About Shonagh Walker
Beauty Expert Shonagh Walker is one of Australia's leading beauty editors. Her work has been published in most major magazines, newspapers and websites both in Australia and around the world. She is currently relishing her freelance life, contributing to quality publications like The Sunday Telegraph's Body and Soul.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been burning the candle at both ends lately, working hard, grabbing meals on the run, and enjoying all those lovely Christmas cocktails. I sure feel the need to detox. Do you?
Well, it’s not going to happen until after New Year, so I’m relying on a few smart skin care steps to get me through. Want to join me? Here’s my list of essentials, to keep me feeling as fresh as possible this party season.
1. A Dry Body Brush
I use one every morning, before showering. It kick starts circulation and helps to support lymphatic drainage, which eliminates toxins from the body and helps counteract seasonal woes, like dark circles and puffy eyes.
Simply run it over your body, starting at the left ankle and moving in long upward strokes in the direction of your heart. Your skin should turn a mild shade of pink, which signifies that it’s working. Make sure it doesn’t redden though – that means you’ve been brushing too hard.
2. Pevonia Anti-Stress Bath and Shower Gel, $81.50
I lather up with this in the shower, in place of soap. It’s a skin softening, lightly sudsing lotion that cleanses the skin without stripping away the oils it needs to remain hydrated and soft. Use a shower sponge, as it will further stimulate circulation and help you turn your shower into a real spa experience.
3. Pevonia Silky Skin Body Scrub, $75
This is my twice-weekly treat, which keeps the skin on my body glowing. It contains jojoba beans, rosemary, sage and allantoin to slough dead skin cells whilst infusing anti-ageing, skin-clearing and softening benefits.
It also helps your body remove toxins, as it clears the way for them be flushed out through the skin via sweat. And, it’s a great anti-cellulite tool … massage into affected areas for a few minutes to help flush away the fluid that has built up under the skin.
4. Pevonia Aromatic Moor, $182
This is the ultimate. It’s an ancient anti-fatigue therapy that relies on Natural Black Moor and Pine Essential Oil to relieve aches and pains, as well and melt away tension and stress. It has a drawing action, which means it can absorb toxins through the skin and help combat cellulite. It can heal the skin as it softens and is just perfect for party-weary bodies. Add half a cup to your bath and soak for 20 minutes. I indulge in this about twice a week, on the same days that I’ve used my Silky Skin Body Scrub.
5. Pevonia Micro-Emulsion Massage Oil Anti-Stress, $61
I always moisturise all over, every time I step out of the shower or bath. And, I love to use oil, as I feel it has a better affinity with my skin. This oil is a favourite of mine, as it has a delicate uplifting scent, but it leaves my skin feeling supple and really well hydrated. I take a few minutes to massage it in well, using long, firm movements (Lomi Lomi style) from my left ankle, again following the direction of blood flow.
So, that is my regime to keep my skin as radiant as possible throughout the party season. In January, I’ll embark on a proper detox, which eliminates caffeine and cocktails, too, but until then, I’m sticking to this!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
Love and light,