Winter Beauty: Six steps to radiant skin

Louise Dartford

Today on The Thread with have a guest post from Louise Dartford, a makeup artist who is an expert in organic beauty and skin care products. Lou is often behind the scenes at the People Tree photo shoots, both here in our East London headquarters and far away in India. She is our go-to-girl when we have questions on how to achieve a modern look without compromising our values. Enjoy!

Lou Dartford: It’s certainly getting cold outside, which can play havoc with your skin, especially teamed with a few late nights and festive treats. At this time of year, skin can really benefit from a little extra TLC, here are a few ideas to boost your current regime.

Winter Beauty? Step up the Moisture

Dehydration is a common skin concern in the winter months. Dehydration can leave skin dull and lacklustre. In the winter, think about stepping everything up. Here’s how…

One: Make a clean start.

Choose a creamier cleanser so that you’re nourishing right from the beginning of your routine. Oskia’s Perfect Cleanser will dissolve make-up and the day’s impurities without stripping your skin. Packed full of vitamins, nutrients and essential fatty acids it is more than just a cleanser.

Two: Feed skin from the inside out.

Add essential moisture by feeding your skin from both inside and out. Essential fatty acids play a key role in the health of skin, so make sure you’re getting your quota by drizzling an oil such as Udo’s Choice over your salads, soups and smoothies – it goes well on anything.

Three: Supercharge your moisturiser.

Oils are amazing for skin externally too. Use them on their own or mix a few drops into your moisturiser to supercharge it. Oils will help bring radiance back to your complexion. Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Organic Argan Oil is a great one to try – use it on your body too.

Four: Don’t let dead skin get in the way.

Remember to exfoliate regularly so that your oil can really get down into your skin to do its best work.

Five: Prepare for emergencies.

Multi-purpose balms are a great addition to your winter skin kit. Have one in your handbag ready for any skin emergency. You can use them to soothe chapped skin, dry cuticles, tame flyaway hairs and eyebrows and hydrate parched lips to name but a few uses. Try dabbing on cheekbones to revitalise make-up and add a soft glow. The Organic Pharmacy’s Rose Balm is resident in my pocket.

Six: Brighten tired skin.

Choose make-up with skincare benefits too. Rms’ Living Luminiser will brighten a tired skin while feeding it too, perfect for the party and the morning after!

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