Have you got big plans for Valentine’s Day? Whether you’ve spent weeks organising the perfect date, or you’re anticipating a romantic surprise, these radiance boosting skincare tips will ensure your skin looks glowing, fresh and radiant.

Antioxidants

We encounter free radicals every day, whether it’s through diet, pollution or simply the sun’s rays. This can lead to premature ageing and a dull complexion. Using a serum rich in antioxidants will help combat this and restore youthful radiance. Serums that contain vitamin A, C or E will all help, as well as compounds like polyphenols and resveratrol, which are found in green tea, seed oils and plant extracts.

Hydration

Well-hydrated skin is plump, fresh and young looking. But when your body becomes dehydrated, the first place to lose water is your skin. This is why drinking enough water is so important for a fresh complexion; dehydrated skin is dull, tight and rough. In addition to drinking at least two litres a day, you should also replenish lost water with a hydrating moisturiser, and avoid harsh cleansers, which can increase moisture loss.

Face Massage

Have you ever wondered if there’s something your therapist does that you could do at home, to get that wonderful post-facial glow? Well, there is. Face massage stimulates the circulation and promotes drainage for a brighter, fresher looking skin. You can achieve this with a jade roller or clean fingertips, but always remember to apply a small amount of facial oil before you begin.

Exfoliation

Layers of dead skin absorb light and leave your skin looking dull and feeling rough.The simplest step you can take to achieve radiance is to remove excess dead skin cells. An excellent treatment to achieve this is an exfoliating treatment like Microdermabrasion. You can also maintain your freshly exfoliated skin with a gentle glycolic acid product.

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