Ever wish your skin looked as good IRL as it does with that cute Instagram filter? Well, it can! Unfortunately though, it requires a little more effort than simply tapping a screen.
But if you’re pressed for time and need glowing, youthful skin in time for a big event, thankfully, there are shortcuts. Here are five easy ways to get that enviably bright complexion without even touching those filters.
If there’s one thing guaranteed to give you that magazine-worthy glow, it’s a facial peel. We know, it doesn’t have the best name in the world, conjuring images of the dreaded post-sunburn skin peel or Samantha Jones’ iconic post-peel look in Sex and the City – it’s enough to put you off them forever.
However, peels are actually incredibly safe and highly beneficial for your skin, using a combination of gentle AHAs and BHAs (think glycolic acid and salicylic acid) to deeply exfoliate, unclog pores and slough away dead skin cells. The result? Beautiful, luminous skin.
Right now, you can get a 45-minute facial peel as part of a luxe pampering sesh at Smoke & Mirrors Beauty in Galston or Kenthurst for just $89!
For a quick radiance boost, break out the cucumber slices, don that white robe and treat yourself to a good ol’ fashioned mask. When it comes to chasing that glow, you’ll want to avoid clay. Although it’s fantastic at detoxifying, it can leave your skin looking dry and dull. Instead, opt for masks with honey, rose, vitamin C and fruit extracts, all of which are perfect for brightening the complexion.
Can’t be bothered doing it at home? Indulge in one of our luxurious facial pamper packages and let the pros take care of it for you!
3. Light Therapy
It’s the treatment Shani Darden (a.k.a. aesthetician to the stars) swears by, and when you see the results of clients like Chrissy Teigen and Jessica Alba, it’s not hard to understand why. LED light therapy involves exposing your skin to – you guessed it – LED light, which can promote cell rejuvenation, thus healing, hydrating and boosting collagen in the skin.
You can buy your own LED light therapy mask for up to a few hundred bucks, but if you’d rather try it before you commit, head to Sydney Beauty Spa in Ryde and enjoy a 15-minute LED phototherapy treatment as part of a 75-minute pamper session from just $69!
One of the most popular beauty treatments in the beauty world right now, microdermabrasion uses a crystal or diamond-tipped suction device to painlessly and gently exfoliate and buff the skin, speeding up the production of new skin cells and leaving you with a fresher, more glowing visage – perfect for people concerned about uneven skin tone, fine lines and blemishes.
Find out for yourself why Aussie women can’t get enough of this rejuvenating treatment by heading over to Scoopon now for microdermabrasion sessions from $29!
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5. Fake It Till You Make It
It’s two hours before the big event and your skin is looking dull and dry. It’s too late to get a facial or even apply a quick mask – it’s time for plan B: Makeup.
Before you even touch your foundation, prep your skin with a brightening primer (we love M.A.C Prep + Prime Natural Radiance and Benefit The POREfessional: Pearl Illuminating Face Primer) to give you that glow from within.
After primer and foundation, target your inner eyes (where they meet the bridge of the nose), cheekbones, brow bone and cupid’s bow with your liquid or powder highlighter of choice for an instant boost of radiance.
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Once your base is done, opt for neutral, shimmer-finish eyeshadow shades and a rosy, glossy lip to finish your look before setting with a non-mattifying spray. Perfection!
Remember – with Scoopon’s range of beauty treatments for less, luminous, dewy skin is just a click away. Treat yourself to the ultimate bit of ‘me’ time with one of our glow-inducing pamper packages and watch the compliments roll in!