ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS – GLOWING SKIN

Party season is fast approaching, and one of the first things to suffer from over indulgence is our skin (oh….. and the liver!),  Follow our tips to keep your skin soft, supple and glowing throughout Christmas and into the new year.  Remember your skin is for life, not just for Christmas.

Cleanse and cleanse again; Healthy, glowing skin starts by cleaning it properly with a suitable product which doesn’t strip the natural oils.Once you’ve been prescribed a suitable cleanser make sure you use it accordingly.  The first cleanse will remove surface dirt, sweat, dead skin cells and make-up.  By repeating the process you’re cleaning out the pores, stimulating circulation and gently taking away any excess dead skin cells.  Your skin should feel clean and not tight or sore. www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5siA_gqc5c

Exfoliate: Use a gentle exfoliator at least once a week to remove the build up of dead cells and reveal a brighter complexion. Your product shouldn’t feel overly scratchy on the skin and you should use a gentle massaging action to work the product into the skin.  Don’t scrub at it as though you’re sanding the skirting boards!!

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Keep hydrated: We’re made up of 70{a726284e4702f6c98763c39b5d33e401a9dd11829ac24ecf2cbfeef87ee94f49} water and need to keep our fluid levels up so that all our organs can function to their optimum, including our skin.  As standard we all know that we’re expected to drink 6-8 glasses per day. In the winter this never seems as achievable as in the warmer summer months because we naturally want something warm and comforting.  If you can, try to have a small water before your coffee or tea, and serve a smaller quantity of your hot drink. Central heating will cause you to dehydrate more quickly, and real fires and woodburners may cause your skin to dry out and become more sensitive – so try not to sit too close.

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Don’t sleep in your make-up: Your skin is at its’ most active when you’re asleep (even when it’s a drink induced one) and will renew/regenerate skin cells.  If you leave your make up on then the pores can become blocked as the cells can’t push through resulting in inflammation, congestion and spots.

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Moisturise: By moisturising you are preventing essential water (moisture) loss through your skin, keeping your hydration levels under control.  If your moisturiser feels too heavy then it usually means the oil content or another ingredient isn’t right for your skin.  Alternatively if your skin feels tight even after moisturising then the product is too light for you. Moisturising also helps protect your skin from extremes of temperature and provides a smooth base to apply foundation.

SPF: Even in the winter months you are exposed to the same level of UVA rays as in the summer: it’s just the UVB rays that become much weaker. UVA causes ageing whilst UVB is the one responsible for burning.  Therefore your daytime moisturiser should have at least an SPF of 15 to combat fine lines and ageing.

Make a new year resolution: Your skin is exposed to the elements and environment every day, and it needs looking after; resolve to cleanse, tone and moisturise every day and by next Christmas your skin will naturally be sporting a healthy glow.

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