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Need a beauty tune-up?

1 Mar 2017

It’s officially spring, so this is the ideal time of year to do some beauty pampering and maintenance. After months of plunging temperatures and fierce central heating coupled with my sheer abject laziness on everything beauty self-help related, I find it’s around now that my nails, hair and skin all need some serious TLC.

So where to start? I asked the beauty professionals at The Nail and Body Boutique in Reigate for some expert advice. And you’ll be pleased to hear that they’re not going to tell you to get lots of sleep and drink lots of water (tell us something we don’t know *yawn*) – instead, we have some properly useful tips on how to give yourself a winter beauty MOT. Start the engines, here we go…

Exfoliate 

An absolute beauty must to blow away those winter cobwebs. Did you know we shed 50 million skin cell each day, and if these skin cells are not removed we can be left with dull lifeless and uneven skin. Good at-home exfoliation is key, so let’s polish those cheeks to let your new healthy skin shine through. We recommend Environ revival mask (it’s nick-named “facelift in a jar”) packed with essential AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) which break down those dead skin cells whilst lifting and toning, this is a must-have hero product that every woman needs as part of their at home skin regime.

Hydrate and feed your skin

We all know that a balanced diet is essential, our bodies need it and our skin does too, after all we are what we eat. Vitamin C is essential for our skin, it helps to promote the growth and repair of tissues in our body which stimulate the production of collagen and elastin (the building blocks of skin). If we don’t have enough our skin will look dull aged and tired. Envirion hydrating oil capsules, pure little pods of luxury, filled with essential A,C and E vitamins and full of those free radical busting anti-oxidants will perk and hydrate your skin, instantly giving your skin that perfect pick me up. We would also recommend incorporating “Skin Omegas” in to your morning breakfast routine, these capsules contain skin specific vitamins, focused on hydrating your skin by locking the moisture in, full of your essential fatty acids; Omegas 3 and 6. You will love the results.

Treat your eyes

The eye area can be very unforgiving, but here are a few tips that will bring the sparkle back. If you suffer from dark circles always use a yellow based concealer that’s at least 2 shades lighter than your skin tone. For anti ageing results look for a liquid concealer that has light reflecting properties, we would recommend Jane Iredale’s enlighten concealer.

A good eye cream is essential, look for a product that contains vitamin A and C. At the Boutique we recommend using Environ C-quence Eye serum, the Vitamin A helps to normalise and promote heathy skin cells together with vitamin C which helps lighten dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles. Use morning and night.

Tips for the lips

We’re always focusing on skin and anti ageing, but what about the lips. To guard against dry cracked lips try these top tips: use Jane Iredale’s exfoliating Sugar and Butter lip exfoliating treatment, this will Gently sloth away dead skin cells, for best results apply before going to bed.

For a natural day look use Jane Iredale’s “Lip drink” choose between clear and 2 neutral shades to compliment your skin tone “lip drink” will naturally plump and hydrate leaving your lips healthy and soft.

Protect

 A good SPF isn’t just for those hot summer days, good SPF protection is an every day all year round essential. Did you know that UVA and UVB rays are the No1 cause of premature ageing, a good SPF if key as part of your beauty regime. 

Titanium dioxide and Zinc oxide are two important ingredients to look out for when buying your sun protection, these 2 key ingredients offer physical barriers to block the harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Try Environ RAD SPF and finish with award winning Jane Iredale Mineral make up that naturally contains a SPF of 25.

The Nail and Body Boutique, 15 Lesbourne Rd, Reigate RH2 7JP. Tel: 01737 242663.  nailandbody.co.uk

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