We may be well into January, but you’ve still got time to set a few beauty regimen resolutions!
The hedonism of Christmas and New Year’s is behind us, but for many, the festivities have left our complexions looking a little worn out, and in need of some extra care and attention. Time to refresh your memory of all those great natural beauty tips!
If you’re feeling the need to renew and refresh in 2019, here are 5 steps to thoroughly cleanse and detox your skin, with a few nods to some of our favourite small beauty brands.
Drinking heaps of water has too many health benefits to name here, but many people aren’t aware of its role as an everyday, all-natural beauty product. Out of all the skincare tips you’ve heard lately, make sure you take this one on board!
By keeping hydrated this year, you’ll help maintain your skin’s natural, healthy glow, and keep yourself looking and feeling refreshed throughout the day.
To make this resolution even healthier, start drinking warm water with lemon juice as part of your morning routine. Lemon juice is packed with vitamin C, which is great for protecting the body from immune system deficiencies. It also has powerful antibacterial properties, helping to fight infections and maintain digestive health.
Like many of us, you may have trouble remembering to drink enough water throughout the day. Here are some handy tips you might find useful to stay hydrated, even in winter.
If you haven’t already, 2019 might be the year to discover the double-cleanse method. This technique involves using a good oil-based cleanser in the evenings to melt away your makeup, followed by a traditional cleanser to clear away any residual product or grime.
Our favourite is this paraben-free Rejuvenating Facial Wash by Faith in Nature, made with organic aloe vera, known for its soothing and antioxidant properties. Faith in Nature has been a pioneer of natural, ethical products since it was started in 1974, so it will come as no surprise that we adore their range of cosmetic and skincare products.
Your next step is rejuvenating your skin by clearing away dead skin cells. Regular use of an exfoliator will buff away rough imperfections to give you baby-soft skin, all the while accentuating the benefits of your cleanser.
Face masks are great for a thorough skin detox, not to mention an indulgent treat, and the closest you’ll get to a spa treatment from the comfort of your home. While many women swear by clay mud masks, various popular sheet masks contain ingredients that penetrate the dermis, (the layer of skin beneath your visible skin) helping to reduce puffiness and keep your face hydrated.
Our favourite exfoliating product is this Honey & Camelina Facial Exfoliator by Bee Good. Bee Good is a small British cosmetic company based in the beautiful countryside of Hampshire, where all their products are made from local ingredients. As the name suggests, their products are characterised by natural ingredients taken from bees, such as honey, beeswax, and propolis.
In the peak of winter, blasting the heat indoors and the biting chill outside can leave your skin feeling worn-out and dehydrated.
With this in mind, you should be working to stave off the drying effects of winter with a moisturiser you can depend on. Those with mature skin might want to check out Look Fabulous Forever, an award-winning pro-age makeup and skincare brand dedicated to helping women embrace their age. By the way, we’re giving you the chance to WIN their entire range here.
Face mists are also a great way to hydrate, soothe, and refresh the skin, whether that’s to wrap up your cleansing routine or to refresh your makeup throughout the day.
This Orange and Rose Facial Mist from Pennies and Feathers is packed with natural ingredients, including rose flower water and orange blossom. Pennies and Feathers is an all-natural British brand, founded by professional makeup artist Jessica and named after a heart-warming quote from her late mother.
Your final beauty resolution should without a doubt be to apply sun cream as often as you need it. Those who want to prevent signs of ageing should make a point to apply sun cream evenly as the weather warms up.
For an easy way to incorporate this into your usual beauty regimen, use a moisturizing day cream with sun protection. An SPF of at least 20 should be satisfactory for the bipolar British weather, but if your skin is a little more sensitive you may want to raise this to 30 or higher.
We recommend this Moisture Remedy Day Cream by Lumene. Lumene is a small brand with Finnish origins, aimed at bringing sustainable, natural Nordic ingredients and Scandinavian beauty rituals to women all over the world.
Photos WoolOvers, Pixabay, Bee Good, Look Fabulous Forever and Unsplash.