Quick, savvy reme­dies SEA­SONAL AD­JUST­MENT

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

Au­tumn is ap­proach­ing, and we will be look­ing at adapt­ing our beauty regime to suit. But not be­fore we re­pair any sum­mer skin and hair sit­u­a­tions, like split ends and dull skin caused by the sun and heat. Most sum­mer beauty com­plaints are about how dam­ag­ing the sun is to the hair. Fad­ing, dry strands, split ends, the list goes on. For the next few weeks, try to re­store your hair to its for­mer glory by infusing the hair with a nour­ish­ing hair masque. Shop-bought is per­fectly fine, but if the hair is es­pe­cially dam­aged visit a salon and get a pro­fes­sional masque with ad­vice from a stylist.

Blon­des should have this cor­rected on their next salon visit. Brunettes and other shades can do sim­i­lar, and a restora­tive colour rinse at home should add shine and depth of colour to the hair.

Ideally a trim is ad­vis­able to re­move th­ese dam­aged tips. Oth­er­wise, you can use a leavein treat­ment to tem­po­rar­ily seal the split hairs. (See Kiehl’s new treat­ment be­low.)

Dry­ness and de­hy­dra­tion may have caused a few rough patches or dull skin. Up your game and start to ex­fo­li­ate reg­u­larly if nec­es­sary. Be gen­tle on the face; use ei­ther a scrub or light peel to re­move dead skin cells. Then be­gin the re­hy­dra­tion process to re­turn the skin to op­ti­mum health and ra­di­ance.

No mat­ter what your bud­get or pre­ferred range, there is a serum de­signed for you. Be­cause a serum can be used on clean skin morn­ing and/or night, you can de­cide how of­ten your skin needs this hy­dra­tion boost. Ap­ply day or night cream two or three min­utes af­ter the serum is ab­sorbed.

Dry heels, scaly skin, patchy tan? Not at­trac­tive, but eas­ily sorted. Buff­ing, whether it’s with a body brush, loofah or scrub, will re­store the skin, leav­ing it smooth and more even toned. Make sure to be thor­ough around the feet. If you use a de­vice to re­move hard skin, keep up the treat­ment through the win­ter months.

Af­ter smooth­ing the skin, make sure to lav­ish it with a rich body but­ter or oil as of­ten as pos­si­ble to con­tinue keep­ing it soft and healthy-look­ing. As the cold nights are ap­proach­ing, per­haps treat your­self to a new body mois­turiser. Choose one in keep­ing with the sea­son, with warm­ing el­e­ments like gin­ger, or ul­tra-mois­tur­is­ing with co­coa or shea but­ters.

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