Glowing skin for the party season20/11/2015
The ads have started (how moving is John Lewis’s #ManOnTheMoon?) and the Christmas tunes are hitting the airwaves. It’s safe to say that Christmas prep is in full swing. To avoid last-minute stress, start shopping for gifts and freezing as much prepared food as you can. But with all of your preparing for others, don’t forget to take some “me time”.
It’s usually much-needed at this time of year!
Your skin tends to look and feel more damaged and dehydrated in the winter due to the cold weather, the drying effects of central heating and probably, let’s face it, because of all of that end-of-year stress. Those cold, dark mornings mean you wake up looking and feeling like you could have done with an extra hour (or five!) in bed – and if you have young kids, sleep is but a distant memory.
Thankfully there are ways that you can remedy this and bounce back to feel glowing and refreshed in time for the party season.
The power of sleep
First things first, stress and exhaustion can take a massive toll on your skin. There’s a reason why every dermatologist and beauty expert in the world will tell you that sleep is the golden rule for looking good: it works!
Here are a couple of simple things you can do to sleep better.
1. Support your body’s natural rhythm
Yes, it sounds a bit wishy-washy but it’s vital for better sleep! We know it can be tough, especially with the aforementioned kids, but try and go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, and be careful about napping.
If all else fails, ask your parents or in-laws to mind the kids for a night.
2. Banish your blue screens
Get your daily Vitamin D, make sure you exercise for thirty minutes a day (in the sunshine, preferably!), and put your phone and devices away two hours before bedtime. While 2 hours may be a tad unrealistic, aim for an hour spent device-free before you hit the hay!
3. The ultimate stress-relieving bath
If you have trouble unwinding, how about hopping in a seaweed bath and lighting some candles? It’s a bit cliché, but again, it works!
Dunk our Lazy Days seaweed in a hot bath with a few drops of the signature VOYA Essence Oil. Place a candle beside your bathtub and allow the natural, seaside scents to relax your mind. Slough off dull, dead skin using an exfoliating body brush on dry skin in upward circular movements.
As well as feeling amazing, this will improve the blood circulation in your body and improve the texture of your skin (cellulite, stretch marks, be gone!). After your bath, run in a luxurious nourishing body oil. While you’re waiting for that to soak in, prolong your relaxation session with a nice cup of tea. Chamomile is preferable and will calm any frayed nerves.
If you’re sure that there will be no callers at the door, why not treat your skin to an illuminating marine face mask. You’ll need to leave it on for ten minutes before rinsing off, so make sure that nobody needs a lift before you put it on.
Once you’re fully relaxed and have a full night of sleep behind you, you can move onto step two and perfecting the art of the facial routine.
Get the perfect pre-Christmas facial routine
Perfectly glowing skin doesn’t happen overnight, you know! And while sleep certainly helps, a perfected facial routine goes a long way! The key to healthy skin (or healthy anything, for that matter) is keeping a healthy routine and using a natural moisturiser whenever possible.
The first thing you need to do to reveal gorgeous, glowing skin is to get rid of the old skin. Twice or three time a week, use our organic wash-off exfoliator, Love a Scrub is perfect for those that tend to have drier skin. To cleanse the skin and melt away make-up, use some Totally Balmy and rinse away with warm water again perfect for those with a drier skin type.
If a clean cool, calm and refreshingly matt look is what you’re after, Porefection will see your skin through a hectic social calendar especially if your prone to oily skin.
During the colder months in particular, it’s so important to use both a serum and a moisturiser to lock in every ounce of hydration and improve the texture of your skin almost immediately.
Phew! Extra sleep and glowing skin – and all in time for the party season.