‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring – apart from you, prepping your skin for Christmas Day! There’s nothing better than waking up to a glowing complexion on Chrimbo morning (as well as a stack of presents with your name on, of course), so here are some tips for a Christmas Eve pamper sesh.
The blemish buster
Shiny red balls belong on the tree, not on your face. If you’re blemish prone, try Nip+Fab Teen Skin Fix Pore Blaster Jelly Wash Night. It’s enriched with antibacterial extracts to help beat breakouts without drying out skin. Says it’s for teens, but it’s suitable for anyone with congested complexions.
The cream cleanser
If your skin errs on the dry side, Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser, is a soothing creamy wash that still does the job of removing all that grime but is gentle at the same time. Olive oil, aloe and vegetable-based glycerine help nourish, while the orange oil and soap bark get to work removing dirt, makeup and excess oil.
The eye soother
The only bags we want to see on Christmas morning are of the Michael Kors variety, thank you very much. Pat on La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Anti Dark Circles Eye Cream. Its correcting care, specially developed for the eye contour, helps beat dark circles and makes the area feel smooth and supple.
The blackhead remover
The satisfaction of removing blackheads with Yes To Tomatoes 2-Step Buh-Bye Blackheads Nose Kit is almost on the same level as a warm mince pie with brandy butter. The charcoal in these strips helps remove the dirt and oil that like to hang out on your nose. Good riddance.
The facial oil
Add a touch of luxury to your PM routine with Manuka Doctor Drops of Crystal Beautifying Bi-Phase Oil. The bee venom and manuka honey help brighten and tighten skin, while precious oil extracted from the pistacia lentiscus tree (ooh-er) help plump and firm skin.
The hydrating mask
Masks don’t always mean a stiff face and minutes added to your bedtime routine. e.l.f Moisturising Sleeping Face Mask, is a clear, leave-on mask that delivers hydration overnight, so you wake up in the morning to soft, refreshed skin. Infused with aloe, vitamin E and jojoba, it helps hydrate, soothe and nourish.
The night cream
If you’d rather opt for a rich night cream than a mask, Cowshed Rose Replenishing Night Cream, softens and smooths while you sleep. Rose absolute essential oil encourages skin cell regeneration, while rose geranium and carrot seed oil help tone and hydrate skin. And the delightful rose scent tops it off as a truly indulgent treat. Well, it is Christmas.
And one for the morning… The facial spritz
By now you’ll have woken up to a darn good sight (a radiant complexion + pigs in blankets + presents = a good day all round). Keep things looking that way past the Queen’s speech with B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Spritz. It’s a handy skin refresher that you can spritz on top of makeup to refresh, plump and hydrate.