It’s hard to keep up with everything the festive season throws at us. Working, shopping, socialising and end of year commitments are all a part of Christmas and the New Year, and whilst a lot fun and memories can be created, it can take a toll on us physically. So I’ve compiled a list of a few realistic tips that should keep some of the sparkle in your step:
1. Drink Water
It’s not exactly true that drinking water will keep your skin hydrated. Only skincare and faical treatments can really do that. However, a few glasses of water each day will give you a nice internal cleanse and make you feel a little better. Even better with a slice of lemon or lime in your glass. It will help to flush out toxins, keep your eyes a little brighter and your skin a little clearer. I’m not suggesting that you forgo your favourite beverage on a night out with a glass of water, but a little at the start and the end of your night should make a big difference to the way you look and feel the next day.
It’s a busy time of year and we are usually increasing our intake of sugar, alcohol and coffee which can affect our sleeping pattern. Whilst we may all be relying on a little less shut eye – try to make the sleep you get as effective as possible. Keep your room dark, get the temperature right and maybe even try drifting off to a little light relaxation music or do a short meditation.
3. Apply a Mask
Depending on your skin type, a facial mask is the next best thing you can do for your skin if you can’t get to your favourite salon, spa or clinic for a professional facial treatment. When using your mask, get the ultimate benefit by laying down for 10-15 mins with your eyes closed whilst the product does its work. The short nap alone can do wonders for how fresh you look and feel, and the mask treatment will just enhance your complexion further.
4. It’s in your Eyes
Puffiness, dark circles and fine lines go hand in hand with the party season. Eye patches can be a life saver as can be any type of cool compress over the eyes. Rose, Chamomile, Geranium and Cypress are all effective essential oils that can be used on a cool compress to cover and treat the eye area. Try keeping your eye cream or serum in the fridge before applying, for a refreshing hit when it goes on your skin.
5. Self tan
A little self -tan can go a long way to keeping you looking fresh and healthy. Just don’t overdo it and make sure all the remnants of the previous tan are gone before applying more. A good trick is to mix some self- tanner with moisturiser to maintain hydration levels and your desired level of colour without tacky fading.
Time can be short at this time of year. A good idea may be to outsource some beauty requirements. A shellac or gel nail polish should last a couple of weeks without touch ups and a blow wave from your favourite hair stylist could be some valued and indulgent time out and save you time fussing with hair styling for an event.
7. Take some shortcuts
I’m not the best at removing my make up late at night, but makeup remover wipes are extremely handy and can be stored anywhere. Whilst not as beneficial as a proper cleansing regime, they are better than nothing at all and make a difference to how the skin looks the following morning, especially if your chosen brand of wipes can be used over the eye area.
Makeup can cover a multitude of sins. Taking the time to apply concealer and primer will disguise blemishes and dark circles and even out your skin tone. A bright splash of lippy or gloss will take the focus off the things we would rather others didn’t notice and a hint of blush will make you look fresh and put together.
Beauty tips and advice aside, Christmas is a wonderful time of year, especially when spent in the company of friends and loved ones. I wish all of you a safe and happy holiday and look forward to sharing more knowledge with you in the New Year.