Since our skin is the largest organ we have and often reflects our diet and lifestyle in it’s overall appearance, if any of us are feeling a little over-indulged and lacking in energy and vitality this new year there is every chance our skin is too.
One of the first things we can do to get our skin back into action is to massage it and stimulate the blood, lymph, muscles and nerves. In other words provide a much needed ‘work out’ for the face!
As well as promoting cell renewal a targeted facial massage can also help to speed up the elimination of toxins. You can often recognise a sluggish skin by its overall appearance of puffiness, lack of luminosity and potentially breakouts or colour imbalance.
Whilst lymphatic drainage has long been a part of a qualified therapist’s facial in spas and salons, it’s really easy to incorporate some simple massage moves into your ‘at home’ regime. It’s well worth a few minutes of investment when combined with a good skincare program.
In addition to adding massage into your skincare routine here are 5 skin "must have’s" to get your skin in tip-top shape.
Cleanse - The most vital part of any routine is to cleanse twice a day. Try doing a second cleanse at night-time, after you have removed your make-up, and follow the simple massage moves using the cleanser to help your fingers slide across your face. This will increase your overall cleansing as well as draining those toxins.
Exfoliate - Even if your cleansing routine involves removing make-up and everyday grime with a cleanser and cloth that gently exfoliates the skin, it is wise to invest in a specially designed exfoliator for use at least once a week. This will give your skin a slightly deeper exfoliation, purify the skin and remove any drier patches. Look out for a gentle formulation if you have sensitive skin.
Moisturise - At this time of year the skin can take quite a pounding from all sorts of influences. Harsh weather, central heating, car heaters, rich foods and alcohol can all play a part in dehydrating even the oiliest of skins. Choosing a suitable and effective moisturiser is essential to restoring the precious acid mantle (the protective layer on the surface of the skin) and to create a barrier to the elements. Don’t forget to moisturise around your eyes too - choose a specifically designed eye cream that is much more light weight and will help to reduce puffiness. TOP TIP- Both your facial moisturiser and eye cream can be used in your massage routine instead of your cleanser.
Treatment - The application of a facial mask once a week can help to build skin health, to balance and calm the skin plus adding moisture. Choose one that gently allows new skin cells to breathe at the same time as ensuring that hydration and nourishment are not stripped from the skin.
Hydrate - Even though it’s cold during the winter months, your skin will lose essential moisture every day which contributes to an increase in the appearance of fine lines. Make sure you drink plenty of liquids – water or green / herbal tea preferably - to continue to flush out toxins and self cleanse.
TOP-TIP - There are several good videos online to help you with your facial massage techniques and if you’d like to learn more about how to get the best from your skincare regime send us your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We were delighted to see renowned beauty guru, Jo Fairley select our Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser as one of her '6 Beauty Budget Buys' in Waitrose Weekend magazine this week. Here's what she had to say about it:
"Frankly, this does the deep-cleansing job of a product three time its price. It melts away make-up beautifully and offers enough 'slip' to let you massage your face really thoroughly while you're cleansing - always my number one beauty tip. I also love the fact that it's British and supports our bees."