Whether you’ve been jumping on and off planes all summer or if you’ve pulled one too many festival all-nighters of late, we reckon it’s time for a little R&R. With a new term in session and the seasons beginning to change, it feels like a natural break from the excesses of the summer months – the perfect time to recharge those batteries and relish in some me-time. Here are our top tips for getting yourself glowing and re-energized for the fall.
Rehydrate Sun-Weary Skin
If you’ve seen a lot of sun this summer, or spent too much time on planes, treat your skin to a deeply hydrating moisturiser toreplenish your skin. Don’t forget to moisturise your neck and chest too – they’re often forgotten areas which can be especially ageing when sun-damaged. Look out for products with humectants in them, as these ingredients hold water to the skin and form a moisture barrier. Natural humectants are honey and vegetable glycerine, vanilla oil and macadamia nut oil. Remember also to exfoliate religiously, to help remove dead skin cells and remove pigmented layers which form sun spots. Garnier does a good range in anti-sun damage moisturising products.
Repair Beachy Hair
Is your hair looking a little surfy? Sun, chlorine and sea salt are all dreadful for your hair in the long term, drying and frazzling the ends all at once. Look out for replenishing hair treatments such as Kiehl’s Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Leave-In Treatment. This little beauty moisturises and strengthens weakened locks, works on split ends and improves your hair’s overall lustre and manageability. It’s wonder stuff!
Freshen Up Tired Nails
Nothing makes us feel better than a good mani-pedi and a fresh lick of nail polish. Welcome in the new season with a relaxing manicure, an exfoliating and hydrating pedicure for tired feet, and a color change for the fall. Our favorite? This gorgeous, coppery rose gold hue – official name ‘1972’ – from Smith and Cult.
If you’ve overindulged on eating out and in-flight meals, why not kick-start a new season of clean eating with a little sugar detox? Cutting out refined sugar (the stuff that’s added to recipes rather than the naturally-occurring stuff) actually helps retrain your brain to not crave sweet things in the future. Try it for a week and see if you can stretch to two, replacing your usual candy treats with fresh fruit, nuts and dried fruit.