Beauty resolutions 2009
beauty editor Ronita Dutta suggests a few beauty resolutions to keep you looking gorgeous
1. Feed your skin
We all know that a healthy diet will impact positively on your skin as well as your general health, but do yourself a favour this year and give your skin a little extra boost too.
2. Get a grip on your brows
Brows may be bold this year but they're not wild and unruly. Unless you're a dab hand with the tweezers, shaping is best left to the experts and threading gives the most precise results. The Powder Lounge, walk-in Express Eyebrow and Eyelash Beauty Bar located in Debenhams Oxford Street offers a single shaping session for £13 or a bargain 10 shapes for £90.
3. Have regular facials
Regular facials will not only give you a clearer and brighter complexion, but also give you the chance to indulge in spot of much needed monthly me time. And quality facials are no longer the domain of ladies who lunch. Champney's high street day spas offer a 45 minute relaxing facial for just £35. While Elemis Spa Pods are amazing mini-pampering zones complete with intelligent massage chairs for an all over body rejuvenating experience. Pop in for a skin consultation and a quick power-booster 30 minute facial. www.champneys.com www.elemis.com
4. Look after your hands
Your hands can be the biggest give away of your age, and yet so many of us simply neglect them. Make it your mission to give them an extra bit of tlc this year. Boots No7 Hand Saviour £10.50 is a fab new addition to my hand care kit. The two-in-one formula contains exfoliating salt crystals that gently polish away dead skin cells and a blend of almond and grapeseed oils and Hand care tips Six of the best hand creamscupuacu butter leaves them soft and nourished after rinsing.
5. Brush your hair
This year make it your goal to devote a little extra time to your locks. If you've got long hair Aldo, Senior Stylist at John Frieda, London suggests investing in a Mason Pearson natural bristle brush and brushing hair 100 times before you go to bed. This will prevent that greasy build up at the crown. Oil is your hair's natural conditioner and brushing will distribute the oil evenly down the hair shaft - you'll also find hair will need washing less often too. A guide to hair brushes
6. Repair and protect
From heated appliances and styling products to wind, rain, air conditioning and central heating we put our tresses through a veritable assault course on a daily basis. So it's not really surprising that it often ends up looking frizzy and shabby. Always use a heat protecting serum such as Frizz Ease Thermal Protection Serum £5.49 9 when blow drying or using straighteners.
Reinvigorate tired hair with an overnight treatment like Umberto Giannini's Overnight Beauty Balm £4.99 from time to time which contains salon tested intense conditioner known as amodimethicone to repair and condition damaged areas of hair. Available from Boots stores nationwide 08456 090 055