Luminance Routine: A Spring Rebirth for your Skin!

Now that spring is here and everything is about light and nature, I always find it time to renew our skin care routine and give our skin a proper rebirth!

As we talked about in the last article, the glow is the trend for 2018. If you want to achieve it from within instead of faking it with make-up, keep reading!

Usually for me, spring is time to clear up the skin tone and bring brightness to our faces. The winter is finally out, flowers start blooming and sun starts shining. Summer is on the horizon and everything is about living and shining. Normally skin problems can cause dull skin and uneven skin tone, specially if you have a skin that tends to scar or redden easily after breakouts or your skin is dull and tired. Skin can be stressed too by factors like pollution, sleep and real stresses, that reflect on our skin giving it a general ‘worn’ appearance that takes away our natural glow.

There are lots of skin care products out there specifically formules to get rid of imperfections and uneven skin tone and that promise a brighter and younger look.

Today I’ve decides to share with you my particular selection of them: the ones I’ve incorporated to my skin care routine!

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I concentrate all my efforts into an anti-spot routine that works both on preventing and treating dark areas or scars on my skin as well as a moisturizing and renewing it deeply. I generally combine the action of scrubs and deep daily cleansers with lightening treatments and a good SPF cream. I’m always drawn to those type of cosmetics, but this spring my routine is one that deserves to be shared. I’ve curated some of the products after years of testing and loving them and others are just recent purchases that I totally fell in love with.

All in all, if you need inspiration to find your perfect radiant glow routine, here you have my favorites for this purpose!

The Routine

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Luminance routine on my Instagram @deathlessvogue

•Rare earth deep pore daily cleanser from Kiehl’s.

First I start my routine with this awesome cleanser. This is a re purchase so I could say it falls under the category of favorite. I hardly ever repeat with a cleanser, except the ones from Lush, but that’s another topic! It really gently but deeply exfoliates and leaves your skin ready to take in any treatment and absorb its properties and benefits to the fullest.

It contains different types of clay that help your skin clear out and stay balanced and looking rested and full of energy. You can feel your skin breathing and it leaves you with a matte but not flat finish that have you feeling fresh and awaken. I use this at least once a day, sometimes both in my morning and night routine. If you want my opinion, it’s perfect for the shower!

•Concentrated brightening essence from Caudalie.

This is a recent discovery and I can’t be more in love with it! It is a brightening essence that you can use after the cleansing step and before your creams. Think of it as a tonic meets serum product. Its texture is just like water and it feels amazing on the skin. It helps reducing spots, marks and dullness, bringing a new appearance to your skin, boosting the radiance effect of the rest of your routine! It also evens out the skin tone and promotes a healthy glow.

This is the first product from Caudalie that I incorporate to my routine but I have tried others and they are definitely a recommendation. They work perfectly and are full of natural ingredients, and they also have amazingly specific products for almost every need. If you are looking for an organic, efficient and sofisticated brand, give this one a try!

I usually apply this with my fingers to all of my face after the cleanser and then wait a bit for it to dry.

•Breakout control blemish treatment facial lotion from Kiehl’s.

This is also a great new discovery. It was actually a recommendation I got at Kiehl’s for my specific skin type. I don’t have a lot of breakouts right now but I have had problems with acne during my high school years and my skin always tend to go back to that kind of problems when it’s stressed. Also I have very delicate and somewhat sensitive skin and I still have some marks (but not scars) of these past problems.

This Kiehl’s product is wonderful since it works in both the blemishes and the skin tone. It reduces the appearance of the marks and also prevents your skin from breaking out more. I’ve been using this for two weeks now and I must say it works as it promises!

I recommend to use it at night because of its peeling power (it has salicylic acid on it), which can leave your skin more unprotected and sun can be a bit damaging, like with all lightening or renewing treatments. In fact it is a night treatment! You should wear sun protection anyway on the mornings to make sure no harm is done to your skin! This brings us to the last product of the routine.

•Ultra light daily UV defense from Kiehl’s.

A good old favorite had to be added to this routine! The protection in this sun screen is as high as you can get and a little bit goes a long way.

I highly highly recommend using sun screen everyday, even in winter, since most of the skin problems you can get with age (dark spots, wrinkles, dull skin tone, tired appearance) are due to sun exposure, beside obviously some serious skin diseases, so you can never wear enough sunscreen.

I have a wide range of sun screens that I like to combine to achieve the desired finish and protection, for example you can use a matte finish cream with some color if you want to go for an everyday sunscreen or if you don’t want to wear make-up that day. If you are going to put on make-up anyhow, or if you don’t care about looking natural, you can use some powerful traditional sunscreen like that one from Kiehl’s!

