Chasing your hangover with a hard green juice? Penning the first page of your new journal? Add these products to your skincare routine.
Starting 2019 how you mean to go on is a great way to kickstart those ‘New Year, new me’ resolutions – even if that just means being a bit kinder to your skin. After all: with all the parties, Quality Street binges and drinking a little bit more Bailey’s than one ought to drown out the low-level family bickering - it’s had a bit of a hard time since December 1st.
If you tumbled in at 3am, just make sure it doesn’t become a habit: “When you’ve had fewer than eight hours of sleep, skin can appear as dull and lifeless as you feel,” explains consultant dermatologist, Dr. Anjali Mahto. A U.S. study revealed that sleeping fewer than five hours or less per night often can slow cell turnover and limit the repair processes that usually happen as you snooze.
In the short-term skill will look dull but in the long-term this can cause more fine lines, uneven pigmentation, and sagging skin. Pep it up with a chemical exfoliant AHA like a glycolic or lactic acid.
“The chemical action removes the layer of dead skin cells that are hiding fresher skin underneath, which is brighter and more evenly toned,” Dr Mahto says. “It instantly brings blood to the surface of the skin making it look pinker and healthier.”
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If you came home from a party and fell asleep in your party dress you probably didn’t manage to take your make-up off or wash your face either. Even if you don’t wear make-up, moisturiser and the daily grime that comes into contact with the skin on your face daily can form a layer over skin.
This can prevent the cell turnover that should be happening as you sleep and clog pores, possibly resulting in acne. What’s more? That investment serum or moisturiser you pat on top won’t be able to cut through the grime and work as hard as it could be – if at all.
“It’s a great idea to swipe a product with prebiotics over skin the following morning to feed your skin’s good bacteria that will get rid of the acne-causing nasties,” explain Dr Marie Drago, a pharmacist, member of the French Society of Cosmetic Science and founder of Gallinée skincare. “They also help to reduce any redness and inflammation that occur if pimples are already brewing.”
“Lactic and acetic acid will also get rid of the dead skin cells that can block pores and lower the skin’s pH to prevent acne bacteria growing.”
Try: Gallinée Face Vinegar
As well as making you feel like you’ve been hit by a bus, alcohol dehydrates skin and, as a result, lines appear deeper. Look for products that contain humectants. They not only inject moisture into skin, they also form an invisible seal on top to keep it there and prevent transepidermal moisture loss.
But the sugar, whether from margaritas or mince pies, won’t do your face any favours. In a process called glycation, the sweet stuff attaches to proteins in the bloodstream, forming new molecules that damage both collagen and elastin – skin’s support system that keeps skin looking plump, bouncy and young-looking.
To give your skin a boost you can ingest collagen or try LPG endermologie’s glow facial (from £30) uses mechanical stimulation of cells to stimulate fibroblast cells (that make up collagen) to reverse this.
Try: Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel
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