With the Christmas Holiday party season in full swing, many of us make adjustments to our beauty routine at this time of year. This is particularly the case if you are burning the candle at both ends and want to retain your youthful appearance, keep your energy levels up and have the best time possible!
Whilst the festive season is fundamentally much deeper than how we look, in that it’s a time to connect, forgive, and rekindle friendships - we can’t help but want to look at our best, yet the busyness, crowds and late nights can subject us to coughs, colds and and a generally run down feeling.
Our skin also battles the elements - in both hemispheres! In the North not only is there the bitterly cold temperatures, wind, rain and snow to contend with… our skin is also subjected to the dehydrating effects of central heating. Whilst the harsh sun and long days spent out in it, and a switch to air conditioning can also dehydrate, damage and burn.
In a nutshell, this time of year takes a lot out of us so it’s important to nurture yourself and adjust your health and beauty routine to look your best this party season. Here are some aspects to consider:
Water is essential for the healthy function of all our organs, including our skin, and when you are dehydrated it shows on the skin like an external mirror reflecting what is going on inside. Dehydration is one of the most visible culprits when it comes to not looking at your best - it is what leads to dark circles around the eyes and dull lifeless skin. It also leaves you feeling sluggish, tired and bloated as your body attempts to retain what little water remains. The more water you drink (particularly in the party season) the better your appearance will be, and the better you will feel on the inside too. It’s important to note that drinks that contain caffeine and alcohol often dehydrate, rather than hydrate you.
For each cup of coffee, soft drink or cocktail you consume, drink an additional glass of water to compensate for the dehydrating effect - in addition to the recommended 1.5 - 2 litres a day.
Interestingly, the amount of water you drink not only affects your skin, but also your hair. In fact, the more water you drink the more nourished and vibrant your hair will look and feel. Whilst the amount of water you drink won’t have any effect on long lasting hair extensions it will make your natural hair much more radiant - especially after a big night out, or lots of time in pools or the beach!
Hair masks can also help and there are some beautifully nourishing options available both in salon treatments and at home use for managing dryness, frizz, texture and volume. For a cheap at home hair hydration fix, try using coconut oil in your hair overnight, a few days before an event, as this will make your hair look much more silky, smooth and radiant; just be sure to use an old pillowcase and wash and rinse thoroughly the next day.
For blemishes consider applying a spot remover the night before, rather than relying solely on makeup to cover it up. And always, always, take your makeup off before bed!
That said, drinking plenty of water, a daily does of greens, and choosing healthier food and drink options as much as possible is the best remedy for lasting inside-out beauty any day.
CHRISTMAS BEAUTY CHECKLIST
- Eat and drink your greens
- Wear sunscreen
- Make removing makeup before going to bed a must
- Use a face mask for your specific skin needs 1-2 times a week
- Use a hair mask 1-2 times a week
- Don't skip your workouts - aim for more incidental exercise if that's all your can fit in
- Get some sleep!
- Remember to take some time out too - meditate to restore energy and balance
- Plan to detox after the season is over
- Know when to say no!
Merry Christmas and slay the day beauties.
Your smile is always the best accessory!