Around this time of year there is no point in even considering being virtuous, unless you really want to.
We all work hard, and if you’re lucky to have a break from work between Christmas and New year I hope you’re taking full advantage and relaxing as much as possible.
That said if another party invitation comes in and your skin is showing signs of a busy December, here’s my at-home mini-facial routine that will have you glowing in no time.
First up, after tying your hair back and making sure you are in a low neck top, so you can massage all your neck easily, warm a balmy cleanser in your hands like the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm (€59) in your hands.
What I love about this cleanser is that you can massage your face really effectively with it and it calms sensitive skin and revitalise dull and mature skins. Allow at least three minutes to massage this over your face and neck paying particular attention to your forehead and also making sure to drain downward on your neck.
If you have some extra time a routine like this, as per Lisa Eldrige is incredible, and you wont believe the difference in your skin.
Remove with the cloth it comes with or if you are feeling particuarly like you need to be pampered I love the (€9.95) – which is so incredibly soft and gentle.
“This is a hero product of mine. It revives tired skin better than anything else.”
Next up apply a layer of Yonka Gommage. YonKa Gommage 305 (€33.30) is a 4 in 1 action, very gentle exfoliator that removes dead cells, brightens dull complexions, hydrates and balances.
Plant Glycerine gives Gommage 305 a hydrating effect You simply apply a thin layer to clean skin, and after about 4 minutes you rub it off. The gel has dried slightly and adheres to all your dead skin cells and it is so gentle that you can even use it on your eyelids, for a smoothing and toning effect.
It’s the most gentle, yet effective exfoliant product I have ever come across and it’s a hero product of mine. It revives tired skin better than anything else.
If you have a little bit longer and still feel like your skin wants a deeper cleanse, applying a clay mask, after the gommage means it can effectively penetrate. I love The Body Shop Blue Corn 3 In 1 Deep Purifying Scrub Mask.
It has a gentle exfoliation in it but if you’re susceptible to thread veins like me, be very gentle when removing it. When I have a breakout I find applying this directly onto the spot before bed helps drain it really effectively.
The whole facial routine above should take you no longer than 20 minutes and I am always amazed at the difference in how my skin looks, my make up applies, and also how I feel so I hope you find it all effective.
As a last little glow giver applying a layer of All Bright Botanics Radiance Balm (€9.99) on top of your moisturiser will leave your skin glowing even more!
Holly White is a Fashion Journalist and Broadcaster, and blogs on all things fashion, style, wellness, beauty, health and fitness on www.Holly.ie.