How to get glowing skin is high up there in the list of the most commonly asked questions we hear from our customers. But while radiant skin is the goal most of us aim for, achieving brightness isn’t always easy - because dull skin isn’t down to just one step of your routine.
So how do you get that lit-from-within, I’ll-have-whatever-she’s-having glow? Read on to find out the best skincare routine for dull skin.
The best skin routine for glowing skin
To bring brightness back into dull skin, you need to look at your whole routine. Targeted ingredients like Vitamin C and Rosehip will boost radiance, while clever cleansing and products to boost your skin barrier also play a part. Not forgetting, of course, a healthy dose of hydration and daily SPF.
Here’s your step-by-step guide to getting that all-important glow.
First things first: if you’re not cleansing right, your reflection won’t be looking radiant. Cleansing is crucial to lift away the build up of dirt, make-up or SPF, and to ensure you have a clean canvas for the rest of your products to work to their best ability.
For sensitive skin, we recommend cleansing only at night – but if you’ve used something like Carbon Star the evening before, a single cleanse the morning after will do the job.
In the evening, if brightness is your main goal then Light Work is the one to get you there. This soothing cleansing oil melts away impurities with ease, and thanks to the glow-giving Rosehip Oil it boosts radiance while leaving skin feeling soft and nourished.
If you’ve been wearing make-up and SPF, we recommend double cleansing - so follow this with our cult cream cleanser, Middlemist Seven. It’s formulated with a trio of oils to leave skin calm, and never stripped.
Add this step once or twice a week, depending on how your skin feels. When dead skin cells hang around too long on our skin, our complexion ends up looking dull. Cell renewal is a natural process, but we can give it a helping hand with the use of an exfoliator.
While those with sensitive skin might be wary of a physical exfoliant (we don't blame you), ours is different. Virtuous Circle uses 100% natural and perfectly spherical Jojoba Beads which don’t scratch or scrub.
Instead, the gel formula gently rolls across the skin to lift away dead skin cells and impurities leaving zero damage to skin (or oceans). Trust us, you will feel and see the difference.
If you're committed to glowing skin, a weekly mask is well worth investing in – and it’s also ideal for slotting into your routine right before a big event. A targeted brightening treatment will help ensure your skin is glowing.
Curtain Call, our Rosehip-powered radiance mask is just the ticket. It deeply replenishes and nourishes lacklustre skin, leaving it radiant, dewy and healthier-looking after just one use. And you only need ten minutes!
Before you carry on with your routine, misting is a powerful way to lock in some additional moisture and nutrients. Our Barrier Defence Mist goes the extra mile and strengthens the skin barrier - a key component of any radiant complexion. The Deep Sea Magnesium and Minerals complex has an anti-inflammatory effect, while prebiotic Inulin adds a layer of resilience and natural Hyaluronic Acid ensures moisture levels stay topped up.
The aforementioned skin barrier is essential for healthy skin - and it is happiest when hydrated. A hydrating serum is a good addition to any skin routine, but particularly important if you're looking to get that much-coveted glow. Back To Life is the go-to formula in our range if you experience dehydration and dullness. This serum contains Hyaluronic Acid for hydration and antioxidant-rich berries to protect against moisture loss.
To really get that glow, Vitamin C is the ingredient to watch out for. This powerful antioxidant neutralises free radicals from environmental stressors like UV rays and pollution. Why is that important? Free radicals break down collagen, resulting in skin that is dull and lacking in firmness - so anything that can stop them in their tracks is your best bet against premature ageing.
Vitamin C also blocks the enzyme responsible for the production of pigmentation, which means it is an effective tool for tackling an uneven skin tone. Our Vitamin C face cream, C-2 Believe, is created with a powerful dose of the good stuff in a non-greasy and fast-absorbing formula. Apply each morning to give your skin its best chance of fighting the elements and retaining its brightness.
We know that actives like Vitamin C can be scary for sensitive skin types. That’s why we created our #CONCENTRATES range, a selection of skincare boosters that can be easily added to other products or applied straight to skin like a serum.
Our Vitamin C Booster contains a potent 20% serving in an all-natural and sensitive skin-friendly formula. Try adding it to your moisturiser or SPF in the morning, or mix it with an oil like Rosehip Bioregenerate come nighttime to wake up to glowing skin the next day.
In terms of powerful plant oils, Rosehip Oil is unrivalled in the radiance stakes. When you have dry or lacklustre skin that needs a boost, this wonder oil does it all; it’s packed with Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9 to deliver precious conditioning and radiance.
That’s not the only reason ours is a bestseller; we use expert extraction techniques to craft a premium product that’s pure, potent and safe. Ours isn’t cold-pressed – and unlike other Rosehip seed oils, we use the whole fruit to make the most of every last drop.
Of course, no morning skincare routine is complete without a solid SPF. Protecting your skin from the sun is key to its short and long term health - and skimping on it now will only lead to dull, uneven skin in the future. Get into a good habit of applying a broad-spectrum sun cream every day.