Overindulged this Christmas?

Top tips for getting your skin back on track

By Lisa de-la-Plain, Co-founder and professional beauty therapist, Beauty Flash

Had a ball this Christmas, but now facing the consequences of partying just a little too hard over the festive season? Don’t worry, us too.

To help you regain the pre-party season glow, we have put together our tops tips on reversing the festive damage wreaking havoc on your skin…

Hydrate, inside and out

Keeping your skin hydrated is vital and we’re not just talking about slapping on moisturiser. Dehydrated skin will look tired and sallow, with more pronounced fine lines, wrinkles, and pores – so, make it a New Year’s resolution to drink your recommended two litres a day.

As well as hydrating on the inside you also need to take care of your skin’s surface. Apply your moisturiser a few minutes after showering or bathing to help absorb lost moisture while pores are more open.

We recommend Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream – a medium-weight cream with soothing botanicals and antioxidant vitamins to maintain skin’s moisture balance while improving texture, helping to restore suppleness and tone

Consider dry January

If you are able to hop on the band-wagon and do Dry January, you will see the benefits to your skin – as well as the post-Christmas bank balance.

Not only does drinking alcohol hinder the production of the hormone vasopressin, which helps the body to absorb water, it’s also a diuretic.

This means every time you knock back a glass of fizz, you’re forcing out water and making it harder for your body to rehydrate itself– so hide that Prosecco quick!

Change up your diet

When it comes to your New Year detox, diet is as important as skincare. While everything in moderation can be good for you, overindulging in certain foods will take its toll come New Year.

All that excess sugar from late-night Quality Street binges can result in a damaging process called glycation. This is where sugar permanently bonds to protein molecules and causes damage to the skin, such as reducing its elasticity – a key factor when it comes to ageing.

While we may all love a coffee shop’s Christmas drinks menu, caffeine is also a diuretic and dehydrated skin can result in redness, collagen loss and even acne.

Try to reduce dairy, sugar and caffeine intake for a little while, which will enhance your skin’s natural glow and radiance, even in the dull January weather.

Add in some antioxidant-rich foods such as blueberries, blackberries or strawberries to reduce visible signs of aging. Eating foods rich in essential fatty acids like salmon, olive oil, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds, can also improve skin’s hydration levels.

Treat yourself

After the effects of a heavy Christmas period, it might be time for some hardcore rejuvenation. If treating yourself to a luxurious facial seems a bit decadent after all the festive spending at home face masks can do wonders just as well.

We recommend Dermalogica Age Smart Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque. This concentrates antioxidant vitamins to help skin recover from damage while enhancing barrier properties and promoting healthy tissue regeneration – the perfect post-Christmas skin treat.

Dry skin brushing

Dry skin brushing stimulates the lymphatic system and supports detoxification. Before bathing, brush your skin with a soft natural brush – always brush upwards towards the heart and be gentle with the strokes.

This helps remove dead skin cells to unclog and decongest skin, which will help it absorb more nutrients. In addition, it will also help to reduce cellulite.

Post Author: Jo

Makeup artist based in South-West London and internationally published. Studied Fashion Makeup at London College of Fashion and with Val Garland at Makeup:Mastered.com. I work with clients across various areas of fashion including editorial, beauty and advertising and also film. I love all things beauty, addicted to makeup and all things organic, also love trying new things and telling people about them!

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