If you’re feeling the effects of the fun and festivities over the last few days, you’re not alone. Christmas parties, late nights spent wrapping gifts in front of the Carols and indulging in a few extra serves than usual all takes its toll on our energy levels, mood, general feeling of wellness and naturally, our skin.
While we’re still deep in the midst of festivities and not at all ready to hear the word detox, there are some low-effort, low-commitment steps you can take to help prepare your skin to be it’s glowing best come New Year’s Eve.
One of the easiest and most effective skin boosters is – no surprises here – water. Make a conscious effort to up your water intake even while indulging in that extra glass of bubbles and summer G&T. Simple additions might be an extra glass of water before bed and one with your morning coffee or tea. Serving water in a glass as nice as one you would use for an alcoholic drink makes it feel less of a chore and more of a treat. Up the water intake and within a week you’ll notice a vast improvement in your skin texture, radiance and condition.
Cleansing is our no-excuses step that is essential to clear skin come New Years. Resist at all costs the temptation to sleep in your makeup, and instead try Nouri Vital Foaming Cleanser – a quick, luxuriously creamy cleanser that lathers on the skin before adding water. It rinses of easily even without the need for a face cloth and suits almost all skin types. When energy permits, leave the cleanser on your skin for a few minutes masking – the gentle enzymes promote a deeper cleanse, mild exfoliation and detoxification.
Try Lernberger Stafsing Gel Cleanser if your skin is congested and more on the oily side. Venn Moisture Balance All In One Cleanser is fabulous for all skin types but especially dry and dehydrated who want a low-effort alternative to a balm cleanse for those late nights.
Consistency is often said to be the key to success. Maintaining a consistent, regular routine with your skincare can make all the difference, even if it means eliminating extra steps and keeping it simple. Above all we advocate for cleansing thoroughly and hydrating well.
Nouri’s Infinity line is fantastic for mature skin that needs extra plumping. The Day and Night cream are beautifully rich (but not greasy) moisturisers that target photo damage and fine lines but
Venn Age Reversing All In One Concentrate is an in-store favourite that feels luxuriously hydrating and addresses discolouration and boosts radiance. Nuori Vital Facial Cream is a fantastic everyday moisturiser for combination and oily skin and has a matte finish that’s perfect for summer days when you’re adding an additional layer of SPF.
THE EXTRA STEPS
Serums might be the step of your routine that falls by the wayside during this period, but they really can add a boost – if energy permits. Try Lernberger Stafsing Anti-Age Serum to target elasticity and firmness, Oio Lab Aquasphere to add an extra shot of hydration if your skin is suffering from alcohol-induced dryness and vitamin C rich The Future Is Bright to up the glow.
ADD IN A TREATMENT
The magical time between Christmas and New Year when the days of the week seem irrelevant, mealtimes go out the window and consumption of cheese and chocolate are at their highest, is ideal for masking. To clarify skin that is showing the effects of the holidays we reach for Nouri Clarity Mask – a highly effective yet gentle clay mask. We love to follow it with the moisture boosting Josh Rosebrook Advanced Hydration Mask. For more mature skin, it’s an ideal time to add in Lernberger Stafsing Overnight Retionol Mask – just ensure you’re wearing your SPF during the daytime as skin will be more UV sensitive.
THE QUICK FIX
Skincare routine gone to ground despite your best intentions? We take that as a sign of a really good week, and there’s still a few quick fixes we have up our sleeve.
Lernberger Stafsing AHA/BHA Peel Gel Mask is a pre-event wonder for upping the radiance and glow, and Venn Concentrated Revitalizing Lifting Mask really lifts and tightens skin that is feeling drawn. A fantastic treatment to brighten is Nuori Supreme C Treatment. While not an overnight solution, this ten-day intensive treatment will give an intensive, visible boost to skin radiance for those who can only commit to a short-term routine.
Woken up on the 31st to an unwelcome visitor? Nuori Clarity Spot Treatment is our go-to zit zapper. Avoid the temptation to pick or squeeze and instead apply the treatment after cleansing in the morning and repeat mid-afternoon in preparation for evening celebrations.
Finally, nothing makes the complexion glow more than the appearance of hydration. If skincare has fallen by the wayside, reach for Manasi 7’s All Over Shine at the start of your makeup routine. Kaito is a glistening, creamy balm that adds instant glow to the face. Apply sparingly all over before or mixed in with your foundation, or as the final step in your makeup routine to add glow to the tops of the cheekbones and forehead where the signs of dehydration often appear.