With the warmer months coming, Crystal Rose reveals a few highs and glows to help get you summer-ready
With summer around the corner and lighter evenings and warmer weather on their way, we can leave behind the dark, wintry days (we hope). As the sun peeks out through the clouds, the need for some serious skin TLC becomes apparent. With bare leg season upon us, here is a round-up of a few options to help you reinvigorate your glow.
We’re talking skin rejuvenation and undoing any damage that the cold weather may have left behind. There are at-home tricks, some superb local treatments and a few great buys to get some serious sunshine back in your life.
The brush off
Exfoliation is a great way to rejuvenate the skin, remove excess dry skin and make way for an ultra-smooth base. The Diamond Microdermabrasion available at CJ Beauty (£40; cjbeauty.uk) is a manual exfoliation that removes the outer layer of skin using a diamond-tipped wand to abrade the skin’s surface. Collagen production is stimulated, pigmentation lightened and skin is cleared of visible pores.
Skin buff Face Halo (facehalo.com) has recently released a dual-sided body mitt to help scrub and smooth the skin. There’s an exfoliator for smoothing and removing dead skin and the HaloTech polisher that reaches deep into pores to cleanse and revitalise. Did we mention it’s non-toxic, recyclable and reusable? Plus, it’s a great way to prep the skin before self-tanning.
Dermaplaning is an ideal way to exfoliate the epidermis. Available at Enhance Medispa (£65; enhancemedispa.co.uk), the treatment involves carefully removing the skin of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz) and epidermal skin. After the treatment, products will penetrate deeper and skin will be instantly smoother and more refined.
Highs and glows
News just in is Fenty Beauty (fentybeauty.com) has landed in Boots. With only a selected number of stores that will be stocking the goods, we can confirm that Boots in SouthGate is one of them. Fenty Beauty and its iconic Killawatt highlighter duos have arrived in the city and we can’t stop glowing on about it. A perfect way to brighten areas of your face.
Tanning at home just got a whole lot simpler. Self-tan supremo St Tropez (sttropeztan.co.uk) has recently released its Purity Bronzing Water Gel, promising an apply-and-glow in three hours. No rinsing, streaking, tell-tale scents and transfer, the water gel can be applied in the morning to develop throughout the day with no added hassle. Goodbye evening tanning applications and transfers onto the bedding; instead, hello to easy-to-achieve, bronzed skin.
The Clarins Sun Glow treatment, available at Frontlinestyle (£46; frontlinestyle.co.uk), includes skin-smoothing exfoliation and a deeply pampering application of the award-winning self-tanner by Clarins. Tipped as the ultimate tanning treatment, this gives a long-lasting, golden colour on the face and body.
In need of a glow get-up? Here are a few local treatments to inject a touch of radiance to the face…
Cosmetic Acupuncture at Jessica Louise Wellness (£60; jessicalouisewellness.com) looks to reduce fine lines but also improve the overall health and appearance of skin. Acupuncture targets signs of ageing as well as acne scarring, dull or dry skin tone and pigmentation issues.
The Radiance Hydra Peel available at The Orangery Clinic (£75; theorangerylaserandbeautybath.co.uk) offers everyone (including those with sensitive skin) the benefits of an enhanced cellular regeneration peel. Leaving your complexion looking more radiant, luminous and even-toned, while also feeling softer and smoother, the Hydra Peel is bespoke to your own beauty goals and level of skin sensitivity. Sound like your kind of thing? ■