Contrary to popular belief, maintaining a glowy complexion throughout the colder months is a possibility. And it’s far cheaper and easier than frequenting a dermatologist's office — trust us.
If you’re looking for glow-inducing products that will have your friends asking, “what’s your secret?”, look no further, we’ve got you (and your epidermis) covered.
Just a drop
For an instant glow in a bottle, adding a serum targeted to promote skin radiance is the way to go. For those of us who enjoy a luxurious high end routine, the Glow Recipe Watermelon Dew Drops or Dr Barbara Sturm’s Glow Drops from Mecca boast high quality glowy formulations that work for most skin types. If affordability is key, both Mario Badescu and The Body Shop stock serums formulated to give you that dewy look, for a little less. Simply add a drop or two into your hydrating serum or cream of choice towards the end of your skincare routine, sit back and prepare for the *glow*.
Whether applied over or under your base makeup, or alone to enhance your skincare regime, there’s a huge array of highlighter products on the market that will give you a glow on the go. Currently trending on social media, Charlotte Tilbury’s Beauty Light Wand and Hollywood Flawless Filter products available at Mecca are virally loved for good reason — the high end formulas add an easy lit-from-within glow to your beauty routine. For all the illumination at a lower price point, brands like MCo Beauty, Revlon and Maybelline are your go-tos for a cheaper highlighter staple that you can find at the likes of Priceline and Chemist Warehouse. A simple swipe of a liquid, powder or cream highlighter over the high points of your face — cheekbones, nose bridge, cupid's bow and brow bones — for a radiant look that’s as subtle or shiny as you please.
Strip it back
Both chemical and physical exfoliators create the perfect base for skincare and makeup, while also providing a complexion that’s naturally glowing. Harnessing the energising power of grounded coffee, Frank Body’s Face Scrub clears pores and buffs away dry skin to uncover a fresh, radiant complexion. Along with other great physical exfoliators like Origins’ Checks and Balances Polishing Face Scrub and The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub, a physical exfoliator can be a great first step for a dewy and glowy makeup look.
If grainy scrubs are a little too harsh for your skin, a chemical exfoliant like Moon Juice’s Acid Potion Resurfacing Exfoliator or Mecca Cosmetica’s Glow Giver Exfoliating Solution, both found at Mecca, will bring your skin’s radiance to the surface, without all the grunt work. Squeaky clean and glowing for the gods!
Yes, SPF is necessary all year round, not just when we’re at risk of sunburn. Not only are sunscreens fantastic for minimising the effect of UV rays and free radical damage, but they can also give you a healthy glow — even in the middle of winter. We love Mecca Cosmetica’s To Save Face SPF50+ Sunscreen and Naked Sundays SPF50+ Collagen Glow Mineral Perfecting Priming Lotion, both available at Mecca, for their optimal protection and glow-inducing ingredients. For premium sunscreen formulas on a budget, La Roche Posay’s Anthelios Invisible Fluid SPF50+ and Bondi Sands’s Hydra UV Protect SPF50+ Face Fluid are also both fantastic drugstore options that will form a barrier between your skin and the sun’s harmful rays to promote fresh, glowing skin.
Find your shine and shop these glowy products, plus more, in stores now!