So I don’t know about you guys but I over indulged A LOT over Christmas. And whilst that was lovely for a while (Bailey’s for breakfast, anyone?) I’ve definitely been feeling the after effects and I know my skin has too. Too much alcohol has left it dehydrated and the Thorntons family box I scoffed in a night has done nothing to brighten my complexion. If this all sounds a little too familiar read on for some super simple things you can do to get your skin back on the road to down right gorgeous.

First things first, if you’re not already sticking to a regular skin care routine now is a good time to start. At the very minimum you need to be doing a cleanse, tone and moisturise routine but if you want your skin to appear radiant and healthy you really need to be exfoliating once a week too. A build up of dead skin cells makes our skin appear dull and lacklustre and won’t allow you to create a smooth base for your makeup.

It’s important you pick products to suit your skin type. Oily skin types will want to stay away from products with any added oil, and sensitive types will want to try and avoid heavily perfumed products for example. Skincare can sometimes seem confusing but once you get your head round it, it’s really very simple. Think about what your skin needs and apply it. Does it need more hydration? Less hydration? Do you have spots? Fine lines? If you’re really stuck I’d recommend visiting somewhere like Kiehl’s where you can get a full skin analysis with products recommended to suit. I think it’s definitely worth investing in some real high quality skincare, which will help to keep your skin in the best condition.

At this time of year, using a facemask can also be a great help. Plus, when it’s this cold outside all I fancy doing is lounging around in my pyjamas – the perfect time for a facemask! Again, it’s important to pick one that’s suited to your skin type. For my oily gals out there I recommend Soap and Glory’s ‘The Fab Pore.’ Or if you’re dry as bone like me I am absolutely loving Espa’s overnight hydration therapy mask.

OK, OK it’s ridiculously obvious and we’re told time and time again but….Drink. More. Water! It doesn’t take a genius to figure out if you want your skin to look plump and hydrated, then you need to be hydrated yourself! Dry skin often looks more lined and not to mention, can be really difficult for makeup application. Make sure you’re drinking 2 litres of water a day and try to cut down on alcohol and caffeine – both are dehydrating and won’t do your skin any favours.

When my skin is looking a little bit dull and tired I like to pick my makeup products wisely. It’s always a good idea to let your skin breathe from time to time and ditch the makeup, but let’s face it, there are times when you just can’t and/or don’t want to. In winter I often like to switch to a CC cream (or in other words a colour correcting cream) It’s like a foundation but lighter and as the name would suggest it colour corrects your skin – that means it diminishes redness, blurs fine lines and reflects the light. It’s a little bit thicker than it’s sister the BB (beauty balm) cream but as I tend to like a fuller coverage the CC works well for me.

I like to also keep the rest of my makeup simple so as not to draw attention to any unwanted areas. All these late nights have taken their toll on my eye area (not to mention the baby that refuses to sleep) and so I like to try and take the focus away from my eyes and will often just have a slick of mascara and a vibrant lip. I absolutely love Mac lipstick in ‘Media’ for this time of year. It’s the perfect deep plum colour.

You’ll want to make sure your lips are in top condition too – especially if you’ll be opting for a bright lip from time to time. The winter months really affect our lips, constantly going out from the warm in to the cold, and back again, soon starts to take it’s toll! Try to avoid compensating for the dryness by over moisturising. It might be tempting to keep the chapstick glued to your lips but you’ll actually do more damage than good. Your lips will soon start to depend on the product to keep them lovely and soft. Instead opt for a sugar scrub which will remove the dead skin – and as sugar is a humectant (meaning it holds in moisture) it’s a double whammy. I always carry one in my kit. Lush do a brilliant one, or you can make your own using brown sugar and a dash of honey to make it into a paste. Follow up with a balm and you’re good to go.

I hope you’ve found this useful but if you’re still a bit stuck on your skincare check out my Facebook and Instagram pages where I’ll be doing ‘SKINCARE SUNDAY’ every week and sharing some amazing products.

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