While the current temperature might suggest otherwise, winter is in fact coming and with it comes a chance to enjoy some cosy nights in with close friends. And by close friends I mean the ladies of Litchfield Penitentiary, naturally.

What better way to enjoy the highly anticipated forth season of Orange is the New Black or follow Jon Snow’s journey from Winterfell to the Wall, then with a little mid-episode complexion clearing and skin brightening?

Kiehl’s, Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate, $82. SHOP NOW
Radical Skincare, Express Delivery Enzyme Peel, $67. SHOP NOW
O Cosmedics, 3 in 1 Fruit Peel Mask, $62. SHOP NOW

Sheet Masks
Time Required: one act
Thanks to their growing availability and increasingly purse-friendly prices, high potency souped-up sheet masks have nixed their occasion status. Slot one into any skincare routine on the regular to target varying skin issues in one sitting, from dullness and dryness to blemishes and dark marks.
Skin Republic, Spots & Blemish Anti-Spot & Pore Refining Face Mask Sheet, $7.99. SHOP NOW
Karuna, Antioxidant Face Mask $11. SHOP NOW
Colbert MD, Illumino Anti-Ageing Brightening Mask, $165. SHOP NOW

cream masks
Time required: two acts
A classic cream mask is still one of the easiest ways to customise your skin routine to cater to its ever-changing needs, swiftly. Feeling dry? Opt for something loaded with hyaluronic acid. Clay is amazing at de-clogging and deep cleaning. If you’ve been clocking extra hours in the office, boost your glow with vitamin c or anti-oxidants, while anything spiked with alpha-hydroxi acids will smooth texture and give your skin a gleam by the closing credits.

Glam Glow, Youthmud Mask, $98. SHOP NOW
Philosophy, Renewed Hope In A Jar Mask, $45. SHOP NOW
Grown Alchemist, Deep Cleansing Masque Wheatgerm, Ginkgo & Cranberry, $39.95. SHOP NOW


Facial Massage
Time required: One episode
Playing a key role in any good professional facial, massaging can have a totally transforming effect on the skin. By aiding lymphatic drainage, softening tight facial muscles and invigorating circulation, regular gentle facial massaging works to re-define facial contours and  give the skin a definite glow.

The trick to DIY facial massaging is to do it often and to work in gentle, but firm movements to release tension and drain away puffiness. It’s also essential to use a product with plenty of slip so you don’t risk dragging or pulling as the skin. Opt for a cleansing balm or facial oil.

There are countless YouTube tutorials on technique, but one of the best and easiest to follow is by Lisa Eldridge, below.

facial oils

Darphin, Orange Blossom Aromatic Care, $83. SHOP NOW
The Jojoba Company, 100% Natural Australian jojoba, $19.95. SHOP NOW
La Mer, The Renewal Oil, $320. SHOP NOW
Nude Skincare, Progenius Firming Youth Oil, $132. SHOP NOW
La Prairie, Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil, $385. SHOP NOW

Cleansing balms

Sunday Riley, Blue Moon Cleansing Balm, $74. SHOP NOW
Trilogy, Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm, $36.99. SHOP NOW
Estee Lauder, Micro Cleansing Balm, $68. SHOP NOW



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