We can’t all nip off to the Seychelles to chase away the winter blues.
Still, there’s no reason we can’t give our skin the celebrity treatment in the comfort of our own bathrooms.
Cold weather is tough on your face. Add in a busy schedule, little or no natural sunlight and all the stresses and strains of modern life and it’s not surprising we’re all feeling (and looking) a little ‘meh’ this month.
Here are five products that will help revive your glow, even when its grey and gloomy outside and you only have 30 minutes to yourself.
Éminence Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel, €95 here
The first step to smooth, hydrated skin is removing the layer of dead cells that’s dulling your natural glow. Éminence Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel is 100% natural and organic and gentle enough to make a real difference at home.
Pop two pumps of the solution on a cotton pad and apply to the face and neck using small circular motions. You leave it on, so there’s no danger of going overboard and you can use it up to three times a week before bed.
Packed with antioxidants sourced from acai berry, grapefruit and goji, the natural acids in the peel go to work revealing a younger looking complexion by morning.
Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance, €51 here
Once you try Dermalogica products, you may find you never go back. They work hard and the newly reformulated Intensive Moisture Balance with BioReplenish Complex is yet another star player in the line-up.
The formula supports the skin’s lipid barrier, which locks moisture in and keeps irritants out.
Ingredients include prebiotic Chlorella Algae complex to rebalance the skin’s natural microbiome and Hyalauronic Acid combined with Echinacea, Centella Asiatica and Aloe Vera to lock in hydration and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Slather it on twice a day after cleansing – we saw a real difference within a week.
There’s nothing like a long soak in a hot bath to soothe away the winter chill and leave your skin glowing. Add VOYA Lazy Days seaweed bath to your tub to turn your ‘me time’ into a spa experience.
Seaweed baths have been used for generations to remineralise the body, hydrate and moisturise, while also working to detoxify and minimise cellulite.
You’ll get enough for three baths out of every pack and the leftover seaweed makes a great fertiliser in the garden.
Dr.Jart+ Firm Lover Rubber Mask, €10.50, Brown Thomas
After you exfoliate, you need to pump some serious moisture into that baby-soft skin. This fun two-part mask combines a firming, antioxidant-rich ampoule with a rubber sheet mask that seals in the nutrients, helping them to penetrate the skin.
The rubber sheet contains seaweed and algae extracts that plump up and moisturise.
Clarins Blue Orchid Treatment Oil, €42, Debenhams
This one is a best-seller for a reason. Made from 100% pure plant extracts, it contains extracts of rosewood, patchouli and blue orchid to tone, revitalise and restore radiance to moisture-depleted skin.
Hazelnut oil helps prevent moisture loss and the formation of fine lines – just pop a few drops on your hands and smooth it over your face and neck at bedtime.