When you see the words "radiant skin," or "glowing skin," or "hydrated skin," picture this shot of Michelle Williams at the New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend. Best example of all three, ever.
Does Michelle have a celeb skin-expert on call? Probably. Do you need one? It'd would be nice, right? But you really don't. If your skin doesn't already look like this, here's how to get it there without a skin therapist on staff:
1) Exfoliate gently and regularly. Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant, with lactic and salicylic acids, has a no-grain texture sensitive skin will love. It's even more gentle on skin than the beloved-by-many Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. Another excellent option is StriVectin Overnight Facial Resurfacing Serum (available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Murale). Its botanical ingredients include willow bark, which contains natural salicylic acid. I really like it because it's a time saver -- no rinsing/dry-off required. Apply, let absorb, then moisturize.
2) Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Throwing a rich night cream into your routine can get the job done if you don't mind the texture. Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Night Cream soups skin up with organic rosehip seed oil, which is crazy full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids skin needs to hold onto moisture. If you can't deal with rich cream on your face, hit a moisture-boosting serum, which can be layered under your regular face cream without feeling heavy on skin. Try L'Oreal Paris Skin Genesis Daily Treatment Serum Concentrate, which contains water-greedy hyaluronic acid. If you have more mature skin, consider Age Perfect Re-Cushioning Serum, which ups skin's moisture-retention ability with a ceramide complex. (Click through the next link to find out how ceramides help dry and itchy skin.)
3) Use a glow-boosting moisturizer or all-over illuminator. If you have poreless skin, Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Luminizer will give you the Michelle-Williams glow. If you find it a touch too shimmery, mix it with a little of your day moisturizer. Right now I'm obsessed with Origins VitaZing Energy-Boosting SPF 15 moisturizer. I would have included it in the "moisturize" section, but it's more than that: Its subtle tint makes skin look radiant without I-can-see-it shimmer, which is better for larger-pored or oily skin. And it prompts lovely comments like, "your skin looks amazing," and "you have great skin," and "your skin looks gorgeous."
4) Pop a peachy-pink cream blush. A cream or tint blended along the sides of the apples of the cheek gives that from-within finish. Think Nars The Multiple in Orgasm, of course. Or Make Up For Ever HD Blush in #6 (it's called a cream blush, but goes on more like a stain); CoverGirl & Olay Sculpting Blush in Plush Peach, or Tarte Cheek Stain in Blissful.
5) Hit the tinted lip balm. Can't leave lips out; if they're dry or chapped, they'll wreck the glowy-complexion look. I love Korres Lip Butter in Quince; Pomegranate would do as that peachy cheek colour, actually. And LipFusion Lip Conditioning Stick SPF 15 in Bitten -- also love, because of its smooth, non-waxy texture and built-in sunscreen.
I think I'll spend the rest of the day in hydrating face masks, and trying not to envy Michelle's pretty brows.
Image of Michelle Williams borrowed from JustJared.buzznet.com.