5 Party Season Skin Problems and How to Deal with Them
Don’t let ‘prosecco face’ get you down
17 December 2019
All Credits: PA
Along with all the fun and festivities, party season can bring with it a host of cosmetic complaints.
Waking up with a hangover is bad enough, but when you work up the courage to peek in the mirror, only to discover massive eye bags and a constellation of spots sprouting across your chin, it’s enough to make you want to go straight back to bed.
Help is at hand, however, in the form of beauty guru Dr Anita Sturnham, a GP who specialises in dermatology and founder of Decree skincare.
We asked Sturnham to give us the lowdown on the skin issues that are most common at this time of year, and she had some useful advice on how to both prevent and treat them. Follow these steps to tackle five pesky party season problems…
“Also, use an effective cleanser before bed. Clay-based cleansers purge the skin of dead skin cells and make-up sitting in pores.
“I recommend using the Decree Deep Cleanse (£55/AED266.52, thedecree.com)
as it contains a low dose of salicylic acid and lactic acid to gently resurface the skin, as well as an oil regulating clay.
“If you are prone to oily skin and breakouts then you should also skip daily primers. Acting as an occlusive layer, this product also clogs pores and can lead to dull and lifeless looking skin.
“To shrink spots, try massaging with an ice cube for around 15 seconds before bed. The ice will help to shrink inflammation. Look for mineral-based concealers with skincare actives, such as salicylic acid, that can relieve breakouts whilst covering blemishes.”
2. Dull Skin
Cause: “Our skin cell remodelling cycle tends to slow down over the winter months, [which can mean] lots of old, dull looking skin hanging around on the surface layers.”
How to tackle it: “This is where gentle exfoliation can save the day and give your skin a beautiful radiant glow. It removes complexion dulling dead skin cells and allows fresh healthy skin cells to reach the surface, resulting in skin that looks bright and healthy.
“Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) in some products are often harder to tolerate in sensitive winter skin. The exception is lactic acid, as it has moisture loving humectant properties, helping to hydrate as well as gently exfoliate.”
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