Recover the glow of the skin after the holidays

With a diet often high in sugar and fat, increased alcohol intake and lack of sleep, there’s no doubt that the holiday season can take its toll on the skin. But don’t panic, because a detox program, even a not particularly drastic one, can help you regain fresh, radiant, blemish-free skin in just a few weeks.

A post-holiday detox is by no means essential, but it can be a great way to reset for anyone feeling the effects of the excesses often associated with this time of year. As we know all too well, increased consumption of fat, sugar and alcohol in a very short period of time can wreak havoc on the skin, as can lack of exercise and sleep.

At the end of the festive season, skin can often be duller and drier, a phenomenon accentuated by temperature variations. Stains can also be a problem. But a few simple steps throughout the month of January can help remedy the situation.

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While some people may opt for a strict detox, which includes only fruits, vegetables and juices, returning to your pre-holiday habits is often enough to get your skin glowing.

The first step is to reduce your intake of fat, sugar and alcohol, something you probably already do, or will do naturally. But to optimize the results, it may be advisable to add to your diet fruits and vegetables with antioxidant properties, or those that help eliminate toxins and stimulate digestion.

As for vegetables, choose celery, artichokes, cabbage (in all forms), watercress, chicory, beets, broccoli and leeks. Keep in mind that black radish, cooked or in supplement form, is a great companion for dealing with digestive disorders, but also, more generally, for cleansing the body.

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It is an excellent food for a post-holiday detox, as long as you respect the recommended doses. As for fruit, citrus fruits have the power to help regulate digestion and are obviously rich in vitamin C, an essential skin ally. But kiwis are also perfect for such a detox, as are red berries, although it is better to choose seasonal fruit.

Also, try drinking a glass of warm water (or room temperature water) with lemon in the morning to help detoxify your skin.

A complete beauty routine

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Beyond the diet, it is essential to resume your usual beauty routine, and even intensify it after the holidays. Late nights and tiredness cause many to skip the makeup removal step this time of year, increasing the risk of blemishes.

This risk is even greater as end-of-year celebrations are synonymous with more elaborate makeup looks that can prevent the skin from breathing.

Removing make-up, cleansing the skin morning and night, with a chemical peel and a detoxifying mask once a week, in addition to daily hydration, are among the essential steps of a complete and comprehensive beauty routine. But certain beauty allies can also help you regain fresh, radiant skin faster.

This is especially true in purifying treatments, but also in facial saunas and massage tools that will help eliminate signs of fatigue.

Other tips, which may already be part of your daily routine, can help your skin look its best. Drinking plenty of water is recommended for glowing skin – some say 1.5 litres, but it really depends on the color of your urine (light yellow for good hydration).

Likewise, resuming some form of exercise is beneficial for the skin, as is letting it breathe by significantly reducing the amount of makeup you wear for a few days. All in all, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get your healthy, glowing skin back after the holidays.

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