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.
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,
I’m back with another product review but this time I’ll be sharing my favourite summer skincare products that will give your face a smooth, radiant glow and encourage longer lasting makeup!
The Body Shop Seaweed Oil-Balancing Clay Mask which ‘clarifies, controls, mattifies’ – combination/oily skin
The Body Shop Seaweed Oil-Control Gel Cream – combination/oily skin
The Body Shop Facial Brush
Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub which ‘leaves lips soft, smooth and tasting delicious’
The seaweed collection from The Body Shop is amazing for combination skin, I myself find my cheeks and nose to the be slightly oilier ‘problem’ areas whereas my forehead and the bottom half of my face tend to be a bit drier. The seaweed line works to restore balance by adding enough moisture to the dry areas and mattifying the areas that produce excess oil. The face and body lotion has become my absolute favourite this summer as not only does it do exactly what it says, but it is a fantastic makeup primer- even on the hottest of days it works really well with my foundation (Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation) to prevent creasing/fading etc. I also asked for a tester of the seaweed scrub which definitely gets a thumbs up too!
I love using the facial brush for a deeper cleanse as it is soft on the skin, increases circulation and helps cleanse your pores for a brighter complexion giving you the ‘ultimate spa glow’. I prefer the handheld brush as you have a lot more control and are able to brush gently (and at your own pace) around sensitive areas such as the eyes. For even better product absorption and to maximise your pampering experience, it’s great to use The Body Shop’s rubber facial massager to finish up the process.
Last but not least is the Lush popcorn lip scrub, a fantastic product for exfoliating lips, prepping them perfectly for lip balms, matte lipsticks and shiny gloss. This scrub gave me super smooth lips and increased circulation making my lips nice and vibrant under a touch of nude gloss. Did I mention this lip scrub is edible?! It literally tastes like caramel popcorn and is ‘al natural’, made from caster sugar, jojoba oil, sea salt, polenta, coconut oil and popping candy flavour.