Anybody can experience dehydrated skin. Times of stress, a change of season and advancing age can all cause the skin to become dehydrated, which in turn leaves your complexion looking flat and lifeless. I’ve always said that this is a particularly cruel time of year. The harsh winter climate and central heating really takes it out of your skin, literally. There may also be a slight contribution of excessiveness over the festive period. I swear I age five years at this time of year.
So what better time to share a few of my secrets, the products I use to brighten my skin and help me look alive again? When dehydration strikes, these are the products that can get your skin back to its best, working instantly and revealing a more luminous skin tone. You can see for yourself below.
CLARISONIC Mia 2 £125.00
This is now the first thing I tell people to change in their skincare. The Clarisonic removes six times more makeup than manual cleansing, cleansing so well that products absorb better - making skin more receptive to skincare ingredients, perfect before a mask. With regular daily use Clarisonic reduces dry skin patches, open pores, oily areas, blemishes and immediately leaves skin feeling and looking smoother, minimising wrinkles leaving a more radiant and youthful you. Use it everyday for a couple of weeks, the every other day is usually enough. I also use it on my neck and chest once a week.
SISLEY Radient Glow Express Mask £77.00
This is my go to for speed. I use my Clarisonic and pop it on. by the time I’ve finished washing my body it’s ready to rinse off. Within 3 to 5 minutes your skin is left clean and radiant. It can be used every day or just once a week. Radiant Glow Express Mask is a cleansing mask with red clay which immediately leaves the skin with a radiant glow. It’s essential oils helps to eliminate impurities that dull the complexion while deeply cleaning the skin. The texture of the Radiant Glow Express Mask is soft, supple, and non-drying and does not create a pulling sensation on the skin.
FILORGA Hydra- Filler Mask £10
This is my go-to when I have a little more time and something special to go to, or just having a particularly bad skin day. The Hydra-filler mask is super-moisturising and has an incredible plumping effect. It has a hyaluronic acid formula and the power of a serum concentrated into a mask with a second-skin effect, it will give you moisturised and plumped skin in 15 minutes.
KIEHL’S Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque £29.00
This can be the easiest mask to use if you’re having a lazy day. Apply a thin layer of the mask after you’ve toned and leave it on until the morning. Or you can cleanse and tone your face, apply your eye area treatment if desired, then apply a generous layer of the masque onto clean skin and leave on for 10 minutes. Use a tissue or towel to remove excess but leave a thin layer intact to continuously replenish skin’s moisture throughout the night. Do not rinse.
BOTANYBLEND Organic Vega Face Oil £52.00
I can’t live without a facial oil and Botanyblend is my new go-to. At this time of year it’s a necessity morning and night. Apply a few drops before you moisturise to keep your skin hydrated. You may only need it in the evening in the summer months. Since I hit 40 I use it day and night, all year round. Here’s why - it rehydrates and promotes the regeneration of healthy, fresh skin cells. They are high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids which maintain moisture balance, firm, plump and enhance the skin’s elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while vitamin E blocks free radicals which cause premature ageing.
LANCÔME Absolue Precious Cells Day Cream £160.00
Since I hit my 40’s I’ve started to invest more in my skincare. I was first introduced to Absolue by my mother. I was curious to see if a cream with this kind of price tag would make a difference, unfortunately it does. Sometimes you get what you pay for. It has new advances in stem cell research. Inspired by the latest innovations in dermatological science, Lancôme's laboratories have created Absolue Precious Cells. Its unique moisture-replenishing formula helps to regenerate skin’s youthful radiance. Skin feels firmer, nourished and looks more even-toned and radiant. It’s proven: even the deepest wrinkles appear reduced.
LAURA MERCIER Tinted Moisturiser £34.00
Tinted moisturiser is a must-have in winter. It will protect your skin from even the most aggressive effects of the environment. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser is a sheer, lightweight formula that moisturises the skin while adding a smooth, healthy glow to your complexion leaving a natural, dewy finish. It also provides an SPF 20 protection from the harmful, damaging rays of the sun, which is still important in the winter months.