“Glass Skin”, “Wet Skin”, “Crystal Skin” or more recently “Dolphin Skin”: there is no shortage of metaphors to describe the luminous, transparent, even downright shiny complexion that social networks are obsessed with. Since the early 2010s and the end of the matte era, radiance has been the holy grail of beauty. It took precedence over all other concerns, especially anti-aging. And it’s not about to stop. A sign among many others? Searching for “glow” + “skin” on Google gives… almost 800 million results. As for the hashtag #glowingskin, it links to more than 11 million posts on Instagram. Here are our best recipes for radiant skin despite stress, lack of sleep and pollution.
“A glowing complexion is based on three axes: exfoliation, to eliminate dead cells that prevent the reflection of light on the surface of the epidermis; hydration, which plumps and smoothes the skin; and pearlescent pigments, which reflect light and immediately hide dull complexions,” explains Marie-Hélène Lair, director of responsible innovation at Clarins. Three dimensions found in the in-house formula of Crème Rose Lumière, which combines complexion-illuminating fruit acids, organic harungana extract, which boosts collagen synthesis, and pearly pigments for a glow instantaneous. Another pro-radiance active par excellence: vitamin C. Very antioxidant, it fights free radicals, stimulates cell renewal, limits the oxidation of melanin and neutralizes dark spots. Applied every morning as a booster under a treatment with an SPF, it has visible effects from two weeks. To ensure better stability for this precious vitamin, it is preferable to choose a formula in which it is present in the form of a powder, to be mixed during the first use or each morning when applying it.
And in order to put the odds on your side, you don’t hesitate to replace your traditional scrub with a gentle exfoliant based on AHA (like glycolic acid), BHA (salicylic acid, for example) or PHA (lactobionic acid), whose chemical action is less abrasive than that of their mechanical equivalents and which ultimately increase cell renewal. Last saving gesture, the facial massage. “Beyond boosting the effectiveness of treatments and activating microcirculation as well as lymphatic drainage – all actions that contribute to glow – self-massage is a moment for oneself, with an immediate benefit on morale”, adds Marie-Hélène Lair. The recommended gesture: heat the product between the hands before placing them flat on the face, then exert pressure three times on each cheek, three times on the forehead, five times on the neck and décolleté.
The effects of a healthy diet to gain radiance are well established. Hence the growing success of food supplements, which are increasingly integrated into our beauty routines. In collaboration with Dr. Beatrice de Reynal, expert in dermonutrition, the My Blend brand has developed three powdered references for better assimilation – and in order to avoid preservatives. The Nutri Glow formula thus combines the brand’s signature complex (antioxidant sea buckthorn berry, inulin that nourishes the microbiome) with beta-carotene (for good looks), niacin (anti-aging) and biotin (for health nails and hair). To be taken every morning as a cure for three weeks, then every other day, in a small glass of water or squeezed orange, or even in a smoothie. Speaking of a glass of water, here is a tip to boost hydration, and therefore the radiance of the complexion: add electrolyte tablets (Hydratis, Gu, Your Energy…). These mineral salts in ionic form, available in pharmacies or on the Internet, optimize the acid-base balance and maintain osmosis. According to some, a glass of water with added electrolytes is equivalent to 4 glasses!
“A luminous complexion relies on exfoliation, hydration and pearlescent pigments”
Marie-Hélène Lair, director of responsible innovation at Clarins.
If you practice yoga, have you ever had the opportunity to look in the mirror right after an inversion pose? The complexion is better oxygenated, and the cheeks are all rosy. For that, no need to do a handstand: just, once a day, lean forward for three minutes (no more) to boost circulation, increase blood flow and oxygen supply to the face. . Breathing well also improves cell regeneration and fights against free radicals. Ultra-effective, pranayamas (breathing exercises practiced in yoga) or alternate breathing (closing the left nostril, inhaling through the right nostril then holding your breath for a few moments before exhaling through the left nostril, and so on for five minutes). As Susan Oubari, author of “Breathwork. Breathe to change” (ed. Flammarion), these methods increase the level of oxygen in the body, which purifies the blood and improves the irrigation of the vessels as well as the elimination of toxins. Directly linked to the state of the skin, digestion must also be facilitated as much as possible: get into Vajrasana (yoga posture which consists of sitting on your heels, hands on your knees and breathing calmly for five minutes) is recommended after a hearty meal or before going to bed. This is also the time to turn on a humidifier, which prevents the skin from drying out overnight. American beauty journalists are addicted to it. Take the test: the skin is visibly plumped in the morning.
“The final step in a glow routine, make-up is the ultimate healthy glow gesture”
And let there be light!
The final step in a glow routine, make-up is the perfect healthy-glow gesture – provided it is as natural as possible. “Rather than applying foundation with a brush, I first warm a few drops in my hands, before putting them on my face. Then, only, I work the material, preferably with a brush with bristles of two different heights and a flared shape, for an airy finish, explains Magali Marx, make-up expert and Clarins trainer. I proceed in circular movements, from inside to outside, going up from the chin to the forehead. It lifts the features. The pro also advises doing a bit of mixology: “I mix one third of Clarins SOS Primer 00 – Booste l’Éclat and two thirds of foundation. This brings an extra glow, while hydrating the skin. It also works with a few drops of face oil or liquid highlighter.
photo credit: Arno Cauchois
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By Lauriane Seigner
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Three good eating habits
Dr. Olivier Courtin, CEO of the Clarins group, shares his radiance tips, to adopt (almost) without thinking about it.
With water to hydrate the body (therefore the skin) and evacuate toxins. Goal: 1.5 to 2 liters per day. “Everything is valid: fruit juice, tea, coffee, herbal teas… On that account, things go fast!” » With vegetable oils (from first cold pressing): in addition to your traditional olive oil, add swigs of linseed, rapeseed and/or camelina oils, for nourishing and skin-protecting omega-3s. ‘epidermis.
Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, etc.) on raw vegetables and soups, for omega and good fats. Algae (mixtures in flakes on sale in organic stores) on all salads and fish, to fight against cellular aging. Spices (turmeric, cumin, cinnamon…) everywhere, for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action, and to replace salt and sugar as much as possible.
Smoothies (rather than juices, devoid of fiber), as often as possible, from any fruit – provided they are local and in season, to fill up with vitamins and antioxidants. Even without a recipe, it is very rare that it is not delicious. EA