February can be such a blah month.
We are deeply buried in the drudgery of winter. Our skin and hair look far from their best after weeks and/or months of cold winds and warm fires, hats and scarves, harsh weather paired with central heating. No matter how toned and fit you may or may not be, if your skin and hair don't look fabulous, then neither do you.
And in the middle of this yuck-fest Valentine's Day sneaks up on us. That one day where we really do want to look gorgeous.
So whether you want to just break up the mid-winter blues, or whether you want to get read for V Day, here are
8 Beauty Rescue Tips For February
Use An Oil Cleanser
Sometimes all you need is a small change to your program.
Oil cleansers are super gentle to your skin, especially when your skin is feeling roughed up or sensitive in the abrasive winter climate. They dissolve makeup and give you a deep cleanse while leaving your skin feeling nourished.
Believe it or not if you have an oily complexion an oil cleanser can be your best friend. Pour some oil into a glass of water and what happens? The oil floats on top - they don't mesh. But oil lifts away oil, and can leave your skin feeling fresh and normal.
Harsh weather outside and warm rooms inside can leave your skin not only stripped, but with a layer of dead cells dulling up the surface.
I'm not a fan of facial scrubs - I always think they scratch the baby skin underneath, perpetuating the problem. I am however a huge fan of enzyme masks for exfoliation. The enzymes eat away the dead skin cells and leave your complexion fresh and glowing.
Exfoliate Your Body
While we are on the subject of exfoliation, don't forget the rest of your body.
Put the glow back into your skin with a luxury body exfoliant like the fabulous REN Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm
Use A Deep Moisture Treatment
Your skin needs, in fact it craves a really good moisture treatment right now.
My skin saviour this winter has been the incredible Neal's Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm
It softens, it soothes, it nourishes and it protects.
Stave off the signs of premature aging and make your complexion absolutely glow with this magic balm.
Drink Half Your Weight (In Ounces) In Water
One of the best things you can do for your complexion is to drink tons of water.
For those of you who don't live in the world of metrics (I think that's only America and Liberia)
divide your weight in pounds by 2, and make that the number of ounces you drink in pure water - not coffee/tea etc.
You will start to see and feel a difference within the first couple of days.
Plain water too boring? Try adding some slices of fresh lemon. Drink it hot or cold, just drink it!
Get A Brow Fix
Nothing changes up your face quite like changing up your brows.
Have a brow specialist evaluate, then reshape and color your brows. It will rejuvenate and freshen up your look.
While we are on the subject of brows, AVOID those cracked out, super squared, slimey looking, psychotic brows that are all over Instagram, unless you either are a drag queen, or want to become one.
Wear A Vibrant Lip Color
Paired with the reshaped brow the most invigorating, fresh and fun thing you can do to waken your winter face is to change up your lip color for something a little vibrant.
Instead of a bold red, opt for a fun fuchsia, or at least a vivacious, lively pink.
Get A Manicure
Don't forget to revitalize your fingers! Take the time to go get a really good spa manicure.
Make sure your cuticles get groomed, your hands and fingers get a really good deep treatment, and then finish it up with a really pretty nail color.