The holiday season circuit can wreak havoc on your skin and hair, but the parties don’t stop, so why should you? Here’s what to do.
Your social calendar is healthy this month -- you have a chic soirée to attend most nights‹but the effect it’s having on your hair and skin is another story. How to get back to gorgeous after indulging in late nights and a steady diet of cosmos and canapés? We checked in with the experts for their top tips on getting back on beauty track.
Skin problem #1: Dehydrated skin
“Burning the candle at both ends during the holidays, and all of the drinking and nibbling will affect your skin,” says Danielle Edwards, education manager at the International Dermal Institute in Toronto. This, along with the cold weather outside, intense heat indoors and the lack of moisture in the air, can all suck moisture from your skin.
Skin care treatment: To start, if you haven’t changed your skin routine from the summer, Edwards recommends editing your regime during these colder months. “Apply masques more often -- once or twice a week,” she says. She suggests using one that contains hyaluronic acid (“It’s a powerful humectant”). Also key to rehydrating your skin? Exfoliate weekly -- this will slough off dead skin cells so that your masques can better penetrate the skin.”
Skin problem #2: Dark under-eye circles
Puffy eyes plaguing you? In terms of concealing dark circles, though, you’ll want to begin by ensuring the delicate under-eye skin is well moisturized, says Joelle Boucher, a professional makeup artist based in Montreal. “If the skin is dry, its texture will make any concealer you apply have a cake-y effect,” she says.
Skin care treatment: Make sure as much is absorbed as possible before you start applying concealer (any residual moisture will also make the skin less stable for application). Boucher recommends doing all of your makeup first, before applying under-eye concealer. This way if you have to clean up any stray eye makeup, you’re not removing concealer you painstakingly applied, forcing you to apply it yet again. Using a shade of concealer that is one-quarter to two-thirds lighter than your facial skin tone (“This is so the concealer doesn’t appear grey and it’ll seamlessly connect the skin from your face to your eye area,” says Boucher), dab the product wherever there is darkness to your skin, and blend it out. Don’t dab it on with your fingers, though. Use a synthetic brush. “You’ll waste less product, as you’ll have greater control, and when you use your finger, the concealer warms up. A brush allows you to maintain the temperature of the product,” says Boucher.
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