Party season is here, and while we’re excited, we’re also slightly apprehensive. We’re experienced enough to know that alcohol, greasy foods, a lack of sleep and too much sun can turn your complexion into a living nightmare, but time and time again we enter the new year needing to “detox” our skin. This year, we’re vowing to do things a little differently, and we think you should, too. We’ve put together a plan on how to save our skins from the dreaded effects of party season without compromising on going out and having fun. After all, prevention is better than cure!
The festive season is synonymous with plenty of rich salty foods and alcohol, both of which lead to dehydration. When the body gets dehydrated, it sends all of its moisture to the vital internal organs, leaving the skin dry. Prolonged periods of dehydration lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, dullness and the weakening of the skin’s barrier function.
To avoid dehydration altogether, we recommend sipping on water throughout the day (about eight glasses), and alternate alcoholic drinks with water. When you finish a drink, have a full glass of water before indulging in another one. Food is trickier, especially when you’re a guest at someone else’s house. Wherever possible, try to choose the healthier option. That means a slice of the brown seeded bread instead of the white bread, plenty of salad instead of potatoes and limited snack foods like crisps and salted nuts. Healthy home-made smoothies, bananas and raw nuts make great holiday snacks.
Do not underestimate the power of an afternoon nap, especially if you know you’re going to have a late night out! Our skin regenerates while we sleep, so it’s essential to continue getting enough hours of sleep, even when you have a busy social schedule. Try to sleep in a bit if you’ve been out, or indulge in a siesta to see you through.
Exercise is not only good for your body, but also for your skin. You don’t need to spend your holiday in the gym to see the benefits though. Go for a daily run, a scenic cycle or a swim to make the most of the summer weather and maintain your healthy glow and waistline. When possible and safe, opt to walk to your destination rather than take a taxi or drive.
We’re all guilty of spending too much time in the sun, especially during the holidays. No matter what time of the day, or how sunny or cloudy it is, a broad spectrum SPF is non-negotiable! Reapply throughout the day, especially if you are spending time outdoors. Wear sunglasses and a broad-rimmed hat, cover up with a kaftan and head inside during peak hours. Taking precaution won’t just prevent painful sunburns and decrease your risk of developing skin cancer, but it will also prevent premature ageing, pigmentation and sun spots.
Maintain your skincare regime
It’s important to stick to your skincare routine when you enter the festive season. Cleanse twice a day and continue applying your serum and moisturiser, and doing a weekly exfoliation. Now is the time that your skin is likely to be put under pressure, so it’s essential to nourish it with plenty of moisture and good quality active ingredients. No matter what time the party ends, don’t EVER go to bed without removing your makeup. Sleeping with your makeup on means clogged pores and a likely breakout. And as mentioned above, don’t forget your SPF!
This post was sponsored by Skin Renewal.