Relax! Here’s your ... FESTIVE PARTY SURVIVAL PLAN
Surviving party season is an art form — late nights and long working days take their toll on your skin. Add in crispy hair from heat styling, bruised and blistered feet, and by Christmas all you will want is a date with your duvet. But you get through the season with a few simple changes in your routine and emerge radiant and healthy on the other side. How?
As necessary as you might feel it is, caffeine is dehydrating. All that coffee — tea, too — might liven up your morning temporarily but your skin won’t appreciate it. Switch a cup or two for coconut water or green tea. Both are great for rehydration and giving the system an energy kick.
Burning the candle at both ends will leave you looking and feeling pretty grim, so catch up when you can. To counteract sleep-deprived puffy eyes, pick up No Puffery by Origins, €32. Pricey but worth it, this is an eye gel cream that soothes like an ice pack and is suitable for guys and girls.
Central heating really saps moisture from the skin and causes it to become rough, dry and dull. If you can, get a humidifier; if you can’t, get a hydrating mask. La Roche-Posay’s Hydraphase Mask, €16.50, is ideal for party season. A super boost of hydration, it can be used either as a 5-10-minute mask a few times a week, or simply apply a thin layer as needed. Remember: the speed with which the mask is absorbed shows just how dehydrated the skin actually is. If it disappears on contact, maybe stay at home for an evening!
Hot locks aren’t such a good idea if you are applying around 200°C of heat to them every night. Don’t sacrifice your hair’s health for a style; hair grows far too slowly and it’s just not worth it. If you must use tongs or straighteners, heat-protect your hair with a cream or spray, or at least give it a chance to recover with a hair mask on a night you’re staying in. Moroccanoil’s Intense Hydrating Mask, €32.39, is sweet-smelling and hugely restorative. It takes just 5-7 minutes to make the hair shiny and soft once more. Use once or twice weekly, or as needed.
Designer shoes have padding built into the sole of the shoe for comfort, but if you’re more High Street than high end, pick up a pair of Scholl’s Party Feet Gel Cushions, €6.99. If you get a blister attack from new shoes, Boots Blister Plasters cost €5.89 for six. Of course, the mammy in me wants to point out that no one ever got blisters from wearing comfortable shoes! Enjoy!