Well hey. That’s not what we want. We want glorious, glowing skin, right?
It's no surprise after the barrage of sugar, alcohol, late nights, nibbly-salty-party food we’ve consumed in December and over New Year that come January our skin sends out an SOS.
Skin cells regenerate every 28 days, so what you do today can have a positive impact on how your skin looks and feels in a few weeks.
I’ve struggled with skin issues in the past and two rounds of anti-acne mega drug Roaccutane means my skin is now sensitive and prone to serious dryness on my cheeks. Plus I’ve just flown 22 hours from London to Melbourne, so I’m in need of some skin-nurturing right now too.
Here are my favourite January skin-boosters for the whole body.
Daily dry body brushing
Seriously underrated and oft overlooked for more snazzy skin routines. Dry body brushing for a few minutes each morning before you shower stimulates the lymph system, one of the natural detoxification pathways. It also stimulates blood flow.
- Use a soft-bristled brush.
- Start at the soles of the feet and with short, gentle strokes brush upwards and towards the heart.
- From your feet, brush up over the legs, thighs and buttocks, across your abdomen, up your arms, across your back if you can reach. Avoid the delicate skin on your chest, breasts and face.
Moisturise your whole body from feet to face
Do this and you’ll thank me come summertime when it’s time to reveal some flesh again and your limbs aren’t parched. I use a rich body moisturiser or body oil in winter and I always choose one that doesn’t contain mineral oil, petrolatum or paraffin wax as they sit on the surface of the skin and can make it feel tacky. Some of my go-to brands for naturally powerful body moisturisers are Liz Earle, Neal’s Yard Remedies and Content Beauty.
Drink more water, eat more greens and get in the good fats
These are probably the 3 best ways to nourish your skin from the inside to get a glow on the outside.
- Drink 2 litres of filtered water each day. Your skin will thank you for it.
- Eat something green at lunch and at dinner. Could be salad, broccoli, kale, peas, spinach, rocket – doesn’t matter WHICH green but starting to bump up your green intake helps get skin-loving nutrients into your daily diet. Dark green leafy vegetables are a source of beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant that helps repair and renew your skin.
- Skin loves good fats like olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds and eggs so I always include a small amount each day.
Facials can help. I just treated myself to an Environ facial when I arrived in Oz as that loooong flight in super-dry cabin air takes its toll even though I drank gallons of water. The cabin crew got used to me asking for another refill of my water bottle. However good skin starts by looking after what’s going INTO your body.
Want more skin-care inspiration? You might like this blog post on whether 5:2 fasting is good for your face.