Okay, the holiday season is officially over, unless you count the fast-approaching Valentine’s Day. Which is actually all the more reason to restore your skin back in spick and span shape, so you can dazzle and paint the town red (yes, we know it’s an old phrase but it still works). It’s time to get both your body and subsequently your skin back on track, and the sooner the better. It’s still summer, so you probably want to use up this glorious time with a skin that’s just beaming with health and radiance. And of course, welcome the autumn-ready.
So, let’s just dive right in and get that skin back on the healthy path.
The mandatory detox
You have probably attended a whole bunch of holiday parties and eaten salty and fatty foods. Followed by large amounts of amazing cocktails, bubbly champagne and who knows what else. Now, drinking and eating are fun, but it also takes a toll on your skin. According to experts, alcohol dehydrates the skin and leaves it ‘dry, tight, puffy and lackluster’. It also dehydrates the body, which is particularly bad in this heat when you’re already losing large amounts of fluid through perspiration.
So, aside from drinking at least 2 liters of water to flush out all the toxins, you might want to go scouting for the amazing and cleansing matcha tea. This tea has “137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea”. A great tea to help restore your skin. Aside from the powerful antioxidants that cleanse your body, you can make a killer homemade matcha tea mask that leaves your pores purified and your skin super-hydrated. Hydration is the most important thing at this moment, so resort to every tool at your disposal.
Taking that extra step
You’ve probably been skipping steps in your skincare routine during this hectic and festive time. But, now it’s high time to bring things to their previous state, if not better. We have some heavy makeup and clogged pores to recover, so we’re going to need not just a diligent and extensive skincare routine – evening and morning – but also the best natural skin care essentials you can find. Think of this as one of your New Year’s resolutions – no more phthalates, parabens, and all other potentially harmful ingredients. This year you will commit to carefully reading the labels and choosing only natural products. Products that will bring nothing but hydrating and cleansing goodness to your skin and zero harmful effects. You will also step up your game by introducing a powerfully hydrating serum to your regimen and bring the plumpness and radiance back in town.
Eat well, look amazing
A refresher course – you’ve been eating a whole lot of fatty and sodium-filled foods. Foods that simply suck all the life and hydration from your skin. That needs to change as well. You are going to the grocery store and you are going on a hunt for the best superfood for glowing and hydrated skin. There are tons of easy recipes and smoothies you can make using these foods, as well as eating them raw, so get to work. Topical solutions are amazing, but if your insides aren’t hydrated and sitting pretty, your skin will reflect that, trust us.
Hit the hay
We can almost bet that you haven’t gotten your beauty sleep during all the festivities. Who has the time for snooze time with all that’s going on, right? Well, we don’t hate to break this to you as we are almost certain you will be more than glad to adopt this piece of advice. You seriously need to make up for all those sleepless nights. You see, our trusty dermatologists claim that beauty sleep is ‘the closest thing to the fountain of youth. The ‘body repairs itself and recovers while we sleep, and so does our skin. Sleep fosters collagen production. If you’re diligent about your evening skincare routine like we suggested, a few nights of amazing sleep should greatly help things along.
Keep in mind that sleep deprivation hinders your collagen production and causes skin dryness. These are just some of the ‘lovely side effects’ so, while there will be more summer parties, for now, it’s vital that you get a break from everything to help restore your skin. The general rule of thumb is anywhere between 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Though you can sleep even a little longer since you have a lot of catching up to do.
As you can see, getting your skin to its previous state isn’t all that challenging. All you need is to bring your lifestyle to the way it was before the holiday frenzy. Sleep a little more, which you will gladly do; eat delicious foods that are good for you, and be super dedicated to treating your skin to only the best and safest products. It’s a walk in the park, isn’t it?