Anthony says………. “DITCH THE HAIR DRYER” as seen on Honey.ninemsn.com.au
Spring is here and suddenly your Facebook feed is full of barre studio promos and juice cleanse programs, all promising to get you swimsuit-ready.
But what about your beauty routine? Winter can wreak havoc on skin and hair, so shake off bad habits now and kick-start a more beautiful spring.
Scale back the skincare
Like a heavy diet slows down the system, overloading your complexion with an ever expanding arsenal of products can do more harm than good (not to mention irritate the skin).
Streamline your routine for a few days (just cleanser, moisturiser and sunscreen will do) then reintroduce products slowly. That way, you can see what works and what’s worth breaking up with for good.
“If you continuously challenge your brain and body, the better they will function. The same goes with your skin,” says LA-based skin cosmetician, Ole Henriksen.
“Simple things like proper cleansing pave the way for healthy skin, take your time by making it a ritual and the products you introduce later will work better.”
Ditch the hairdryer
Air-drying isn’t as practical in the cooler months, but taking a break from your heat tools will give hair time to recover.
“Apply a hydrating, glossy serum to damp hair when the cuticle is open and it will better absorb the nourishing ingredients,” says hairstylist and owner of Raw Salon in Sydney, Anthony Nader who suggests laying off the heat tools whenever possible.
“If you are a slave to tools, it’s worth investing in a ceramic version which preserves the hair’s natural moisture.”
Those long, hot showers and blow heaters you loved all winter have quietly been waging war on your skin, stripping it of natural oils.
Make a seasonal shift by turning down the heat and using a moisturiser loaded with antioxidants as soon as you step out of the shower.
Get a golden glow
If winter has left you looking (or feeling) dull and pasty, try these new tanning solutions.
Part anti-ageing treatment, part tasteful-tanner, James Read’s Sleep Mask will have you looking like you spent the past week in Positano. (Read is the man behind Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s perennial glow.)
St Tropez’s in-shower tanner is already a cult-hit in the UK and lives up to its label by delivering a hint of tint in three minutes, sans mitt, while Clarins Radiance Booster lets you customise your colour one drop at a time by turning any body lotion into a gradual tanner.
By Sara McLean for honey.ninemsn.com.au