I always start the New Year by giving my skincare regime an overhaul. Having to deal with the wet, cold, icy and windy weather usually means by end of January my face has more lines than my A-Z (this of course has nothing to do with alcohol and sugar consumption at Christmas). So I start January with a weekly DIY facial - if you want to join me here are a few tips to get you started!
1. Start by cleansing your face – any cleanser will do, its job is to remove not add to the skin so you don’t have to spend a fortune – however, avoid soap which can be drying. For the ultimate in luxury though try Espa’s Nourishing Cleansing Balm, a skin softening beeswax that contains oils of Sweet Almond, Orange Peel, Rosewood and Geranium and when massaged onto damp skin turns into a rich cream which cleanses the face without stripping away any natural oils, simply remove with the muslin cloth provided to allow for a clean base for the next step.
2. Exfoliation is a key part of a beauty regime to help prevent the formation of blackheads by unblocking pores and getting deeper into the skin to lift any dirt and grime. Apply a small amount to your face whilst avoiding eye area then massage in gently. Again Espa’s Refining Skin Polish is gentle enough to use on sensitive skin and will brighten a dull and congested complexion.
3. Using a face mask is a good way to feed the skin with active ingredients. Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Mask contains Hyaluronic Acid to help trap moisture making the skin feel soft and supple. It also helps protect the skin with lycopene rich Tomato Seed lipids - lycopene is a natural compound that can actually block UV rays one of the skins biggest enemies. Generously apply twice a week to relieve dry, stressed out skin conditions.
4. Finally it’s worth investing in a good moisturiser. During winter central heating, cold, harsh air and even heating from your car can play havoc with your skins moisture levels causing dehydration. If you’re going to splash out on any part of your skincare spend on a product which gets results - I love Estee Lauders Revitalizing Supreme Global – it’s cost productive as can be used day and night. The 10 patented formula of IntuiGen Technology is inspired by genetics and derived from natural ingredients such as Black Bamboo Extract, which is said to revitalize skin cells. Thirsty skin will drink in the ingredients which combat signs of ageing and whilst it doesn’t contain Sun Protection Factor, it does contain a selection of anti-irritants including caffeine and Vitamin E to protect and soothe.
There are also lots of other tips you can do, to help you keep skin savvy during winter.
· Get outside as much as possible especially if the sun makes a rare appearance - we all need our quota of Vitamin D!
· Place bowls of water near radiators to help humidify the air and stop the dry heat from sapping the skin of moisture.
· Always use a Sun Protection Factor in addition to your face cream if it doesn’t contain it.
· Dehydrated skin is not a type but a condition and is treatable. However, left untreated those lines will become more permanent! Water helps, but to really feed the skin increase your intake of Essential Fatty Acids and Omega Oils with a diet rich in oily fish, such as salmon, seeds and protein rich nuts – essential for repair and building skin cells.
· My best tip of all is to watch re-runs of your favourite comedies and have a good old giggle. It’s only a few months until spring and the best lines are definitely laughter lines!
Estee Lauder available at The New Pharmacy, Brentwood
Dermalogica available at Tres Chic, Brentwood
Espa available at www.espaonline.co.uk
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