No. 1 Magazine - - BEAUTY REFRESH -

Wave good­bye to dry skin

With your skin be­ing ex­posed to harsh weather one minute and cen­tral heat­ing the next, it’s no sur­prise that it feels de­hy­drated. In or­der to in­ject mois­ture back into your skin, look for in­gre­di­ents in your serum and mois­turiser that are humec­tants, such as hyaluronic acid and glyc­er­ine. One prod­uct that helps skin to re­tain wa­ter is this La Roche-posey serum, which aims to soothe red­ness and sup­port the skin’s nat­u­ral mois­ture bar­rier.

Try: Hyalub5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum, La Roche-posay, £37

Let your prod­ucts work their magic

Al­though what we put on our skin is im­por­tant, how we ap­ply it could also be the key to a gor­geous com­plex­ion. Ac­cord­ing to skin­care ex­perts at Liz Earle, it’s im­por­tant to mas­sage mois­turiser into the skin for around two min­utes, rather than let­ting prod­uct soak in by it­self. Mas­sag­ing can boost blood flow which in turn trans­ports fresh nu­tri­ents to skin cells and en­cour­ages de­tox­i­fi­ca­tion. Start be­low the jaw, stroking down the neck and then move to above the jaw for a lift­ing ef­fect. You’ll be amazed at the dif­fer­ence this can make if you do it on a daily ba­sis.

Peel away the ef­fects

An at-home face peel can help to take off any dead skin cell lay­ers, stim­u­late col­la­gen pro­duc­tion and give your skin a glow. Here at No.1, we love e.l.f.’s Gen­tle Peel Ex­fo­liant as it softly strips away any im­pu­ri­ties but still helps to hy­drate the skin. How­ever, while they can work magic by re­fresh­ing skin, peels should only be used once a week due to the strong acids and en­zymes many pos­sess. If you peel your skin too much, it can be­come very sen­si­tive, red, ir­ri­tated and flaky.

Try: Gen­tle Peel Ex­fo­liant, e.l.f., £10.00

Up your vi­ta­min C

Wak­ing up in the dark can be hard in the win­ter, but it is im­por­tant that you are switched on enough to re­mem­ber to look af­ter and nur­ture your skin. Use an an­tiox­i­dant mois­turiser in the morn­ing, such as The Body Shop’s mois­turiser con­tain­ing Vi­ta­min C to give skin a boost. This a key com­po­nent in pro­tect­ing the skin from harsh weather, ac­cord­ing to skin­care ex­pert Dr Pam Ben­ito.

Try: Vi­ta­min C Glow Boost­ing Mois­turiser, The Body Shop, £16

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