How To Rejuvenate Skin After The Season Of Overindulgence

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It’s officially January, the time of “New Year, new you!” - only some of us haven’t spotted the new us yet and we are still waiting for them to magically appear. Well, the bad news is they’re not going to unless you put some work in, but the good news is we’ve put together our best total skin detox plan to help you on your way. So get your pens ready as we reveal the tips and tricks you need to know to improve your skin care routine and inject some life into your look.

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Diet - It’s no great secret that what we eat affects the quality of our skin and it can take up to a few weeks for the state of our diet to show on our faces. This is why many of us experience a total complexion melt-down come early January, all those cheese boards and glasses of red are finally catching up with us. The good news is the solution is simple and comes with multiple benefits for your entire body, you guessed it - it’s time to put down the Ferrero Rocher, tip that old wine down the sink and start afresh. By introducing lots of leafy greens, fresh fish and antioxidant stuffed berries you can give your malnourished skin a boost of life from the inside. Whilst roast potatoes and mince pie pastries are oh so delicious, simple carbohydrates can cause hormone fluctuations which are a key cause of breakouts, so try to cut down on your breads, pastas and cakes. This diet overhaul can seem difficult at first, but after just 2 weeks the difference to your face and general well being will be incredible. You’ll feel fresher, look better and it can also improve any embarrassing stomach problems you’ve developed after a month of intense dairy consumption. However, if you’re currently taking any medications or suffering from illness it’s always best to consult your doctor before dramatically switching your diet. Small changes over time is the best way to a long-lasting diet makeover that will do wonders for your skin, so don’t expect a transformation overnight.

Home Remedies - Are you a fan of cooking? Why not whip up some homemade remedies for an intensive (and inexpensive) nourishing skin treatment. Kym Douglas, beauty expert from The Doctors, recommends mixing together yeast, lemon juice and a little water for a blemish-banishing home treatment that should be left on the affected area for 10 minutes. If you’re suffering from tired, dry skin you can also try mixing 3tbsp fresh cream, ¼ of an avocado and 1tbsp of honey for a nourishing mask that should be left on for 1 hour to reveal dewy, youthful skin. No time for cooking up homemade cosmetics? A great nourishing mask to renew your partied-out skin is this Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask from Chantecaille £60 which soothes, brightens and hydrates irritated skin. Not sure which mask is right for your skin? Try taking our quick and free online questionnaire to gain access to your beauty matches.

Sleep - If you’ve been enjoying a few too many parties and not enough nap time, chances are your lack of sleep is showing on your face. Looking pale, sunken and dark around the eyes? Bingo. The holidays can sometimes be more stressful than they are restful and to make matters more depressing by the time it comes to returning to work, this can regularly cause grey, lacklustre skin. Lack of sleep results in excess cortisol production, a stress hormone, which in large quantities can break down collagen in the skin - the protein that’s needed to keep skin smooth and elastic. Furthermore, lack of sleep also commonly results in reduced Human Growth Hormone production which is needed to repair general wear and tear. So to give your skin a boost in the most relaxing way possible, try to get at least 7 hours sleep a night. You’ll think clearer, feel better and look flawless. Having trouble drifting off at night? This Deep Sleep Shower Gel from This Works £15 may be what you need to get a good night’s sleep. This calming formula, containing lavender and chamomile extracts, soothes the skin leaving you feeling relaxed and ready for bed.

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Consistent Care - Establish a skin care routine which works for you. If you’ve got all the amazing skin care products money can buy, but have no established routine with which to apply them, skin care can become unpredictable and will give you unpredictable results. It’s easier, more effective and all round more efficient to establish a daily routine that works for you, using only the products you need. There are certain products that should be used daily, such as cleansers and moisturisers, whilst other products may only suit being used on your skin 2 or 3 times a week, such as intensive exfoliators. For an in depth description of the purpose of each product and advice on creating the perfect skin care routine for you, check out this helpful guide from Paula’s Choice, experts in skin care. Not sure which products to include in your new routine? Take our online questionnaire to gain access to the skin care products which are matched specifically to your needs.

Kick The Habit - If you’re attempting a January skin care transformation whilst smoking or using sun beds, chances are anything you try will have little to no effect. Smoking is incredibly harmful for skin and affects its appearance rapidly. By reducing the blood flow to the skin, smoking accelerates ageing as it causes collagen and elastin to breakdown resulting in fine lines, wrinkles and red veins that are visible on the surface. It can also slow down the skin’s ability to heal, meaning if you’re suffering from blemishes they’ll likely last longer and leave bigger scars. At My Beauty Matches we’re not fans of telling people what they can and can’t do, but if you have problematic skin and you smoke many attempts to improve the health of your skin will likely fail. With this in mind it may be worth considering other options such as cutting down or switching to an e-cigarette - for more advice on reducing your smoking and the support you can receive, check out these 10 self-help tips from the NHS. If your poison is sun beds, it may also be time to consider a change. Sun beds rapidly speed up the ageing process of the skin as a result of damage from the harmful UV rays they emit. It has been proven reliably that exposing yourself to this kind of damage can result in cancer, so ditch the risk and switch to a safe, cheaper and easier option such as tanning lotions. You can shop our extensive range of safe, home-tanning products here.

When you’re at the start of a January detox, it can seem like a daunting task, but if you consider the positive outcomes of making just a few changes to your lifestyle, we think you’ll realise it’s well worth the effort. The important thing is to start with small changes, one at a time, that you’re likely to stick to. If you live like a saint for the entire of January but then fall off the wagon completely come the 1st of February, it will have a limited impact on your overall health. Gradually changing small aspects of your lifestyle will result in a happier, healthier you that lasts all year. Sounds good, right?

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