A skin therapist and skin educator has revealed her good skin guide to help you avoid puffy eyes, blotchy skin, and breakouts during the festive season
A skin therapist has unveiled her good skin guide to help you avoid puffy eyes, blotchy skin, and breakouts this festive season.
The beginning of December often means a wave of celebrations, gatherings and events, and while 2020 has been an unusual year for many, a relaxation of coronavirus restrictions across Australia means many of us are celebrating in one way or another.
Australian a skin therapist and skin educator for Ultraceuticals Tracey Beeby said there are five ways to prevent bloated, tired, blotchy, flaky, and dehydrated skin ‘during the Christmas and New Year season.
So what do you need to know?
If you want to prevent dry skin, dark circles and a blotchy look, you need a special eye make-up remover along with moist cotton pads to soothe your eyes
What are the good skin tips to know?
1. Always use a good eye make-up remover and never just a cleanser for your face.
2. Make sure you drink between two and three liters of water daily.
3. Use liquid exfoliants in your regimen to combat blotchiness.
4. Use a good quality serum under your moisturizer.
5. Apply a face mask up to three times a week.
6. Use damp cotton pads to soothe your eyelids and remove dark circles.
7. Never go to bed with makeup on.
TIP ONE: Avoid puffy eyes with an appropriate eye make-up remover
The first thing Tracey said you absolutely must do if you want to avoid puffy eyes this festive season is invest in a good eye makeup remover.
“Eyes are often forgotten and are always the first place to show signs of fatigue,” she told FEMAIL.
‘Women often go to bed so exhausted that they do not remove their eye make-up properly.’
The expert said this can cause ‘further irritation’, waking you up with dry and scratchy eyes.
“Always remove your eye makeup with a gentle and soothing eye makeup remover – not your normal facial cleanser,” said Tracey.
‘The skin around the eyes is very different from the face with very few oil glands, so it’s essential to treat it with the right product.
“A moisturizing eye cream is a good idea, and remember to use it minimally and keep the product around the eye socket only – never on the eyelid or too close to the tear ducts.”
TIP TWO: Prevent blotchy skin and breakouts with exfoliants
If a glass or two of more than normal wine can make you break out, Tracey said a liquid exfoliant with AHAs and BHAs is a good idea.
“Drinking plenty of water is essential, as is vitamin supplements during the festive season,” said Tracey.
“For a single breakout, have your stain treatment ready and use as required.”
Liquid exfoliants work well with any blemishes and can be used on a daily basis even if you are not experiencing a breakout.
The skin therapist recommends that you build up slowly to daily use so that you do not further irritate your inflamed skin.
The expert recommends using a regular face mask for glowing skin
TIP THREE: Seal off dehydrated skin with masks and serums
Tracey’s third tip is to add serums to your regimen and make sure to put on a face mask once or twice a week.
“Use a good quality hydrating serum daily under your moisturizer to increase the skin’s hydration level and counteract any signs of dryness,” said Tracey.
You can also add a moisturizing mask to your skin care regimen up to three times a week to effectively nourish the skin and compensate for any moisture loss.
Tracey’s favorite facial mask choice is the Ultra Replenishing Mask ($ 78) from Ultraceuticals, which contains a number of moisturizing ingredients, including hyaluronic acid and shea butter and ceramides.
TIP FOUR: Ban dark circles with damp cotton pads
The secret to eradicating dark circles is a moist cotton pad, which Tracey said “helps to soothe the eyes and can also help reduce any puffiness.”
“A good concealer that is a shade or two lighter than your skin tone is best for hiding dark circles,” said Tracey.
TIP FIVE: Never go to bed wearing make-up
Finally, Tracey said you should never go to bed with your makeup as this is the worst thing for your skin.
If you can manage it, you should also have a professional skin treatment, be it a hands-on treatment, a peel, or a pick-me-up treatment, anything you can do professionally will help.