December means party time, but we all know what party time really means. I’m talking extra mince pies, the occasional/frequent cocktail and of course, candid Christmas pictures.
With that in mind, looking your best this month will be at the forefront. Unfortunately for those of us that like to burn the candle at both ends, sometimes over-indulgence and late nights can lead our skin astray. So, I’ve created the perfect skin itinerary for getting back on track!
Whether you’re prepping for the office party or for the festivities of Christmas day, healthy skin is the essential foundation for a party-perfect complexion. I’ve tried and tested 7 ultimate solutions to make sure you’re as radiant as the star on top of the tree. But they’re not to be used all at once; suss out what you want to achieve and pick your favourite solution below. Let’s discover…
10 Days To Go
If you’ve got time to spare and you want to see results, you need this…
The Big Event: Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector
That’s right, if you’ve got 10 days to go until the big event, the Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector will re-instate a youthful glow just in time for Christmas day and beyond. Created with the same amount of vitamin C that you’d get from more than 20 oranges, this potent serum will be the perfect pick-me-up that your skin needs at this time of year. The LiftActiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector will not only brighten your complexion, it will also protect your skin from harmful particles found in the environment i.e. passive smoking, and it will clear any breakouts that appear after a busy night out, which is perfect for New Year too!
Last Minute Essentials
If time is of the essence, check out these essential quick fixes…
The Night Before: REN 1 Minute Flash Facial
If you’re a fan of a quick fix, look no further than the REN 1 Minute Flash Facial for a speedy skin boost. For glow-seekers that don’t have the time or the commitment, this potent face mask will transform both your skin and your beauty routine in under 60 seconds. Its award-winning combination includes water-activated vitamin C to even out skin, powerful boswellic acid to relax facial tissues to smooth lines, and finally, glycogen magnesium to boost your skin’s overall energy for an instant festive glow.
The Day Of The Event: DHC Bio Cellulose Mask
Perfectly hydrated skin is essential for achieving a cushiony makeup base, and to make sure your foundation doesn’t perform a disappearing act. To ensure you look lasts as long as you do on the big night, take time before your event to sit back, relax and use the DHC Bio-Cellulose Mask. Packed full of moisture-retaining natural cellulose and amino acids (proteins that repair your skin cells), this super-boosting treatment will prep your skin perfectly.
Before You Apply Foundation: NIOD Photography Fluid Colourless Opacity 12%
For the big night, it’s vital to use a camera-friendly primer that’s not only going to make your foundation last, but will also make your skin look the best it’s ever looked. Cue NIOD Photography Fluid Colourless Opacity 12%. This clever little primer is tinted with a golden, silk-like texture (Nano-Prismatic Gold) that seamlessly changes the direction of light to improve the tone and texture of your skin both off and on camera – it’s a must!
After You’ve Finished Your Makeup: MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Loose Powder
Just before you step out of the door and leave for selfie central, the MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Loose Powder is an essential step for flawless, poreless skin. I know I’m heading off the skincare trail for a second, but this finishing touch creates the perfect photo-ready finish in a single sweep. You can easily wave goodbye to shine, pores and uneven texture without any skincare steps. You can also see my before and after results, here – it really does work!
Remove any traces of last night’s antics with these skincare heroes…
Just Before Bed: Guerlain Midnight Secret
I know skincare is hard to remember after a night on the tiles, but making sure that your makeup is removed and your skin is fresh and cleansed is essential. It’s not worth a couple of days of breakouts, is it? Apart from keeping your favourite micellar cleanser (Caroline Hirons has scared me with face wipes :O) by your bed, Guerlain Midnight Secret will work overnight to rid your skin of the day’s damage. In only a few hours sleep, its decongesting effect diminishes all signs of fatigue and dullness, making sure you awake to wonderfully, glowing skin – no one will ever tell!
The Day After: Caudalie Instant Detox Mask
And so the detox begins! Whether you’ve slept in your makeup, or you’re feeling like you never want to go out again, have a moment of calm and take the time to pop on the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask. This 99% natural treatment will calm, decongest and brighten your skin after the evening’s events. The combination of detoxing clay, radiance-boosting papaya and stimulating coffee are a dream team when it comes to making your skin forget about any mishaps, it’s just a shame it doesn’t have the same effect on the friends that you were out with the night before.