Back to basics in January

Go back to basics this January
Go back to basics this January

GIVE your post-festive beauty regime a boost with pampering that gets results.

If December is all about being devilish, it’s time to repay your body for the fun times with some angelic beauty behaviour in January.

Cast your mind back and if you committed at least seven deadly sins over the festive period, counteract them with our seven ways to achieve beauty nirvana. After all, some dedicated pampering is a resolution that’s far easier to keep than diets and deprivation.

Call it a ‘beautox’ and try out the industry’s most delightful detox tricks.


January blues reflected in your skin tone? At this time of year, skin can look dull and grey.

For a more radiant complexion, Catherine de Groot, co-founder of Trilogy recommends removing dead skin cells with a gentle exfoliant.

“The key to detoxifying the skin is to gently rehydrate, removing the toxins without stripping the skin of its natural oils,” she advises.

“Use a weekly beauty treatment, like a purifying masque, to restore, cleanse and rehydrate the skin”.


Limbs, heavy. Thighs, puffy. Belly, bulging. If your body is screaming for a mini-cleanse or you’ve already fallen off the wagon, a bath can be a surprisingly effective purifier, according to Josephine Collins, mind, body and spirit author.

“Taking a bath with sea salt encourages the elimination of toxins through the skin.

“Add a handful of sea salt, and three drops each of lemon, grapefruit and lavender essential oils, to a warm bath. Take time to relax your muscles and soak for at least 20 minutes.”


The start of a New Year provides the perfect opportunity for a cosmetic bag clear-out. Out-of-date make-up can be a breeding ground for bacteria that causes spots and even infections. Throwing away half-used products may hurt, but detoxing your make-up is the perfect excuse to discover some new favourites,” says make-up artist Jemma Kidd.

“Chuck any dried-up products, or any that smell or taste bad. Wax-based cosmetics are less likely to harbour bacteria than liquid or oil-based products.”