Although December is a very enjoyable month, with holiday season bringing parties, family time, hibernating indoors in pyjamas and lots and lots of food and drink, we often feel a little bit relieved by the time January comes around and we can go back to our normal routine. If there’s one thing that does suffer in December it’s usually our skin, which not only feels the effects of weeks of eating and boozing at will, it also struggles with the amount of makeup central heating and cold days that it has to endure. January skin is often a little bit dull and lackluster, so we thought we would take a look at five ways to improve and increase your glow from January onwards.
The first thing you want to do is give your skin a super deep cleanse, as you’ve probably still got lots of nasties hanging around from the overindulgence of December. Getting rid of makeup, daily grime and pollutants is the first step towards encouraging your skin to have a naturally glowing appearance, and for this we would recommend Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm which is formulated for exactly that. It contains extracts from various roses around the world and is infused with elderberry, starflower, optimega oils and padina pavonica. It soothes skin and leaves you with a radiant glow as well as an exquisite aroma.
Another way to enhance your glow is by using a product which will peel away the top layer of your skin, as this will allow the healthy new skin beneath to show through as well as allowing it a greater oxygen supply, which will make your overall complexion healthier. Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel is a salon strength exfoliating peel that you can use at home and contains a combination of acid and fruit enzymes which will increase epidermal cell turnover, firm your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while leaving you with a natural glow.
Another product which is great for helping your skin to release its natural glow is masks. These are often a product which is left on your skin the longest, giving them time to really work. Decleor Energy Concentrate Youth Mask is a highly concentrated formula which contains extracts of peony, lychee and rhodiola which re-energise the skin, as well as giving your face a fresh and luminous glow. The mask leaves it looking plumper and firmer after just one application.
It’s all well and good having a glowing face but if your eyes are ringed with dark circles it will immediately ruin the effects of all of the other products that you’ve been using. Decleor Hydra Floral Everfresh Hydrating Wide-Open Eye Gel is a lightweight formula which leaves you looking more youthful and well rested. It creates a protective barrier over the eye contour which will defend against pollution and help to create a brighter healthier and more glowing appearance.
Never underestimate the effect that a slight tan can have on your body, but don’t worry, we aren’t advocating baking yourself in the sun as that’s completely against the Pure Beauty way! Decleor Neroli Bigarade Gradual Glow Lotion is a moisturiser with a light melting texture which absorbs into the skin and gives you a gradual glow which you can build to produce a gentle golden colour. Skin looks and feels intensely moisturised and soft with a radiant top-to-toe golden glow.