With Christmas only a matter of weeks away, it’s highly likely that you’ve got at least a couple of Christmas parties on the horizon. And it’s not just the office party, the festive season is usually cram packed with after-work drinks, family get-togethers, and more than a few late nights celebrating the season of good will.
But, with all those late nights and extra glasses of your favourite tipple, it’s important that you look after your skin if you want to keep it looking great and glowing all season long.
Here are our top tips for getting your skin feeling and looking its best for the festive party season…
If you’re thinking of mixing up your skincare regime in time for the holiday season, don’t wait until the week before the party. It takes around four weeks to see the full benefit of any new lotions and potions you introduce to your daily routine, so make sure you start no later than November!
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Hydration is key to giving your skin the ultimate festive glow. In the run up to party season, make sure that you step up your daily moisturising regime – you can even incorporate moisture rich face masks and serums.
It’s also important to make sure that you drink plenty of water. Drinking two litres of water every day will help to flush out any skin-sapping toxins and give you a natural glow. We’d recommend starting the day with a big glass of water, and then sipping water or herbal tea throughout the day.
Boost Your Anti-Oxidants
In the run up to the party season, make sure you give your skin the best possible chance of glowing all Christmas long by giving it a serious boost of anti-oxidants.
Pack your diet full of beetroots, blueberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, cucumber, spinach, avocado, and chia seeds. A great way to squeeze plenty of anti-oxidants into your daily routine is by blitzing up lots of anti-oxidant rich fruit and veg into a delicious smoothie.
To ensure that your skin is totally party ready, why not treat yourself to a relaxing facial? This will boost your skin’s hydration and leave it looking smoother, firmer, and plumper!
Alternatively, there are plenty of at home treatments and face masks that will give great results.
On The Day
It’s All About Priming The Face
Moisturiser is an essential part of any party preparation process, creating a smooth surface for foundation and ensuring that your make up stays in place and in perfect condition all night long. Apply before your foundation and allow it to soak into your skin for a couple of minutes to prep your face for long-lasting makeup which will stay put throughout the night.
To add to the dewy, healthy look your skin will have achieved from pre-party preening, try dabbing a little coconut oil on your cheekbones, brow bone, and across the bridge of your nose for a natural looking glow. This will give you a dewy, hydrated finish that isn’t too oily or shiny!
Warm Your Cheeks
Warm colours will instantly make your face look healthier. So apply a warm peach or pink blush to the highest parts of your face. Next, apply to your cheeks, starting with the apples and blending upwards towards your temples to define your cheek bones.
Don’t Forget Your Neck and Décolletage
For many of us, the festive season is the perfect opportunity to finally get out of those restrictive shirts and pencil skirts and bare a little skin. Don’t let all the hard work you’ve put in to give your face that enviable glow go to waste by neglecting to show other visible areas some love! Ensuring that you your skin routine includes the delicate neck and chest area will make sure that your décolletage looks firm and youthful in that revealing dress. There’s no party accessory quite like amazing skin.
Post Party Recovery
Remove Your Makeup
The first step to post party recovery for your skin is to remove your make up before you go to sleep after the party. Yes, we know, a full cleanse, tone, and moisturise after a few too many mulled wines is probably a little optimistic, but at least make sure you take your make up off. Trust us, your skin will thank you in the morning!
Another thing you need to start as soon as the party’s over is hydration. As soon as you get in from your festive celebration, drink a large glass of water. This will start the rehydration process straight away, particularly important if you’ve been drinking alcohol.
Plump Up Your Pillows
When it comes to post-party skin recovery, a little extra lift goes a long way. When you go to sleep, use an extra pillow – this will help ensure that you have proper circulation and drainage whilst you sleep. You should also try and avoid sleeping on your side (we know it’s tough!), as this can cause fluid to gather in your cheeks and under the eyes.
So there you have it, the ultimate Christmas party skin care plan to ensure that you’re glowing throughout the festive season!
If you want to boost your skincare regime in time for your Christmas party, check our homepage or call us on 01484 538 967.