Sustaining that glow over the Christmas season can be difficult. We're all distracted by delicious food and seasonal cocktails. Plus, we're busting out our best moves to Wham!, late into the night. However, this isn't the time to slack on your skincare routines - New Year's Eve is just around the corner. But in so short a span, how can you get glowing skin in time for New Year's Eve? Is that even possible?
At Poko, we're here to tell you that yes, this is completely possible. With that said, as with every other skincare routine, it takes a little dedication and consistency. However, by keeping up with these little tactics, you can rest assured that you'll be the belle of the ball this New Year's Eve. This also means you'll start off the new year on the right foot - with perfect skin!
If you'd like to know how to get glowing skin for that New Year's Eve party, you've come to the right place. After all, we know just how to help - here's how to do it!
Stay hydrated throughout the Christmas season
It's very easy to fall off the wagon during the Christmas season. With all the parties to attend, mulled wine to drink, and seasonal crisps to eat, skincare can definitely take a back seat. However, hydration is a crucial part of everyone's skincare routine. When your skin is dehydrated, fine lines and wrinkles become far more obvious. It also looks duller, and flaky skin takes centre stage.
To remedy this, and get glowing skin in time for New Year's Eve, we'd recommend the primary method of staying hydrated. Increase your water intake during the festive season. As difficult as this might sound, you should also cut down on alcoholic beverages and caffeinated drinks. While there's no need to completely cut them out of your diet (everything in moderation, after all!), you should definitely increase your water intake.
In addition to this, you could replace your moisturiser with a thicker, more occlusive option. Look for moisturisers and serums with hydrating ingredients - for example, aloe vera, shea butter, and baobab oil all work to hydrate your skin. Furthermore, look for active ingredients like hyaluronic acid, as this will help lock moisture into your skin. By practising these skin-friendly habits, you're bound to see a positive change in your skin, so wave goodbye to a dull, dry complexion.
Glowing skin for New Year's Eve takes time, so trust the process!
Like many of us, you might have completely changed your skincare routine during the lockdown. In this case, you'll know what works for your skin and what doesn't. You'll also know that good skin doesn't happen overnight; the process can be extremely time-consuming. When it comes to layering serums, you have to wait for each layer to dry, before applying the next one. Similarly, you have to build up your tolerance to AHAs and retinoids, applying them for mere minutes to build up resistance.
Therefore, glowing skin for New Year's Eve won't happen immediately, or on the day before. In fact, it's best to start your skincare journey early on. Turn up the heat on your skincare routine in early December, and stick with what works. Focus on achieving healthy skin, and don't forget a regular chemical exfoliant. Once you know what healthy skin feels like, that glow is sure to follow!
As Tony Montana says, the eyes never lie
Sometimes when we focus on our skincare routines, we neglect the delicate skin around our eyes. Sure, sometimes under-eye products can be intimidating. After all, the area under our eyes can be so sensitive and delicate! However, this doesn't mean that you should completely neglect your under-eye area. Because the skin under our eyes is so thin, it can often show stress much faster than the rest of the face. Therefore, fine lines, wrinkles, and dehydration can hit this area faster and harder than you'd think.
To combat this, we'd recommend investing in a good eye cream. For example, Poko's award-winning Correcting Eye Cream is formulated with gentle ingredients to hydrate this delicate area. It's also a great way to nourish the skin under your eyes, without causing even more stress. In the quest for glowing skin before New Year's Eve, it's important to remember this area. The rest of your face will be ready to party, so you don't want any dark circles or tired-looking eyes.
To tackle fine lines, you could also add a low-percentage retinol to your skincare routine, gently patting a few drops under your eyes every night. This will help address fine lines, and help promote healthy skin cell growth. Furthermore, with consistency, you should see a lasting change, and a more radiant under-eye area.
For glowing skin, add an AHA to your pre-New Year's Eve routine
By now, we're all familiar with AHAs (or alpha-hydroxy acids). In fact, they seem to be a must-have skincare ingredient, regardless of your skin type. We can't blame the AHA enthusiasts, either. When used correctly, an AHA can address signs of ageing, like fine lines and age spots. Furthermore, it can also improve blood flow, and assist in collagen production.
An AHA is also a great way to get glowing skin in time for New Year's Eve, as it can help brighten your complexion. While it sounds like a miracle ingredient, it really isn't. In fact, to see brighter skin, you'll have to be consistent with its use. At first, adding an AHA to your skincare routine can sound a little daunting - especially with so many TikTok fails on the matter. However, be sure to read the instructions before embarking on this journey.
Always apply your AHA serum or mask on dry skin, and only leave it on for the allocated time. With a regular routine, and by following the instructions, you'll soon see that healthy glow - just in time to party on NYE!
Don't forget to mask up in the weeks beforehand!
Throughout the pandemic, the phrase, "Mask up!" has taken on a new meaning. However, this doesn't mean that you should put skincare-related face masks on the back burner. In fact, a night in with a face mask - be it clay, sheet, or bubble, depending on your needs - can perform wonders on your skin. When shopping for a face mask, look for options to suit your skin type.
For example, if your skin gets dry and dehydrated during the winter, choose a sheet mask with a selection of hydrating ingredients. Conversely, if your skin errs on the more oily side, a clay mask could see you through the festive season. Not only will this help with glowing skin in time for New Year's Eve, but it's a nice way to take some time for yourself. After all, at Poko, we're all about encouraging self-care through skincare, and this is a great way to do it! Plus, if you add this to your weekly routine, you'll always have something to look forward to - no matter how your week is going.
The secret to glowing skin on New Year's Eve? Face mist!
If you've taken all our tips in the lead-up to New Year's Eve, you'll have arrived at the end of the year with healthy, glowing skin. However, it's now time to sit down and plan for the big day itself. If you're planning a night out, you'll need to know what actually fits into your bag (or pockets!) and what doesn't. With that said, one of the handiest tricks in maintaining glowing skin is something many of us often overlook: the humble face mist.
Face mists often contain skin-loving oils and hyaluronic acid. Combined, these ingredients give you that glow - even if the weeks before New Year's Eve have been a little hectic. Therefore, if you're touching up your makeup, give your skin a healthy spritz beforehand. By doing this, you'll be able to protect your skin from the long, makeup-filled evening ahead, while still maintaining that glow. If you don't have a face mist on hand, why not try to make your own with our Luxury Facial Oil?
Skincare is a journey, so enjoy the process!
At Poko, we believe that the best glow comes from healthy, happy skin. Therefore, when you focus on your skin's health, the rest will follow! If you're a little late to the skincare trend, then your journey to glowing skin might not happen by New Year's Eve. However, this isn't the end of the world - far from it, in fact.
On the bright side, you'll start the new year with healthy skin. By continuing this journey, you'll begin to learn what works and what doesn't for your skin. If you keep this up and continue learning about your skin, your skin should glow throughout the year - not just on New Year's Eve. Therefore, why not keep up with your skincare routine? After all, healthy skin is happy skin, and happy skin has that unmistakable glow!