Low maintenance winter skin care:
# Gentle but effective cleansing is a must. No serum or cream will ever work on dirty, congested skin. I cleanse my face with a mild rose cleanser, the minute I get home. Once a week, it’s worth to double cleanse, using pure soap, Evian water and a soft brush. Then I slather on, the face masque. Especially on those pesky laughter lines.
# Following a heavy cocktail ridden night, I drink a large glass of water before going to bed. I also keep a large glass of water by my bedside table. In the morning rehydrate, with a glass of mixed coconut water & water melon juice.
# No exfoliating granules for me, which are like a Brillo pad for the skin, destroy marine life, (and clog the bathroom!). That’s what a good skin brush is for, or a plain, clean flannel – free exfoliation and zero irritation (just dont scrub aggressively with the brush)! It’s a no brainer.
# Facial massage and correct cream application it’s what makes the difference. I’ve picked up some good massage tips from my Ayurvedic facialist. She has magic touch and recommends cold pressed oils for everything, even oily skin. Best money ever spend.
# For colder weather, is worth investing in a good serum under a simple moisturising face cream. Quality Serums seem to have become essential for anyone over 25! There are so many different types, so put your money visiting a specialist shop, like spaceNk for advice. The advantage is that they carry many brands – and the sales assistants there seem quite knowledgeable. They should be able to suggest something suitable, based on your age & lifestyle. Ask questions, request samples, and don’t forget to insist on cruelty free. Nothing good ever came from cruelty. This and this, is where I refer for good info.
# Anyone, of any age, suffering from acne would do well to steer clear of serums and self medicating and find a good doctor for personalised prescriptions. And don’t ignore the power of eating well, adding fresh vegetables and removing sugar. Painful I know…
# Party, evening & daily make up is simple but choosing the very best can also act as a regular skin treat. Following the great Naomi’s recommendation, invested in Iope cushion creams, and never looked back, (tinted creams and blushers with SPF) lip & eye colours from byTerry. I don’t buy much since once opened, they only last 6-8 months tops.
# Ultimately there are no ‘youth enhancing’ serums or creams. What you eat, how much you exercise and lifestyle makes all the difference. Smokers have pale dry skin, as it is being asphyxiated- essentially it is deprived of oxygen. Those of us who indulge in excessive sugar, or processed food? That makes for red-ish angry looking skin. Too many cocktails? (And who can resist this time of year?) Big Black Bags (and I don’t mean CHANEL) under the eyes
# Using too many products can aggrevate the skin. Likewise some cheaper products are made with inferior ingredients so read the small print. Personally, I avoid anything containing either mineral or Palm oil, alcohol, or laureth sulphite. Actively search for products with expensive ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, (though beware, as this can create dryness for some) quality cold pressed oils, and bees wax. I am not suggesting anyone spends hundreds on a face cream, but look for quality. Some organic & natural brands are surprisingly affordable and super effective.
# adding a specialist eye product. Is it Worth the extra cost and time? Will report back.
Thought of the day: # “if you spend on shoes and handbags more than you spend on good skin care, you will become a 60 year old woman with vintage wardrobe and alligator skin.” Quote Caroline Herons. She is a hard woman she is…
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