The festive run-up to Christmas is over, and although the the most wonderful time of year is well, wonderful, the parties, excessive tipple, overindulgence and stress of entertaining can leave our skin feeling anything but. Tired, dull and spotty, our complexion is likely to be crying out for some serious TLC. With a few days left before we brace the back to work blues, why not use the time to properly relax and unwind by giving your skin a well-needed treat with our Xmas-detox skincare and relaxation routine.
#1 - Cleanse away Christmas…
After weeks of parties and all the makeup, food and booze that come with it - our pores are likely to be incredibly clogged up with dirt and toxins. Prevent this leading to breakouts with a good and proper, deep cleanse.
Our Aquabella Purifying Exfoliating Gel, formulated for combination and oily skin is perfect for getting down into those blocked pores without drying out the skin. With tiny micro-beads, it smoothes irregularities and removes excess sebum to leave the complexion clear and luminous. Emulsify the gel by massaging into damp skin then rinse and remove with a hot cloth. Rehydrate with your favourite moisturiser to add the finishing touch to your newly cleansed skin.
#2 - Run yourself a relaxing bath
The Christmas wind down is the perfect time to relax with a hot bath to both indulge the skin and soothe stiff muscles. Dim the lights, put on some calming music and light a sensual candle to get well and truly zen. Prepare your bath water with a spritz of our multi-purpose dry oil, Huile Prodigieuse. Enriched with 7 precious botanical oils and a calming scent of Magnolia, Orange Blossom and Vanilla, it’ll fill the bath with a beautifully calming aroma whilst giving a nourishing treat to the skin.
Whilst you relax in the bath, it’s a great time to let your skincare get to some serious work with your favourite face mask. Our Creme Fraiche Moisturising Mask is a great option for dry and tight skin. Apply for 10 minutes to allow its ingredients of plants milks and hyaluronic acid to soothe and relax the complexion.
#3 - Give yourself an at-home massage
Post-bathtime is an ideal opportunity to give yourself an indulgent self-massage, and Huile Prodigieuse is the perfect massage oil. Not only indulgent and relaxing, its unique formula with Vitamin E and precious botanical oils will also hydrate, nourish and repair the skin. Simply apply a few drops to your hands and work in deep circular motions into the legs, arms, chest and shoulders.
Facial massage is also an incredible way of rejuvenating the skin. It prevents wrinkles, plumps the skin plus boosts lymphatic drainage and it’s incredibly easy to do this at home. Begin your massage by using long sweeping motions at the top of the face to elongate the muscles and stimulate the lymphatic system.
As you move down, sweep your hands from the centre of the face out and upwards to encourage lifting of the muscles. Go careful around the delicate skin that surrounds the eyes by running your fingers on either side of the nose, round to the temples to reduce puffiness. Work around the jaw bone by placing your thumbs underneath and two fingers above and apply pressure by sliding the along the center of the chin towards the ears. This will firm the skin whilst draining lymphatic fluid.
#4 - Get your beauty sleep
Take advantage of your less hectic schedule by getting plenty of beauty sleep. Allowing time for serious zzzz is integral for maintaining healthy, youthful skin, as this is when skin cells best regenerate. Maximise the benefits by applying a night serum or moisturiser before bed and allow it to soak in as you sleep. After a hectic month, lines and wrinkles are likely to be making a very visible appearance, so combat this by using an anti-ageing night treatment such as our Nuxellence Night Care. This powerful product recharges the skin by repairing mitochondrial DNA to reveal a youthful and revived complexion.
If your skin is feeling tight and dry following a cold winter season, you may want to think about using a rich moisturising treatment before bed instead.
Our Reve de Miel Nourishing Night Moisturiser uses honey and precious oils to replenish lipids and repair the skin’s barrier to reveal a soft and supple complexion.
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