Hello radiant Christmas skin – be it festive parties or cosying indoors ‘hygge’ style, be sure your skin is looking and feeling its best throughout the festive season – and guess what? It’s so easy! Get (and maintain) the glow by combining the powers of a good skincare routine with a range of complexion-boosting beauty foods and a couple of healthy habits.
Top five festive beauty eats
Make these foods a part of your festive menu, and you’ll keep your skin nourished throughout the holiday season…
Feeling peckish? Snack on nuts for a dose of protein, healthy fats and minerals to boost your skin. Stock up on a good variety for a wider range of nutrients: hazelnuts are rich in vitamin E, Brazil nuts provide plenty of selenium and walnuts are your nutty go-to for omega fatty acids.
For angel-worthy radiance, keep skin supple and bouncy by adding avocados to your meals, wherever in the world you are. This bright green fruit is rich in healthy fats that combat the skin-drying effects of wintery weather as well as including compounds that protect against UV-damage.
Healthy oils are wonderful at keeping your skin hydrated and smooth, and can even help soothe inflammation and increase collagen production. Choose omega-3 rich flaxseed oil or vitamin E rich extra virgin olive oil. Drizzle liberally on your salad …or any dish really.
Bright fruit and veg
Add colour to your plate and partner the heavier holiday dishes with generous helpings of fruit and veg. As well as feeling lighter, you’ll be feeding your skin with collagen-boosting vitamin C and free-radical battling carotenoids. It’s a win-win.
For many, it isn’t Christmas without chocolate – and the good news is that choosing the right kind can also be kind to your complexion! Dark chocolate has a high concentration of skin-enhancing minerals like magnesium, and raw chocolate in particular is high in antioxidants. When possible, limit chocolate treats with dairy and processed sugar (which aren’t as kind to your skin).
Healthy holiday habits
Get nutrients and oxygen flowing to your skin with some exercise – the circulation boost will help your skin rejuvenate and get rid of toxins more efficiently too. Grab a pal or the fam and head to your local ice rink or the park together to make exercise more fun and get a dose of fresh air to boot.
Drink more water
The weather this time of year (be it mid-winter or summer for you) coupled with all the parties and oh-so many festive tipples on offer, makes it extra important to remember to drink enough water. Start your day by drinking a big glass of water and remember to alternate alcoholic drinks with one as well.
Get your beauty sleep
A good night’s sleep is as vital to our complexion as it is to our general sense of wellbeing: our bodies do most of their healing and regeneration at night. So make sure you strike a healthy balance between socialising and sufficient sleep to keep your skin feeling its best.
Look after your skin on the outside as well as the inside by following a good daily skincare routine. Cleanse, tone and moisturise in the morning and before bed, and don’t forget to exfoliate. See the results when you follow our three-phase system which is easy to tailor to your skin’s needs.
As we all know, stress plays havoc on skin – and the run-up to Christmas can be especially stress inducing — be it panicking about all the presents we haven’t managed to buy yet, trying to make travel arrangements or even clashing with family members… Don’t be afraid to step back and recharge when you need it.2