As we have just passed January, we can easily forget our resolutions or changes we wanted to make this year. With Christmas antics and indulgences long gone, it is worth thinking about how fresh your feeling and whether you may want to embrace a change here and there to spruce up your beauty routine.
If you would like to find out what you could do to freshen up your skin, try a new makeup look, or make a free and EASY lifestyle change leaving you looking and feeling completely rejuvenated – then look no further. My best advice is below.
Wake up your skin:
You may already have a fixed skin care routine with your favorite products but seeing as it’s a new year, why not use this time to freshen up your routine slightly.
Our skin is a clever living organ and like us, it can get bored. If you’ve been using the same products to look after your skin for over 8 to 12 months your skin will be seriously lacking interest.
When our skin gets used to the same products, it can become less beneficial because your skin will be predicting them.
However, I do know from years of experience how tremendously hard it can be to find skin care that works and quite nerve racking having to repeat the process.. To ease yourself into the idea, I recommend introducing something new into the mix every so often or changing either 1 or 2 of your daily products to something different.
I challenge you to embrace a little change and tweak something in your routine. Perhaps try a different mask or exfoliator this month? Remind your skin you are still looking after it, with a little TLC goes a long way.
If you are not using a consistent skin care routine, your first step on the journey to feeling fresh is using a cleanser and moisturizer in the morning and before you go to bed.
My favourite masks & exfoliators:
- Decleor phytopeel
This beautiful product is a grain free exfoliator AND mask in one. It should firstly be applied like a mask to the whole face, once completely dry it is designed to be gently rubbed away in upwards motions whilst supporting the skin. This gently exfoliates dead skin cells and imperfections. Enriched with Thyme and Green clay, this is a great product for those with more sensitive or dry skin that find grainy exfoliators irritating. This will sooth the skin whilst brightening.
- Eve Lom Rescue Mask
An ideal mask for those with oily, combination or problematic skin. However it also being a ‘resque’ product have in your skin care box if you are having a particular ‘bad skin day’. This mask being a mixture of honey-infused kaolin clay, camphor and almond extracts gives it multi-tasking properties such deep-cleanses, brightening, reducing puffiness or blotchiness and tackling problems such as minimising imperfections.Use this once a week if you feel you have a troublesome complexion or if like me just use it when you feel you need extra TLC- I particularly love it for jet lag and applying it on a long-haul flight to fight puffiness.
- Make your own!
For those who find it hard to find a product that doesn’t irritate their skin or if you are interested in completely natural ingredients, Try making your own! Here’s a recipe for an all natural nourishing mask that come in altered depending on your skin type:
Avocado, Oat and Yoghurt Mask (with honey or egg whites):
- Mash half a ripe avocado.
This beautiful oily fruit has essential vitamins such as Vitamin A, E, B and K as well as fatty amino acids which moisturise and sooth the skin leaving it soft and supple.
- Oats 2 tbsp.
The oats will act as an exfoliator to use before you remove the mask. The oats should remain uncooked if you prefer a deeper exfoliation otherwise cook the oats in water ever so slightly so they are softer, this will still exfoliate but won’t be as rough for those with more sensitive skin.The oats will absorb excess oils on the skin’s surface and help remove dead skin cells.
- 1tbsp Live natural yoghurt.
The yoghurt will give extra lubrication and moisture to the mask as well as adding extra benefits from the natural enzymes in the yogurt that can also help soothe any inflammation and irritation.
- Bonus ingredient for different skin types:
– Add honey for dry or sensitive skin types – Great for its antibacterial and moisturising properties. It will leave your skin bright and nurioused. Try to use Manuka honey where possible for higher levels of minerals and vitamins.
– Add egg whites for an oily/combination skin type – Egg white contains an ingredient known as lysozyme which helps treat acne by minimising their cell walls and reducing bacteria on the surface of the skin. It also tightens and shrinks large pores which can often appear on an oily skin type.