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How to: Have Fabulous Skin by February (in 3 Simple Steps)

Wed, 16 January 2013 1:50PM

Are you still tight with your new year’s resolution? Or have you decided it didn’t quite work out between you both and chosen to turn your sights on the future?

Well if so, come with me. Let’s stop looking back and lamenting what we haven’t done yet and focus on the future!

Leading into February, you can set yourself up for fabulous skin. Yep, in just a few weeks you can reboot your complexion and get yourself back on track for a vibrant, revitalized visage.

Step One:

I am proud to say that for the past three weeks of my beach vacay, I wore a hat. Every. Single. Day. Broad-brimmed, it was practically cemented to my scalp, but alas, I still have some uninvited pigmentation and uneven tone visiting my visage.

So the first step for me now that I am back home and with access to my own bathroom cabinet, is to gently exfoliate and regenerate my skin after all those sunny – albeit shaded – days. For this, I am absolutely loving Dr Spiller Jojoba Peeling Crème, $64, Dr Spiller. The creamy consistency and soft spheres of jojoba wax beads mean that it gently removes scaly, flaky skin without all the harsh rubbing. Perfect for lazy bones like me who don’t want to put too much grunt behind their granules. Instead, a gently rub in circular motions – avoiding the eyes – twice weekly will work wonders to revealing a radiance not seen since before Santa split.

If you’re after something slightly stronger (although I advise against it if you are exposed to a lot of sun) then try Invisible Zinc IZ Glycolic Cleanser, $35, from pharmacies. It literally strips back years of build-up on the skin. However, as it contains 12% glycolic acid, it can cause skin to be more susceptible to sun damage. If you are diligent about wearing a hat, like, forever, then get this going on. This product is killer for erasing dryness and brightening the entire complexion in just days. True story.

Step Two:

Your skin should by now be feeling a little cleaner and cleansed with all that extra exfoliation, especially great at this time of year when SPFs can really crank up the clog factor. So be sure not to drop the ball; maintain a clean complexion daily with a good cleansing routine. I favour a cream cleanser to really loosen grit and grime – and the stronghold of heavy sun protection. By maintaining this now, come February your skin will not only be regenerating itself beautifully thanks to all the exfoliation, but it will be in a better position to shine thanks to no daily residue build-up. This summer I’ve been trialing Burt’s Bees Radiance Facial Cleanser, $24.95, David Jones.

Again, it contains jojoba beads to gently exfoliate and a multi-fruit acid and royal jelly combination to encourage cell turnover.

Step Three:

Now that you’ve kicked scaly skin to the curb and nixed any daily dirt and grime, you can focus on hydration. This is the fun part; for me, summer is all about skincare rather than slap. I really minimise my makeup coverage and concentrate on hydration so oils are my answer here.

My favourite hydrating oil is by far Kosmea Skin Clinic Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil, $24.95, 1300 320 130. Why? Well, it not only give the skin one kick-butt boost, but it reduces pigmentation and treats summer nasties like dermatitis and psoriasis. It’s also fragrance-free and devoid of mineral oils, fragrances, animal fats and chemicals. Clean skin and a clear conscience!

There you have it. Three steps in three weeks to thoroughly fabulous skin by February. Got it? Good. Now let me get back to work on fine-tuning my March makeup must-haves!

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  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Wed, 16 January 2013 06:26pm

    I hate to say it but my sin has definitely taken a turn for the worst after the holidays so i will need to be trying to get it back on track!

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Thu, 17 January 2013 03:05pm

    Wow, love the sound of Dr Spiller Jojoba Peeling Crème.
    But I think I’m more on the Invisible Zinc IZ Glycolic Cleanser budget!
    I didn’t realise Rose Hip Oil reduces pigmentation. Bonus!

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 17 January 2013 03:24pm

    One of my New Years resolutions was to be kinder to my skin. I’ve been good (so far) and am already noticing results!!!

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Thu, 17 January 2013 04:17pm

    You’d be proud of me, since I always forget to exfoliate/do any masks I have now pencilled them into my diary so that I don’t forget! woo!

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 09:23am

    My skin is always worse off just after the holidays, the Dr Spiller Jojoba Peeling Crème sounds like just what it needs right now!

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 10:56pm

    I think you cannot underestimate exfoliation – it really does make a difference to the brightness of my skin.

  • Posted by: Morning Star Devotee // Tue, 22 January 2013 08:24pm

    I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with rose hip oil, but I hadn’t realised that one of its properties was reducing pigmentation. I still might avoid using it on my face, but I might give it another go on my chest which is a little freckled and dry at the moment!

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 09:06pm

    I have been naughty, I started wearing my hat but then I stopped….

  • Posted by: katelouise Enthusiast // Wed, 30 January 2013 10:24pm

    hi all! does anyone know where i can purchase the invisible zinc cleanser? it says in pharmacies but ive looked in all my local ones and cant seem to find it, ive found it online but prefer to test it in the flesh first.

  • Posted by: Britty1 Master Fan // Thu, 31 January 2013 11:21am

    i think you should have added the Kate Somerville Exfolik8, that guarantees amazing radiant glowing skin!

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Fri, 1 February 2013 05:57pm

    My skin is absolutely freaking out right now, so I’ve got to try something to fix it. May have to give the glycolic a go.

  • Posted by: jo77 Master Fan // Mon, 8 April 2013 10:17am

    I’m putting rose hip oil on my next shopping list, Thanks.

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 19 May 2013 07:36pm

    I have tried this rosehip oil and i really liked it, it’s darker that the other ones i used

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Sat, 8 June 2013 04:01pm

    I’ll need another rosehip oil think

  • Posted by: cookiesandcream Devotee // Sun, 16 June 2013 02:16pm

    i need a skin rejuvination

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Tue, 18 June 2013 09:06pm

    I’ve tried a sample of the Kosmea Rosehip Oil and loved it. I love the sound of the Jojoba Peeling Cream, something I would use.

  • Posted by: jessica88 Newbie // Sun, 30 June 2013 07:09pm

    Exfoliation always help make my skin look and feel better along with a great moisturiser.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Thu, 27 March 2014 09:10pm

    I’ve tried the Rose Hip Oil, its good stuff.

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