Masking is life, not just for weekends
Korean miracle masks are having a moment! Drew Barrymore kicked off the trend last year via an all-in-one facial, which she swears has evolved her beauty routine. Apparently, the mask gets so tight that it literally pulls your face – and ever since, these mighty masks have become a must-have in your cosmetics cupboard. How does it work? You paint it on and follow the pro tip: try not to move. No, really, only making minimal movements to keep the treatment in-line and completely tout is key. If you have an itch, there is only one thing to do – fan yourself, which, apparently also increases the mask’s efficacy (or so they say…). After the allotted 30 minutes, rinse it all off. In between all this masking, Lexi Boling recommends a water-mist spray to quickly refresh your face, meaning you’ll look dewy all day – that means increasing fluid intake from the inside out.
As well as masking, exfoliation is a vital part of your face (and body) routine – and must be done at least once a week to eliminate toxins which could harm your complexion. In addition to revealing fresh skin cells, exfoliating removes dead cells from pores, making them appear smaller – it’s like sanding a wall before you paint! Removing the buildup enhances your skin’s ability to absorb everything else, from acne medicine to anti-aging serum. Even if you have dry skin, exfoliating will not strip it – just use a gentle chemical exfoliator, followed by a gentle hydrating lotion every two or three days. Those with sensitive skin can also join the party – just avoid gritty scrubs and use a mild, short-contact exfoliating product. On the days when you’re not exfoliating, use a cleanser or toner rich in fruit or plant enzymes to deep clean gently.
Jojoba oil is the new argan – it can be used on hair, face and body, acting as a natural moisturizer when our body stops doing it naturally. In winter, dehydrated skin is common problem and vulnerable to irritants that cause dermatitis and germs that are constantly looking for entry points into the skin. Being a waxy substance, Jojoba oil can seal in the moisture and create an effective barrier to external elements. It is so structurally close to the secretion of the sebaceous glands in the skin that it is readily accepted and tolerated. Oily skin types can rejoice, as jojoba oil can actually help to reduce oiliness by modulating sebum production – it also has an atni-inflammatory effect that can counter seborrheic dermatitis too.
Taking vitamins every day is essential if you’re not managing to get all the nutrients in your diet can really help to boost your immune system and help your skin to glow. Supplements are easy to fit into your daily routine and can be found at your local pharmacy. Taking probiotics every morning before breakfast can also help to detoxify the body naturally and works wonders for overall digestion and general health. Avoiding refined food and stock up on antioxidant rich foods works to keep your body in balance.