stimulate cell renewal from within.
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GlamGlow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment
Convenient and easy to use, GlamGlow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment ($55.99) is an amazing mask for sculpting the skin without any cosmetic procedures. The product gives the illusion of a face lift as it instantly firms and tightens the face. All your mom will have to do is watch as it turns from white to chrome and then peel it off. Used by Cat Deeley, among many other celebrities, this product will give your mom the Hollywood treatment.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
Sienna Miller’s skincare regimen often consists of freezing ice masks “that make you feel as if your brain is going to fall out of the top of your head.” Fortunately, you can get your mom something even better that won’t leave her with a brain freeze: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic ($160.99). When Sienna is not getting an intense facial massage, she maintains the glow at home everyday with this product. Fortified with vitamin C and ferulic acid, this powerhouse serum works to diminish the appearance of wrinkles while brighten the skin’s complexion.
Another excellent serum you can get your mom is Dr. Brandt’s Do Not Age Transforming Pearl Serum ($79.99). In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar Magazine, Madonna said she loves how tight her face felt after applying more than she probably should. The award-winning serum fuels the skin with vital energy, helping restore the look of firmness for a more youthful appearance as the Queen of Pop knows all too well.
Jane Iredale Loose Mineral Powder
Original supermodel Cindy Crawford has always had to take care of her skin as part of her job. Now as a mom to a rising supermodel, she has shown her daughter all the best products. Jane Iredale Loose Mineral Powder ($34.89) makes the cut because Cindy feels “like you can’t mess it up” since it doesn’t streak and it’s really easy to use. We couldn’t agree more—your mom will love this product if she’s not into heavy makeup but likes an all-over even finish.
After a long winter, it wouldn’t come as a total shock if your skin seemed a little sallow and lackluster. Whether you spent months cooped up inside or just haven’t soaked up much sunshine lately, we have the solution for you. Here are our suggestions for eliminating that dull skin just in time for spring.
Start with an Exfoliating Product
No question about it: Dull skin needs exfoliation. The problem is that dead skin cells collect on the skin, disturbing the natural appearance of a healthy visage and instead contributing to the slightly washed out look you’re trying to avoid. Unless you get rid of the cells that don’t naturally come off on their own, you won’t be able to truly enjoy that healthy glow. Try La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub ($15.99), a gentle exfoliate that minimizes buildup without causing irritation.
Brighten Up with the Right Cleanser
Don’t make the mistake of using the wrong product when you cleanse your face. Some are so harsh that they can cause dryness, while others just aren’t effective enough to target your specific concerns. Revision Skincare Brightening Facial Wash ($28.99) is formulated to rid your skin of impurities, dirt, debris, and makeup while smoothing rough spots. The result is a more refined complexion that glows.
Treat It with a Targeted Mask
Masks are everywhere these days, of course, and it might be overwhelming to choose the perfect one if your goal is strictly to get rid of dullness. To the rescue comes Peter Thomas Roth Brightening Bubbling Mask ($34.89), a deeply nourishing treatment that provides the kinds of results you’d expect at a spa. Simply smooth it on for a near instantaneous boost. It’s filled with free radical-busting antioxidants that leave skin looking more youthful and healthier.
Don’t Forget Heavy-Duty Moisturizer
While it may seem counter-intuitive to use a heavy-duty facial moisturizer when the weather is finally warmer, it’s actually what many of us need to rescue our skin from a season of complete dullness. The reason is simple: the more moisture your skin needs, the more tired and sallow it looks. Your skin essentially appears thinner and less lively, resulting in that less-than-healthy look you’re sporting. Try PCA Skin Collagen Hydrator ($28.99), which contains soothing almond oil, shea butter, and olive fruit oil. The trio pack a punch and deliver much-needed moisture on contact, giving your skin that healthy glow you’ve been craving.
Add Retinol to the Mix
Another reason your skin might be looking a little less than fab lately is because your body is producing less collagen. That’s one of the unfortunately natural downsides of aging, but there are tons of fantastic collagen-boosting products out there that actually work. One we love is PCA Skin Intensive Brightening Treatment ($55.99). It’s enriched with retinol, which helps protect your existing collagen and boost the production of new collagen—in other words, your skin will look a lot healthier if you use it.