When it comes to your skincare, your lifestyle has a huge impact on its balance.
If you're a city worker on the tube/train/tram every day, your daily journey can expose your skin to high pollution levels. If you're a new mum or working exceptionally long hours, your busy schedule can leave your skin depleted and tired.
Finding out how to balance your lifestyle with your skincare regimen is essential to giving your complexion what it needs at its most vulnerable. The result is a healthy, luminous complexion that feels and looks beautiful.
How to balance out the beauty scales
We're delving into what you need to include in your routine based on your current lifestyle schedule, so you can kick-off your New Year beauty regimen properly.
Lack of sleep = Vitamin C
If you're not finding it hard to get some shut-eye, or even get a full night's sleep, you'll wake up looking less than your best.
Puffy eyes, grey skin and breakouts are all examples of what can occur if you don't get enough beauty sleep. Like a glass of orange juice in the morning helps energise and revive, Vitamin C is perfect for those days when you've simply not had enough rest.
Choose vitamin-rich products, especially with high levels of Vitamin C, as they help to brighten and awaken, leaving you at least looking refreshed and ready to take on the day.
Lancer Skincare Advanced C Radiance Cream (50ml)4.67 Stars 3 Reviews£70.00
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base 50ml4.82 Stars 278 Reviews£46.50
The Hero Project Glow Drops Dry Touch Facial Oil + Vitamin C 30ml4.38 Stars 8 Reviews£19.20
Commuter = Charcoal
If you're a daily commuter and head either overground or underground, your skin will be exposed to environmental aggressors and significant pollution levels; all of which need to be combatted if you want to keep it healthy.
Charcoal is one of the best ingredients you can include in your daily skincare regimen as it naturally attracts pollution particles from the skin and cleanses them away. It's deep pre-unclogging abilities make it one of our favourite detox products too.
The Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant can either be used in the mornings to shield your skin against environmental aggressors, or at night to cleanse them away.
Other star products include the Yes to Tomatoes Charcoal Sheet Mask for a quick-fix solution, and the Konjac Charcoal Sponge which can be used as part of your daily skincare regimen, and is also great at reducing acne and blemishes.
Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant 57g4.36 Stars 11 Reviews£55.00
yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask4.25 Stars 4 Reviews£3.49
The Konjac Sponge Company Facial Puff Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal4.41 Stars 29 Reviews£8.99
Stress = Hyaluronic Acid
Generally, if you're stressed, you should be reaching for anything with Lavender and Chamomile in it as these help to reduce tension and mental fatigue. They're great in your pillow sprays and temple balms, but for your skin, you need something infinitely more powerful: Hyaluronic Acid.
When you feel stressed and anxious, your skin can start to stress out too, and leave itself water-depleted and lacking in hydration. Hyaluronic Acid flushes this tired skin with essential moisture, keeping it plumped-up and healthy, as you work through your stresses. Think of it like a support bandage as you go through a hard time.
Take extra special care around the eyes as this skin is so delicate, so it can show the signs of stress more easily.