Keep your skin soft and smelling of roses this Christmas time

With winter fast approaching, there’s never been a better time to start looking after your skin. The impending cold season can play havoc with your hair and skin, with the elements drying out hair and even chapping or breaking the delicate skin on your face. As with most things, prevention is better than cure, so be sure to treat your skin with a bit of TLC before the weather changes in order to keep your skin soft and supple in the lead up to Christmas.

Stress can also play a factor in your skin’s appearance, so try where possible to be as organised as possible. This will stop the signs of stress from appearing on your face with dull and tired looking skin. The run up to the festive season can be especially stressful, as already busy lives become cluttered with social engagements, extra shopping for gifts and the pressure of making this the most perfect Christmas yet. If you find yourself stressed out over the Christmas period, then now is the time to do something about it. Begin now in order to get ahead of the Christmas rush, even writing a few cards a night now could save you from worrying over finding the time to write hundreds of cards in an already hectic time of year. Or, when you’re out shopping and spot some bargains in the sales, be sure to pick up an extra item or two that could serve as gifts for your loved ones. Buying gifts bit by bit will take the financial strain away from present buying, enabling you to be a joyful giver as opposed to a stressed out one. It also means that you won’t have to be one of those poor unlucky souls facing the crowds on Christmas Eve in the bid to find perfect presents for the following day’s festivities.

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The weather, on the other hand, really is something that is out of your control. So, to ease the effects of the winter months, be sure to spend some time moisturising your skin each morning and evening. Whilst expensive moisturisers from luxury brands are lovely and work well to keep your skin soft, you don’t necessarily need to spend a large amount of money on a moisturiser. Instead, buy the best moisturiser that your budget will allow and then add a few drops of rose water to it before applying it in circular motions onto your face and neck. Applying your lotion in this way will aid your circulation, allowing blood to flow freely to give your face that outward glow. It’s also a good idea to use a gentle exfoliator before moisturising to remove dead skin cells, as this will also help to give your skin a fresher appearance.

Another way of ensuring you look fresh faced even when the weather makes you feel otherwise, is to cleanse and tone your face. Cleansers are readily available from most cosmetic shops including your local supermarket or department store. Again, your budget might denote where you purchase one from; but there are plenty of great value high street brands, as well as indulgent spa brands, so there is sure to be one that is suitable for you.

The best way to use a cleanser and toner is to remember them in alphabetical order. So that you will cleanse your face before you tone it. If you have bought a foaming cleanser then you will use it in the same way you would use soap. Simply wet your skin and work into lather before rinsing off. However, if you have a lotion cleanser then the easiest and most effective way to apply it is by dabbing some onto a cotton wool pad and then lightly sweeping it over your face. This works to remove any dirt or dead skin cells to ‘cleanse’ your skin, just as the name would suggest.

The next step is then to tone the skin, and this is where rose water really holds its own. Rather than waste money on more fancy beauty products, you can if you prefer to, use rose water to tone your skin. Simply dab some onto a damp cotton wool pad and wipe over your face to give your skin a subtle glow and leave it feeling and looking energised and refreshed.

Of course, the number one way to refresh and protect the fragile skin on your face is to splurge on a really good facial. Even one a month, or one every few months can work wonders to leave your skin looking and feeling its best. Many beauty salons and hotels offer packages that involve a facial and massage or a facial and use of their spa facilities, so you can make a day of it and make the most of the experience. Imagine pressing pause on life for a few precious hours as you unwind at a health club or spa, to forget your stresses and strains as the therapist eases your worries away.

If you really want to push the boat out for a top spa experience, there are plenty of luxury hotels in London that can offer you the perfect surroundings in which to relax and unwind- such as the Montcalm hotel Spa treatments here will offer you ultimate indulgence with the highest quality products being used and the perfect ambience created for each and every guest. Whether you simply want an express facial or whether you fancy something a little more extravagant, such as a head, neck and back massage, the beauty spa treatments on offer at the Montcalm are guaranteed to make you feel completely blissed out and leave your skin glowing.

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