THE BEAUTY INSIDER:
10 WAYS TO RENEW YOUR DAILY ROUTINE
As we kick off our new campaign, Our House, we'll be looking at the ways in which our homes are responding to our changing world. From hosting family to creating inspiring spaces, we explore the rituals that make a house a home. Here, we ask our resident beauty expert, Rose Gallagher, to investigate a key practice of the home - renewal - with a clutch of inspiring products to reinvigorate your home beauty regime.
Swap your cleanser for an oil
Cleansing your face with oil may seem a bit bonkers if you've never done it before, but it really is the most effective way to dissolve make-up (even waterproof mascara) and grime without stripping moisture from the skin. Exclusive to Selfridges, this Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil from Kiehl's not only melts away every scrap of make-up, but it is also gentle enough to use on the eyes. After a few pumps of this (and a hot flannel), your face will feel cleansed and renewed.
Add an extra-hydrating skin boost
A dull complexion that won't go away even with the brightest blush has a likely cause: dehydration. Introducing a hydrating product to your everyday regime is a super-simple way to keep your complexion hydrated from the inside out. Formulated for parched skin, Bobbi Brown's Rehydration Compound works like a magnet, instantly binding moisture to the skin's surface. Simply add a couple of drops to your existing routine to give skin a revitalising boost.
Introduce a serum
We all know the basic skincare commandments: don't go to sleep with your make-up on, always moisturise, and use SPF like your life depends on it. But there's one complexion rule you might not be as familiar with: use a serum. Whether you're looking to even skin tone, reduce fine lines, brighten, firm or even get rid of dark spots, a serum will make the biggest difference to the way your face looks and feels. With ingredients like hyaluronic acid which retains moisture, Tata Harper's rejuvenating serum helps to soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles, gradually working to ease their appearance over time.
Try a weekly peel
If the phrase 'face peel' makes you flinch, then you've never tried this: Dr Dennis Gross' extra-strength daily peel. The combination of five powerful yet gentle acids will rapidly lighten dark spots and stop any impending spots in their tracks – all without freaking your skin out. After just a few weeks, you'll notice your skin looking brighter, clearer and just all-round glowier. Now, who can say no to that?
Make sun screen an essential
Women are on an eternal quest to find the best anti-ageing products and they're always amazed when they hear the truth: the secret is using sunscreen every day. Wear the La Prairie Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil under your make-up and you'll barely know it's there, but it will help to prevent fine lines, sun spots and anything that can leave you with a tired and fatigued complexion.
Swap your hand cream for a balm
Even those who see no purpose in using a hand moisturiser are often swayed by Aesop's aromatic hand balm. Not only is it one of the richest and most nourishing treatments we've tried, but it also absorbs almost instantly and leaves no greasy residue. Plus, there are several scents to choose from, each with an aromatic, almost medicinal quality. Apply first thing in the morning and last thing at night to boost moisture levels and reduce the appearance of age spots and fine lines.
Sleep it off with a scrub
This Laura Mercier scrub appeals to two opposing senses – its choppy, sugary texture is invigorating, while its buttery finish is soothing. If you've had a hard day at work or just finished a tough workout at the gym, this is just the thing to ease you into a peaceful sleep. The stimulation of the scrub will increase blood flow and help tense muscles to unwind, all the while leaving skin baby-soft.
Swap your night cream for a mask
Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair collection is – put simply – beauty royalty. These new eye masks offer a concentrated, fast-acting hit of hydration and nourishment to tired eyes that need perking up quickly. Whether mid-flight or post-night out, these super-soft pads instantly cool and refresh the eyes, leaving them looking renewed and radiant. Want a tip? Forget the instructions (apply for 10 minutes) and leave them on for as long as you can find time to - the longer they have to work, the plumper and juicier your skin.
A weekly hair repair boost
So many people reach for hydrating haircare when they see dead, dry ends, but actually a strengthening boost may be just what your hair needs. Switching your usual shampoo for OUAI Repair Shampoo will allow your hair to rebuild itself, preventing breakage and ensuring the hair appears longer and thicker. Switch this into your regime once a week to maintain strong, healthy locks.
Switch wrist spritz for hair spritz
One of the most powerful ways to share your favourite fragrance is for someone to detect it in your hair. Byredo's Blanche hair perfume is a soft, clean fragrance with personality – the kind of scent that will refresh a day-old blow dry. Derived from white accords, notes like white rose and blonde woods give it a delicate yet bold personality.