Ready to glow

Summer is coming and I want to glow.

Here are some ways to get radiant for the summer and bring the luminosity and sparkle to your skin as we get ready to bare arms and legs!

Start from the inside

I recently had a really interesting Zoom meeting with Advanced Nutrition Programme Head Of Nutrition, Lorraine Perretta, about my skin concerns and it was such a joy to chat to someone who was frank and knowledgeable about skin and how you can improve your skin from within. Skin researchers at premium skin supplement brand Advanced Nutrition Programme continually strive to enhance their ingestible skincare with the latest, most effective advances in aesthetic nutrition.

Previously, the Skin Moisture Lock (€81) formula only contained pure hyaluronic acid. The new complex has a unique ingredient matrix, which provides a high concentration of hyaluronic acid plus a balance of other glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), including chondroitin sulphate. Research shows that this significantly increases the synthesis of hyaluronic acid, elastin and GAGs in fibroblasts while also increasing the synthesis of collagen type I.

Skin MoistureIQ is a smart supplement system which features a 28 day supply of a daily dose of five capsules in convenient pods. With more than 36 ingredients, including the new hyaluronic acid matrix, omega-3 and-6 fatty acids, and vitamins A and D, this delivers multi-layered skin hydration and comfort with results observed from head to toe, including the scalp, lips, cheeks, eye contour area, hands, and legs which is ideal for me as I have psoriasis. Working on the inside means it targets the skin as a whole, which is our biggest organ and the one that is most prone to damage.

Work on the surface

Introducing the REN PHA Exfoliating Facial (€38). It’s your ticket to glowing skin. This powerhouse product boasts a triple-action formula designed to brighten, soften, and refine skin texture instantly. Perfectly suited for sensitive skin, its gentle yet effective blend of chemical, enzymatic, and physical exfoliants works wonders.

Harnessing the power of naturally derived PHA, pomegranate enzymes, and pomegranate powder, this non-stripping formula not only removes impurities but also hydrates and brightens your complexion. Say hello to minimised pores and reduced hyperpigmentation! With its easy-to-use application and suitability for all skin types, achieving radiant skin has never been simpler. I found my skin looked instantly brighter but over time it definitely improved. It is quite easily tolerated too.

Work on the body

Neostrata Lotion Plus (200ml, €34.95) is a high-strength yet lightweight lotion that targets keratosis pilaris (chicken skin) - those rough, tiny bumps that can appear on the arms and thighs. This high strength exfoliant cream is formulated with 15% glycolic acid to smooth dry, rough skin patches, enhance clarity and improve the appearance of fine lines associated with photodamage.

Use it on your arms, legs, shoulders, anywhere you could use a little extra glycolic glow! Recommended for experienced AHA users.

I also recommend using it at night only as AHA’s can increase your skins photosensitivity.

Keep the sun at bay

Ella and Jo Cosmetics’ Invisible SPF Face Mist (€32) is crafted with care for SPF 30 broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. Its handbag-friendly packaging ensures sun protection on-the-go, while the lightweight, non-greasy formula absorbs quickly, leaving no residue.

Enriched with antioxidants and hydrating agents, it defends and rejuvenates your skin without the white cast of traditional sunscreens. Wear it over makeup, alone for top-ups and keep it handy. It will be a holiday essential this year! Don’t forget the sunhat for the garden or by the pool.