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Look after your skin this holiday season

Heading into December means that party season is around the corner. Warm summer evenings filled with celebrations, indulgent meals and one too many drinks, coupled with late nights and more makeup than usual can lead to an unhappy skin.

You may find it looks a bit dull and tired and you may even experience dark circles and puffiness around the eye area. skinPhD recommends the following tips to keep your skin afloat during the party season:

Stay hydrated

Warm weather, salty foods and alcoholic drinks can cause major dehydration, which shows on the skin. Make sure you drink eight glasses of water a day to keep your skin and body sufficiently hydrated.

Don’t forget your SPF

A broad spectrum sunscreen isn’t just for when you’re lazing on the beach – it’s an essential part of your daily skincare routine. Apply it diligently throughout the day to ensure you protect yourself from harmful UV rays that cause sunburn and signs of ageing.

Spend some extra time on your skin

When you’re putting your skin through stress, take some time to indulge in a home face mask or treat yourself to a facial. Some TLC goes a long way in calming and nourishing the complexion.

Cleanse correctly

No matter how tired you are or how late your night was, don’t go to bed with your makeup still on, ever. Take two minutes to remove all traces of makeup and cleanse your skin. This will make a major difference to the health and appearance of your skin!

Go makeup-free when possible

With so many functions and parties happening, chances are you’ll be wearing makeup more frequently than usual, so take whatever opportunity you can to give your skin a break and go makeup-free. This gives your skin a chance to breathe and recover.

Don’t forget about your eyes

The eye area is the first part of the face to show signs of fatigue. An unhealthy lifestyle, albeit a temporary one, will leave you with dark circles, puffiness and a sunken appearance. Invest in a good quality eye cream that offers long lasting hydration. skinPhD’s Ultra Hydrating Eye Gel is an ideal option.

Author: Pedro van Gaalen

When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.

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