Christmas Skin Survival Guide – Part 4
by Rebecca Giorgilli
A year ago
Again, you have all heard this golden oldie before. Do NOT go to sleep with your make-up on! We know it may be the LAST thing you want to do, but even if you stumbled in the door, we urge you to find the bathroom sink and wipe away make-up, dirt and debris before hitting the hay. Your body has enough oxidative stress from the alcohol, without adding clogged pores and further dehydration to the list. I could go on and on, but I think this one speaks for itself.
We highly recommend applying a night time serum, filled with critical nutrients and antioxidants, to support your skin in bouncing back from a big night, soothe inflammation and deliver much-needed hydration.
The Morning After
Regardless of whether you followed a little or a lot of the previous advice... Or just completely ignored it altogether! Your body will still be in need of some serious TLC..
Right about now you may be nursing a case of puffy the vampire.
You may be surprised to hear that a simple DIY trick could actually come in the form of a humble ice-cube. Often referred to as face sculpting, this beauty tip has been harnessed by celebrity make-up artists and models to bring their skin back from the morning after, jet lag or just a rough night’s sleep. The coldness from ice boosts blood circulation, can assist with minimising pores, reduces swelling and soothes inflammation. In fact, we heard a whisper that even supermodel Kate Moss, who is famous for her appetite to party, was said to submerge her face in a sink of icy water to counteract the effects of a big night out.
For sensitive souls, or those who seek the less extreme, we would love to share some tried and true remedies to help bring back your glow...
Ice-Cube Face Treatment
Trust me, this will definitely wake you up! The cold will improve circulation and tighten everything up, giving you an instant morning facelift. This particular treatment can be made using ordinary water, or if you want to take it up a notch, use these ingredients instead:
Caffeine is a fairly common ingredient used in skincare. The reason being is that caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, meaning it causes blood vessels to constrict and restrict blood flow, which long story short assists with swelling and puffiness.
With plenty of antioxidants and a dose of caffeine, it’s a perfect eye soother. You’ve probably heard of using tea bags for your eyes, but we believe this is even better.
Rose-hip Seed Tea
Again another dose of antioxidants, in particular, skin-saving Vitamin C.
Cucumber instantly soothes skin, instead of slices over the eyes, try blending which will also offer exfoliation too.
The lactic acid in milk softens and also assists with exfoliation.
Chamomile is anti-inflammatory and is perfect for sensitive skin to soothe redness and irritation.
What you’ll need
- 1 Cup freshly brewed coffee, tea of choice, cucumber, or milk
- 1 Ice Cube Tray
- Thin cloth, gauze, or handkerchief
Brew or puree your chosen ingredient, and remember the stronger it is, the more effective it will be.
Wrap the cube in a thin handkerchief, gauze, or a thin cloth towel, and massage it gently from the centre of the chin along the jawline to the earlobe, then upward towards the highs of the cheekbones, under the eye region, and across the forehead. For the eyes, slide the cubes from the inner eye corners up towards the brow in a circular motion. Repeat and massage for 5 minutes to get the firming, contouring effect, and reduce swelling and puffiness.