A “glazed girl glow” is one of this season’s top beauty trends. The look can be traced back to the ultimate glow girl, Hailey Bieber, who has perfected her skincare regime to such a degree that she only uses subtle amounts of makeup to enhance her skin. The rest comes from having a dewy, hydrated complexion.
“Glowing skin can vary for different people and skin types, but for many it’s healthy skin that has a natural sheen provided through hydration and brightness. An even-looking, smooth complexion also enhances the ‘glazed glow’ effect,” explains Hasia Al Khubra, GP and founder of Doctors Dose.
If, like Hailey, you’re keen to ditch heavy makeup in favour of glowing, healthy skin, Dr Hasia has the expert tips and tricks to help your skin achieve a glazed girl glow…
It’s all in the cleanser
“It’s important to cleanse properly day and night to maintain healthy skin,” says Dr Hasia, “Try using a cleanser that contains vitamin C and rosehip or moringa oils, as these properties can improve acne, hyperpigmentation and tackle dry skin – all conditions that can prevent or dull your natural glow.”
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Usually £46 for a full-size product, we’re offering OK! Beauty Box subscribers a travel size pot in this month’s Skinsational Edit, which starts from just £7.50 here for five products worth over £110. Made with rose and mimosa waxes, the Elemis cleanser nourishes the skin and leaves your complexion soft and glowing.
Brightening products are key
A brightening serum is a great addition to your skincare regime as it gives a glazed glow by combatting hyperpigmentation and acne scarring. “Skin brightening ingredients including vitamin C, alpha arbutin and licorice are my favourite ingredients for giving an ‘out of this world’ glow,” Dr Hasia adds.
“Exfoliation means removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. This can be done with a chemical solution, a granular substance or an exfoliation tool,” explains Dr Hasia. “Gentle chemical exfoliation tends to be more effective than manual exfoliation with a granular product, which can cause damage to your skin if overdone.”
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Also in this month’s Skinsational Beauty Box Edit is this skin brightening exfoliant, which works in as little as 60 seconds. Instead of harsh grains or scrub particles, this balm-oil contains a trio of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), and is suitable even for sensitive skin.
Hydration is a must
Hydration is one of the most important factors if you want glowing skin. “There are lots of products out there offering hydration benefits, but natural hydration is so important for glowing skin,” says Dr Hasia. “Drink plenty of water, try swapping a cup of coffee for hot water and lemon, and look for skincare products that boast hyaluronic acid and ceramides.”
Banish breakouts for a super-smooth base
Of course, glossy and glazed skin can be achieved on all skin types, but those with blemishes may be, understandably, more reluctant to skip thicker foundations and concealers. To keep spots at bay in the long term, Dr Hasia recommends using a skin serum which contains either azelaic acid, salicylic acid, niacinamide or tea tree oil – or all of the above.
Dr Hasia has been dubbed “The Acne Doctor” thanks to her specialism in aesthetics. If you’re struggling with breakouts, she recommends trying Doctors Dose 7 day treatment programme for acne – a breakout-busting system from her own range.