I hope you are all well and have had a great week. Here is to the weekend and to whatever you are doing.
When the weekend comes around I like to pamper my skin a bit as all the running around in the city with all the fumes etc makes my skin feel pretty yucky. If you are giving yourself a bit of a pamper this weekend, try some of the great ideas and products below. Your skin will be glowing before you know it.
Have a wonderful weekend and see you next week.
Miss Jones xx
“Making skin healthy shouldn’t make the daily routine more difficult,” says Lars Fredricksson, founder of VERSO, a Swedish skincare brand that has recently launched on Net-A-Porter and Selfridges (from £32, versoskincare.com). “You need a good cleanser and moisturiser to support the skin and slow down the damaging process. Of course, a balanced diet and regular exercise help too.”
After two years of research, VERSO has developed the first over-the-counter products with a high dose of vitamin A. “It’s the only vitamin that can reprogramme a cell and help produce more collagen,” says Fredricksson. “Triggering collagen production plumps up and brightens skin, as well as minimising pigmentation. Our products also contain turmeric, which slows down the effect of free radicals that can also break down skin, leaving it dull.”
Orico’s Streetwise range has also been designed with urban grey in mind. Its Oxygenating Day Cream is organic and, as the name suggests, helps increase oxygen intake, as well as smoothing and protecting. If your eyes are looking a bit saggy and dark underneath, try its Hi Rise Eye Elixir (from £12, oricolondon.co.uk).
Another good moisturister is Bliss’s Ex-Glow-Sion, which boosts elasticity while toning and boosting moisture with vitamin E (£55, blissworld.co.uk). It smells good too.
For an even quicker hit, try REN’s Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (£30, renskincare.com). In the US, one is sold every 12 minutes. It works impressively speedily. Pineapple and passion fruit extract gently exfoliate the grey build-up and encourage cell renewal. Other ingredients include omega three and seven fatty acids, which repair, regenerate and reduce inflammation.
If you want to pretend you live in fresher, arctic climes, Skyn ICELAND has a new two-step face mask called Fresh Start (£25, marksandspencer.com), and Perricone MD’s Blue Plasma peel lifts surface debris, unclogging and purifying before rebalancing with special Hydro-fusion Enriched Water (£78, perriconemd.co.uk). Its chia serum also provides extra nourishment (£59, perriconemd.co.uk).
To carry on the grey blasting while you’re on the go, try Origins Smarty Plants CC cream (£28, origins.co.uk). It responds to your environment and releases substances to protect skin throughout the day, including green tea to block free radicals and vitamin C and E to ward of pollution and ozone. Algae is released to help with hydration.
There you have it — skin can be free of urban grey. Things are brightening up.