 

 

So this is it!
I hope you have been able to find inspiration to start spring with a new skin care routine that brings out the best of your skin.
What is your spring skin care routine? Any skin goals for the summer?

Have a wonderful Friday and stay tuned for more! 

Glow: The 2018 Trend

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This 2018 the glow trend is not going to allow to be moved from its throne. One more year, we find that a luminous, dewy and youthful skin with touches of strobing is still the most wanted look, in and out of red carpets and runways. It’s that shine that lets light come through your skin and that totally gives you that ‘healthy glow’ ‘I don’t need make-up’ effect.

What is the glow?

First, it came the contouring, enhancing your features by using make-up products to strategically darken your face in the areas that suit your bone structure better to achieve a more sophisticated look. Then, it came the strobing, where you did the exact opposite thing: highlight your face in the areas where light would naturally hit your features to make them look more defined, giving your whole look an ethereal, fairy-like appearence that boosted your face structure in a much more dreamy, elegant way than contouring.

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Now, the glow has taken it to the next level. Instead of taking care of just some areas of your features, its purpose is to give your whole face a radiant look, mixing make-up products with efficient cosmetics to make your skin shine like it was naturally that luminous. The result is a dewy finish that gives the impression that you don’t need to wear, and even that you are in fact not wearing, any make-up. The skin looks healthy, shining, enhaced and ready to bite!

How to achieve it?

Make-up brands and cosmetic houses are starting to launch specific products that are formulated to give you this glow look, but you can also use a few tips and tricks to achieve it without having to buy any of these (or to see if you like how it looks on you before buying them!). You can use other products that you already have in your make-up stash, pay attention!

  • Applying foundation with some liquid highlighter: Liquid options of luminizers like L’Oreal Liquid Highlighter can be mixed with your foundation to give to your complexion that extra glowy look. If your foundation alone seem a bit dull, don’t hesitate to mix it with a drop or two of your favorite liquid highlighter. Mix it well before applying it to your face (I recommend using a sponge or a beauty blender). Also, you can apply these drops directly to your face in specific points and then proceed to blend it all out while you apply your foundation. Girl meets Pearl from Benefit work wonders too with this method!

 

  • Mixing your favorite BB cream with some moisturizer: If you already have a naturally dewy skin, why cover it up? Most of the time our skin looks healthier without make-up than with a full face of foundation and powder. This effect can look cakey and make you look older, so if you only want to boost your skin tone a little bit, mix your favorite BB cream with a moisturizer or primer that promotes healthy looking skin and you are good to go! You can always top it up with a little highlighter if you want that extra sparkle on your look.

 

  • Using just primer and cream highlighter: If you already have a primer that makes your skin look superb, don’t lose this effect under layers of make-up. When using very few products on your face I always recommend using liquid or cream form highlighter, since I think that the powder one looks best on top of a full face of make-up while it can look a little ‘fake’ and ‘overdone’ on a natural looking skin. After your moisturizer, just prime your face (use one that reduces pores or redness and you’ll be looking fabulous) and then highlight your features with some cream highlighter. Blend it well with your fingers and work it onto the primer to make it look like the shine comes right through your skin.

 

  • Mixing your moisturizer with liquid highlighter: As you can see it’s all about the mixing. Liquid highlighter is as versatile as that. If your moisturizer is one that leaves your skin so healthy looking that you don’t need make-up at all, mix it with some liquid highlighter and apply it as you normally would. The glow is guaranteed, just don’t exceed yourself with adding the highlighter! If you want to perk it up a little you can add some more highlighter to strategic points of your face and use some concealer to cover your dark circles. You’ll never look as youthful and natural!

Specific Products

If you have tried the trend and you’ve fallen in love, here you have some products specifically designed to achieve it:

  • Extra Glow Skincare Palette from Bobbi Brown
  • S.O.S Primer Booste l’éclat from Clarins
  • Météorites Heart Shape from Guerlain
  • Strobe Cream from M.A.C.
  • Wash+Glow Cleanser from NIA

The Extra Tip

Always remember to use sunscreen, that protects your skin from getting wrinkles and dark spots sooner than you should (and obviously protects you against some serious skin problems). The key to this look is health and youth so search for a good sunscreen and start applying it every day if you are not already doing it. Yes, every day! Also, if your BB cream or usual moisturizer already has sunscreen on it, congratulations, you hit jackpot.

So this is it, I really hope you enjoyed this and you try the methods I shared if you like the ‘glow’ look! Do you think this is a trend that will last?
Share your opinions and looks!