How To Get The Valentines Day Skin You've Always Dreamed Of
Posted by Charlotte Connoley in Skin Care
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and by making just a few changes to your skin care routine, you really can make sure your skin is looking and feeling its best.
You Are What You Eat
Before you put anything on your skin, think about what you are putting into your body. What you eat can have a direct impact on the look of your skin. Too much in the way of processed foods, and snacks and drinks high in sugar and fat, can leave skin looking a little on the dull side. Cut out these foods as much as possible, and introduce a balanced diet, high in protein, fresh fruit and veg, not only will these changes boost your fluid intake, it will make sure your body and skin benefit from antioxidant - rich ingredients.
Making little changes will help boost skin’s appearance - grate a teaspoon of ginger, which is well known for its anti - inflammatory properties, into a cup of hot water and add the juice of half a fresh-squeezed lemon for a great start to the day. Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for skin health, and can be added to morning smoothies or sprinkled on salads to boost your intake with hardly any effort. Avocado and oily fish, such as salmon and sardines, are both great for skin, while citrus fruits and peppers are packed with skin hero Vitamin C.
Even at this time of year, it’s important to get outside and soak up any natural daylight. I’m a big fan of using sunscreen every day of the year to protect skin against any damaging rays. Caudalie’s Soleil Divin Anti Ageing Suncare SPF30, £18 is a lovely anti-ageing sun care cream that offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection without leaving skin feeling sticky.
Taking a little quiet time out to treat yourself to a home facial once a week gives the body and mind a chance to regroup. Start by double cleansing skin, remove all traces of makeup with a Micellar Water - Bioderma has a nice one which suits sensitive skin, £10.80 while Decleor Paris has a more luxurious offering, of a Soothing Micellar Water, £25 which is blended with essential rose oil. For those who prefer a creamier cleanser, Dr Hauschka has a lovely Soothing Cleansing Milk, £29 with gently removes makeup and daily build up. Follow up with the Dr Hauschka Cleansing Cream, £16 which forms a creamy paste with water to gently cleanse skin. For anyone who prefers a wash - off cleanser, Dermalogica’s Essential Cleansing Solution, £32 is a rich, non-foaming cleanser that helps maintain moisture levels.
Using a facial scrub will help to remove the top layer of dead skin cells, helping the fresh new skin cells underneath to show through and help to brighten your complexion. Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub, £24 works for all skin types and is made with pineapple, papaya and sesame oil.
Multi masking is a great way to work on specific skin concerns, I often tailor masks to my clients’ individual needs, using one type of mask on drier areas of the face for example and something else to treat a congested area. You can do the same at home, particularly if you have dry patches that might need a little extra moisture boost that isn’t required on the central panel of your face. PHB Ethical Beauty is a family business creating natural, paraben free, vegan products, their Hydrating Face Mask, £18.50 uses evening primrose and geranium to hydrate dry skin, while its Balancing Face Mask, £18.50 features tea tree and petitgrain to help you work towards a clearer complexion, both masks are non - drying and leave skin feeling soft and supple.
You should choose a moisturiser that speaks to your skin’s concerns. Oily skin still needs to be hydrated, but it won’t need the same level of moisturisation that dry skin needs. Skin Laundry’s Essential Daily Moisturiser, £28 works to strengthen and protect the skin’s barrier and is super hydrating, while Murad’s Skin Perfecting Lotion, £28 is an oil-free moisturising formula for skin prone to breakouts.