Beauty Boost: Kick Off the New Year With Glowing Skin

Glowing Skin

The Holiday season always finds a way to wreak havoc on our skin. Overindulging on chocolate, champagne cocktails, mince pies and trashy TV is a lot of fun, but unfortunately it tends to result in dull, dehydrated skin and unwelcome breakouts. However, the following hero products make it possible to beat the system and start the year with healthy, glowing skin…

Body: Regular exfoliation is the easiest way to achieve healthy, glowing skin. But if you’re anything like me you probably ignore this beauty step out of sheer laziness. In the winter it’s well worth spending an extra 2 minutes in the shower to give your skin a quick scrub though, as no one thinks dry, flaky legs are sexy! Lately I’ve been using Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator, which includes menthol (so it’s super minty and leaves skin feeling cool and tingly), but I also love Soap & Glory’s exfoliators. They smell delicious and are just as good – if not better – than any luxury product I’ve ever tried.

Face: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II is an industry favourite and has been part of my skincare routine for over a year. It fights signs of aging overnight so you wake up with healthy, hydrated skin the next morning. I use the serum alongside Ole Henriksen Truth Is In The Eyes Peel, which I’m sure has helped to reduce the dark circles under my eyes. (At £39 for 15ml it’s not cheap, but I’ve been working through the same tube for 8 months and still have plenty left.) And this winter I’ve also been using Bliss ex-glow-sion cream at night to boost radiance. The moisturizer is part of the Triple Oxygen family, which “supports cell respiration and reinforces collagen synthesis”. In all honesty I don’t really know what that means, but it always makes my skin feel good!

Makeup: I’m going to recommend another Ole Henriksen product here; the Perfect Truth™ CC Crème, which launched last year. Usually I avoid BB and CC products, as I don’t fully understand the need for them (if you already have a great moisturiser and foundation why are they necessary?). But I always turn to Perfect Truth when my skin is looking dull and could do with a boost. The CC crème includes SPF 30 and five sources of vitamin C, so it nourishes, protects, brightens and reduces discolouration. The one downside is the fact the CC crème currently only comes in two shades – light/medium and medium – so it isn’t a perfect match for every skin tone.

And if you know of any drugstore alternatives to the products featured above please leave a comment. I really need to start featuring more affordable beauty buys on the blog, so any tips would be welcomed…

The Products:

  • Sabina

    Great blog!! Happy New Year!!

  • I fell in love with the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair this year…it’s long-standing great reputation is definitely well deserved. And yes, I’m not huge on BB/CC creams either because I feel on days where I don’t want a lot of coverage a moisturizer with just concealer works fine for me..I do think Ole Henrikson makes some really great stuff and trust that it’s a great product. I love Dr. Jart premium BB cream…but rarely use it. Oh well..ha


  • Happy new year!
    Good post. My skin is terrible in winter. I’m interested in the Ole Henriksen eye cream. I’ve used several other creams/gels but some make my eyes sting a little bit after a couple hours wear. I wonder if this would?
    Good cheaper alternative to the scrub is (as you say) the Soap and Glory ones, Flakeaway being my favourite. I started using it this year and i like it. I was scared off scrubs for a while when i bought a Boots Natural Collection one a few years ago that left what can only be described as a greasy film on my legs. It was a horrible feeling.

    • cocos_tea_party

      Eew, that does sound horrible!

      It might be worth visiting a beauty counter that sells Ole so you can try it in person before buying. The texture is very wet, and I just pat it under my eyes in the evening. It never stings me, but I don’t have very sensitive skin.
      I avoid using it in the morning though, as I’ve found it’s not the best base for makeup.