The tiny habits that will give you the glow you deserve in 2021
This article was brought to you by Twinings Glow, a part of Twinings New Live Well range
2020 took a toll on nearly every aspect of our collective lives and one of smaller but persistent complaints, way down on the list but still annoying, is that lots of time inside and constant stress left our skin looking and feeling blergh.
As we rush through 2021, correcting the past year’s transgressions, we wanted to look at the little changes and habits to adopt to give our skin the glowy lift it rightfully deserves.
Start from the inside and work outwards
It will come as no surprise that what you put in your mouth shows up in the quality of your complexion. Loading up on trans fats and sugars is an accelerator to breakouts and sad skin. Contrariwise, making good choices is a gateway to a good glow. Load up on berries and nuts like brazil nuts and walnuts, which are rich in the polyphenols ellagic acid and resveratrol.
Twinings Senior Herbal Advisor, Bel Charlesworth – one of the expert herbalists who ensure the company uses the most beneficial herbal ingredients for their tea blends – says that, “ Research demonstrates that the abundant polyphenols in green tea may help counter oxidative stress that contributes to the premature signs of ageing. Nettle is also widely regarded by herbalists as an important nutritive, cleansing tonic and aloe vera is popular for soothing irritation and inflammation both inside and out.”
“Our exquisite cucumber and strawberry Twinings Live Well Glow blend contains green tea, nettle and aloe vera, all selected to boost your inner radiance as well as support a healthy, glowing complexion.”
Herbal tea can also help with hydration, along with eight to ten glasses of water – which can include sparkling or fruit- infused if you need a little incentive.
Cleanse regularly and properly
The next fundamental of dewy dermis is “clearing your canvas” – by thoroughly removing debris like dirt, oil and pollution particles that clog pores and cause dullness. You should be washing your face morning and night with a small dollop of face cleanser lightly with fingers in circular motions, working from the inside of the face and moving outwards for full coverage. Here is also the perfect time to give yourself a lil face-massage. Massaging increases circulation and gives you a natural vibrance.
Exfoliate two to three times per week
One of the best ways to buff, brighten skin and boost skin-glow, both immediately and in the long term, is by exfoliating – yet so many of us skip it. Done right, exfoliating should remove the scungie outer layer of dead cells, giving you a smoother and clearer surface which will reflect light better (glow!).
Apply an exfoliant, like a face scrub or a chemical exfoliator face peel, one or two times per week for sensitive or dry skin and three times maximum for other skin types. In the daytime, you should also be protecting yourself with a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ facial sunscreen or day cream, as exfoliation makes it more prone to sun damage.
Brightening skincare ingredients are here to stay
You’ve probably been seeing a lot of talk about “brightening” and “skin tone-evening” around the beauty isles these days, with active skincare ingredients like Vitamin C – which brightens skin by blocking an enzyme that produces pigment – or Niacinamide (vitamin B3) – which slows pigment production to lighten dark spots.
Bringing these star brighteners into your routine can illuminate your complexion over time.
For max radiance follow with a layer of moisturizer; when your skin is moisturised and hydrated it also reflects light, making it instantly appear more glowy. Don’t make the rookie mistake of just waiting until your skin feels dry to moisturise.
Face lotions and creams are generally more hydrating than oils, serums, and other formulas because they’re usually blends of oil and water components so they carry hydrating ingredients into your skin’s top layers, helping it hold moisture.
Fake it til you make it
Until the benefits of the above kick in, here’s also a very exciting new category of skincare and makeup hybrid products called glotions. These magically combine the hydrating benefits of a moisturiser with the radiance-boosting effects of a highlighter.
Look for glotions that are made up of humectant ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which draw moisture into skin to immediately make it look plump and smooth, and that are mixed with finely milled minerals like mica which reflect light to give a subtle, even glow.
Know when to call in an expert
Finally, for stubborn skin issues like hyperpigmentation issues like large dark spots, chloasma after a pregnancy or acne scars, you might want to call in the big guns with a certified dermatologist, who can recommend the best options for you.
These can include prescription topical products, in-office medical skincare treatments like professional facial peels, microdermabrasion and lasers, or a combination of different treatments to get your glow back on track.
This article was brought to you by Twining’s New Glow herbal tea. Expertly blended green tea and botanicals, combined with the delicious flavours of cucumber, strawberry and aloe vera to help you shine