Beat the January blues

Beat the January blues

It’s not the easiest time of year…but these beauty products will help to lift your spirits and leave you looking lovelier 

January can be a gloomy month for many of us. There’s pressure to ‘give things up’ (straight after a period of extended indulgence), the weather can be cold and grim, spring is still just a dream and the Christmas tree is languishing in the front garden, undressed and unloved.

But, all is not lost. Rather than dwelling on the January challenges you face (it’s such a long way ‘til pay day!), take comfort in a couple of nourishing and uplifting beauty products that will light your way to a more manageable month.

Dermalogica’s Stress Positive Eye Lift is the only January resolution you need to make. A 4-in-1 eye masque, it firms skin to help generate a lifting effect, visibly de-puffing the under eye area. Energising skin, and helping to restore the skin’s barrier, it brightens the appearance of dark circles and boosts under-eye luminosity. Sea water extract and Arctic algae provide a toning action to help combat puffiness, improving skin firmness under the eyes, smoothing fine lines and reducing the volume of under-eye bags.

An uplifting, fruity scent makes Decleor’s luxurious and meltingly soft Aromessence Marjolaine Nourishing Night Balm a truly indulgent treat, lifting your spirits across the winter. Helping to repair and regenerate skin throughout the night, you’ll wake up to perfectly smoothed and supple skin that looks brighter and more radiant. Active ingredients include marjoram, myrrh and lavender essential oils for their moisturising and nourishing properties, cocoa and shea butters to nurture the skin and envelop it in a cocoon of comfort, plus cranberry, Argan and avocado oils to enrich the skin with vital nutrients and boost its natural protection.

For a little boost on the go, Balance Me’s multi-purpose Stellar Balm comes in a pocket-friendly size, handy for keeping in your handbag, satchel or gym bag. Intensely moisturising, replenishing and skin smoothing, this beauty balm has body-wide appeal and offers antioxidant protection to nourish and protect skin around the clock: smooth it onto any dry skin patches including lips, cuticles, elbows and heels – it can even act as a subtle highlight when added to the cheek bones. It contains shea, cocoa and mango butters, rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins to plump and nourish, neroli, from the blossom of the orange tree, renowned for its balancing, restorative, soothing and skin rejuvenating properties, and may chang, an essential oil derived from the Litsea Cubeba tree, with natural antiviral properties and an uplifting aroma.

If dry, cold weather, or the central heating system at work/home, is playing havoc with the moisture levels in your skin, try Gatineau’s Aquamemory Moisture Replenish Concentrate. An intensive lightweight serum, this product is designed to dramatically boost moisture levels, providing immediate and long-lasting relief for tight, dry skin. It contains brown algae to stimulate the skin’s natural ability to retain moisture, and antioxidants to protect the skin. By using this serum, day and night, hydration levels are increased and surface lines appear reduced. Skin feels soft and supple, with comfort immediately restored: a true January beauty saviour.

Desperate for a January morning boost? With powerful essential oils of thyme, basil, neroli, mandarin and lime, Elemis Revitalise Me Shower Gel combats dark mornings by helping you to feel alive, refreshed and invigorated, ready to start the day. The essential oils will awaken body and senses, while invigorating sweet orange and lime oils further revitalise and refresh; a mango-derived cleansing ingredient conditions and cares for your skin.