Fake That Summer Glow This Winter

If you are anything like us, the cold weather, harsh winds and indoor heating is probably wreaking havoc with your skin. Naturally, your summer glow fades from summer through to autumn and by winter (if you’re not lucky enough to live in warmer climates), you are likely to be rocking the pale and interesting look. But fear not, if you’re lacking in Vitamin D, there are ways to fake that summer glow all year round with our top tips (don’t lose hope now)!

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Exercise, veggies & lots of H20

We all start the new year with good intentions and fresh fruit, vegetables and keeping fit at the top of our list. This should be maintained all year round and by exercising three to five times a week, getting your daily dose of H20 and the all important five a day from your fruit and veggies will help your skin and that all-important natural glow.

Top Tip: red, yellow and orange vegetables are rich in nutrients and antioxidants which are reflected through your skin so aim to incorporate carrots, peppers and oranges into your diet for truly radiant skin.

Exfoliate & Moisturise

With the winter elements causing dry and flaky skin it’s important to exfoliate and rid your skin of those dry cells – we all want baby smooth even skin right? So many of us get it wrong and lather up with our favourite moisturiser but you are essentially hydrating dry skin cells which is essentially a waste of time. Exfoliation is an important first step to achieving a radiant glow – even more so in winter.

Experts suggest your skin loses twice as much moisture at night than it does during the day so other than getting your 8 hours beauty sleep, you can help your skin retain it’s natural moisture with a great moisturiser. For all skin types, the key to radiant skin is finding a lightweight, non-greasy moisturiser with light reflecting particles which will reveal bright, radiant skin in the morning.

Top tips: cleanse your make-up off every night, avoid face wipes as much as possible as they can be incredibly drying and ensure you keep your make-up brushes clean – you don’t want to clog your pores with dirt and oils.

Fake the glow

If you’re not lucky enough to be spending your afternoons on a beach sunning yourself, you can always look like you have by faking that glow. In the winter months, what you should be looking for is a lightweight, non-greasy tanning formula (similar to your moisturiser) which can be used on both your face and body to create a consistent and healthy glow – you’ll be a bronzed goddess in no time ;).

Top tips: Know your limits – don’t go more than two shades darker than your natural skin tone and look for a self-tanner with added vitamin E (it’s incredibly nourishing).

Highlight & Sculpt

Of course when we spend time in the sun, it tans our face in different ways with sunlight hitting our foreheads and noses. Highlighters can be used all year round but paired with your self-tan, can illuminate your face the way in which natural sun would. Both highlighters and illuminators accentuate your natural beauty by bringing a light, dewy finish to wherever they are applied drawing attention to your best bits! For all that highlighting and sculpting, check out our range of Super Bright Glow mirrors here.

Top tips: highlighting under your brow bone adds impact to your brow game whereas highlighting your cheeks, cupid’s bow and down the centre of your nose helps you achieve that radiant glow you’ve been looking for.

So there you have it – until the warmer months come around again you can fake that summer glow transforming you into an even more radiant version of yourself – take that winter!

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Jamie Bell is the managing director of Illuminated Mirrors. You can find Jamie on Google+; he also occasionally updates the Illuminated Mirrors Facebook page.

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