Makeup and highlighters are great and all, but naturally-glowing skin is a different feeling altogether!
December is the month of parties, festivities, and celebrations. We all love the lavish food, the catchups with loved ones, the wine and bubblies, and the free pass that lets us have fun without thinking twice about the next-day consequences.
With New Year's Eve around the corner, you realise that your skincare routine has gone for a toss. But fret not— let's make a pact and leave dull skin behind in 2019. Deal?
How does my skincare prep for New Year's Eve look like?
Before we go into it, here are two points to remember:
- A post-Christmas detox is needed. We need to compensate for the sleepless nights, the junk-food-dominated meals, etc.
- For those in seasonal countries, December also means peak winters. This is when your skin is ultra-dry and dehydrated, and moisture levels in the skin need to be restored.
Now, let’s look at the skincare tips for that New Year’s Eve party that will help you ring in 2020 with glowing skin. Ready?
1. Follow a Disciplined Skincare Routine
Our relationship with skincare is rather complicated. Sometimes, we love it too much, and sometimes, we completely side-line it. The celebrations might be tiring you out, but following your daily skincare routine is a must.
This will keep you away from most of the common skin problems.
2. Eat Healthily
Those Christmas plum cakes and butterscotch puddings are delicious to binge on, and so, you must! The festivities call for it. However, remember they are chock-full of sugar, and that you should balance out your diet with nutrient-rich foods.
Stock up on healthy foods for skin that are rich in antioxidants, proteins, and vitamins – berries, nuts, beans, eggs, fatty fish, and rich leafy vegetables. These will not only make you feel better but will also help you do away with post-Christmas-party-dryness.
3. Exfoliate to Eliminate Dead Skin Cells
The cold winter season can really throw your skin's health out of the window, especially if your skin falls on the dry side. While exfoliation is a debated topic when it comes to dry skin, you just can’t do away with it.
Use a chemical exfoliator (products containing Lactic acid, Glycolic acid, etc) to get rid of dead skin cells, and get ready to embrace naturally-glowing skin.
4. Keep Your Skin Moisturised
Now’s the time to switch to a heavier, and thicker moisturiser, and incorporate serums into your skincare routine. The weather, alcohol and stress are all doing one thing to your skin: dehydrating it.
5. Clean that Makeup Off
The party’s over and all you want to do is go to bed. However, sleeping with your makeup on is just the biggest mistake you could make. Your pores need to be able to breathe while you’re sleeping.
So, make cleansers-before-sleeping a routine.
6. Make a Hydrating Mask with Ingredients from your Kitchen!
Some of the best secrets to dewy skin on New Year’s Eve lie right in your kitchen. A hydrating and moisturising mask is not just soothing, but also highly effective. You can also be sure that you’re not subjecting your face to any sort of chemicals.
Avocadoes, bananas, coconut oil, oats, and yoghurt are few of the many ingredients you can make easy homemade DIY face masks with. Read up, get creative, and say hello to moisturised skin. 😊
7. Drink Up - We Mean Water
Get as much H2O in your system as you can. While it may seem pretty obvious, we often consume very little water in busy times.
While the norm is 8 glasses of water a day, try getting more than that until New Year’s Eve. It will help offset the dehydrating effects of alcohol, tiredness and stress.
8. Sweat. It. Out.
We can’t stress this one enough. Sweating it out helps by releasing toxins from the body, increasing blood flow, and nourishing the skin cells.
So much from half an hour of badminton or running the treadmill every day. Not bad, right?
9. Get Some Beauty Sleep
Scurrying around to find unique Christmas presents, in addition to back-to-back celebrations is tiring, to say the least.
However, use the days until New Year’s Eve for necessary repair and renewals. Make sure you get enough beauty sleep to let that happen. Our growth hormones focus on repairing damaged skin cells while we’re sleeping at night. If we don’t sleep well, our staff team of hormones does not get enough time to fix the damaged cells.
10. Don't Skip the Sunscreen
The assumption that you might not need sunscreen on some days is one of the most common skincare myths, period. Whether it’s sunny, rainy, or cloudy, or even indoors (with windows), sunscreen is a must.
Remember that despite how apparently innocuous the sun is, harmful UV rays are always lingering around in the environment.
And there you go! These 10 skincare tips for New Year’s Eve will have you glowing as you ring in 2020.
Lastly, if you want to do away with experimentation and trial and error of skincare products in 2020, how about taking our free skin test? By accounting for your skin type and lifestyle factors, it will curate just the right personalised skincare for you. :)