Look to the stars for inspiration. Emma Watson, Jennifer Lopez and Miranda Kerr get their glow from face mist, a well-placed highlighter and coconut oil, Getty Images.

Look to the stars for inspiration. Emma Watson, Jennifer Lopez and Miranda Kerr get their glow from face mist, a well-placed highlighter and coconut oil, Getty Images.

HOW TO REVIVE DULL SKIN

It happens to the best of us: dull and lifeless skin. But rather than despair, read on for a two-pronged approach to combat a gloomy complexion. Soon, that frown will turn upside-down!

WHAT HAVE YOU GOT?
Decent skin with occasional blemishes. *Touch wood*

SO WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
It’s looking quite dull and lifeless at the moment. Could be a winter thing, could be just one of those days.

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO…
Get exfoliating. Your complexion looks radiant when it’s smooth enough to reflect light. But banish all thought of gritty scrubs and embrace acids: glycolic, salicylic and lactic are the main contenders. They penetrate more deeply, are better at sloughing away dead skin cells and encourage cell turnover. You’ll find these acids in cleansers, toners and masks. Then you want to add hydrating and brightening ingredients to the fold. Anything with hyaluronic acid (helps skin to retain moisture) and vitamin C (an anti-oxidant) will do the trick. And while we’re waiting for the effects of this skincare, you can always turn to your trusted highlighter (cream, liquid or powder). Using your fingers, tap up and down your cheekbones then dab whatever’s left over on your brow bone, centre of chin and tip of your nose.

WANT MORE EXPERT ADVICE?
Celebrity aesthetician Renée Rouleau (Sofia Vergara, Demi Lovato and BagSnob’s Tina Craig are clients) believes that radiant skin has good blood flow so she recommends hanging your head upside for three minutes a day. “You should notice a slight redness will appear on the skin, and in the long run, it can make a big difference in getting and keeping an inner glow, to appear ‘lit from within’,” Rouleau says.

HOW ABOUT SOME CELEBRITY INSPIRATION?
Jennifer Lopez might look like she’s been imbibing at the fountain of youth, but she also knows how to work that glow with well-placed highlighter. Miranda Kerr no doubt has yoga (and good genes) to thank for her radiant skin, but she also swears by four tablespoons of coconut oil each day, poured over food or in tea. Meanwhile, Emma Watson’s makeup artist likes to finish the look with a few spritzes of face mist.

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