Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Skincare survival guide: Advice from the professionals

Professional beauty expert and celebrity facialist Anastasia Achilleos, gives top tips for achieving glowing, youthful looking skin in 2012.

Professional beauty expert, Anastasia Achilleos

It's not only the winter weather which takes its toll on your skin come New Year, long days at work coupled with late night sale shopping and the inevitable excesses of Christmas all put extra stress on you and your complexion. To avoid signs of tiredness and unwelcome breakouts follow our expert tips to keep your skin looking glowing and healthy for the New Year.

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Make every moment count

When time's at a premium, as it always is, you need to maximise your multitasking skills. When having a soak in the bath, use this time to really relax and let your skin benefit from the steam which opens the pores. Use the Olay Professional Exfoliating Cream Cleanser when you get in the bath to rid the skin of any surface dirt and grime, so that the steam can really work its magic.

Professional beauty expert Anastasia Achilleos shares a top tip that she gives to her clients at this time of year: "Use a hot flannel to boost your steam clean. Simply take a facecloth, wring it out and place it over your face for a few minutes while you relax."

Once you've washed, rinsed and applied your masque or intensive conditioner to your hair, apply a nourishing Olay Total Effects Mask to your face, and let your face soak in the anti-ageing benefits while you lie back for 15 minutes.

Maintain a healthy glow from morning to night

Even though it's tempting when you get home late to do the minimum and whip off your make-up before jumping into bed, it isn't a good idea to cut corners when it comes to your skin care routine. Taking an extra few seconds to apply your Olay Professional Eye Wrinkle Cream, Deep Wrinkle Complex and Wrinkle Smoothing Cream will help keep your skin looking its best.

"Your skin care routine is even more important when you are super busy, as your skin is more susceptible to looking dull and tired," says Anastasia. "Cleansing is absolutely key to keeping your skin healthy looking, as is moisturising because dehydrated skin can look dull and start to feel rough to the touch."

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Bright eyes

Keep puffiness and dark circles at bay with Olay Professional's Eye Wrinkle Cream. This multi-action product not only helps fight crow's feet and wrinkles but also reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. Its formula with skin texture improving peptides together with caffeine helps accelerate the surface skin cell turnover and when used once or twice a day, the skin around your eye area will look noticeably fresher and younger.

Radiance Booster

Revive dull looking skin with Olay Professional's Exfoliating Cream Cleanser which helps speed up the natural process of skin surface renewal, removing dead skin cells to reveal brighter, fresher, more radiant looking skin. A real radiance boost that will give you glowing, healthy-looking skin.

"There is a trend towards over exfoliation which can leave the skin feeling extra dry," says Anastasia. "The new Olay Professional range includes a gentle glycerine-based exfoliator, which helps accelerate surface skin cell renewal without drying the skin out."

Protect and nourish

Like a bowl of hot, warming soup to keep the cold out, your skin needs nourishing and protecting day and night to help it combat the effects of the winter weather and central heating which can leave your skin feeling dry. Temperature extremes can even play havoc with skin tone. Olay moisturisers, such as the Professional Age Defying Day Moisturiser and the Wrinkle Smoothing Cream, immediately hydrate the skin and help smooth and even skin tone by nourishing your skin, strengthening the skin's moisture barrier function which is critical to keeping it looking and feeling healthy, day after day.

"The skin has to deal with so many aggressors," explains Anastasia, "pollution, air conditioning, wind, rain, so the skin's natural protective barrier layer is all important and needs a helping hand from time to time. Olay's formulas, with their blend of skin-friendly vitamins, work to boost this natural layer of defence and keep skin strong and healthy looking."

Schedule some 'me time'

To keep you feeling and looking your best, don't forget to carve out some time for yourself. To help your mind and body recover from the stress, our professional beauty expert Anastasia Achilleos is quite clear with her advice: "Make time for yourself and give your mind and body rewards with a facial or massage at your favourite salon - it will leave you feeling refreshed and your skin will radiate with wellness."

So for skin that sparkles with a healthy looking glow, follow Anastasia's expert advice and don't skimp on your regular skin care routine. Your skin will thank you for it.

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