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BEAUTIFY: Weatherproof skin

The seasons are ‘a changing. And God knows what that means in the UK. Wind, rain, hail- a really hot day thrown in here- sub-minus temperatures, heating on full, hot baths, air conditioning, more hail- a flash flood. You know, the usual. And if any year has proven itself to be weird weather wise – it’s 2014.

This is our guide to weatherproofing your skin against the elements.

Perhaps the most import thing for battered skin: repair it. You need to start somewhere, and that somewhere is taking back what damage has already been done. We love Super Rich Repair from Dermalogica, £62, Avene’s Cicalfate, £6 (which was a big backstage beauty favourite this season, even tackling NYC snow skin) and NUDE Overnight repair Mask, £42- that gives your skin time to repair by jam packing it full of vitamins, omegas and soothing honey.

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Next up? Remove irritants. You don’t want to come home from a long day of pollution, dirt, snow and heating to then cover your face in anything that might irritate it further. You need something gentle but effective. We love Willow Organic’s Refreshing Cleansing Gel, Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant, £41 and Racinne’s Gentle Refining Scrub, £19.

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Once you’ve gotten rid of all nasty free radicals, give your skin what it wants: serum! moisture! oil! For realz. Slather it on I say. If it feels good then it’s doing good. There’s nothing more I enjoy than massaging a serum into my face after a long day and know that it’s doing good. For younger, blemish prone or combination skin, La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Duo, £13 brings you the mixture of both a serum and a moisturiser, and is the perfect way to start your post-cleanse skincare routine. For a moisture heavy hit, try Vichy’s Aqualia Thermal, £16.50 that hydrates and protects (and therefore is great for day wear, too). If you want to say bye-bye to dull skin and get some serious glow back in then Aveda’s Enbrightenment- Brightening Correcting Serum, £40 is the one for you.

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For dry skin, you’ll need something more heavy handed. If you simply want to add a boost of extra hydration and soothe your skin, Dermalogica’s Gentle Soothing Booster is ideal. You can add it to your normal moisturiser or serum on days when your skin is lacking. Clarins’ best selling Blue Orchid Oil, £32 is 100% plant extracts, which means it’ll nourish your skin like nothing else. If you want something that will protect you skin from the elements throughout the day, try Thalgo’s Oxygen 3 Defense Fluid, £46.20 that protects without clogging the skin.

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No what’s the most sensitive part of your face? The skin around your eyes. If you don’t help them recover and protect them, it’ll show. Clinique’s All About Eyes Rich, £25 nourishes, calms, soothes and lessense puffiness. Need more? No problem, SK-II recently launched their Facial Treatment Essence Eye, £62. Every beauty editor I know (and actually, anyone who has ever tried them) relies on SK-II’s facial treatment mask for rejuvenation (post fashion week saviours, I call them) and THIS is the eye version- finally!

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Chapped lips? Tell me about it. Not anymore with La Roche Posay’s new Cicaplast lip balm, £6, will soothe even the sorest lips – promise. Alternatively, throw Willow Organic’s Conditioning Lip Balm, £24 in your bag- since it’s a balm you can use it for more than just your lips. Try cuticles or under eye.

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What are those? It’s a line up of the skincare you WANT, you NEED and you simply must HAVE.

Diptyque have (squeeeel) just brought out their line of facial skincare- the perfect accompaniment to your candle obsession collection, like you need me to tell you to buy it. (But seriously, it’s amazing). The Nourishing Balm, £44 is our favourite so far. It turns into an oil when it touches the skin. Our Creme de la Mer’s classic Moisturizing Cream, £105 is always a winner for temperamental seasonal skin, it’s a cult classic for a reason, guys. The ProSerum, £48 from ESPA is overflowing with omegas, plant extracts and all other good things for you skin. Especially great if you mix it in with your moisturiser.

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What about at the weekend? You might have been in bed all day sleeping off that hangover- but your skin still needs some lovin’. If you want the ultimate lazy skin treatment, go for Clinique’s Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, £29 and you can literally fall asleep with it on. As mentioned above, SK-II’s Facial Treatment mask (pack of 6, £60) is the ultimate way of saying ‘I love you’ to your skin. Glowing, radiant and as shiny as the packet you shall be afterwards. And with equally shiny packaging, Willow Organic’s Hydrating Super Mask, £48 will have you addicted after your first go, it’s like constantly wearing a do-good serum.

 

Words and photography- Emma Hoareau @emmahoareau



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