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4 secrets to glowing skin

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Beauty

4 secrets to glowing skin

Glowing skin secret: Exfoliate well
Look for a facial scrub that does double duty – that has both chemical and physical exfoliants – says Holly Sherrard, who is the education manager at the International Dermal Institute in Toronto. Physical exfoliants, such as silica, rice meal or corn cob meal, will help buff the surface of the skin and make it softer. “Then a chemical exfoliant, such as salicylic acid or lactic acid, will penetrate further and give you more results by tackling blackheads,” she says. Exfoliating regularly will also allow your moisturizer to better absorb and hydrate your skin.

Glowing skin secret: Maintain your post-vacation glow
Coming back from vacation? “The key to keeping your existing tan is to give your body a light exfoliation every few days and applying a tanning optimizer product,” says Natalie Gee, co-founder of Gee Beauty in Toronto and Bal Harbor, Florida, who uses St. Tropez Self Tan Intensifier at the salon. Apply to face and body every few days to enhance and elongate the lifespan of your tan. “It really gives your skin a beautiful glow and keeps it very hydrated.” This part is crucial: “The only way to not eventually turn orange or green, and keep your tan very natural, is to keep exfoliating and moisturizing.” Exfoliating during the tanning process doesn’t scrub away the tan—it actually makes the skin look better. “Whether your tan is real or not, dead skin cells build and dirt builds, and your skin will look the very best when it’s the most clean.”

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Glowing skin secret: Skip the foundation

If you have fairly flawless skin, why cover it with foundation? Even out any red spots (around the nose, for example), but other than that, let your skin shine through with very little product, says Vanessa Jarman, a Toronto-based makeup artist with Page One Management. If you have problem skin, then opt for luminous foundations that have a pearlescent formula. “These types of foundation will have properties that will help brighten the complexion with very little effort,” she says. One she favours: Dior Hydra Life Pro Youth Skin Tint SPF 20.

Glowing skin secret: Go for bronzed
“Always test and swatch two colours of the desired tanned shade on the face, preferably on the cheek—never on the back of the hand.” says Uzo, lead makeup stylist for NARS International. “Usually it is best to pick a shade that is as close to your natural skin tone and then add additional warmth by using a powder bronzer. The right shade will 'disappear' into the skin.”

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Skin rescue: 10 fresh face masks

Face masks: Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial

Dull skin will be a thing of yesterday when you apply this overnight facial mask that reduces dark spots, uneven tone and brightens with a powerful dose of 95% natural ingredients.   Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial ($62.50), available at sephora.ca.   5 secrets to switching to NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS

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Face masks: Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask to Quench Skin's Thirst

When rolling (or, let's be honest, crawling) out of bed come Monday morning, you have no time to waste, except for 10 minutes to do a complete skin makeover with algae extracts and apricot kernel oil.   Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask to Quench Skin's Thirst ($28), available at sephora.ca.   GALLERY: The best sunscreens for your face

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Face masks: REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask

Why is it that on Monday mornings, your pores suddenly seem to be double the size that they were on the weekend? Downsize with REN's purifying and toning mask.   REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask ($41), available at sephora.ca.   GALLERY: The 10 best concealers under $25

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Face masks: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque

Think of this as an overnight hydrating miracle. Glacial proteins and desert plant extracts help seal in moisture so your skin looks plump and fresh (even after you hit the snooze button five times).   Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque ($38), available at kiehls.ca.   SKINCARE BASICS: 5 signs you have sensitive skin

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Face masks: H2O Night Oasis Overnight Moisture Lock

This no-rinse gel-based mask contains Atlantic brown algea plus a marine blend of vitamins and minerals renews skin cells overnight for a fresh (I just spent a month in a beach-side town) glow.   H2O Night Oasis Overnight Moisture Lock ($44), available at h2oplus.com.   SKIN CARE BASICS: 8 ways to banish dry skin  

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Face masks: Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Second Skin Mask

Let these masks sit on your skin for 20 minutes and your skin will reap the benefits of Lancôme's Génifique anti-aging solution.   Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Second Skin Mask ($80), available at lancome.com.   SKIN CARE: 7 ultimate moisturizing secrets

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Face masks: La Mer The Hydrating Facial

This nutrient-soaked cotton mask will be a life saver after just a mere eight minutes of resting on your tired, lack-luster skin. Just enough time to also do some morning meditation to help releave stress.   La Mer The Hydrating Facial ($250 for six treatments), available at cremdelamer.com.   GALLERY: 13 exfoliators for glowing skin

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Face masks: Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask

Leave this intense hydration mask on your face while you download an uplifting playlist for the day and those fine lines and dry patches will be smoothed out.   Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask ($29.99), available at burtsbees.ca.   SKINCARE: How to deflate PUFFY EYES

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Face masks: The Body Shop Viatmin E Sink-In Moisture Mask

What all-nighter? A dose of this vitamin E enriched mask will erase any tell-tale signs before your Monday morning workday begins.   The Body Shop Viatmin E Sink-In Moisture Mask ($22), available at thebodyshop.ca.   GALLERY: The 10 best anti aging eye creams

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Face masks: Clarisonic Detoxifying Clay Mask

Clarisonic devotees will become addicted to this clay mask that tightens, deep cleans and exfoliates dead skin cells away.   Clarisonic Detoxifying Clay Mask ($27), available at sephora.ca.   EYE CARE 101: Your daily routine

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