Spring Cleanse

Spring Cleanse

Leave your hangover in 2015 and kick off a new year with a brand new you

The New Year signals the time to set some resolutions - starting with skincare. Follow our five steps for a refreshed, revitalised and reinvigorated start to 2016…



Exfoliate...


Exfoliating gets rids of those nasty dead skin cells that make the skin look dull, tired and unclean, so it’s a great first step to getting your base back on track. Slough off impurities with the new wave of power cleanser tools such as Clarisonic’s Smart Profile Cleansing Brush, £199. The oscillating brush has a patented sonic frequency that gently buffs the skin and allows it to absorb topical products more effectively.


Antipode’s Reincarnation Exfoliator, £21, uses jojoba beads to help to lift away any remnants of lifeless skin and soothes with avocado oil. Combine exfoliating with cleansing to keep skin looking naturally radiant. Both Shiseido’s cleansing cream, £31, and Ole Henriksen’s melting cleanser, £24, remove stubborn makeup, while supercharging the skin with an injection of Vitamin C to boost your inner glow. Hair too can benefit from a little exfoliation.




The new label.m Diamond Dust Shampoo, £20.25 and Conditioner, £22.95, both coming soon, contains a luxurious combination of ground diamond particles, champagne, white rose petal oil and pearls that work to remove the build up of excessive heat and product use by sealing the cuticle and gently exfoliating to reveal natural shine and vitality.



Hydrate...


Once you’ve created a glowing base, moisture is the key maintaining healthy skin. Warm water with fresh lemon first thing in the morning not only hydrates the body after a long sleep but also alkalizes pH levels, while moisturising every morning and evening will keep skin supple. Opt for a traditional cream moisturiser such as Espa’s Optimal Promoisturiser, £45, that adapts to your skin’s condition or an oil based formula like Tata Harper’s Revitalizing Body Oil, £72, that utilises natural botanical nutrients to supercharge speedy cellular renewal. For best results, apply lotions after a bath when skin is still moist. For hair, a hydrating mask will replenish lost moisture and strengthen locks, leaving them soft, strong and super manageable.




Slather on label.m’s soothing Honey and Oat mask, £15.75, to quench thirsty hair and leave on overnight. If you can’t quite say goodbye to the hair dryer prep hair with label.m Protein Spray, £14.25, to nourish weak strands, balance porosity and strengthen hair against heat use.



Rejuvenate...


To keep skin looking tip-top, Caudalie’s Overnight Detox Oil, £29, can be applied overnight to plump up the skin and give a younger looking complexion. Antioxidants including grape seed extract help to replenish tired skin - a welcome aid to faking a full night’s sleep. A spritz of label.m Rejuvenating Oil Mist, £24.95, will transform dry and damaged hair, leaving it nourished, soft and shiny.



Activate...


Work from the inside out and teatox to tackle the Christmas overindulgence. Dr Jackon’s Detox Tea, £15, tastes good and does good, blending liquorice, aniseed, elderflower and fennel to flush the body of toxins. Boost bloodflow to the skin with some cardio exercise. Barry’s Boot Camp, £20 a class, has garnered something of a reputation among celebrities. Intensive hour-long workouts, high-octane music and friendly (but firm) trainers mean you can run (quite literally) but you can’t hide from the ‘new year, new you’ mantra.

  • Words: Rebecca Parker