Travelling abroad can do wonders for your skin, especially if you’re heading to a beach destination, but the change of atmosphere on and off the plane, early flights and change in diet can sometimes irritate your skin’s natural balance. Here’s a few tips on how to revive your holiday skin so you can stay glowing.
Deep cleanse: Giving your skin a deep cleanse generally helps to remove impurities, but it is especially important during and after travelling abroad to get your skin back on track. Including a deep cleansing face mask as part of your post-holiday routine will give you added glow and help to thoroughly remove impurities.
Exfoliate: Gently exfoliating your face and body after travelling (or a trip to the beach) helps to remove dead/peeling skin and reveal the more vibrant, healthy skin underneath. Using a facial/body exfoliating brush with either homemade or store-bought exfoliants gives your skin that extra boost. – If you’re on a beach holiday and want extra amazing results, take the opportunity to exfoliate your feet in the sand and rinse off in the sea!
Moisturise: Replenishing your skin’s moisture is important for its overall health and quality (especially after flying). Naturally nourish, condition and smooth your skin by hydrating it with regular water intake and mist sprays, in addition to using natural oils and butters (like shea butter and olive oil) help to seal in moisture after cleansing.
Following my perfect shade of nude lacquers for chocolate skin, I wanted to also share a few great nude lip colours for chocolatey skin (for the same reasons). I’m someone who for the past 3 years has worn the same nude lip because 1. it was perfect for me, and 2. because I have major trust issues about how nude lip colours are advertised (in terms of accommodating darker skin tones). I know you’re probably thinking “you could have swatched colours in store” but I find that makeup stores have lighting that makes colours look slightly different to how they do in natural light. But nevertheless, I took a chance and bought a few that I can’t wait to share with you all.
The trick to bringing out the best in these nude colours is to use a warm brown/dark brown lip liner before you apply the colour. My favourite lip liner is Mac’s Chestnut liner but I sometimes use Rimmel’s black/brown eyebrow pencil to give my lips some extra depth (so I don’t get that ice ring donut lip look). *Disclaimer* it is not imperative to only use Mac lip products, I personally find this brand gives my lips the best amount of pigment to compliment the tones in my skin. Other brands work well for other areas and functions. These nude lip colours all bring out and compliment the warm undertones in chocolate skin when worn with a good liner:
(Available at Mac Cosmetics) Lust Lipglass, Boy bait cremesheen glass, Stone Matte lipstick, Cherish Satin lipstick, Taupe Matte Lipstick
Anyone who knows me knows that nude nails are my absolute favourite, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Finding the perfect shade of nude for brown-chocolate skin can be tricky because as we know, not every popping nude looks the same on everyone. So to stop you spending ages swatching and wiping off nail colours, I’ve tried and tested 6 nude lacquers that look fabulous on dark skin. Whether your nails are long, short, natural or extensions you’ll love these!
A tip for choosing the right nude lacquer is to find a shade similar to the tones you can see in your skin, or to match it as close to the colour of your nail bed colour as possible. (because what shade of nude is better than your own?… none!). I also find that some nude polishes don’t bring out the warm undertones in dark skin the way they should, which can leave hands looking cold and dry. These nudes are all great because they DO bring out the warm undertones in dark skin, and give your hands a soft, elegant glow.
OPI shades (left to right): Bubble Bath, Passion, Tickle My France-y
Essie shades (left to right): Limo-scene, Vanity fairest, Not just a pretty face.
(Vanity Fairest has a slightly shimmery glittery finish)
(Passion dries as a more sheer pinky-nude, especially on acrylic nails see photo below)
Using exfoliating scrubs and face masks is a great way to remove dead skin, and leave your skin feeling brand new (when purchasing be sure to check for keywords like cleansing and hydrating). As I have sensitive skin, I usually opt for more natural, skincare products with minimal ingredients but I have been noticing a few stubborn dark marks from spots that need to G-O, so I recently purchased the Vichy Pureté Thermale Skin Renewing Creamy Scrub from boots which has worked wonders in the short time I’ve been using it. my skin feels more moisturised and is not irritated as the scrub is formulated for sensitive skin.
Making homemade, exfoliants, face masks and oil mixtures is a quick, inexpensive way to have healthier skin especially this time of year. Click the video below to play my ‘green mask’ tutorial- for more moisturised skin and hair:
*this mask will moisturise, soften and target impurities*
Autumn as we know, is a time of change- From life, to health, skin and hair. The best way to deal with these changes is to make a few minor adjustments and hopefully I’ll be able to provide some great suggestions (meaning you can expect more helpful tips, tutorials etc. for the next few months).
I wanted to start off by sharing two favourites and two hacks that may be a huge help this autumn. (In order of the photos) My first favourite is the Lush lip scrub- If you’ve read my ‘spa glow at home‘ post you’ll be familiar with this one. It’s fantaaaastic this time of year as the cold weather really wreaks havoc on our skin, especially lips, causing chapping and peeling- not so glamorous… I wont go into too much detail on this product so do click the link!
My second favourite is for the ladies, this one’s the Dolce and Gabbana 3 L’Impératrice perfume, which happened to be a favourite due to the number of compliments I’ve received about this scent- it really does smells gorgeous. For those of you who like fruity/ floral scents this one is perfect and I think quite timeless. I did initially think this was a summery scent but its subtle rhubarb/musky undertones (please trust me, it smells amazing lol) can definitely be worn throughout this season.
Now for the hacks, I will warn you Cod Liver Oil is not for the faint-hearted, however, it does you sooo much good in the long run. I’m a strong believer in prevention being better than cure and with us being more susceptible to falling ill during the colder months, taking the recommended daily dose of Cod Liver oil can boost your immune system, keep your bones and muscles strong, as well as contribute to thicker, healthier hair growth. (yes please!)
Lastly but not least… Shea Butter! Shea butter is one of my favourite hacks for autumn/winter because it can be used from head to toe (literally). For thicker natural hair, Shea butter is great for sealing in moisture and protecting strands effectively, as it is more dense than other natural oils- don’t overdo it though because you still want to be able to get moisture IN. For skin, it works wonders for sealing in moisture too. The best way to incorporate it into your skincare regime is to mix some in with your body lotion/hand cream so that they stay on your skin longer and work more effectively. It’s also great to use on your body (especially feet!) after an evening bath.
Shop the products: Lip Scrub , Fragrance , Cod Liver Oil (also available in capsules) Shea Butter
Blessings and love,