The Stil Glow Essentials......
With Summer sunshine comes the question: how do we get glowing skin and keep it. Daily maintenance, a healthy diet, exercise, more sleep, less stress ( cortisol, the primary stress hormone, has been shown to break down collagen in the skin, ) sun protection and the right products. Here we look at products that will brighten, resurface and hydrate your skin resulting in a natural & dewy glow.
The first step to glowing skin is always to Cleanse & Exfoliate. We know that at night whilst we sleep, old cells die and new cells grow, so starting your morning with a thorough cleanse is so important. We love Grown Alchemist's Hydra-Restore Cream Cleanser; with Olive Leaf and Plantago extract, it suits all skin types and leaves your skin smooth and hydrated. If you like to tone, we recommend Grown Alchemist's Balancing Toner with Rose, Ginseng and Chamomile as it leaves your skin fresh, soft and balanced.
Grown Alchemist Hydra Restore Cream Cleanser £22, Grown Alchemist Balancing Toner £25
Moisturize: Healthy skin is always super-moisturized which helps to create that glow. We love Susanne Kaufmann's Cold Cream as it works for both morning and night, it deeply nourishes and it supports the skin's natural regenerative process. Grown Alchemist's Hydra-Repair Day Cream is packed with Camellia and Rosehip Oils to hydrate the skin and Aloe Vera extract to soothe. The addition of Biosaccharides derived from Cane Sugar helps to revitalize and mend the appearance of sun damage. At night, we recommend African Botanics Pure Marula Oil. Marula has long been known for it's repairing qualities and you will wake with hydrated, smooth skin.
If you are on a budget Liha's pure shea butter is a luxurious, simple alternative and can be used both morning and night.
Susanne Kaufmann's Cold Cream £58, Grown Alchemist's Hydra-Repair Day Cream £31, African Botanics Pure Marula Oil £80, Liha's Pure Shea Butter £22
Face Masks: Susanne Kaufmann Glow Mask is Enriched with Papaya powder to remove dull skin cells and minimize pore appearance, the Glow Mask is a 'must have' for anyone wanting radiant skin. Used by Susanne herself as part of her daily morning routine, the mask is enriched with Papaya Powder - which works as an enzyme peel to remove dull cells. We are also obsessed with Uma Oils Anti-ageing face mask. With wonder ingredients such as glow-boosting sandalwood, bentonite, and hydrating rose water, this deeply nourishing face mask is the ultimate luxury for revitalising skin and targeting any signs of ageing.
Susanne Kaufmann's Glow Mask £59, Uma Oils Anti-ageing face mask £65
Sun Protection: Exposure to the Sun is a huge factor in decreasing collagen, so a good sunscreen is vital. We love Susanne Kaufmann's as it is 100% natural and suitable for all skin sypes. For extra protection on very hot days, pop on a hat. This Season Forte_Forte has a choice of a wide brimmed hat or a chic little bucket hat.
Susanne Kaufmann Sunscreen £57
Above all, try to get a good night's sleep - bathe in Better You's Magnesium before bed and mist your pillow's with Aromatherapy Associates Sleep Mist. Turn off your screen a good hour before you retire. Drink plenty of water and try to minimise your daily stresses.
Better You Magnesium Flakes £12, Aromatherapy Associates Sleep Mist £22