An ELEMIS  weekly appointment with international skincare expert Keeley Aydin…

With the festive season just around the corner we all want to look glowing and radiant but when you’ve been working longer hours to cover the extra costs, fitting late night shopping into an already busy schedule and over indulging more than normal, it can take a toll on your skin.

In the winter, skin naturally loses radiance as the number of dead skin cells increases at the same time as cellular turnover slows down in an attempt to create a protective shield for the skin in cold weather.

As more of these dead cells build up, the barrier they create dulls the complexion, so to get your glow back you need to remove these cells for new ones to take their place. Exfoliation is key to this and I would suggest increasing exfoliation to at least twice a week.

I love ELEMIS Papaya Enzyme Peel for a perfect exfoliation and it’s great for those that have a busy schedule as it will get your skin ready without too much effort for that perfect Christmas glow. I even apply it before I clean my teeth in the morning or evening and let it do all the work. After 10 minutes the Papaya Enzyme Peel will automatically stop working, so I have been known to drop my son off to school with a very fine layer on before returning home and rinsing it off! The powerful enzymes of Papaya and Pineapple loosen the bonds holding these dead cells onto the skin which makes them easier to remove and prevents you having to rub and pull at the skin.

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If you want that instant glow prior to going out, after cleansing, apply ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks. Gently press one of the gel-masks sticky-side down onto the under eye area, remove the second mask from the backing sheet and place under the other eye area, leave on for 20 minutes and the results will last for up to 6 hours. Whilst the eye masks are on, also apply a thick layer of ELEMIS Fruit Rejuvenating Mask. This powerful rejuvenating mask is ideal before special occasions to restore a glowing complexion or when skin is looking tired and dull after those longer days. As this mask is rich in active extracts of Strawberry and Kiwi fruit, you may experience an active tingling sensation while the mask gently but deeply cleanses, rejuvenates and brightens the overall complexion. After 20 minutes simply remove everything, rinse with warm water, tone and apply ELEMIS Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm to instantly brighten, smooth and moisturise. Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm is suitable for all skin types, male and female, and can be used as a light daily moisturiser. Fantastic as an introductory anti-ageing moisturiser, it can be used as a radiance booster or make-up primer over your regular moisturiser. It can even be blended with your regular liquid foundation prior to application to create a light make-up application with priming results.

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Finally, stay hydrated as it is one of the most important skin care steps you can take towards making sure your skin looks great for any party or occasion you’re attending. From simple steps like drinking more water to using a humidifier at night, get more moisture into your environment and body to combat the drier weather which can cause skin to look tight and dehydrated.

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Guest blog post from ELEMIS – “How to get pre-party skin ready.”