Six tips for a glowing complexion this Christmas

Party season is now getting into full swing. Late nights out, more alcohol, too much rich food…

mature woman putting cream on her faceIt’s fun and it’s festive. But, who finds themselves looking in the mirror towards the end of the month and feeling like they’ve aged overnight? The lack of sleep, stress and overindulgence have left their mark on your face.

Blotchy, dehydrated, lacklustre skin. Breakouts. Skin that looks less firm and more wrinkled. Eyes that have lost their sparkle.

There are things we can do though, that limit the damage whilst still enjoying the festivities.

Here are six tips that will help you to avoid ‘Haggard January face’ and maintain a glow:

Hydration

Hydration is key to plumped up, juicy-looking skin that looks and feels healthy. It’s not a new tip – but it’s a tip worth remembering. I don’t believe in just saying ‘Drink eight glasses of water a day’. Yes, that’s good, but there are other, more interesting things you can do.

  • Infuse your own waters. Buy the glass barrels with the taps and fill them with your own creations to make your water more interesting.
  • Before you have your morning coffee or tea, try drinking some warm water with lemon. It helps to hydrate the body after a night’s sleep. It helps to cleanse the liver and gives your body a great boost of vitamin C.
  • For every alcoholic drink you have, match it with a glass of water.
  • If you don’t have one already, invest in a bobble bottle or something similar and keep it to hand as a reminder.
  • Stock up on coconut water. It contains natural electrolytes that hydrate the body. Drink this throughout the day and before you sleep.
  • Take a beauty supplement that contains Hyaluronic Acid – this attracts water and holds up to 1000 times its own weight in water. So, if you take a supplement and drink your water, it’s a double whammy for helping to keep skin hydrated.

Make a batch of bone broth

Bone broth, made from simmering bones from a chicken or turkey carcass, or from beef bones nourishes the body with vital nutrients.

  • It helps to soothe the gut and it contains collagen and hyaluronic acid that keeps skin firm, plump, smooth and healthy.
  • Simmer the bones with filtered water, apple cider vinegar and any vegetables and spices you may wish to add. The result of which is a very tasty and nourishing broth that is so good for you and your skin.
  • If you’re vegetarian, you can make a vegetable broth that will help to keep skin hydrated and nourished.
  • Look up Dr Kellyann Petrucci – author of The Bone Broth Diet. She’s a real pioneer for the health benefits of broth.

Digestive enzymes

I highly recommend taking a digestive enzyme before meals, even more so during the festive season when we tend to eat more.

  • Taking one before we eat gives our body a helping hand with digesting our food.
  • It helps us to digest valuable nutrients to nourish our body and it helps to keep our tummy more comfortable and less bloated.

Just a bite

Sugar. We know it’s bad. We know it’s addictive. If you struggle with it – I’m with you! I have a sweet tooth that I battle to curb. I try daily to crowd it out of my diet with other good stuff like green smoothies, raw treats and bone broth.

  • Sugar is so ageing for the skin. It damages collagen fibres and contributes to wrinkles and sagging.
  • Of course, when faced with that tempting dessert or another glass of fizz in the midst of merriment, are we going to say ‘no’?
  • Try to practise ‘just a bite’. A taste without devouring the whole slice of cake/pie/whole bottle. It’s the damage limitation again.

Skincare

I know. It’s late. You’re tired. You can’t be bothered to remove your makeup, or you reach for face wipes – which aren’t a good thing, trust me.

  • No matter how you feel, get that makeup off. It will take around 1-2 minutes and then your skin can breathe.
  • Apply skin-nourishing serums that will hydrate the skin and stimulate collagen production as you sleep. Apply a facial oil or a replenishing cream over the top – a comfort blanket of TLC that will lock in the serum and push the ingredients further into the skin.
  • Choose products that contain antioxidants and ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides, Oat Beta Glucan, Retinol and Peptides. Choose organic facial oils that contain essential fatty acids, to plump the skin and help it to feel supple, smooth and healthy.

Fresh air

A good walk in the fresh air will get the circulation going, ensuring that vital nutrients get to where they need to be. A walk outside lifts the mood and gives you an all-natural glow. Exercise is essential for healthy skin and a healthy mind. So, if you can, make time to get outside over the Christmas break and get some much-needed vitamin D.

I hope you find these tips helpful and if they’re things you already do, hopefully they’re a gentle reminder. Here’s to gorgeous glowing complexions in January.

Katy Hull

About Katy Hull

Deeply passionate about skin-health and wellbeing – A passion born from not always having looked after my own skin, being uneducated about skin-health and seeing the results of that with the start of premature skin ageing. I educated myself with an Advanced Skin Science qualification, lots of research and continuing studies. My aim is to help others with their own skin-health, by educating and hopefully inspiring them. I’m a contributor for The Huffington Post, Mind Body Green and have also written for other publications. A qualified Spiritual and Crystal Healer. Mum of two little people. Animal lover – Owned by two Ragdoll Kitties. I drink copious amounts of green tea, green smoothies and love long country walks. I also love cake, the occasional glass of Prosecco and curling up with a good book …. I believe balance is key to a happy life! You can find out more about me at my website.