On The Clock : 15 Minutes to Glowing Skin
To really get a radiant, glowing complexion, it's time to incorporate a face scrub into your skincare routine. Exfoliate regularly; one to three times a week depending on your skin type. This will remove dead skin cells, dirt and traces of pollution, which can all build up and lead to spots, blackheads and a general dullness. Apply a gentle scrub to clean, damp skin and massage it into the skin in small circular motions to boost circulation and generate cell renewal. As an alternative, look for products containing AHAs and BHAs (gycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid), also known as chemical exfoliants. These, essentially, 'eat away' at dead skin cells, leaving your complexion looking smoother and more radiant. After exfoliation, your skin will be able to oxygenate itself and breathe, as well as absorb subsequent products better.
Face masks are a bathroom favourite, thanks to their high concentration of active ingredients. Nourishing, firming, smoothing, plumping, regenerating, lightening, simply take your pick; there's a mask out there for you. To boost a face mask's beneficiary actions, steam your face for a couple of minutes over a bowl of hot water before applying it in a thick layer, avoiding the eye contour area. Leave for ten minutes, rinse, et voilà... clean, glowing skin. And forget about saving them for special nights or sleepovers... try to make one a regular part of your beauty routine and use once or twice a week. If you have combination skin (eg an oily T-zone but dry cheeks), try mixing and matching two different masks; you can apply a purifying mud mask over your forehead and nose, while a mask full of soothing and nourishing ingredients will be perfect for your cheeks.
Massaging facial tissues stimulates not only the epidermis, but also the underlying dermis. It helps define facial contours, smooth out wrinkles and alleviate signs of fatigue. Lightly pinching the skin will also boost your circulation, bring back a rosy glow and help to nourish the epidermis. Using a rolling motion with your fingertips will work on the deeper levels of your skin. This action will revive the dermis' cells and fibroblasts, so that they increase collagen production. Score!