Tis the season to let your hair down  

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun which means that the festive season is well and truly underway! From the obligatory work Christmas parties to numerous family gatherings, making sure that you are prepared for the festivities should be high on your list of priorities. After all, you want to make it through to the New Year in one piece! Even if you take a low-maintenance approach to your self-care regime, there is still plenty of time to ensure that you are on the top of your festive game this December. 

Step up your skincare regime

The winter months are an excuse to stay wrapped up in plenty of layers, foregoing the usual efforts that we put into maintaining our skin in the summer. However, if you are likely to be wearing an evening gown during the festive period, then it’s a good idea to step up your skincare regime now so that it is in top condition when it’s time to wear your outfit. Start by gently buffing the skin on your body and face at least once a week to remove dead skin cells and give your skin a beautiful glow. Apply a good moisturiser regularly to combat the effects of central heating and the cold winter air on your skin. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated!

Minimise stress

Although Christmas is a time for festivities and fun, if you’re not careful, it can also bring with it a considerable amount of stress. Minimise stress during this season by planning to arrive at events early so that you can counter any delays you run into on the way. Try to do your Christmas shopping online so that you can avoid the crowds in the shopping centres and regularly do things that help you to relax, such as taking a hot bath or meditating. If you are in a relaxed state of mind you will enjoy the party season a lot more! 

Prepare your outfits

Remove the stress from the events you have to attend by doing your homework and getting your outfit ready beforehand. This is especially important if you’ve not been to the party venue before. For instance, if your Christmas party is to be held in a country club or a casino, find out the rules on how to dress before you go. This way you can have the perfect outfit prepared well in advance to save you running around trying to find something suitable at the last minute.

Drinking over the festive period can take its toll

Eat healthy food

While this is a season for overindulgence it doesn’t mean that you need to overdo it every day. Stick to a healthy diet filled with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to keep your immune system on top form and your energy levels high. Processed foods will just lead to skin breakouts and a general feeling of sluggishness, which is not what you want when you’re heading to a party!

Get some sleep

Not only is sleep an important factor in maintaining a healthy mind and body but it is also proven to help you look better! Studies have shown that people who are sleep deprived are more likely to have unsightly bags, wrinkles, puffy eyes, and a pale complexion compared to those who get the recommended 8 hours per night. So, do yourself a huge favour in the run-up to the festive season by racking up as many sleep hours as you can; this will mean that any late nights are less likely to have an impact on you the following day.

Book your hair appointments early

The December period is notoriously busy for hair salons so if you haven’t booked your hair appointments in yet, now is the time to do it. Whether you would like a blow-dry, an up-do, or just a trim before your party season starts, booking your appointment now will save you the stress of having to find a hairdresser at the last minute.

Most of all, remember that it is the season to be jolly! So, if you forget your favourite party coat or you end up running late to the work do, keep smiling and enjoy the festivities!

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