Vogue presents a post-party detox for your beauty regime. After all, ‘tis the season for hunkering down and getting cosy, letting your skin breathe and embracing a natural, nourished look.
Embrace the double cleanse
Good intentions are everywhere in January: Instagram is awash with posts declaring 2019 resolutions; your favourite cafe is offering raw energy balls in lieu of cake; and the gym is bursting with eager new recruits. Whether you’re fully on board with the current mood for positive change or defiantly avoiding dry January, beauty is one area in which we can all happily embrace a refresh.
“The holidays are undoubtedly stressful for skin - a boozy, indulgent, sleep-deprived December can easily lead to a lacklustre, clogged complexion that may be more sensitive and prone to irritation, especially given the cold January weather,” says London-based cosmetic dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting. “What I do advise is to declutter your routine. Hone in on the right basics, strip out any steps that deliver little in the way of benefits and then carefully select appropriate actives and introduce them gradually to stimulate
To restore your skin to its former glory, , taking the time to cleanse the skin morning and night. The best kind of formulas are balms that you can warm up on your skin, removing make-up, dirt and pollutants using warm water and a flannel or soft muslin cloth. Cleansing oils will also emulsify smoothly, getting deep into the skin to leave it clean and fresh. Follow with a micellar water for two-step freshness. Try Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish or Dr Sam’s Flawless Cleanser.
Peel away those skin sins
A peel is a great way to rejuvenate lacklustre skin, bringing back a healthy glow. Pre-soak cotton pads with the peel solution, especially if you have sensitive skin (more common at this time of year), as this makes it easier to apply a milder concentration to avoid any reactions. You can then increase the intensity with a second application if you like. “Retinoids are especially helpful at getting dull, bumpy skin back on track. Start slow and build up gradually and don’t be afraid to lean into moisturising to manage any initial transient dryness,” says Bunting. Try Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel or Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask.