It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for most of us that means boatloads of stress, being run off of our feet with present buying, cooking, wrapping and entertaining, and we’re STILL expected to pull a fresh-face out of the bag for all the different social events we need to attend. We don’t know about you, but this is probably the time of year when we need to look our best but probably need the most help to do it! Read on to find out which five products we reserve as our secret weapons for Festive freshness:
We love using masks at this time of year because not only do they give our skin a much needed boost, they also give us an excuse to sit down and relax for ten minutes! This mask from Elemis uses fruit extracts from strawberry and kiwi in a kaolin base, and is great for restoring circulation and luminescence (perfect for smokers or if you’ve spent time around smokers at Christmas parties!). It’s actually designed as a pre-party treatment – what could be more Christmassy than that?!
Many treatment oils are too intense to be used on a daily basis, but this replenishing oil from Dermalogica is designed for exactly that. It strengthens, hydrates and shields the skin, giving you back some vital nutrients that’s been lost through all that partying, and protects your face from further damage, meaning you can celebrate through to the New Year without having to worry about your skin.
Cleansing your face is super important when you’re wearing make up on a regular basis, especially when you’re at parties and maybe in a smoky environment, but you don’t want your cleanser to be too harsh. This micellar oil cleanser from Decleor uses micro-particles of oil to almost melt the make up off of your face, and leaves a layer of moisture to protect and replenish your skin, making it perfect for the busy Christmas period.
Using a decent moisturiser is pretty much essential during the party season as your skin tends to be drier in the cold weather, and this day cream from Elemis is one of the best on the market. It contains a patent-pending BIO-ENERGY complex which is designed to increase the energy within your skin’s cells, increasing cell renewal and making your skin look more radiant than ever. Use this for a few weeks and you might even want to ditch your foundation!
Spots are a particular pain at Christmas – no-one wants to look pimply in the hundreds of photos which will likely be taken at parties and celebrations, but all of the centrally heated rooms and make-up are setting you up for a breakout. This lotion from Dermalogica is an invisible treatment cream that clears, controls and prevents breakouts. It is suitable for acneic and breakout-prone skin and is a godsend at Christmas.