Because January is depressing enough..
Have you got a case of ‘winter face’? You know how it goes puffier than usual, dull and sallow looking skin with chapped lips and dark under-eye shadows? Well, it doesn’t have to be a January prerequisite. Here’s how to kick your face into shape and get your glow back, asap.
- Brighten a dull complexion
A dull complexion can come as a result of lifestyle factors “toxic diet, sluggish digestion, lack of sound sleep, pollution and all of that” although commonly, in winter, a build up of dead skin cells could be the key culprit. To avoid lifeless looking skin, make sure you exfoliate weekly. Either choose a manual exfoliator, like a scrub with non-abrasive natural ingredients such as jojoba beads, coconut husks or walnut shells that polish and refine the skin, or a chemical exfoliant with dead cell shifting acids like salicylic, lactic and glycolic or a natural enzyme like papaya.
2. Replenish dry skin
With your skin being exposed to harsh weather one minute and central heating the next, it’s no surprise that it feels dehydrated so quench it with moisture retaining skincare. Look for ingredients in your serum and moisturiser that are humectants, such as hyaluronic acid and glycerine as these will retain water. Targeted but gentle formulas should help soothe stressed skin and support the skin’s natural moisture barrier. And don’t forget to hydrate from the inside-out by drinking 2-3 litres of water a day which can include fruit infusions, herbal teas and coconut water.
3. Tone puffy cheeks
All the festive indulgences can show on your face as well as your waistline, so consider a diet cleanse which can help you beat your addictions to baddies like refined sugars, salt and caffeine all of which are notoriously ageing. Also incorporate some facial fitness into your daily routine by massaging in your skin products. This can help to de-puff the face by draining toxins, stimulating blood flow and lifting slack muscles.
4. Smooth flaky lips
Nothing says winter like chapped lips. As is the dilemma with our skin, the cold winds coupled with central heating conspire to dehydrate our once supple pout resulting in dryness, flaking, cracking and chapping. First up, resist the urge to lick them “this only makes matters worse” and remember to exfoliate by buffing away dead skin cells with a soft toothbrush or natural lip scrub. When choosing a lip balm avoid ones made with mineral oil or petroleum jelly which only sit on the surface and look for ingredients like lanolin, nut butters and plant oils
5. Correct dark shadows
Our paler complexions in winter can, unfortunately, emphasise our under-eye shadows as well as fatigue worsening them. Choose an eye cream positioned to hydrate, energise and brighten this delicate skin and look for products which dispense the formula with a massaging applicator to help with any puffiness. Follow your skincare with an illuminating concealer that reflects the light.
Try out this step by step and lets know if it really work for you.