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Coming out of the party season and into the New Year, we’re desperate for a detox and a fresh start, and the skin’s no different. The combination of late nights, heavy party make-up and a few too many bubbles has likely left our skin feeling dirty, dull and dehydrated.
So, whilst you’re signing up to a new gym programme and stocking up on health foods, why not put your skin on a fitness plan too? Keep on reading to find out how you can detox with some of the most beloved products from Dermalogica, Australia’s favourite professional skincare brand.
First thing’s first, give your complexion a much needed deep clean and smooth that dull, flaky skin away. There really is no better way to remove build-up and revive less than perky skin than with exfoliation.
If you’re feeling particularly congested or breaking out, look for an exfoliant containing Salicylic Acid. This superior exfoliating acid helps decongest the pores and reduce the incidence of breakouts. The Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant contains Salicylic Acid, along with dead skin-digesting enzymes and breakout clearing Sulphur. It also teams up as a creamy masque, so will enrich the skin with some much needed replenishment.
For the ultimate detox, look for products that contain Activated Binchotan Charcoal. This incredibly powerful form of Charcoal attracts and binds itself to impurities in the pores, ridding them of any holiday-induced damage! You’ll find Activated Binchotan Charcoal in the Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant, a powder based exfoliant, along with the exfoliating and perfecting Charcoal Rescue Masque.
Feed the skin from the outside in after exfoliating by applying a masque. Alcohol, sun and lack of sleep can push the skin’s moisture levels into the negative, and leave it feeling fragile and reactive.
The Dermalogica MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque is perfect for stressed out skins, and will lace the complexion with a much-needed dosage of nutrients. Slather on a generous layer and take a few minutes of ‘me time’ — you can even meditate a little to balance stress. If your skin is truly screaming out for replenishment, then leave this masque on overnight and rinse off in the morning to reveal happier, healthier skin.
The New Year is the perfect time to make improvements and introduce new habits. Adding a targeted treatment into your daily skincare routine will make a world of difference to the health of your skin. It may be as simple as adding the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster to your daily moisturiser to help revitalise parched skin and minimise fine lines.
Alternatively, if your skin is on the dry side, look for a daily essential oil blend. Essential oils can hydrate, oxygenate, as well as detoxify the skin, making them a perfect companion for going into the New Year. The Overnight Repair Serum from Dermalogica’s advanced AGEsmart line works with the skin’s own natural nighttime regeneration process to deeply nourish and strengthen, in addition to smoothing away fine lines. Come morning, your skin will be beaming with radiance!
On a final note, one of the best resolutions you can make for yourself and your skin this year is getting more sleep. Even though sleep is a time for our minds to rest, for our skin, it’s quite the opposite. In fact, nighttime is prime time for your skin to catch up, repairing and restoring any damage brought about by the stresses of the day. So, if you’re not getting enough quality shut eye, then your skin is missing out.
Don’t forget to look after your eyes and lips before you head to bed, as these areas generally age faster than others, and so, need a little help. Keep your pout looking perfect with the Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment, which can be applied before bed all over the lips and surrounding skin to encourage plumpness and hydration.
If getting lots of sleep is incompatible with your lifestyle, at least keep the eye area looking fresh using the Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift. This four-in-one eye mask helps to firm, revitalise and hydrate the under eyes for a brighter, tighter look. Although it’s not a substitute for sleep, it’ll give the impression you’ve managed to squeeze in an extra hour or two.
Make 2018 the year of great skincare and early nights, and healthy, glowing skin will be yours!
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I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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