How To Get Perfect Skin In Time For Christmas

7 ways to prep for the festive season


Double cleansing might sound like a passing fad, but there are real skin benefits behind the ritual. “One cleanse in the morning is fine, but a double cleanse in the evening is needed,” says Tilly Barnett, owner of No.13 The Beauty Avenue in Sydney. “The first cleanse is to wash away any make-up, product and pollutants built up on skin, while the second gives [the face] a deeper cleanse, especially for skin prone to breakouts.” Here’s a glowing tip: “If using a cleanser with AHAs, leave it on your skin for a minute or two to let the active ingredients work in,” says Barnett, who recommends this once or twice a week.

Try: Priori 2XFoliant Peel + Scrub, $79; QV Gentle Foaming Cleanser, $13.50.

Priori Scrub
Qv foaming cleanser


Wondering how the Duchess of Sussex looks so glowing? She attributes her sculpted features
to the facial massage she receives from her go-to UK-based skin expert, Nichola Joss. To do your own, apply a facial oil then work your fingers along the jawline, cheekbones and forehead for two (or more) minutes.

Try: Kora Rose Quartz Heart Facial Sculptor, $72.95; Olay Magnemasks Infusion Rejuvenating Starter Kit, $54.95. Both help to infuse the product and tighten and firm the skin.

Kora rose quartz face sculptor
Olay magnemasks rejuvenating cream


Who doesn’t love a mask and chill session? Exactly, no-one. In fact, a face mask is sold at Priceline Pharmacies across the country every 20 seconds. Able to fulfil our complexion and social-sharing needs in one 10-15-minute session, it’s no wonder brands are making masks that are both effective and pretty.

Try: Alya Skin Pink Perfect Australian Pink Clay Mask, $49.99; Napoleon Perdis Aloe Peel-Off Mask, $35; Generation Clay Ultra Violet Brightening Purple Clay Mask, $49.99.

Alya skin Australian clay pink face mask
Napoleon Perdis Aloe Peel Mask
Generation Clay face mask


If you feel like your moisturiser is weighing you down, seek out lightweight formulas such as Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly, $49 for 125ml, which doses skin with plenty
of hydration minus any weight. Or apply a nourishing serum and skip your moisturizer altogether. Just make sure you add SPF.

Try: Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster, $62, which works on pore size and pigmentation and can be used without adding day cream.

Paula's Choice 10 per cent Niacinamide booster


Ask any skin expert their top skin tip and they will say SPF. “The facts show that even the short amount of time that we are travelling to and from work will cause some degree of exposure,” says Tracey Beeby, trainer at Ultraceuticals. Not going outside? You still need to cover up. “You don’t even have to be outdoors to have exposure to ultraviolet rays. [They] are present during all daylight hours throughout the year,” she explains.

Try: Ella Baché Active Lotion Great SPF50+, $39; Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen SPF50, $16.99.

Ella Bache Active Lotion SPF
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion


Able to hold 1000 times its weight in water, hyaluronic acid is perfect for plumping up a parched complexion.

Try: Nivea Cellular Anti-Age Volume Filling Pearls, $32.99.

Nivea Cellular Anti Age Pearls


Night-time is great to get to work on skin issues. It is the time our skin naturally lets down its Daytime defences, allowing potent ingredients to penetrate. “Sleep is our body’s opportunity to heal, repair and rejuvenate itself,” says Zoe Devine, skin expert at Skinstitut. In terms of ingredients, look for actives such as retinol (vitamin A) and peptides, which act as chemical messengers in the skin to help boost collagen production. “Vitamin A is essential for the generation and function of healthy cells, ensuring the prevention of dryness,” says Devine. “It’s often referred to as the anti-ageing vitamin.”

Try: Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum, $150 for 60 capsules; Skinstitut Retinol Serum, $49.

Elizabeth Ardern Retinol Ceramide Capsules Serum
Skinstitut Retinol Serum

This article originally appeared in the December 2018 issue of marie claire.

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