Be the total package with great skin and hair saving products!
It is all too easy to become a little complacent when it comes to beauty routines. Sometimes we only ever think about the finished look - a great coloured lip, a smokey eye or even a sleek, frizz-free mane. But when you don't take care of the basics, like the maintenance of your skin and hair, the end result can be more 'meh' than amazing! This is especially the case when the weather starts to get cold- the chilly weather, indoor heating and scalding hot showers can all have a negative impact on your hair and skin. To get rid of the 'blahs' next time you look in a mirror and find your reflection looking a little tired, you need to invest a little time and get some hard working products to help you ace the basics of brilliant beauty. Read on for our top product picks of the moment to help get you back into the best beauty shape of your life this season!
Skin care SOS
We have all heard it before. Your skin is the bodies largest organ and needs constant attention to keep it looking fresh and healthy. Of course, we all know that eating right, drinking plenty of water and removing your makeup before bed are some of the keys to skin success. However, even if you usually abide by these rules, you aren't immune from tired, dehydrated skin. Different environmental factors can also play a part. When you skin needs to be brought back from the brink, there are a few products that can help. EmerginC Hydra Repair Intensive Topical Infusion Capsules are definitely one of them! This container of little capsules might look like it houses vitamins, but you actually use the contents inside on your face! They boost the restorative power of essential lipids and add hydration within the skin to visibly improve tone and clarity. These capsules are best used on cleansed skin, before moisturiser - as they make skin more receptive to nourishing creams, helping the moisture penetrate further - and can be used morning and night.
Another product pick of the moment for tired and dull skin? The Avéne Ystheal + Emulsion. This anti-aging night moisturiser purifies and pampers the skin by nourishing cells from deep within. The formula is designed to boost skin's natural restorative processes and fight the numerous causes of premature aging (which reduces the appearance of the first lines and wrinkles - yay!) We recommend integrating this moisturiser into your skincare regime with use straight before bedtime. If you want to go the extra step towards fab skin, also incorporating Avéne's Eluage Eye Contour Cream will help to keep the sensitive skin around the eyes happy and line-free.
For a weekly treat that severly dehydrated and tired skin will love, we also can't go past Skinvitals Hydraflex Face Cloth Treatment Masks. At home cloth masks are the equivalent of splashing out on a nourishing facial - they give skin a big boost of moisture, super fast. In just 15 minutes, skin appears brighter and more even-toned. With regular use skin appears firmer, more contoured and re-densified!
Remember, dry air conditioning and heating plus overly hot water in the shower all affect your skin. Try your best to keep the environmental factors in your life regulated to give your skin the best chance of looking and feeling good from the beginning. And don't forget to clean your makeup brushes and pillow cases regularly too! After all, every little bit helps...
Hair care SOS
Dry and brittle hair is the most common factor when girls complain that they can't get their hair to grow! Hair that isn't nourished can result in split-ends, and split-ends means hair that can snap and break off - not so fun if you wished for long locks! To combat environmental factors, like dry air (a common problem in winter due to heating systems) as well as heat styling and bleaching, which is also not friendly to hair, you need to start using a great shampoo and conditioner. We love Sebastian Professional Hydre Shampoo and Hydre Conditioner. Both are made from aloe vera and soy proteins that naturally provide moisture and shine to hair. Best of all, after frequent use, hair follicles are strengthened and ends are sealed with this shampoo and conditioner that also de-frizzes and detangles.
If you want a little extra oomph to get your hair back into great shape, you can't go past an amazing hair oil. Our current pick is the Orofluido Beauty Elixer and Gold Shimmer Dust. The oil has a delicious amber fragrance with a vanilla foundation plus comes with a stunning atomiser filled with sparkling golden powder to spritz over the hair as a pretty finishing touch. To use, simply apply a quarter-sized amount of the oil to your hands and rub between your palms. Run your hand through your damp hair, to evenly disperse oil through it. It is best to avoid the roots of your hair, as this is where sebum can build up - and is also usually not where your hair needs nourishment! Focus on the ends instead and twist the product through your hair to make sure each strand gets its fair share of the oil! Finish with the shimmer for the silkiest locks around!
Other top tips for your locks are to make sure not to brush hair too vigourously whilst it is still wet (as damp hair is easier to snap) as well as using anti-snag hair ties. Our favourites are the Twistbands range, which come in a huge range of cute colours!
If you follow these simple steps, your skin and hair should all be on their way to a better condition! Then you are free to go crazy with any makeup and hair styles you want to try. Afterall, the best art is made from a clean and fresh canvas! Enjoy! - Lauren