Detoxing – it’s undoubtedly the buzzword for January. No sooner have the champagne corks popped that you get a glimpse of the year that was – all those nights of indulging have taken a toll on your looks. And as you wake up from New Year’s Eve celebrations you realise it’s time for a detox.
Giving our skin and hair a much-needed beauty breather following a month of excess is surely a January blessing in disguise for the year ahead.Glossy hair, skin and a spring in your step, anyone? Banish dark circles, limp locks and lackluster skin in our super-easy guide to a brand-new you.
If you're feeling sluggish and bloated, join the recovery club. Skip the two-minute shower and put a little TLC into your bathing and skincare routines. Pull out those summer cellulite potions and apply massaging the bottom and thighs to smooth out lumps and bumps.Regular bathing and occasional saunas are essential to detoxification as they helps to clean the skin of the toxins it has released as well as opening up the pores.
EXPERT TIP: "Dry brushing of the skin is beneficial because it cleanses the skin of the old cells and invigorates the skin as well as increasing localised blood circulation which encourages removal of toxins from the body," says Shabir Daya, co-founder of www.victoriahealth.com
TRY: Elemis Cellutox Active Body Concentrate, $78.00; Manicure 100% Natural Loofah Bath Brush, $12.95; Elemis Skin Brush, $48.
Hot weather, rich food and a bevy of festive tipples - it's a recipe for dry skin disaster. Break-outs are all too common at this time of year, too, so boost your usual cleansing routine with a mask and - shock horror - leave your face make-up free whenever you can to give your pores a break.
EXPERT TIP: "It's especially important to keep your skin hydrated right now," advises make-up artist Bobbi Brown. "The excess toxins (from all of that food and drink) deplete your skin of vitamin C, so you need to put the moisture back into the skin. Drink plenty of water and herbal tea, and use a hydrating face cream to refresh and plump the skin,"
TRY: Aveda Deep Cleanse Herbal Clay Masque, $69.957; REN Multi-Mineral Detox Facial Mask.
We're all guilty of piling on the hair products during the festive season. Hairspray, serums and backcombing may have resulted in a New Year bird's nest style so give your hair the equivalent of a workout with a detox.
EXPERT TIP: "Constant styling and product build up can leave your hair feeling dull, heavy and lack lustre. A detox shampoo is great for deep cleansing to help rid the hair of excess residual build-up – especially following the party season," says Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, global creative director at Toni&Guy. "Use once a week to leave the hair feeling really clean, revitalised, and full of life."
TRY: Fudge Detox Deep Cleanser, $16.95; Toni & Guy Detox Shampoo, $12.99; Redken Scalp Relief Oil Detox Shampoo, $24.95.
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Elemis Body Sculpting Cellulite and Colon Therapy, from $135. Suffering with a stodge-filled Santa belly? Lose the festive bloat with this relaxing but tummy-intensive treatment that focuses on cleansing the body's systems and reducing fluid retention.Body brushing kicks off the treatment, combined with the therapist's massage and skin slapping to wake up circulation. But it's the abdominal massage that sets this apart from other detox treatments. While you focus on deep breathing techniques the therapist uses firm massage to help cleanse the colon. Expect to feel a flatter stomach and less bloated afterwards.