This one’s for all of the lazy girls who love the idea of radiant AF skin, but in reality, aren’t really willing to put in the groundwork. We’ll be real with you guys, getting a glow isn’t easy… Well, that is, unless you have these skin-saving products in your life. These multitasking products will allow you to put in minimum effort and get maximum results – and some times you might just need to fake it with the best glow-giving makeup products! Even if you’re not a self-proclaimed lazy girl, these products need to be on your radar…
Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment
One of the most highly-recommended beauty products of all time, there’s a reason why lactic acid is the hero ingredient of this treatment – it’s amazing! It gently exfoliates the skin, removing pore-clogging dead skin cells while helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines with insane skin-plumping properties that also give you a radiant glow. It’s also enhanced with licorice, which will brighten and smooth the skin for a healthier-looking complexion. Honestly, we once had someone ask if we had a facial after using this once – now that’s a testament to its powers!
How to apply: Apply one pump to cleansed skin. Use in the evening, two or three times a week.
Shop it here, $158.
The Inkey List Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C is THE brightening, glow-enhancing vitamin that every gal needs. Vitamin C is a super-strength antioxidant that helps reduce the impact of pollution and sun damage that could trigger pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, and dullness – thank you, next! It’ll also help even out skin tone and boost collagen production. This serum is ideal as it’s not only super affordable, but it contains 30% pure ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in a water-free formulation, so it’s less likely to irritate your skin.
How to use: Apply a pea-sized amount onto cleansed skin. Follow with your fave moisturizer.
Shop it here, $10.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel Packettes
This two-step peel is basically a fast track ticket to glowing skin for lazy girls. Step one exfoliates the skin with AHAs while step two delivers a burst of hydrating antioxidants and skin smoothing retinol to help diminish the appearance of wrinkles. In total, you’ll deliver seven acids to your skin, but don’t worry, this two-step peel system comes in three different strengths (Sensitive, Universal, and Extra Strength), so you can find the right one for your skin type.
How to use: Apply step one to clean skin until the pad feels dry. Wait for two minutes and then follow with step two. Do not rinse after each step. We’d recommend using the pads one or twice a week at first, and gradually increasing usage, depending on how your skin reacts.
Shop it here, $88.
Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine
This bronzy-colored serum will transform even the thirstiest skin. It boasts a chronopeptide that imitates the benefits of antioxidant-rich vitamin D, as well as omega-rich marula oil, black seed oil, vitamin A, and vitamin F. The result? A formula that’s bursting with antioxidants that’ll help strengthen the skin’s protective barrier, leaving you with the I-just-got-back-from-my-vacay kinda glow.
How to use: Add a drop to your serum or moisturizer for an instant boost of glowing bronzed-goddess vibes. Do not use it alone – it’s way too potent!
Shop it here, $36.
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Whamisa by Glow Studio Charcoal Chai Tea Pore Refining Glow Pad
These charcoal and chai tea infused pads will gently buff away dead, dull skin leaving more radiant skin its place. Charcoal is an amazing detoxifier that helps extract sebum and dirt that’s blocking your pores. Chai tea extract is also super hydrating and is full of antioxidants that help brighten and protect the skin. They’re SO easy and convenient to use; perfect for when you’re in a rush (or just lazy AF).
How to use: After cleansing, massage the pad onto your skin using circular motions. Follow with your fave toner, unless you have sensitive skin, in which case you should rinse the formula with warm water first. Use two to three times a week.
Shop it here, $25.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask
This mask will take your skin from sad and dull to hydrated and luminous in 10 minutes. The jelly texture not only makes for a bomb selfie, but it’s made from watermelon extract, which is packed with hydrating antioxidants. It also boasts Centella Asiatica ‘tiger grass’ that aids the natural healing process in the skin, calming redness and irritation.
How to use: Apply to cleansed, toned skin. Leave on for 10 minutes then gently tap the remaining serum into the skin.
Physicians Formula Spotlight Illuminating Primer
If your skin is lacking luster, don’t worry; you can always fake that glow. We use this primer whenever our skin needs a new lease of life as it helps smooth the skin, creating a perfect base for makeup application, while enriching the skin with antioxidants and vitamins. Most importantly, it’s packed with pearls to give your skin a stunning, immediate glow.
How to use: Apply evenly onto a clean moisturized skin, then follow with your fave BB cream or foundation.
Shop it here, $16
MAC Iridescent Powder
MAC has seriously come through for you lazy girls on this one. With just one swipe of this loose powder, you’ll be looking lit from within. The pearl pigments give the most stunning shimmer in seconds and are universally flattering.
How to use: We like to mix this with a loose setting powder to add an all-over glow, but you can also use it directly on your cheekbones, nose bone, brow bone, and Cupid’s bow, because let’s be real, there’s no such thing as ‘too much’ highlighter.
Shop it here, $35.
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