Make sure you dazzle (rather than look frazzled) this party season

Christmas is a magical time of the year. The glitz, glamour and goodwill is infectious and you are double and triple booked with places to go! But with each drinks, dinner or party invite comes another late night or overindulgence. While it’s incredibly good fun, it can all take its toll. So if you want to dazzle, rather than look frazzled, here’s SOS top tips for looking effortlessly glam:

Tip 1: Brush up on your basics

If you’ve been letting your beauty regime slip, now is the time to go back to basics and be regimented about your routine. You skin will have to work really hard through the Christmas season and it really will need some extra TLC.

The combination of cold weather, late nights, a lack of sleep, make-up, over-indulgence and alcohol can have a very negative impact on skin. Before you know it, your once clear complexion will be plagued with dryness, spots, fine lines caused by dehydration and those dreaded bags under your eyes.

So ALWAYS remember to cleanse, tone and moisturise. And invest in a quality daytime mosituriser, eye cream and repairing night cream – we recommend Elemis and Environ products.

Tip 2: Break-up with your make-up (at the end of every night)

Make sure you remove ALL your make-up before hitting the sack and give your skin time to breathe. Clogged pores will have a massive impact on your skin, so if you’ve been skimping on the makeup remover, it’s time to get back on track.

Tip 3: Treat yourself to a facial

If you need a deep clean or a radiance boost, facials are the way to go. As SOS we have a range of facials designed to help fatigued and dehydrated skin. Here are our top recommended:

Elemis Sensitive Skin Soother (Oxygen Skin Calm) facial leaves skin soothed, comfortable and calm.

Elemis Superfood Pro-Radiance (Modern Skin) facial leaves skin plumper, radiant and lit-up with good health.

Elemis Anti-Blemish Mattifying and Calm (Deep Cleansing) facial helps combat oil and shine, while intuitive massage helps restore micro-circulation.

Environ’s HydraBoost treatment reduces the fine lines caused by dehydration, helps plump the skin and leaves it moisturised and glowing.

Environ’s Purifying Facial will refresh and rehydrate skin, making it feel like new.

Environ’s Advanced Active Vitamin Treatment is packed with nourishing, anti-ageing ingredients, to leave your skin looking radiant and dewy.

Tip 4: Stay hydrated (with water, not coffee or gin)

Drink lots of water and try to avoid caffeine – if your body is dehydrated, your skin will be too.

Tip 5: It’s not all about your face

Granted in this cold weather, you may be looking like the Michelin man under all those layers, but once you get to your venue, the coat comes off and its time for the rest of you to shine. It’s not just the skin on your face you need to pay attention to, the rest of your body could do with some TLC too. If your skin is feeling particularly dry, head to the salon for a professional salt skin scrub to slough away dead cells and deeply nourish the skin. If your skin is feeling congested, never underestimate the power of a 20-minute steam room session to clear pores, aid detoxification, cleanse and regenerate skin.

Massage can also offer a great way to re-energize, relax and recover from aches and pains. Aromatherapy massage can help aid sleep, detox, release muscle aches and pains and boost energy levels. While the more intense hot stone massage will improve circulation, relieve painful muscles and joints and leave you in a deep state of relaxation.

If you have really taken things to the max and want to help aid your body’s own detoxification system, then manual lymphatic draining massage or holistic massage therapy is the way to go. These massage techniques aim to help eliminate toxins from the body and boost the efficiency of your immune system.

Tip 6: Waxing wonderful

Did you know that caffeine and alcohol can make waxing more painful? If you are heading to the salon for a wax this party season, try to book your appointment a couple of days before a big night out, rather than after it. You can find out more in our waxing top tips here.

Tip 7: Nailed it

Whether you take time at home to give your nails the perfect polish, or pop into a salon for a classic French manicure or long lasting Shellac treatment, the perfect manicure or pedicure will add an instant touch of glamour and finish off any look.

With some salons also offering a hand/foot massage or moisturising treatment options, (perfect to combat chapped hands in the cold weather), a manicure or pedicure becomes so much more than just having your nails buffed and polished. Check out our range of nail treatments here.

So, we hope our tips for surviving the party season help see you though. And if you ever need an extra bit of TLC, either pop into the salon at 765 Fulham Road, Fulham, London SW6 5HA, email us at info@secretoasisspa.co.uk or give us a call on 020 7371 5118. You can also use our contact form to get in touch too!

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