“The silly season is coming, get ready!”
And in the blink of an eye, December is here, and along with it, that chilly snap.
If you’ve got a growing number of events piling up in your diary, but you want to keep your healthy, glowing skin, it’s time to get lockdown your skincare routine.
As you are probably aware, preparation is key.
Putting in the groundwork ahead of time (not the night before, sorry) is guaranteed to save you a tonne of stress (and time!) in the weeks to come, and reward you with a fresh and blooming complexion that will be the envy wherever you go, no matter how cold and dry the weather has turned.
Stay super consistent with your skincare routine
Now is certainly not the time to add another 10 steps to your at-home skincare routine. Not only are you too busy to remember which serum to apply in what order – but trying a random new product close to a special event can be risky. Unexpected breakouts? No thanks.
If you haven’t already, we recommend sticking to a simple three-step daily routine specific to your skintype - cleanser, hydrator and serum - with sun protection to finish off. Keeping your skincare simple and consistent is the best way to ensure that you maintain your healthy glow all season long.
Late nights and extra stress can take a toll on your skin, leaving it dull and worn.
How to combat this?
In addition to a daily simple skincare routine, we highly recommend keeping up regular exfoliation once a week in the lead up to the holiday season. As the weather gets colder and drier, you should decrease your exfoliation routine slightly, as over exfoliation can irritate already dehydrated skin. We love to use the Bright Skin Polish Powder, which combines the power of natural and organic exfoliants to resurface your face and leave your skin feeling brand new.
The benefits of this include:
- Increase skin cell turnover and collagen production,
- Dissolves and removes dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria
- A brightened complexion and reduced hyperpigmentation,
- Lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,
- Improves the absorption of subsequent products, such as serums.
- Easier application of makeup over smooth, prepped skin
You may not want to admit it, but for many of us, alcohol consumption is bound to increase around this time of year. With all the Christmas parties, family catch ups, and extra stress in general, you may find yourself drinking more alcohol than usual.
And unfortunately, alcohol consumption, among other things, leads a dehydrated dermal layer!
How to keep your skin hydrated?
A targeted serum. A serum designed specifically for deep hydration applied morning and night will keep your skin hydrated and dewy.
- Combine this with a regular hydrating face mist, to use in your skincare routine, as well as carry with you for a refreshing spritz throughout the day or night.
- Drink plenty of water. At least 2 litres a day if you can, will help to keep your liver functioning efficiently and keep skin cells hydrated.
Don’t sleep in your makeup
You have no doubt heard this one before, but it is probably more likely to happen around this time of year as you may be coming home late, desperate for bed after a big Christmas party.
Our answer? Use an oil cleanser that doubles as a makeup remover. In less than 30 seconds, your skin will be makeup-free and cleansed, without feeling stripped of moisture. We love to use either Mint, as part of the Supercharged Trio for oily skin, or Next Level, as part of our Nourishing Trio for dry skin.
Give your skin the nutrients it needs with a weekly mask, such as Unmask, our Superfoods Mask (part of the Nourishing range).
This will dramatically improve the overall tone & texture of the skin and help to firm & plump the sub-dermal layer and brings out a rich, healthy glow.
When removed, this mask will very gently exfoliate and resurfaces the skin to decrease the visibility of age spots and provide a more even complexion.
Just because it is winter, it doesn’t mean you should put away your suncream. While there is less UVB around in winter, levels of UVA are still significant enough to age our skin. Opt for a sunscreen that specifically has a high UVA rating all year round to protect your skin.
The skin on the rest of our body can suffer just as much during the cold winter months. Consider a simple total-body routine, like our Smooth Bodycare Kit, to give your whole body a buff and much-needed hydration. Say goodbye to scaly legs, dry elbows and rough hands!
Keep stress in check
This is a tough one around this time of year, we know!
But did you know, stress increases cortisol levels, causes acne breakouts, and accelerates aging.
High cortisol levels are associated with an increased risk of bacteria infections, eczema, inflammation and skin disorders. You can never totally eliminate stress from your life but there are ways to minimise its impact.
Meditation, deep breathing, yoga and regular exercise can help reduce stress and make you look younger.
How are you planning on protecting your skin this holiday season?
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