Beauty News

The Radiance Recipe

It’s Spring, the sun is shining, birds are singing and so on and so forth. Which is all fine and dandy, except that now I can’t hide half my face behind a scarf the size of a tennis court, and the light is so bright that there’s no room for error (it’s the ‘cold light of day’ for a reason, dear readers). So, spurred on by the horror of actually seeing my face for the first time in millennia months, I’ve recruited some serious skin care help from the following radiance boosters. {Liquid Gold} I know, I know, you’re all sick to death of people raving about this ‘miracle elixir’ – but we’re raving because it’s A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Or I am, anyway. This has brightened everything up nicely – including some ghastly acne scars that were making me feel rather dismal. I should really have done a ‘before’ and ‘after’, but I’m too embarrassed and disorganised to ruin your day with the sight of my naked visage, so… we can pretend, and you can take my word for it. {Balancing Moisturiser & Gentle Exfoliant} Sort of like tingly toothpaste for your face, except, not a bit like toothpaste – bar its slightly minty smell. With Glycolic Acid to ‘eat up’ all the dead, dulling grossness that’s accumulated during sunless months of hibernation, this has unified and pacified my unfailingly cross face. {Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask} Glycolic again – my boyfriend balks when I say I’m ‘resurfacing’ – but that is exactly what this bad boy does (the mask, not the boyfriend. Er…). A citrusy, orange gel, REN’s once-a-week mask quickly (and painlessly) ‘peels’; eliminating skin detritus (lovely) whilst prodding lazy cells ’til they get bothered into doing what they’re meant to. It makes everything ‘glowy’ – like the Coca Cola Christmas advert. Which is what everyone wants at all times, obvs. {Super Eye Serum} Is incred. It’s got Retinol 8 innit (#inniiiiit), which although not strictly a radiance booster (apolz), is just too good not to mention. My crow’s feet were getting out. of. control until this clawed back (YES PUN) some semblance of my former youth. {Organic Rosehip Oil} In case you’re all fearing for my rapidly diminishing epidermis… fret not. This replenishing pink oil is perfect for nourishing and encouraging my shiny new skin cells. Rosehip is renowned for its reparative properties and is working wonders for my sun-starved, terribly temperamental complexion. Its great overnight, for some skintensive rehabilitation – or added to moisturiser on days when things need ‘dewied’ (technical term) up a little. {Mirroir Glossing Cream} Because my hair feels left out. Cross thatch that it is. I’ve therefore taken to smothering it in this spangly créme, which cheers up my dis-tresses and makes me feel all princess-esque. Because sometimes I want to imagine I’m Kate Middleton. Okay? {Carrots} My mum was once addicted to carrots. NO JOKE. As in, she couldn’t leave the house without some carrots in her handbag. She was a bonafide crazy-carrot-lady BUT, her skin looked LUMINOUS. We’re talking advert-worthy in real life – all ‘have you been on holiday?’ golden and lit-from-within. So I’m factoring raw carrots into my diet because beauty comes from within and you get out what you put in etc. etc. Beta-carotene me up baby…

Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...