Bracing yourself for the December onslaught? As the Christmas party season approaches and you’re faced with an endless list of invitations and things to do feeling tired and frazzled is natural – looking it though, is a different matter.
An endless round of late night parties, cocktails and rich food can wreak havoc on your looks. From puffy eyes after one too many to pasty grey skin from a lack of sleep, you’re going to need more than a packet of Paracetemol to survive the festive fun. Here’s how to banish those post party blues and revive yourself from top to toe with our fast festive rescue plan and party pep ups.
Overdoing the alcohol can leave skin tired and dehydrated and can rob your body of Vitamin A which is crucial for cell renewal, and often the reason why look skin looks so dull the morning after. Meanwhile, alcohol inhibits the release of ADH, the antidiuretic hormone that maintains the body’s water equilibrium, causing vital sodium, potassium, and other minerals to leak from the blood vessels and upper layers of skin into subcutaneous tissue—hence looking bloated and puffy. To depuff and wake up skin a quick exfoliation will work wonders; just rub a damp, cool flannel over your face in circular motions to remove dead skin cells. Washing your face with an egg yolk will also help to stimulate your skin boosting cell turnover. The magic ingredient is vitamin A. After cleansing or exfoliating your face apply the yolk all over your complexion with a cotton pad, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for five minutes then rinse off with warm water. Alcohol also drains the body and skin of moisture, so replenish levels by using a serum containing Hyaluronic Acid under your moisturiser as it helps the skin retain water (it can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water) but do leave it to sink in for at least ten minutes before adding moisturiser or foundation. Try Super Facialist Neroli Firming Intense Facial Serum (£16.99) which helps fight the signs of skin fatigue and dullness = superfacialist.co.uk
Another tip for brightening up morning-after skin is to follow this with a simple face massage the face using your fingers. Apply moisturiser in firm circular motions to help stimulate blood flow and give your skin a rosy glow. Alcohol also dilates blood vessels, which is why flushed cheeks might last hours after your last sip. Cold temperatures can help reduce blood vessels showing on the surface of the skin so keep a pot of moisturiser in the fridge, which will help calm redness or try splashing cold water on your face which will also help or try SkinCeuticals Redness Neutralizer (£75) a light gel-cream clinically proven to help reduce visible skin redness by decreasing the skin’s temperature and reinforcing the skins barrier function to protect it further (skinceuticals.co.uk)
If you feel your skin needs some extra help there’s nothing better after a few too many parties than relaxing and letting the experts take over. A professional facial will revitalise tired skin, and address any other skin concerns. If you have a few days spare before the next big ‘do’ try the LA Facial which lifts and tightens facial contours, smoothes lines and breathes new life into dull tired skin. The one hour treatments uses a combination of radio frequency and heat technology to stimulate collagen and you’ll see great results around a week later which will last well into the new year, just enough time to tide you over until the next round of parties. From £350 call O3335775570 or go to labeautiful.online for more details.
More rescue tips coming soon…!