There is nothing like the festive period for making your skin look tired, dry and covered in blemishes. A combination of late nights, a little overindulgence and party makeup day after day can leave your skin looking worse for wear by the time January rolls around. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to a few small changes that you can make in the new year to detox your skin and bring it back to life after the excesses of the holiday season.
If your skin feels more like a sheet of sandpaper in the Sahara Desert than a baby’s bottom, then this one is for you. Lots of indulgent food and drink, and long hours spent in central heated rooms over the festive period can leave your skin dry, dull and sore. To combat this, it is important to restore lost moisture from the inside and the outside. Banish harsh, drying soaps to the back of the cupboard and try washing with a rich, moisturising cleanser instead. Also, increase your daily water intake for extra hydration, offering plenty of benefits to the skin.
Get Some Rest
It is likely that you’ve been burning the candle at both ends throughout the holiday period, and a lack of sleep can be terrible for your skin. Now the festivities are over and the family have gone home, it’s time to squeeze in a few early nights. Your body rejuvenates and heals during sleep, allowing your skin to repair itself for a brighter, clearer complexion. If you find that you’re struggling to drag yourself out of bed in the morning, it is likely you aren’t getting enough sleep. Try going to bed at the same time every day and turning off the technology a few hours before bedtime. You’ll feel like a new person and your skin will thank you for it.
Clean Those Brushes
When did you last clean your makeup brushes? Even if it was quite recent, it is likely all that heavy party makeup you’ve been applying over the festive period has got them all clogged up again. Makeup brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria, and if you don’t wash them regularly the bacteria spreads all over your face every time you apply your makeup. Treat your brushes and your skin to a January detox by scrubbing them with a gentle baby shampoo and drying them with the hairdryer until they’re clean and fluffy again. Your skin will be clearer and your makeup will be easier to apply.
Smoking can be devastating for your skin, just as it can for your internal health. Even just a few cigarettes can damage your skin, as it affects collagen production and makes the skin sag and wrinkle prematurely. It also causes skin cancer, and a whole long list of other terrible side effects. There are websites and organisations that can help you kick the habit, and quitting is the ultimate detox for January and beyond.
Make Time for Masks
Many of us consider ourselves too busy to regularly apply a face mask, but our skin and our stress levels can both benefit from taking the time out once a week. Facemasks can provide a more intense treatment for problem skin, deep cleanse the pores, and restore essential moisture. After a busy festive period, this is exactly what your skin needs and weekly use improves the results, leaving skin feeling and looking better. Plus, using a face mask forces you to sit down and relax for twenty minutes, allowing you to unwind from the stresses of the day. When you rest, it allows the skin to rejuvenate and the body to relieve tension. Add in a guided meditation exercise to help overcome the January blues.
At Vivderma, we offer a comprehensive cellular recovery system, which provides a four-week course to help improve the appearance of your skin.
Visit a Professional
Unless you have struggled with a specific skin problem, it is likely you have never visited a professional dermatologist. If your skin is feeling a little worse for wear after the holidays, this can be a great option for getting some tailored, professional advice for getting it back on track. Dermatologists are medical experts in keeping the body’s largest organ in the best possible condition, and can advise on everything from anti-ageing to specific skin problems such as acne. Nothing treats worry lines like knowing you’re in the hands of a professional.
To complement a visit to a professional, Vivderma have crafted a unique range of luxury skincare products that are formulated by expert dermatologists. If you need help detoxing your skin this January, browse the full range of products online.