Here are some of my favourite glow-getters, from refreshing, plumping facial mists and radiance-boosting creams to nourishing nectarine salad. Photograph by Brian Nice, styled by Karena Callen.
I wish it was summer all year round (don’t we all!). But really, I do. I’m not a winter person and do so much better in sunny climes and in the warmer months. It’s not just the heat that I thrive in; it’s the fact that beauty, by all accounts, is easier when the sun shines. I can pare down my make-up and skincare to a few basics and keep things simple. This summer, I’ve been road-testing a few new found favourites, all aimed at promoting (and maintaining) a glow. First up, Korres Wild Rose CC Cream SPF 30, £26, has become a close companion. Containing an SPF 30 along with moisturising wild rose oil which boasts protective and restorative linoleic acid, it brightens and evens up skin tone and covers imperfections. I’ve ditched foundation for the time being, as I find there’s just enough coverage in this cream. A winner in my book.
For an instant shot of radiance, I’m hooked on the recently launched Models Own Sculpt & Glow Liquid Highlighter, £9.99. A sheer illuminating cream, I use it on top of my CC cream, on cheekbones, eyelids, under my brows and above my cupid’s bow for a hint of shimmer. If you want a more dramatic look for evening, you can build up the intensity, little by little. It also comes in 4 flattering shades - Rose Gold is my preferred colour. One to keep in your make-up bag for all-year-round enhancement. Now on to skincare guru Emma Hardie’s Plump & Glow Hydrating Facial Mist, £35. I took this multi-purpose wonder spritz on holiday to deliver a much-needed quick fix of moisture whilst travelling. With aloe vera, velvet flower, wild watermint and plumping Hyaluronic Acid, it also cools and hydrates skin, refreshes make-up and brings back a glow. Definitely a desert island must-have. My last glow-booster isn’t a product, it’s a book – Madeleine Shaw’s Get the Glow, £10. My daughter, Scarlet, bought it for me for my birthday, and it has become one of my all-time favourite cookbooks. It’s packed full of delicious, really easy-to-make recipes which are healthy – but not in an overly worthy way - and mouth-watering. We’ve just dined on the Grilled Nectarine, Parma Ham and Runner Bean Summer Salad, perfect for a warm, summer evening. Even looking at the pictures makes me feel happy – and healthier – definitely worth investing in if you love nutritious food and beautiful cook books. Glow get it!