After a long week of straightening, blowdrying, buffing, plucking and putting your skin through the works, you need a refresh. The Easter weekend is the perfect time to give your skin some TLC and let your hair down, no heat required.
Trust me, as a total beauty junkie I know how important it is to go au naturel sometimes, however hard it may seem. Here are four steps to get yourself a beauty boost, just in time for the week ahead. You skin and hair will thank you for it.
1. Do a face mask
My skin is always so dull by the time the weekend rolls around. It is stripped of energy, much like I am after a long week at work. Doing a face mask is a quick way to freshen and plump your skin up a little. At the moment I’m loving this Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask, £39. Run a bath, light some candles, put this one and…relax.
2. Use a serum
If your skin is feeling (and looking) under the weather, you need this. It’s basically a Lemsip for your face. The Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, £36, strengthens your skin so that when it comes up against the elements, the pollution and the chemicals it is exposed to, it can hold it’s own. It’s also 100% natural which is hard to come by these days in the cosmetic world, believe me I have asked around at enough beauty counters to know! It reduces redness and will honestly leave your skin feeling soft and looking glowing.
3. Keep it mineral and minimal
Mineral – A brunch with the girls is calling, or perhaps a night out, but don’t wear heavy make-up! You will ruin all the hard work your deep cleanse and your face mask have done. Instead opt for mineral make-up which will give you enough coverage but also be good for your skin. I first got into wearing mineral make-up when I was 13 years old (young I know!) but I have stuck with it ever since. When I run out of my favourite Bare Minerals powder I can see that my skin starts to get blemishes and red patches. Trust me, mineral make-up really does work wonders!
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Minimal – A good bronzer can instantly pep up lacklustre skin. This terracotta bronzer from Guerlain, £38, is one of the most amazing products that I have tried. It’s not too orange, which is often a problem I find with bronzers, but it gives a glow that is just the right balance between noticeable and subtle.
4. Give your hair some love
My hair goes through a LOT. Straightening with my L’Oréal Professionnel Steam Pod, curling with my Babyliss Pro Curl, not to mention being blasted each morning by my hairdryer. On the weekends it is crying out for some TLC. A hair mask can be a saviour like this Kérastase one, £24.50. Try air drying your hair and scrunching it in your hands to get some loose curls.