December is here and everyone is gearing up for the party/wedding season! What follows is cold and dry weather with lots of makeup and plenty of alcohol. As exciting as it may sound, your skin will go through a lot this month. So we spoke to celebrity makeup artist, Cory Walia to help you party proof your skin. He gives us these 8 essential tips.
1. Establish a Routine
According to Cory, every girl needs an excellent cleanser to take off their makeup. “Proper cleansing every night will lessen the risk of skin damage” says Cory. He recommends Johnson baby oil, unperfumed coconut oil or olive oil as great options for deep cleaning the skin. Do not forget to use a face wash to get rid of excess oil and follow it with a moisturizer. “I know it sounds elaborate but human skin loves discipline and ritual! The worst mistake people make is taking the skin for granted as our skin ages on daily basis. People with established routines look gorgeous in their 60s even if they use just use something as basic as a Nivea cream on a regular basis.”, claims the famous makeup artist. He also claims that most people including celebrities who don’t indulge in skin care routines suddenly wake up one day in their 40s thinking how their skin aged so much and resort to botox!
According to recent reports, the reason why men age better than women is partly because they shave their faces on a daily basis, which in turn exfoliates their skin. Now not every woman is up for the ‘shave your face’ trend and women aren’t required to exfoliate their faces so often. The best solution is to gently scrub your face to get rid of the dead skin and reveal newer skin on a weekly basis. The St Ives Apricot Scrub is a staple one for most women.
Home Remedy: Those looking for homemade options can easily make their own scrub using honey, a tablespoon of lemon and sugar, and don’t forget to scrub your lips!
Yes we all have heard how we need to drink lots and lots of water but there is a big difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. People have certain skin types, some are dry, and some are oily while others have a combination skin. Dehydrated skin is a condition which is usually caused by lack of essential vitamins. The skin appears to be dull and lacks the natural glow.
Diet Tip: Munch on green leafy veggies like spinach and kale, carrots, olives and tomatoes for glowing skin.
4. Moisturize Your Skin Daily
You can also opt for aloevera cream or gel. Don’t forget to moisturize your hands, elbows and knees every day. Use a thick foot cream to avoid corns and calluses, especially if you plan on wearing heels more often this season. Body Butter by The Body Shop will do wonders for your skin. Skipping SPF thinking it is winter time is a big no no!
Home Remedy: You can make you own moisturizing and anti ageing potion using equal parts of glycerin, lemon juice and rose water. Apply the mixture on your face daily for 15 minutes and see the wonders it will do for your skin. (Not suitable for very oily skin)
5. Stay Healthy
Cory Walia asserts on the importance of antioxidants as they prevent the damage of skin. “One must include adequate amount of vitamin C in their diet”. Cory also recommends creams with Vitamin E and Vitamin K. Dark chocolate, salmon, oranges, beets, broccoli, flaxseeds are all rich sources of antioxidants.
Alcohol is a diuretic causes you to dehydrate further without proper replacement with natural H2O. It also slows down the function of the liver, affecting digestion and build up of heavy meals we eat way too much of during the party season causes bloating, breakouts and dull skin.
To prevent the alcohol damage, start the day with the juice of one lemon squeezed into a glass of water. This will help alkalise your body and detox your liver.
6. Don’t Forget Your Beauty Sleep!
Late nights and hangovers do more damage to your skin than you can imagine. Your skin and body repairs itself during a good night’s sleep. Sleep also helps balance your hormones (the cause of those ugly zits), and nourishes your skin.
7. Last Minute Preparations
Right before you start getting ready, apply an antioxidant serum and/or moisturizer with antioxidants to protect your skin from free radical damage.
8. Create a Shield
With all that make up sitting on your skin for hours and hours, your pores are bound to get clogged at some or the other point. You can reduce the chances of a painful zit buy creating a barrier between your skin and makeup! A silicone based primer or a skin care product will do the job.
Cory states that, “Different types of primer are available according to skin types. Emollient primers are suitable for dry skin while astringents are a good option for those with oily skin.” For hyper sensitive skin he recommends an antibiotic skin cream.
Follow these tips and get your party mode on without worrying about your skin!