Will Your Skin Survive The Party?
Updated: Jan 6, 2019
The party season is synonymous with alcohol, rich foods, heavy makeup, late nights and unfortunately bad skin. With this toxic mix its no wonder that we face complexion meltdown. So as we approach the high point of the season, here are my top tips to keep your skin glowing through all the festivities.
1. Keep it Simple: Avoid complicated skin care regimes, as a lot of different creams can interact with one another to exacerbate skin problems or clog pores. During the winter months, the cold blasts combined with artificial heating can strip the skin of moisture. Our faces are susceptible to cracks, eczema and even acne. Use a soothing cleanser, avoid physical exfoliation and moisturise. Seek out a product that contains hyaluronic acid. This is a natural component of our skin as well as a powerful moisturiser. If your skin has a tendency to feel dry even at the best of times, try using a mositurising sheet mask 1-2 times a week.
2. Deep Clean: If ever there was a time to remove your make up it's now. During the party season, most of us wear full faces of make-up multiple times in a week. The chance of our pores being blocked goes up substantially and acne can set in. Acne caused in this way is more common that you may think, with one study in Brazil showing a link to skin disease in 45% of women who use make-up. In fact, this form of acne is so widespread it has its own name: acne cosmetica.
To give your skin a fighting chance, ensure that you double cleanse before bed and ideally remove your make up once you get home. Recent studies have shown that wet wipes aren't as effective at removing make up, but keep some of these at your bedside as a last resort. Consider scheduling one - two days in the week when you can go make up free. After all, your skin does need to breathe.
3. Have a Facial: This follows on from wearing more make up than normal. Product residue can combine with dead skin to clog pores. A mild facial will help to clear your complexion and remove dead skin. The right facial will also increase blood flow to the face and flush out toxins from your skin.
Top tip: have a mild fruit acid peel. These gently exfoliate the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines, give a smooth appearance and a glow.
4. The Eyes Have It: Late nights, poor sleep, make- up and alcohol can wreak havoc on the delicate skin around the eyes. To combat puffy eyes, give yourself a gentle lyphmatic massage before bed, in the morning and before an event. Starting near your nose, use your ring finger to gently massage in circular movements right around the eye. You can also enlist the help of freezer sticks while massaging as these make blood vessels less obvious.
If you have a bit more time, why not try an eye mask? Look for hyaluronic acid which moisturises, caffeine which combats puffiness and vitamin K which can help with dark circles.
Got Tea? Tea is a mild diuretic and has been used for years as a natural remedy for puffy eyes.Soak two tea bags in warm water, then chill for a few minutes in the fridge. Place one tea bag on each eye for five minutes for an instant brightening effect.
Quick Fix: For bloodshot eyes, use Optrex Brightening Eye drops.
5. Kissable Lips: God forbid that you find yourself under the mistletoe with cracked lips. Unlike the rest of our skin, lips don't have sebacecous glands, the glands that make protective oils for our skin. Furthermore, the skin is thinner on our lips. This combination means that lips are susceptible to drying out, and dried lips crack and peel.
Invest in a lip chap that has shea butter for heavy duty moisturising. Avoid licking your lips as the enzymes in saliva can exacerbate dry skin. Give matte lipsticks a rest. Matte and long wear lipsticks dehydrate lip tissue. In fact, all lipsticks containing wax cause moisture loss. To make matters worse, dragging old lipsticks across already cracked lips is irritating to the skin.
6. This is The Time To Par-tea: Staying hydrated during the party season is crucial. As we increase our alcohol intake our skin suffers. Alcohol acts as a diuretic drawing moisture out of our bodies. Unfortunately, when water is scarce our bodies re-direct water to our internal organs and our skin begins to suffer. Enter fine lines, cracked lips, a dull complexion and dark circles.
Alcohol also causes blood vessels to dilate, so that anyone who suffers from blotchiness or roseacea will see their symptoms worsen.
To give your skin a fighting chance, make sure to keep a bottle of water with you through the day, drink a glass of water for each alcoholic drink and have a glass before bed. If water tastes too bland, substitute a herbal tea or infuse your water with citrus fruits. Both of these are rich in antioxidants that nourish the skin.
7. Salty and Sweet: Christmas dinners, deserts and tasty hors d'oeuvres can do more than widen your waistline. Excessive salt intake causes the body to retain water, so the face and eyes can appear more puffy, but sugar is the real demon in the mix. Sugar promotes inflammation in the skin, and inflammation damages collagen. Inflammation also contributes to acne, roseacea, eczema and psoriasis, making almost all skin conditions worse.
To preserve your skin, limit your consumption of rich sauces and fried foods. Switch drinks that are high in sugar for ones that are less sweet such as vodka and gin.
When cravings hit, have a handful of nuts. Rich in vegetable protein and good fats, these are the new health food. Full up on veggies like broccoli and sweet potato as these are a rich source of antioxidants, which can combat the damage done during the festive period.
So with Christmas just over a week away and New Year's in sight we are in peak party season. Follow these skin care survival tips to stay glowing right into 2019!