Ahh yes, the December holidays – the time when you can finally put your feet up, let your hair down, and enjoy some guilt-free time in the sunshine. You definitely deserved the break (2020, right?!), but we also know that the December break can so often also mean a cheeky break from your usual skincare routine. Don’t worry, we’re definitely not here to judge, but we are here to offer some super helpful tips to help kick it back into gear again. Just call us your skincare guardian angels!
1. Make besties with your cleanser again
We know it can be tempting to skip your morning cleanse (or, gasp, your evening cleanse) but getting back into the habit of starting and ending your day with a good ol’ wash will do wonders for your skin. Throw in a nice clean face cloth as part of your evening routine for extra points – remember, the goal here is to remove the layer of dirt and dead skin cells from your skin’s surface to reveal those happy, healthy new cells underneath that are just dying for some air! Plus, it’s the perfect way to guarantee a moment of quiet self-reflection at the start and end of every day, which is a fully Lulu & Marula approved habit to get into. Start with our total crowd favourite Balancing Cleansing Balm.
2. Fight break-outs and break-out the face mask
We’ve said it before, and we will happily say it a thousand times more – face masks are really the best route to instantly smoother, totally gorgeous, oh-my-GOSH-how-does-she-look-so-great skin. Stock up on either our Purifying or Nourishing Mask & Polish, light a candle (or ten), run a bath, and relax for 10 minutes with one of these beauties on. Then gently massage off with warm water to deeply cleanse pores and buff away dead skin cells – bye-bye, December dullness and breakouts!
3. Sandwich your Refreshing Tonic Mist
If Derek Zoolander said it, you know it’s legit: “Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.” But, even if you don’t worship at the altar of Blue Steel, it is true that adding a little extra moisture to your routine can give your tired post-holiday skin the cheeky boost it needs. Spritz a good amount of Refreshing Tonic Mist all over your face between cleansing and moisturising, and it’ll give your complexion an instant boost of radiance and antioxidants, acting as a light serum to guard your skin from harmful free radicals.
4. Tackle parched skin with a hydrating serum
Things that are super cute: a sun-kissed, post-holiday glow. Things that are definitely not super cute: dry, dehydrated skin that looks like it’s just ridden across the Kalahari. Never fear, though – you can take on (and totally beat) parched skin with a good hydrating serum, and, wouldn’t you know it, we happen to make a fabulous one! Deliver superior hydration to the deeper layers within your skin with our Balancing Hydra Serum and enjoy sun-kissed Summeriness without the dryness.
5. Lock it all in with your favourite treatment oil
Now that you’re firmly back on the track to wondrous skin, it’s time to seal it all in with the holy grail of skincare: a really great Treatment Oil. Both our Nourishing and Purifying Treatment Oils are deliciously lightweight and super-fast absorbing to lock in all your skin goodies while deeply hydrating, repairing, and protecting your skin going forward. End off by massaging 4 to 8 drops into your skin, day or night, covering the face, eye area, neck and décolletage.
6. Get your 8 and 8
It may sound like a cliché, but getting in your 8 glasses of water and 8 hours of sleep every day can make all the difference to getting back your glow. After all, clichés exist for a reason! Make sure you’re caring for that gorgeous skin from both the outside and the inside by staying hydrated and rested, and you’ll be amazed at the difference it can make.
Six simple steps, and you’ll be back to your usual wonderful glowy self in no time! Hooray!
Team L&M x