Party proof your skin

The party season is fast approaching, so of course we will be looking at ways to get our skin ready for the festive time and looking it’s best. Christmas can have a massive impact on skin, due to long nights, lack of sleep, drinking lots of alcohol and forgetting to take makeup off, which can result in early signs of ageing, puffy eyes or dull skin. However, Christmas is the season to be jolly, so in order to keep your skin glowing and looking great in all of those Christmas photos, we have compiled a list of tips to keep skin healthy.

Healthy food

Christmas is the busiest time of the year and it is easy to get swept up in the festivities and just keep binge eating. Eating healthily will provide your body with a better first line of defence and give your skin a natural glow. The more antioxidants a person takes in, the better, as it will help protect skin from damage caused by free radicals. Choosing foods rich in Vitamin C such as blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, kiwi, oranges, strawberries and sweet potatoes, will keep skin looking radiant and help to heal blemishes. It will also enhance the production of collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the skin.

Drink more water

Staying hydrated over the festive period is very important, especially if you are drinking lots of alcohol. Dehydration can cause dark circles under the eyes, skin to look dry and slightly grey. If you drink six to eight glasses of water a day, it will flush out all of the bad skin toxins and give skin the moisture it needs to stay flexible. Drinking more water will help plump up skin, allowing wrinkles and pores to get more filled. It can also help prevent breakouts, as an increase in water consumption will decrease the concentration of oil in your skin.

Lack of sleep

Party season means one-thing, lots of long nights and this can have a negative impact on your skin. Not sleeping enough can increase the chances of early signs of ageing, worsen existing skin conditions or make skin more prone to immune related skin problems such as psoriasis or eczema. Your skin repairs itself and recovers moisture whilst you are asleep, not sleeping enough leads to puffy bags under your eyes, along with dry skin and more visible wrinkles. Getting your beauty sleep is an important part of having glowing skin, so forget about the stress of the day and get those recommended eight hours of sleep. Sleeping the suggested amount of time will keep skin looking healthy, revitalised, younger and improve skin conditions.

Take off your makeup

We are all guilty of forgetting to take off our makeup, especially over the festive season. Sleeping in your makeup can clog up pores, resulting in the development of acne and making your complexion look dull. If continued over a long period of time it can also cause premature ageing, as during the day you accumulate a lot of oxidative stress and when you sleep in your makeup you do not give skin the chance to recover from those insults. You should try to cleanse and remove all of your makeup before sleeping, especially waterproof mascara, however, if you do forget, then treat your skin to a face mask to give it a deep cleanse.  A face mask will help to rejuvenate your skin and exfoliate away any impurities or dry skin, leaving skin soft and glowing.