This time of year your calendar is more lit than an Oxford Circus Christmas tree. To take you from frazzled to flawless, from ‘get me out a taxi out of here’ to glowing, and to combat that dreaded party fatigue, we’ve got the a skincare regime that work miracles faster than you can say ‘festive and flawless’. Forget Santa’s elves, this month it’s all about your glow-getting social life, sequins and seriously lifesaving serums.
Get your glam and glow on the night before. Start by exfoliating to remove any dead skin cells and to help stimulate healthy new ones. Opt for exfoliators with glycolic acid in to hydrate and increase collagen or for oily skin, try an exfoliator with salicylic acid, as it will penetrate inside the pores and keep breakouts to a minimum. Finish off your pamper session with a sheet mask. For an extra shot of moisturise, place your sheet mask in the fridge overnight to instantly soothe – and save – skin. You’ll be relaxed, refreshed and Rawr-ing to go.
Fake eight-hour freshness
Sorry, we hate to break it to you, but there really isn’t a substitute for beauty sleep. Getting your eight-hours in is the best fuss-free, financially friendly way to keep skin radiant, as it allows time for the skin to rejuvenate itself naturally. But we totally, totally get it. One espresso martini turns into four and the next minute your drunk dialling your ex, have lost an eyelash and invited that girl you made friends with in the bathroom to your birthday… in May. Tired eyes are always a tell-tale sign that you’ve spent one too many nights dancing on tables, so invest in two really good eye creams. Reach for an cooling eye gel in the morning to reduce puffiness and banish all signs of sleep deprivation and a creamy, richer eye cream in the evening. Keeping the undereye area hydrated is the key to hiding a multitude of sins – and bad decisions.
Turning the sass levels up to ‘oh my glam’ usually means wearing more makeup and that, sob, means clogged up and prone-to-pimple pores. Stop the spots by adding in an extra skincare step. Before bed, cleanse twice. Use miceller water to break down makeup first, then cleanse your face with a water-based cleanser to go deeper. This saviour second swipe will remove dead skin cells and banish any lingering bacteria. No matter how tempting it is to crawl into bed with a full-face, don’t. Sip some water, give yourself a pep talk and stop cheating on your skincare regime. You’ll pay for it the next day when there’s a pimple party erupting.
The morning after the night before
Time to initiate damage control and, no, we don’t mean deleting your Instagram stories. Alcohol dehydrates the skin and puts pressure on our livers natural detoxification process, which causes skin to become dry, dreary and prone to blemishes. It’s not just a strong coffee and a greasy breakfast you’ll need the next morning. Be sure to invest in products that support your skins surface and boost natural moisture levels, all without weighing it down and clogging up pores. Hyaluronic acid and ceremide rapidly boost hydration, so look for serums with these hero ingredients. Massage your lotions and potions in upwards strokes to encourage blood flow to the area. It’ll instantly make you perkier and hide (some) signs of your hangover.