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Cosmopolitan - 11/2009


Forget the winter blues - in Cosmo world the sun always shines, and a glowing complexion is only a few beauty treats away


"Plumped-up, relaxed features are the holy grail for a year-round fresh-faced look, but the elements work against you in winter", says facialist Emma Hardie. "Dehydration and stress tauten your facial tissues and block the flow of nutrients to your skin." To reverse this stranglehold on your cells, you need touch - and movement. "You automatically stretch your body to relieve tension, so do the same for your face, simply by moving your face muscles around in all directions," says Emma. Another instant trick she suggests to get an energised glow is to, "Pinch and hold for a second the soft tissue of your face, starting at the centre and moving to the sides."

Twice a day as you cleanse and moisturise, massage your face with small circular movements. "It's essential for preventing washed-out winter skin," says Emma, who recommends using a nourishing balm like her own Amazing Face Natural Lift And Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm, £30, to turn the process into a bit of a treat. Or take a moment to rub in a moisturiser designed to calm both stressed skin and frayed nerves, such as Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm Cream-Gel, £34.50, or Bach Original Flower Remedies Rescue Cream, £5.15. Puffy eyes, meanwhile, will be grateful for a gentle massage with Vichy Aqualia Antiox Ant-Fatigue Ice Effect Stick, £14, packed with draining and soothing ingredients.