Get your healthy, glowing skin back on top form with these Jo & Co skincare favourites, and supercharge your beauty routine ready to welcome 2022 with a radiant glow.
We love the festive season, with all the opportunities to get dressed up in everything sparkly, indulge in our favourite treats, and spend some much needed time with our loved ones. But all that extra glam make-up, delicious food, and maybe not being as vigilant as usual with our cleansing routine, can leave us with a bit of a dull complexion come January.
Thankfully, at Jo & Co, skincare is kinda 'our thing'. We just love it! Our knowledgable team are on-hand in our lifestyle store to help you pick out a skincare routine that'll get you feeling like your best, glowy self again, but if you'd rather shop online, here's a rundown of our favourite skincare saviours.
Best For Detoxing Oily Skin
You may recognise this marvellous face mask after it gained viral fame on social media in 2021, and for good reason. If you're feeling like the festive season has left your pores feeling clogged, and your skin oily and stressed, then this might be the perfect choice for you.
With its natural pink clay formula, it's designed to draw out impurities from the pores, leaving them looking tightened for a more even looking complexion. It's not kidding around either, as this mask dries, you can see little dots of oil appear on the surface as it's pulled from your pores. Maybe a little gross, but super satisfying! Just make sure you're only applying it where you need it - across the nose, forehead, chin, wherever you're feeling a little oily, and avoid the eye area. We love to mix and match our masks, and apply a moisturising mask (like the one below) to the eye contour area at the same time.
Best For Hydrating Dry Skin
If the cold weather, icy winds and central heating have left your poor skin feeling dry, tight, cracked or crapey, then this ultra hydrating mask from Caudalie is just the thing to transform your complexion, and give you some much needed relief.
Enriched with organic grape water, soothing organic centella asiatica and antioxidant grapeseed polyphenols to intensely nourish and soothe even the most sensitive dry skin. This multi-tasking mask can be used in several different ways. Use all over for a 10-minute hydration booster, or if you're feeling extra dry, leave on all night as a repairing overnight mask, and wake up to your skin looking plump and refreshed. This also works as an express hydration treatment for the eye contour and eyelids, giving an extra boost where you need it most!
Best For Brighter, Glowing Skin
It's rare to find a skincare ingredient that gives visible results after the first use, but AHA's (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) are an exception to the rule. Working as a chemical exfoliator, AHA's break up dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, revealing the healthy, glowing complexion hidden below. As an added bonus, pores clogged with dead skin cells are also a contributor to breakouts, so this will help keep your skin blemish free too! Win-win!
The Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic from REN is a skin-resurfacing AHA facial toner that exfoliates, brightens, tightens and hydrates for a smooth, even and energised complexion, whilst being gentle enough to use daily.
Designed to be applied in the evening onto freshly cleansed skin, the lactic acid works overnight to exfoliate the surface of the skin, breaking up dead skin cells and replacing moisture, whilst the salicin (from willow bark) in this formula helps pores to appear tighter, and skin appear smoother everyday.
Best For Instant Hydration
Sheet masks have shot to fame in recent years, after the popularity of the much celebrated Korean 10 Step Skincare Routine. Whilst this time consuming, product heavy routine might be a little much for some (although we've tried it, and it worked wonders for us), that doesn't mean you can't pick and choose some of the best bits from the routine to incorporate into your own.
The Super Hydration Instant Facial Mask from Seulista Beauty is a powerhouse of a sheet mask. This will leave you GLOWING - so much so, that we choose to use it the night before, rather than in the morning, to tone down the intense glow hit.
Made from natural ingredients, this one-step coconut mask is infused with hyaluronic acid (known for it's ability to hold 1000x its own weight in water), to quench dry and dehydrated skin, and keep the moisture where you need it. The gel like mask is packed with vitamins too, to deeply nourish the skin, and help prevent signs of ageing. After just 20 minutes, your skin will be moisturised, plumped, and you will have a more radiant and youthful-looking dewy complexion.
We love to use these once a week, usually on a Sunday evening, to leave us seriously glowing for the week ahead.
Best For Daily Cleansing
Okay we've covered detoxing masks, but what about cleansers? A hugely important step in any skincare routine, cleansers take off makeup, and clean away excess dirt an oil.
We know the world of cleansers can get a little confusing, with oils, gels, balms, and micellar waters to name but a few, it's hard to know which way to turn. Generally, it's best to try samples of a few different types to find which works best for you, but as a rough guide, oils and balms are great for dryer skin, giving a rich, moisturising cleansing experience. Gels and milks are wonderful for oily complexions, cleaning the skin without weighing it down with excess oil, and micellar waters can be a lovely choice for those with sensitive skin.
If you're really serious about your cleansing routine, you can opt for a double cleanse. Using an oil based cleanser first, to break down the oils, dirt and makeup on your skin, followed by a water based cleanser to remove any excess oil and residue left by the previous step.
A personal favourite in the cleansing arena is the Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser from Caudalie. Boasting blemish-controlling ingredients such as salicylic acid, this highly natural foaming gel cleanses and purifies the skin without causing dryness. A great all-rounder, this gentle and effective formula works to tighten pores, reduce excess sebum, and visibly reduce blemishes.
Best For Recovery
Put simply, this is a little pot of heaven for stressed, over-stripped skin. Whether your skin is suffering from environmental aggravators like cold weather and central heating, or you've just gone a little overboard with exfoliating or retinoids, this wonder balm will offer some much needed relief.
This silky balm targets sensitivity, dryness and inflammation, whilst boosting and safeguarding your skin's natural regeneration. The divine, balm-to-oil texture replenishes the skin's barrier, and deeply moisturises, whilst absorbing quickly for a pillow-friendly finish that's never oily, greasy or heavy. Bliss!