Post-Holiday Beauty Survival Guide

January 3, 2012
You’ve primped and primed throughout the holidays, and now it’s time to get your face, skin and hair back in top condition. These are the beauty buys we turn to to revive tired skin, erase under-eye bags and give overworked hair some TLC!


1. Clean skin

Start and end every day with a good cleanse of your face, neck and décolletage. Spend 1 minute gently massaging your favourite cleanser in small circles in an upward motion.

Our pick: Skin Physics Cellugen Cleanse is a cleanser and exfoliator in one, with fruit acids to stimulate the skin’s natural renewal cycle.

2. Unclog pores

A face mask is the perfect way to give your skin a pick-me-up without a costly trip to the beauty salon. Ideal after a big night out.

Our pick: Palmer’s Purifying Mask is one of our all-time favourite budget beauty buys. It draws out impurities and leaves pores clean, and that means less blemishes and blackheads.

3. Wake up tired skin

Does your skin feel lacklustre after all that partying? A vitamin-rich serum gives skin a boost of radiance.

Our pick: Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate is the best choice for those with sensitive skin.

4. (Eye) bags be gone!

The eyes give away all our late-night secrets. Don’t be tempted to whack on a thick layer of eye cream – a tiny drop is enough for both eyes. Wait for it to absorb, then follow with concealer on the dark areas only.

Our pick: YSL Touche Eclat is worth every penny for its magical, dark circle-erasing powers.

5. Care for your hair

Hair straighteners, rollers, finishing sprays – your hair has been through enough in the last few weeks! Give your crowning glory some TLC with a nourishing hair treatment.

Our pick: Moroccanoil Oil Treatment strengthens and conditions overworked hair. Try the Light Treatment if you have fine hair.

Which beauty products do you turn to you when your skin and hair need a pick-me-up?

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