Nicola Bonn on how creating new habits can benefit your skin

Emma Hardie - my favourite facialist!

Emma Hardie - my favourite facialist! - Credit: Archant

The New Year is the time to pamper yourself and create some new habits to benefit your skin says Nicola Bonn

If there’s one thing I can’t bear it’s the idea of the New Year diet. I know that I’ve overindulged, but January is cold and grey and demands mashed potato, hearty stews and lashings of warm puddings.

However, I do think that the start of a New Year is a great time to re-think beauty habits. It’s an opportunity to pamper yourself when perhaps you haven’t had time to do so, create new habits that will benefit your skin and re-think some of your makeup choices.

Here are a few of my own New Year’s beauty resolutions.

I was a bit of a naughty girl last year, often not giving myself enough time to really look after my skin. This year I’m planning on re-introducing masks, exfoliators and eye-creams into my weekly regime.

My face mask of choice will be the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask ( £30 for 50ml). The fruit acid brightens the complexion by removing dead skin cells. It also helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. I’ll be exfoliating with Clarins Doux Polissant ( £25 for 100ml). It is gentle enough to use twice a week and leaves you with beautiful, smooth skin. Finally, a great daily eye treatment is Alpha H Absolute Eye Complex ( £34.50 for 15ml). It contains vitamin B5 and is fabulous for getting rid of dark circles, puffiness and fine lines.

Another resolution is to have a chemical free day every month. I will be making my own face mask containing avocado (plumps the skin), honey (anti-ageing and anti-bacterial), dark chocolate (high in anti-oxidants and therefore anti-ageing) and milk (contains lactic acid which is a natural exfoliator).

I really believe in a monthly detox for the face using natural products. You will be surprised by how good you look and feel afterwards.

I will also be swapping my foundation for a much lighter alternative this month so that my skin has time to breathe. I was recently introduced to Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint which contains SPF 15 and goes on like a dream. It will leave you with a radiant complexion and will benefit your skin due to the botanical content ( £21 for 40ml tube).

Finally, 2014 will be the year of the facial. Whether at home, or with a beauty therapist, I will be having one a month to keep me looking my best. My favourite facialist of all time is Emma Hardie. She has magic hands and will take years off you. Find her at

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Happy New Year pampering and remember…no horrid diets!

Face oils

I am obsessed with facial oils at the moment. They make such a difference to the skin and are a pleasure to use. I always massage them in before going to bed and leave them to work their magic.

Different oils have different benefits but for a great all rounder, it has to be the Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate ( £40.50 for 28ml). This beautiful oil contains argan and rosehip oils, neroli, lavender, chamomile and vitamin E and will both soften dry and mature skin and balance combination skin.

I also can’t speak highly enough of Lisa Snowdon’s favourite Bliss For Your Skin ( £58 for 30ml) and Alpha H Vitamin E Serum with Macademia ( £40 for 30ml). With long-term use, both will give you astonishing, anti-ageing results.