Not only did the festive period wreak havoc with our waistlines and livers, but all the late nights and overindulgence also took their toll on our skin. So what can we do about our thirsty, lacklustre skin, we hear you cry?
We've enlisted the help of Royal and A-list beautician and founder of Heaven Skincare, Deborah Mitchell, to share 7 surprisingly simple ways you can bring your skin back to life and start 2019 with a glow.
1. Don’t skip meals
After a heavy Christmas and New Year we try and hold back on eating and often skip meals to lose those extra pounds. However, skipping meals can often cause dehydration because food digestion is one of the highest forms of hydration for the body. Make sure you’re eating even - if it’s dry oats. Believe it or not, it would still produce water to keep you hydrated.
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2. Turn down the heat
It’s cold, I know, but heating takes the oxygen out of the air and dries skin, leaving it dull and lifeless. Wrap up warm and add a gel moisturiser under a light cream to add hydration.
3. Ditch the dairy
Dairy is one of the biggest causes of bad skin. I know it’s cold out there but ditch those lattes and milky drinks. If you’re going to drink warm drinks, have a mug of coconut milk instead. Coconut milk has high levels of Vitamin C, which helps maintain elasticity and flexibility of skin. It’s also rich in copper, and can help to prevent and lessen wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots.
4. Wind can be problematic
Wind wipes our skin, taking every last bit of moisture out of it. Protect yourselves by creating a mask of moisturiser that has a high oil content. We layer our clothes in winter, but why do we never think of layering our skin?
5. Give up the party and have a nap
After Christmas and New Year, let your body rest. It needs time to recover and re-coup after a stressful time. This is the same with your skin. Whilst you sleep, the body encourages and boosts blood flow to the skin, which means you wake to a healthier glow. If you don’t sleep enough, your skin will look dull.
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6. Get stung!
Bee Venom can be the quickest way to get your hydrated, beautiful skin back after the party season. Bee Venom products available online and in retail contain Abeetoxin, which keeps the skin looking fresh and line-free by relaxing the facial muscles. When applied, it makes the skin feel like it’s been stung by lots of bees so encourages blood flow to the skin and therefore creates rich blood moisture.
7. Don’t scrub
If you’re skin is looking haggard, dry and flakey following a heavy party season, do not exfoliate straight away! A lot of people reach for the scrubs to try and get their skin back to normal, but by doing so, you’re just taking more moisture out of it. Flakiness and dry patches are an indication the skin is out of balance it is becoming irritated. Use a moisture cream or cleanser rich in hyaluronic acid as it’s vital. It’s what the skin depletes so it’s what is needed.