Here’s to this year being smoother and brighter than the last — and I’m wishing the same for my complexion. Ring in the New Year with a refresh to your skincare routine to wash away any festive (much-needed) overindulgence. So much has been out of our control over the past year but if there’s one thing we can keep in check, it’s a skincare regime. I know we’ve all made and broken New Year’s resolutions over the years but resolving to dedicate a little more self-care to your skincare regime seems like something I’m keen to stick to, especially when all the products are lined up on my bathroom shelf. I wanted to put a post together of all the skincare bits I reckon you’ll need to wake up clearer and fresher this January.
A barrier against blue light
Did you know the blue light from your computer may be giving you wrinkles? Me neither! Skincare brand Digital Defence has identified HEV blue light as ‘this generation’s silent ager’ and it has developed a range designed to block 100% blue light. Working in a similar way to sunblock, the Digital Defence skincare range is going to help keep your skin hydrated and prevent wrinkles forming while you’re tapping away on your laptop all day. The products I’ll be adding to my skincare routine are the moisturiser and eye cream — essentials if you’re already susceptible to dry skin and looking to lock in moisture.
Day & Night Moisturising Protection Cream, Digital Defence
Dual Action Eye Cream, Digital Defence
Superfoods in your skincare
What’s a new year without a promise to get more fruit and veg? Surely, adding it to your skincare routine counts too. Besides, I can’t get enough of the Elemis Superfood collection. The jelly exfoliator is a great one for waking you up in the morning and giving your skin a smooth, bright start to the day. The Vital Veggie Mask is ideal when your skin is in need of some TLC. Pop on for 10 minutes to give your skin a shot of green goodness.
Superfood Vital Veggie Mask, Elemis
Protecting against the cold weather
The temperature only has to drop a couple of degrees for dry and chapped lips to make an appearance, doesn’t it? Arm yourself against the elements with a restorative lip balm. I’m a huge fan of El & So’s balm blended from shea butter, jojoba, sweet almond and olive oils. I couldn’t resist adding its Milk & Honey face cream to my order as well. It’s a fairly thick, soft and luxurious moisturiser that will keep your skin hydrated and nourished when the cold weather hits.
Restorative Lip Balm, El & So
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A smooth and radiant skincare routine
Bioderma is a skincare brand that I use all-year-round. Its creams, moisturisers, serums and toners reliably keep my skin smooth and any breakouts at bay. In particular, it’s good for sensitive skin and, if you’re looking for something for your teen, Bioderma is always a good choice. The Hydrabio Sérum gives skin an instant hydration boost by working with your skin’s natural hydration mechanisms — good to pop on after you’ve cleansed and toned. I like the Hydrabio Gel-Crème because it makes a good base for makeup, leaving your skin looking radiant and refreshed.
Hydrabio Sérum, Bioderma
Hydrabio Gel-Crème, Bioderma
Anti-ageing skincare essentials
We’re all in need of something to fight against fine lines and my picks from Institut Esthederm do just that. If you haven’t already, I’d recommend adding a retinoid product to your routine for improving complexion and collagen production. This Intensive Retinol Cream promises to give a “new skin effect” — perfect for kickstarting your New Year’s skincare routine. It’ll make skin appear firmer and smoother, which obviously translates to more youthful! The Hyaluronic Serum is a good one to use alongside the Retinol Cream for fighting against the dryness that can lead to wrinkles.
Intensive Retinol Cream, Institut Esthederm
Intensive Hyaluronic Serum, Institut Esthederm
Something for nighttime
As the morning is about brightening and refreshing, the evening is about unwinding and relaxing. Essential oils are good for the evening because of their incredible ability to help stress and anxiety relief. On the skincare side of things, they nourish skin, lock in moisture and improve complexion. Moonlight from KNature Care is a favourite blend because it smells divine! It’s a mix of lemon, ylang-ylang, and neroli. If you’re suffering from acne, rosacea or oily skin, you’ll probably be better suited to the Reflections option, which is specially designed to prevent acne and reduce blackheads.
Moonlight, KNature Care
Reflections, KNature Care
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