If a toxic party season has left you with a sulking complexion, check into rehab with these virtuous skin treats, says beauty expert Emily Berryman, and get your bridal beauty back on form…
Time Bomb Complexion Cocktail with a Shot of Chlorophyll, £24, timebombco.com
Indulging in a mojito (or three) may temporarily ease your supplier stress – but boozy late nights can seriously take their toll on your complexion! Vowing to be a good girl in the run-up to W-day? Dab this powerful blend of peptides and antioxidants over your skin twice a day to transform party-pooped skin back to perfection, no boot-camp required.
Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush, £21, timetospa.co.uk
While dry body brushing may take some getting used to – initially feeling decidedly like you’ve gone 10 rounds with a loopy kitten – skin bods swear by it for rebooting sluggish circulation and getting rid of toxins. A few savvy strokes – working from your feel upwards towards your heart – will have you glowing and zinging with energy in no time. Oh, and do draw the curtains, dear.
Detox Patch-It, £29.99, hollandandbarrett.com
If sweating it out in the sauna is not for you, how about detoxing while you sleep with these handy reflexology patches? Slapped on the soles of your feet at bedtime, they claim to help the body’s natural cleansing system by drawing toxins out through our tootsies. Ours’ turned a mysterious brown by morning – which could be all those mince pies we’ve been guzzling!
Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation, £13.49, lilylolo.co.uk
If you are suffering from spots, try de-junking your make-up bag and switching to a mineral foundation. Beauty aficionados love natural bases thanks to their inbuilt sunscreens and super-buildable textures. And as they are completely free from synthetic ingredients (which can clog pores and lead to spots,) your skin will look clearer too!
Chai Xpress Cleansing Green Tea & Spearmint, £2.49, sainsburys.co.uk
Need to combat that post-Crimbo muffin top? Trading your PG Tips for a green brew can up your intake of metabolism-boosting polyphenol antioxidants. In fact, a recent study found green tea drinkers lost an average of three quarters of an inch off their waist without making any other lifestyle changes. We’ll drink to that!
Champneys Mineral Detox Bath Salts, £8, champneys.com
The original fashionista, Cleopatra, famously took to the sea when she needed to perk up her partied-out limbs – and while a jaunt to the Dead Sea may be out of the question, this gorgeous blend of detoxifying sea salt, seaweed and essential oils works pretty well for brides on a budget too!
Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil, £29, caudalie.com
Our bodies get on with vital repair work while we snooze – so why not super-charge your beauty sleep with this silky oil? Brimming with natural skin heroes like grape seed, rose and carrot oils, apply a couple of drops to your skin before hitting your pillow and wake up looking less stressed, more serene.