Post Party Season Skin Fix With Suzanne Walshe
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
Today we look at the top five areas most affected by excesses round the festive season- face, body, nails, eyes, lips- and give super remedies to help you return to your beautiful ole self in the New Year.
Suzanne Walsh:- Beauty Expert
1. Late Nights:
Normally, skin cells get the chance to rejuvenate naturally throughout the course of your night's sleep. The festive season, however, eliminates those early nights and dramatically reduces your recovery hormones levels.
Alcohol overindulgence acts as a diuretic as it takes water from skin cells and dehydrates it, leaving it looking grey, dull and slack. The way to deal with this is to provide the skin with excess H2O.
Extreme food indulgence can wreak havoc on your complexion with excess glycogen being a definite skin inflammatory, predisposing to accelerated ageing and dermatitis type skin problems. The result will be slowed cell metabolism, bouts of lethargy and dangerous insulin surges which is evident as haggard, acne prone skin.
Top Tip: Eat brazil nuts as they contain selenium and eggs as they are rich in biotin. Take a supplement of zinc and co enzyme q10, to regenerate cell production and balance acne causing hormonal sebum levels. The outcome will be a fresher, blemish free complexion.
Suzanne's Top Five Skin Fixes in January 2009:
1. Facial Skin:-
By now our faces are screaming "I'm thirsty, I'm thirsty" as we have taken in too many diuretics and not enough H2o. Our priority is to re-hydrate and this begins from the inside out by drinking lots of water. 'Normally hydrated' people won't see much difference in their skin by drinking gallons of water- however at this time of year, we can be guaranteed that we're not all 'normally hydrated' and that there is a distinct feeling of general dehydration caused by over indulgence.
We can also assist on the outside with a decent hydrating moisturizer or serum.
3 Litres Water
Ponds Moisturiser- Dry Skin Cream, €4.70, Pharmacies Nationwide
Cold Cream cleanser is also a great idea for cleaning off make-up as too much facial washing can dry out skin.
Ponds Cold Cream cleanser, €4.70, Pharmacies nationwide
2. Body Skin:
We've waxed, tanned, sparkled and abused our bodies in the run up to Christmas, in an effort to look our best for the party season. It's now time to give our limbs some TLC and repair the damage we've caused.
Suzanne's top tips are:
Try not to use very hot water when showering as this robs the body of moisture. If your skin turns red, the water is clearly too hot.
It's best to apply body lotion when skin is slightly damp and for best effect pat skin dry rather than rubbing with your towel.
Exfoliate roughly once a week during the winter. There is no need to exfoliate daily during the winter. Suzanne recommends using a dry body brush to rejuvenate circulation and get moisturizing skin juices flowing.
Moisturizer is much more effective on properly exfoliated skin. Use a scrub in the shower and exfoliate facial skin with a mild scrub made for the face.
Extra tip: Dry brush skin before a shower with a body brush to remove flaky skin (it's more effective than brushing in the shower).
Garnier Body Repair Lotion, €6.99, Available Boots nationwide.
This lotion restores moisture to extra dry skin and prevents future dryness.
Also, Aveeno Sensitive Skin Body Lotion, €TBC, available pharmacies nationwide
3. Puffy Eyes/ Dark Circles:
It's as simple as this- we've stayed up too late and have been burning the candle at both ends, partying late into the night and trying to get up and play with the kids in the morning..We're exhausted and it's written all over our faces- particularly in the Santa Sack sized bags under our eyes. There are, however, solutions to minimizing dark, puffy circles:-
. Eat plenty of foods rich in eye-friendly nutrients: Beta-carotene, vitamin A, C and E, plant pigments in blueberries, bilberries and carotenes in red, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables. This will improve the circulation as well as improve your vision.
. Be gentle. We get one pair of eyes, so treat them right. Don't pull or rub your eyes. The thin skin under your eyelid is easily irritated and inflamed. When applying eye- cream (which is essential along with your daily moisturizer) do so in a clockwise circular motion using your ring finger and without applying too much pressure.
. For swollen eyelids, dip cotton wool into chilled green (or black) tea. Moisten the cotton balls (2 for each eye) with the chilled herbal tea. Lie down and place them over your eyes for two minutes, then a warm one for one minute, then a cold one again. It'll boost the local circulation around the eyes.
. Swollen eyes and dark circles can sometimes be the result of toxin built up in the body as well as dehydration. Be sure to drink plenty of water daily in order to flush toxins and excess sodium from your body. When the body is dehydrated, the kidneys try to retain water, which results in puffiness.
Garnier Nutritionist Caffeine Eye Roll on, €7.00, Boots Nationwide. This was on sale- down from €14.50.
The roll on motion promotes drainage and the lotion also promises to be anti-bags and anti dark- circles!
So- we're all kissed out. We've been hanging about under the mistletoe since December 1st and our poor lips are worn out..Just kidding- it's more likely the cold weather and chilly winds that have our lovely lips lacking their usual lustre.
Interestingly enough, licking your lips will not moisturize them and instead will help dry them out. Lips hold on to less moisture than other parts of the body, so they are liable to dry out more quickly.
A simple lip balm helps, as does the old favourite of moisturising your lips with Vaseline. Suzanne suggests staying away from flavoured lip balms as these only encourage you to lick your lips even more!
Suzanne's Top Lip Tip is to take a baby's toothbrush and "brush" your lips in a circular motion. This will remove dead flakes and leave your lips soft and supple.
Featured product: Vaseline Lip Therapy, €1.58, Pharmacies nationwide.
Miracle product for use on Face, lips & hands is Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, €28.00, Available nationwide
5. Hands & Nails:
Your hands have been in and out of the sink all over Christmas washing pots, pans, casserole dishes and wine glasses. Now is the time to repay their kindness with some TLC.
You've probably been out lots too and the types of soap used in public places can be harsh on hands- so for a good moisturizing treatment, Suzanne recommends good old Neutrogena hand cream, €3.89, pharmacies nationwide. It's on sale at the moment in Boots!
*A good tip is to put on moisturizer and gloves BEFORE you head outdoors- that way they can soak up the moisturizer while staying toasty.
*To keep cuticles soft, massage in olive oil and push back with an orange stick to keep nails looking fresh and clean.
Suzanne's Top Tip
"Night time is a great time for the skin to recharge itself. Try turning your radiator off in the bedroom as it really does make a big difference and try to make sure that you are not sleeping in any draughts. If you really can't bear to turn the heat down, place a bowl of water under the radiator and refill regularly.
. Ponds Dry Skin Cream, €4.70, Pharmacies Nationwide
. Ponds Cold Cream cleanser, €4.70, Pharmacies nationwide
. Garnier Body Repair Lotion, €6.99, Available Boots nationwide.
. Aveeno Sensitive Skin Body Lotion, €4.99, available pharmacies nationwide
. Garnier Nutritionist Caffeine Eye Roll on, €7.00, Boots Nationwide.
Vaseline Lip Therapy, €1.58, Pharmacies nationwide.
. Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, €28, Available nationwide
. Neutrogena hand cream, €3.89, pharmacies nationwide.