If there's one thing a gal needs on point during the festive season, it's having a flawless complexion. Forget about the LBD du jour or the right shoes, if your skin isn't glowing then you might as well take a rain check on the party season. Having a flawless festive face is actually totally attainable with a little adherence to a few skincare golden rules. Here are some of LIsa's top tips...
Step 1: Cleanse and soften. Keeping your skin clean and purified is essential for promoting a flawless complexion. Always cleanse with cotton pads or clean sponges to remove makeup every night. A cleansing milk is perfect for sensitive skin as it is light and gentle, cleansing the skin without stripping it of its natural oils. We recommend Yon-Ka Lait Nettoyant Cleansing Milk morning and night.
Step 2: Exfoliate and stimulate new cell renewal. It is important to gently exfoliate two to three times per week to remove dead skin cells and help promote new cell growth. For a truly glowing festive face we recommend the AlumierMD Lotus Scrub to exfoliate dead skin cells and remove impurities followed by the AlumierMD Enzymatic Peel to promote skin renewal, minimise the appearance of fine lines, rosacea and hyperpigmentation and promote a radiant complexion.
Step 3: Reduce stress and sensitivity. This is key for a flawless complexion. Stress triggers a hormone in our bodies called cortisol which slows down the renewal of skin cells and can lead to the loss of skin elasticity. Sensitivity can result in rosacea, blemishes or other skin conditions. To provide relief for sensitive and stressed skin we suggest calming serums such as AlumierMD Calm-R which reduces redness, promotes a healthy collagen balance and provides antioxidant protection. Apply daily to cleansed skin.
Step 4: Hydrate, nourish, protect. Skin texture can be improved by applying a light moisturiser such as AlumierMD Hydra-Light containing peptide and antioxidants to stimulate collagen and elastin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A broad spectrum sunscreen such as AlumierMD ClearShield should be applied daily throughout the year to protect from harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun as well as from devices such as mobile phones and tablets.
Step 5: Support your eyes. AluminEye is a rich anti ageing eye cream that significantly improves the appearance of dark circles, fine lines (including crows feet) and puffiness.
Step 6: Makeup for a flawless complexion. Protecting and nourishing the skin is just as critical for makeup application as it is skincare. The Lisa Franklin Pro-Effect Luminescent Base is a break-through product which combines powerful ingredients to boost skin radiance and diminish imperfections such as fine lines, pores and redness as well as providing a soft film that allows the skin to breathe after makeup application. It has just been awarded ‘Best Primer’ in the 2016 Women’s Health Magazine beauty awards, however contains active ingredients which make it a much more versatile product. Follow this with the Lisa Franklin Icon Foundation to create a truly flawless festive face. Made from 100% natural mineral powder with added ingredients, the Icon Foundation is anti-inflammatory, paraben free, preservative free and provides protection from UVA/UVB rays.
So that's it - some easy to follow steps for that flawless festive face. Check back here next week for some more Christmas skincare inspiration and advice. Or follow us on social media @lisafranklinUK