Whether it’s the pursuit of Asian-inspired glass skin or cheeks highlighted to within an inch of their lives, a radiant-looking complexion never goes out of fashion. Whilst makeup can deliver an instant glow, achieving a similar result with skincare only often takes time and dedication. I’ve recently trialled quite a few skincare products that claim to have a radiance-boosting effect. So here are 6 of my current favourites, graded based on their ability to provide that lit-from-within glow. Together they create a radiance-focused skincare routine that has my skin looking and feeling its best. What makes them stand out from the rest of the skincare crowd and which one gets top marks?
Previously reviewed in my blog post Herbal Essentials Radiance Range Review, this scrub is part of the brand’s radiance range and promises to gently cleanse without stripping away essential oils. The walnut shell powder lifts dead skin cells without inflammation and the kaolin, a type of clay, pulls impurities from the pores without causing redness. The result is clean skin that is smooth to the touch, but most importantly it doesn’t feel tight or irritated, so for me this scores a solid 3.5 out of 5. It’s created the perfect base for the next step in my radiance skincare routine: toner. 75ml RRP £12.00
I discovered this toner when reviewing Urban Veda’s Ayurvedic-inspired hair, body and skin care and have since been using it on a close-to-daily basis. Enriched with anti-inflammatory turmeric, healing aloe vera and blemish-reducing papaya, it’s supposed to be ideal for dry complexions, but I’m loving using it on my combination skin. It feels refreshing and hydrating, and removes any stubborn bits of makeup, including stray clumps of mascara. This is another 3.5 out of 5 performance – great on hydration but not sure how much effect it has on my hyper-pigmentation which it claims to tackle. 150ml RRP £13.99
Next up is this delicious chocolate smelling Radiant Glow Mask from one of my favourite discoveries of the last 12 months, Evolve. Reviewed in my blog post The Benefits of Food Ingredients in Skincare, this mask is a pleasure to use. Containing raw cocoa powder, buffing coconut granules, vitamin-rich sweet almond oil, blueberry particles and natural sugar extracts, this food fest of a formula leaves my skin feeling smooth, moisturised and – yes – radiant! I can’t fault this product, from its cocoa and vanilla scent to its 86% organic ingredients and the polished brightening result it has on my skin, it’s a 5 out of 5. 60ml RRP £24.00
Another brand inspired by traditional Ayurvedic medicine, Fushi offers an incredible range of cold pressed organic oils which I never tire of trying out: from scar-fading rosehip oil to vitamin C-rich pomegranate oil, I have more oils in my bathroom cabinet than I care to admit. This Radiance Face Oil which I reviewed in Discover Fushi’s Ayurvedic Inspired Biovedic Skincare is very rich and nourishing so I find it works best when mixed with a moisturiser. It contains skin brightening Rice Bran (by boosting blood circulation) and vitamin-rich Moringa (a tropical plant). Rosehip oil remains a firm favourite for me but this one feels like it really plumps and nourishes my skin, so for delivering radiance it’s a 4 out of 5. 30ml RRP £22.00
When a colleague said this Clinique Daily Booster was the best skincare product from the brand I took note and tried it out the very next day. Her skin always looks great, and she’s not one to give beauty products her blessing lightly. If she rated it then it must be doing something right. Well. Since I started mixing a couple of drops into my moisturiser, serum or oil morning and night, I’ve not stopped. It feels borderline addictive, to see these little drops of light orange tinted formula mix into the base of my choice. It’s like a daily supplement, with 10% vitamin C (which is a high concentration) applied straight onto skin. It is supposed to be anti-ageing but the main attraction for me with this booster is how bright my skin looks afterwards. This scores 4.5 out of 5 thanks to its fantastic results. The only reason it didn’t achieve full marks was because of the wasteful packaging: vitamin C naturally degrades when exposed to air so the formula is packed in individual vials lasting one week each in order to preserve the vitamin’s freshness. 4x 8.5ml RRP £58.00
To complete my radiance skincare routine I’ve chosen Nourish’s Illuminating Face Shimmer which I reviewed in one of my very first blog posts Cruelty-Free Beauty: Follow The Rabbit. Part skincare part makeup, it hydrates skin thanks to hyaluronic acid and adds luminosity thanks to golden particles. These provide quite a shimmer so I like to mix this with a tinted moisturiser for an even but natural finish. Certified organic, vegan and cruelty-free, the formula delivers a radiant finishing touch to my skincare routine. It’s a 3.5 out of 5 as you have to take care not to overdo the shimmer. 30ml RRP £18.00
I’m always on the look out for my next favourite glow-giving beauty hack so would love to hear what products you rely on for radiant skin? Leave a comment below to let me know.
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