Beauty: Does your skin need a little TLC?
For a midwinter pick-me-up, I’m loving these super-nourishing powerhouses
It’s only the second day of the New Year, so I thought I’d share my current favourite items for putting my best face forward ‒ or at least my best-cared-for face in the midst of winter. I find at this time of year my skin needs a bit of TLC to protect against the cold and windy weather outside and the central heating inside.
Let’s begin with cleansing and the new Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Cleanser (£9.99, uk.theinkeylist.com). This is a lovely lightweight gel, which gently but efficiently removes dirt and make-up. Thanks to the hyaluronic acid element it also flushes the skin with hydration so it looks and feels plumper, and helps to reduce moisture loss, meaning the effects last throughout the day.
And now to hydration. The new Curél Deep Moisture Spray (£19.50, boots.com) is an easy way to add an extra layer of moisture in the morning as part of your routine and also throughout the day as and when it’s needed – even on top of make-up. The aerosol nozzle delivers a very fine mist of micro-ceramides, which support the skin’s barrier, thereby preventing dehydration and reducing the appearance of fine lines and dullness. It couldn’t be easier to use: simply spritz it on from 20cm away and press it in.
I love a face oil, especially at this time of year when my skin just drinks it up, and Universal Face Oil by Mara (£60, contentbeautywellbeing.com) is my latest go-to. Mara is fairly new to these shores though already a cult brand in its native US. Its luxe oil is a fantastic addition to my bathroom and comes infused with marine algae – great for hydration and as an antioxidant to protect skin against external aggressors – as well as moringa oil, which is excellent at treating dryness. It also gives your skin a lovely glow.
For a night-time treatment, try Niod’s serious-sounding Copper Amino Isolate Lipid 1% (£70, deciem.com). This is a gem of a creation with a light gel-to-oil texture that works in multiple ways, including moisturising and hydrating as well as supporting the skin’s collagen and fibroblast production to help with volume and firmness. Don’t be put off by the pale-blue colour – it becomes transparent as you apply it. Now I’m not saying a cream can be the same as a facelift, but this really has made my skin look and feel better, healthier and more luminous.
Try some buff love
It’s the perfect time to get into good habits for the 363 days ahead of us, and for me that includes recommitting to daily dry body brushing. It gets the lymphatic system moving (helping the body to flush out toxins) and exfoliates. It’s also a great way to wake yourself up a bit in the morning. I really love the Energizing Dry Brush, a new launch by Keys Soulcare (founded by the singer Alicia Keys). As well as its dark beech-wood look ‒ a refreshing change from the usual pale colour ‒ it also has biodegradable vegan bristles for added eco appeal. £22, keyssoulcare.com.