Give your skin a beauty bootcamp
It’s well documented that changing up your workout routine can shock your body into better results, so why not do the same for your boring beauty routine. A beauty bootcamp could do the same thing for your skin that a week of workouts will do for your body. Shake things up and bring back that dewy look that sometimes fades due to the demands of a busy life.
Natural, botanical beauty is gaining popularity among beauty experts, and if you haven’t tried it yet, it may be just what your tired skin needs to restore it to its former glow-ry.
Pick five products designed to boost hydration, add moisture, target fine lines, deep cleanse and moisturise, and incorporate them into your beauty routine over five days and watch your skin regain its vitality. Here are the hero products you should include:
Serums differ from moisturisers in that they don’t "make room" for traditional emollients or thickeners - these are the ingredients that create a lotion or rich creamy texture. Likewise, serums won’t contain sunscreen actives like a daytime moisturiser would. Instead, serums use that extra space to pack in other beneficial ingredients or even more antioxidants than any other product in your routine. Korres Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum is a golden, silky treatment that will make skin glow.
Follow up your serum with moisturiser that’s full of plant based anti-oxidants and is designed to keep skin plumped and hydrated all day long. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is designed for daily use and 24-hour moisture. Plant proteins protect against cold weather and a Desert Plant Extract helps to prevent moisture loss, hydrating skin even in the most demanding environments.
After cleansing and before retiring to bed, night oil should be the next step on your beauty bootcamp list. Choose oil that contains retinol, an ingredient beauty aficionados swear by for its ability to fight fine lines and loss of elasticity. Stella McCartney swears by the transformative powers of Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. The oil – which contains blue tansy, chamomile and avocado seed oil to keep redness and irritation at bay - is a surprising blue colour which actually dries clear and just a few drops promises to improve skin texture leaving it soft and supple.
To finish your nighttime routine slather a cream over the night oil. Pick a face moisturirser which contains healing ingredients that will work hard on your skin overnight. Eve Lom’s Radiance Lift Cream is infused with oat kernel and a cocktail of antioxidants, including rosehip, raspberry and carrot oil. The rich, firming moisturiser works to boost to elasticity and combat uneven skin tone, and improve suppleness to reveal a smooth, refined appearance.
A facial mask is probably the most relaxing part of your beauty routine. But make sure you pick one that will work hard deep down. Choose a mask with clay and charcoal to detoxify and cleanse the skin and pores deeply without irritation. Kaolin clay mineral also moisturises, balances and hydrates for a clearer, more refined, stronger, and healthier looking complexion. Origins Clear Improvement Mask to Clear Pores contains active charcoal, white China clay to absorb environmental pollutants, while lecithin dissolves impurities.