It’s time to put your best face forward!
Detox is probably one of the most overused words at this time of year, but while we might be happy to cut down on our booze intake or the amount of junk food we consume, it’s easy to neglect the most visible part of our body. That’s right, we’re talking about the face! We think our complexions are looking a little dull at the moment, so we’ve rounded up a range of beauty products (that can easily be worked into your existing skincare routine) to get you glowing in no time.
If you’re after just one detox product, this is a good bet. Add several drops of this booster to your favourite moisturiser or face mask, to help plump up and revive a dull, dehydrated complexion. It contains green coffee extract and can be used any time your skin is in need of a little pick me up (at the moment for us that’s daily, but you can also use it weekly or even monthly). Just make sure you do mix it, this ultra-concentrated formula isn’t to be used alone on your skin.
This rinse-off cleanser is a great product that won’t break the bank. It contains volcanic clusters to absorb excess sebum and purify clogged pores, leaving your skin looking clean and healthy. It already has a host of devoted fans, and with plenty of other complementary products in the range (including masks, scrubs and even blackhead balm) its wallet-friendly price tags mean you can invest in more than one item.
One of the easiest ways to breathe some life back into tired skin is by using a facial scrub to get rid of dead skin cells. This one contains real fruit extracts, making it smell good enough to eat (although we wouldn’t recommend that!). It’s gentle enough to use daily if necessary, or if you want an extra deep clean, leave it on for one to two minutes before rinsing.
Use this evening detox spray in place of a toner after your night time cleanse. It contains salicylic acid to help detoxify your skin, as well as witch hazel which is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It’s been formulated specially for pollution exposed skin to help defend against city grime, so is ideal for us Hong Kongers. If you’re not already sold, it also promises to even out skin tone and help prevent breakouts.
How much: $305
Where: Online from Sephora
This lightweight daily moisturiser contains plenty of soothing vitamins and is enriched with antioxidants, making it perfect even for sensitive skin. Borage oil helps promote younger, healthier-looking skin while oat kernel extract stimulates pro-collagen production. It smells heavenly, without being overpowering.
Our eyes are often the first to show others we’ve had one too many sleepless nights, and sometimes no amount of concealer will hide the dark circles and puffiness (we’ve all been there). But you know a formula that’s been worked on by some of the world’s leading plastic surgeons won’t disappoint, and that’s certainly true in this case. A small amount of this gel helps to instantly lift, brighten and revive tired eyes, at the same time as softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
How much: $355.50
Where: Online from lookfantastic
This 100% natural facial oil should be warmed in the palm of your hands before being applied to a cleansed face and neck. It contains grape-seed oil to nourish and repair, as well as radiance boosting sweet almond oil, and neroli, lavender and sandalwood essential oils. It’s recommended you use 6 drops (no more, no less) either alone or under your moisturiser. It is quickly absorbed, won’t leave any sticky residue and helps your skin regenerate itself as you sleep.
This gel mask is fuss-free and gives results in record time. Apply a thick layer to your face in place of your usual cleanser and wait for it to foam up. Once the foam starts to dissipate (after around five minutes), simply rinse off with warm water and a cleansing mitt. It’s really hydrating and gives a deep clean without causing dryness. If you get addicted to the results, the good news is you can use it up to two times per week. Or for those who suffer from particularly dry skin, use a thin layer as your daily cleanser.
If you prefer to use a mask that dries on your skin, then this Brightening Facial Mud Mask is the product for you. It uses white volcanic mud from New Zealand and is jam packed with minerals, including sulphur, calcium and sodium. It absorbs excess oil at the same time as removing dirt and residue, to leave your skin looking and feeling fresher and much more luminous. If you have extra dry skin, try washing the mask off a little earlier than the 10-15 minutes suggested to make sure you don’t zap out too much moisture.
How much: $274
Where: Online from lookfantastic
Featured image courtesy of Getty, image #1 courtesy of Clarins, image #2 courtesy of innisfree, image #3 courtesy of Kiehls via Instagram, image #4 courtesy of Sephora, image #5 courtesy of John Masters Organics via Instagram, image #6 courtesy of Healgel, image #7 courtesy of Caudalie, image #8 courtesy of Malin+Goetz, image #9 courtesy of Antipodes