Top Festive Skin Care Tips From Experts
The festive season is a wonderful time of the year full of celebrations and memories with loved ones. However, it’s also often a time when you can become a little run down and in turn your skin can suffer. With the colder weather, the late nights and the overindulgence, it's easy for your skin to become dehydrated, dull, and prone to breakouts. It's important to pay extra attention to your skin care routine during this period to keep it looking healthy and radiant.
We spoke to a few of our favorite skin care experts who each provided their top tips to help you to keep your skin glowing this Christmas and New Year.
Make up artist
Whatever your usual skin routine, when the festive season comes along, we all want our skin to shine, to be our best accessory and the healthy canvas for all our make-up looks. Follow these 3 simple steps to achieve beautifully plump and glowing skin.
1. The Cleanse
A balm, a flannel, and a massage. That's it. Take your balm cleanser - my preference is one that turns from a balm to an oil that will emulsify with the addition of water. The key here is the massage. Forget your 30 seconds and done cleanse today, really take your time and feel into the grooves of your face with your fingers, knuckles and thumb. I promise you, the extra time spent here will subtly sculpt your face, whilst bringing blood to the surface, and imparting that beautiful glow.
2. The Layers
The easiest way to add a juiciness to the skin is to use thin, hydrating layers. Mist, essence, mist, essence (as many times as needed), mist, serum, favorite moisturizer. Try it and tell me this doesn't give you the dewiest-looking skin of your life - also perfect for the morning after the night before.
3. The Make-up
Less is more. But more coverage in the right places is perfection. High pigment concealer stippled in with an eyeshadow blending brush - chef's kiss. A wash of a water tint, water-based foundation, or tinted moisturizer over the top will have you looking imperfectly perfect.
Dr Emmaline Ashley
Cosmetic physician and NHS doctor, specializing in medical aesthetics and science-based skincare.
“Profhilo is an incredible skin booster that has really taken the UK by storm. It is an injectable treatment and is all about improving your skin quality. It is made of a purified form if hyaluronic acid, and is deeply hydrating to your skin. It also has a bio-remodelling effect to increase collagen production. This is a great option to give your skin that extra glow and any makeup or skincare that you use on smooth, hydrated skin will look even better.”
“If you want to get really gorgeous skin before a big event, indulging in a hydrafacial is another excellent way to go. This includes a deep cleanse and extraction of your skin and followed by hydration and nourishment.”
“Finally, if you're not exfoliating your skin already, look at introducing these to take your skin to the next level. You can speak to a skincare specialist to see what would work best for your skin type. Common ingredients include glycolic acid, lactic acid, or salicylic acid. These will increase your cell turnover.”
Skin Health Specialist & Facialist
“My number one tip is exfoliation as long as it is done gently and correctly to achieve that oh-so-coveted glow. One of my favorite products is Pietre Simone diminisher. This gives a really precise exfoliation treatment but also has really supportive skincare ingredients in. With a formula to calm and soothe the skin along with boosting hydration.”
Skin expert and co-founder of Lionne
“The key is to have a hydrating skincare routine underneath your makeup routine, so I would recommend things like a hydrating serum and potentially a couple drops of an oil. For example, a rosehip oil is really helpful when your skin is feeling a bit more dry and you need to gain that glow before applying your makeup. There are also ways to 'fake' that glow, by using products such as the Pai Impossible glow, which has hyaluronic acid, which is quite hydrating. I also love all of the Jones Road products, such as the Miracle balm which performs this glowy effect on the skin, and then they also have a foundation which has a lot of hydrating ingredients in it too, so it gives you again that glow.”
Megan’s favorite products are:
- Monday Muse oil
- Pai Impossible Glow
- Jones Road Miracle Balm
- Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter
- Nars Orgasm Cream Blush
- Chanel Le Volume Mascara
By following some of these expert top tips, you can help to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant throughout the festive season.
Additionally, remember to keep spritzing your Clinisoothe+ to protect your skin from pollutants and impurities. It will help to prevent breakouts and promote rapid recovery with redness and irritation. What’s more is that it’s a vegan formula that is gentle enough for the even the most sensitive skin.
Try Clinisoothe+ Skin Purifier, a gentle product to add to your skincare routine. Simply spritz your skin after cleansing and allow the product to soothe redness or irritation.
Dr Emmaline Ashley
BA (Biology), MCh (Surgery), MBBChBAO (Honours), PGCert (Clinical Dermatology) Founder of Mayfair practice, Ashley Aesthetics.
Skin health specialist and facialist. She is also a beauty columnist for West Cork People and a skin care expert for @rtetoday