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5 Steps to younger-looking skin

Love your skin

From SheKnows UK
Bright and fresh-looking skin can transform the way you feel as well as the way you look. Most skincare experts agree it isn’t make-up that will give you that healthy glow, but your skin itself. With a natural healthy glow you can wave goodbye to your make-up bag in no time.

Keep up with your skin regimen

Regularly cleansing and exfoliating are the keys to keeping your skin looking fresh and vibrant. Cleansing will make sure that anything you do put on top of your skin looks clear and bright and helps to reduce dry and flaky patches. Exfoliating once a week will remove dead cells and allows your skin to absorb extra moisture. To make sure your skin gets both why not use a cleanser that exfoliates at the same time. Try One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, at £19.

Hide those pores

As you get older your pores will appear more open and all women wish that they could reduce them for perfectly dewy and smooth skin. Skin primers are the best way to achieve this as they fill fine lines, matt shiny patches and conceal pores. Try Bourjois Flower Perfection Primer, at £10.99.

A luminous shine

If your skin looks dull even after regularly cleansing, give it a helping hand with highlighting cream. This is a perfect way to bring back that natural youthful glow to the contours of your face. Apply only on the "highlights" of your face to create a natural look. Try the curve of your cheekbones, a touch above the eyes and a tiny spot on your chin. Most highlighters can be used alone or under foundation to enhance areas of your face. Try Benefit High Beam, at £18.50.

From the inside out

One of the best ways to refresh your skin is to drink lots of water. Often caffeine can dry out your skin or give it a swallowed look. Water will keep it hydrated, clear away toxins and help keep the skin tight and toned, reducing the appearance of lines as well as minimising the chances of new ones.

Protect your skin

SPF not only protects your skin from the sun's harmful rays, but also brightens your skin. The whitening property present in most sun creams – titanium or zinc oxide – can help to increase your skin's radiance and even corrects the tone. Try Vichy Capital Soleil Micro-Fluid Face SPF 50+, at £14.29.

More skin advise

Why water is the best kept beauty secret
How to look 10 years younger
Rejuvenate your skin with homemade facial cleansers

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