Holidays often mean late night partying, stress and excitement, and indulgent eating and drinking. They are definitely fun times. However, they tend to take their toll on your skin.
After you have had the time of your life during the holidays, it is time to come home, settle down, and revitalize your skin.
Can you reclaim your pre-holiday glow? Can your complexion recover from the extravagance of the holidays? The following are tried-and-tested tips on how to handle skin when the holidays are over.
- Get adequate rest.
Your skin pays the price for endless holiday partying. Your skin breaks out. You get under-eye circles. Your complexion looks washed-out.
Sleep deprivation always shows up on your face. If you want your skin to get its glow back, you have to rest and get enough sleep. Your skin will thank you for it with a healthy and beautiful glow.
- Indulge in long and relaxing baths.
Another way to detoxify is to take a bath.
Fortify your bath water with a cup each of baking soda and Epsom salt. You can add the essential oil of ginger (10 drops) to your bath water as another option.
Lie in your bath for about 15 to 20 minutes. After your bath, wrap a blanket around your body or a towel around your head to stimulate your body to perspire more and release more toxins.
- Allow your skin to breathe.
Does your skin look dry after the holidays? Do you have more zits? Does your skin flare-up? It is time to pay more attention to your skin.
Skin care experts say that one of the kindest things you can do for your skin post-holiday is to let it breathe. Stop putting on heavy make-up. If you can get away with just a dab of lipstick, then do so.
- Take the time to soothe and nourish your skin.
You need to give your skin proper hydration, especially after the holidays. Look for a revitalizing moisturizer to fight dryness, nourish your skin, and replenish and lock in moisture.
Add melted mango butter (3 tablespoons) to your choice of either jojoba or almond oil (1 tablespoon). Blend well. Put the DIY moisturizer in the refrigerator and wait for it to set. Apply the moisturizer to cool, hydrate, and refresh your skin.
Apply the moisturizer after you wash your face or take a shower so that your skin can effectively absorb the moisture.
Moisturizing regularly will keep skin soft, young-looking, and pliant.
- Look for high-quality serum to repair skin damage.
After the holidays, your skin needs all the help it can get.
Use a serum to hydrate and protect your skin. A serum does more serious work at repairing and rejuvenating the skin than a regular moisturizer does. It reaches deeper into the skin. It contains antioxidants to protect the skin from further damage. It has brightening ingredients to restore your skin’s radiance. It has anti-aging elements to help ward off signs of aging.
Cleanse your face with a gentle wash, daub on your moisturizer, and then apply the serum.
- Rehydrate from within.
Aside from making sure that your skin stays hydrated and moisturized by using skin care products like a moisturizer and a serum, rehydrate your skin from within. Drinking lots of water will offset holiday dehydration.
Start the day by taking a long drink. Continue hydrating throughout the day. This will refresh, hydrate, and rejuvenate tired skin.
You can also take water in the form of green tea. You can add mint leaves for a more refreshing drink.
Make a natural and bracing diuretic drink to flush out toxins. Just add the juice of an entire lemon to 8 ounces of lukewarm water.
- Wash your make-up brushes.
If you didn’t have enough time to clean your make-up brushes during the holidays, now is a good time to do it.
If you fail to wash your make-up brushes, they may still have fractions of old eye shadow, blush, or foundation. They may harbor bacteria. When you put on make-up with these brushes, you are risking skin inflammation or irritation.
Put some facial cleanser in warm water. Use this mixture to wash your brushes with. Make sure to thoroughly work the cleansing solution through the bristles with your fingers.
Rinse the brushes with running water. Use a clean towel to absorb most of the moisture. Then leave the brushes to air-dry completely.
- Dry brush your face.
Toxins build up in the body, especially when you eat rich food or fail to get the shut-eye that you need.
Try dry brushing or buffing your face to detoxify. It promotes healthy blood circulation. It improves kidney function. It strengthens the lymphatic and digestive systems.
Use a brush with soft bristles to make gentle sweeping strokes on your face. Do the strokes in the direction of your heart. Brushing towards the heart promotes the healthy and natural flow of the lymph.
Use an exfoliating cleanser. It gives you the same benefits that you get from dry brushing. It enhances blood circulation while getting rid of dead skin.
Lightly mix sea salt or rock salt with coconut oil. Use gentle circular motions to apply the rub on your skin. If you have extra-sensitive skin, replace the salt with sugar for a gentler, less abrasive effect.
- Be gentle with your skin.
You mess with your skin’s pH balance when you exfoliate it more than is necessary. When you indulge in aggressive and excessive cleansing, you destroy your skin’s protective layer of moisture and natural skin oils. You weaken your skin, your body’s primary line of defense.
Take the needed precaution to cleanse your skin without destroying its protective acid mantle. Choose cleansing skin care products that work gently and effectively. Skin tends to heal quickly when you do not subject it to constant friction.