#CocoBeauty: 7 Must Dos for January Skin Rejuvenation

We are all looking for something comforting, relaxing, and chilled out to do this January, whether it’s to stay at home in front of the fire, or to book into a spa for the day, or just have a night watching box sets and eating a bowl of pasta. It can be the simplest of things that help us to relax, things that don’t cost the earth such as a hot bubble bath, a Sunday morning in bed, midnight raiding of the fridge, seeing friends in the pub for a drink after work, or nipping to your mum’s for a home cooked roast, whatever the reason and whatever your preference that’s what January is all about.

#TeamCoco are into all aspects of rejuvenation from our minds to our bodies, we are all about the January rejuvenation process, and the wonderful team at Beauty Flash have given us some top tips on how to rejuvenate our skin throughout these colder months of January and February, which will also help our skin to recover from the excesses of Christmas and New Year parties.

We’d like to thank Lisa de-la Plain, co-founder and professional beauty therapist at Beauty Flash for offering her knowledge about skincare and how to keep it glowing, healthy and fresh this winter.

Keep it dark
Chocolate is everywhere during the festive season; from advent calendars to desserts and selection boxes, it’s hard to avoid it. But don’t worry, you can still enjoy it in the new year, just opt for the dark stuff instead. Dark chocolate is a skin-friendly ingredient, high in antioxidants, which helps protect your skin from free radical damage.

New research has also shown eating a square of dark chocolate a day can relieve emotional stress. It’s the high quantity of antioxidants called flavanols, which are responsible for these positive effects.

Another way to protect your skin from the festive over-indulgence is by selecting an antioxidant mist for a daily spritz.

Healthy fats
While avocado is the perfect addition to a weekend brunch, it’s also great for the skin. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, D and E, avocadoes are a nutrition firework just waiting to explode!

Many creams and serums include avocado oil in their formulas to enrich the skin with these vital nutrients too, they can repair and soothe dry skin during the night so you wake up to perfectly smooth and supple skin.

Ring the bell
Red and yellow bell peppers are one of the best sources of vitamin C, which boosts collagen production, keeping skin firm and strong.

Look out for Vitamin C serums, which help trigger collagen synthesis, which also increase the skin’s elasticity as well as improving texture and brightening the complexion.

Sunshine in a bottle
The seeds of the sun-worshipping sunflower help to promote glowing, youthful skin. Rich in vitamin E, sunflower seeds reduce the risk of inflammatory skin conditions while encouraging smooth, soft skin.

If, however, eating a cupful of sunflower seeds doesn’t tickle your fancy, look for beauty essentials containing Sunflower oil instead, as they can help prevent the first signs of ageing and correct fine lines and wrinkles.

Green with envy
When it comes to skincare, you should be in a committed relationship with green tea: a superstar ingredient. The antioxidants in green tea eliminate dark circles, treat puffy eyes and have anti-aging properties. Green tea is also rich in catechins, which are antimicrobial and get rid of acne-causing bacteria.

Apply a body oil that boasts green tea for a luxurious way to enjoy the benefits on your skin, as it’s likely to leave the skin intensively hydrated, firmer and more supple.

Power of protein
Soy has numerous health benefits, which include lowering cholesterol and enhancing cognitive function. The health benefits of soy, however, are not just limited to nutrition. Often used in cosmetics, soy protein is known to moisturise and condition the skin, while minimising skin roughness.

Using moisturising treatments with soy protein will do just the trick, as it uses the phytoestrogens from soybeans, to hydrate, exfoliate and reverse the signs of premature ageing.

Plant the seed
Moringa seeds contain a special fatty acid composition that is exceptionally high in oleic acid, making these seeds highly sought after for their beneficial health properties.

If you’re keen to give moringa a try why not consider a lightweight, yet hydrating moisturiser, which has moringa oil to smooth, balance and soothe the skin with its skin rejuvenating and anti-inflammatory properties.

Huge thanks to Lisa de-la Plain for putting together this excellent list of 7 top tips to rejuvenating the skin this January. For more information about Beauty Flash and where you can purchase a number of skincare products that relate to each of the above top tips, search online for BeautyFlash.co.uk.

Rachel McAlley

Rachel is currently a UK travel writer and beauty writer for House of Coco, she spends most of the week locked away in her country garden studio watching the world whizz by, and most of the weekend whizzing around the UK!

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