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Health and beauty
December 2023
Reading time 4 minutes

The party season is upon us, and by spending just a little extra time on your party prep you can ensure you're all aglow all Christmas

Get glowing from head-to-toe with these beauty favourites.

Prep Hair

The weather, your diet, pollution and lifestyle all have an impact on your hair but too many of us pay too little attention to its health and condition until it’s too late. If it’s no longer glossy, is dry and frizzy or is breaking, then here’s what to do to restore your crowing glory this Christmas.

Dreamcoat Supernatural Spray

Always use a heat protection spray before drying and straightening hair. This heat-activated, anti-humidity spray creates a waterproof veil for sleek, glass-like hair. Dreamcoat Supernatural Spray, £27 Color Wow

Energising Scrub

Healthy hair starts at the scalp so invest in a treatment scrub to cleanse. Use daily instead of shampoo to detox and purify. Energising Scrub, £49 Kérastase

The Quickie Hair Turba

Hair is easily damaged when wet so don’t rub it vigorously, but instead wrap it in this super-absorbent microfibre turban. The Quickie Hair Turban £27.99 BondiBoost

Function of Beauty Shampoo

Can’t find a shampoo or conditioner to suit your hair? Try Function of Beauty’s customisable haircare curated to help achieve hair goals. Pick your hair type and add the booster shot, or shots, to the shampoo and conditioner for your very own bespoke hair treatment. Custom Shampoo & Conditioner, £12 and Booster, £4 Function of Beauty

Prep Skin

Get skin glowing long before the invites start hitting your inbox. Drink lots of water, don’t start a new beauty regime just before party season hits, and cleanse thoroughly each and every day.

 Superserum Radiance

This powerful, radiance-boosting serum with vitamin C quickly revitalises tired skin and gives dull complexions an instant brightening boost. Start now ready for party season. Superserum Radiance, £65 myBlend

Balancing Face Mist

Give skin an extra boost whenever you want with a super-charging skin mist. Balancing Face Mist, £11.99 Byoma

Perfect & Plump Lip Balm

Lips get lots of attention over Christmas so make sure yours are soft and without a dry flake. Perfect & Plump Lip Balm, £35 Alpha-H

Instant Hydra-Glow Marine Algae Mask

A sheet mask is a great instant pre-party pick-me-up. Try this serum-infused bio-cellulose sheet mask with a triple dose of potent actives to give tired, dull skin a boost of radiance. Instant Hydra-Glow Marine Algae Mask, £18 Olivanna

Super Pore Detox Black Clay Mask

Use a clay mask regularly to remove deep-down debris and reduce the likelihood of a pre-party breakout. With glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids, kaolin clay, natural liquorice and eucalyptus, this mask is a pore de-clogging tour-de-force. Super Pore Detox Black Clay Mask, £13 Beauty Pie

Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner

Exfoliation is key for smooth skin and a good base for makeup, but don’t scrub your face. Powered by watermelon extract (to flood your complexion with restoring vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids) and powerful acids, this toner works to gently decongest problem pores for ultra-smooth, radiant skin. Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner, £14 Glow Recipe

Be Body Beautiful

It may be easier to hide dull, dry skin under layers when the weather cools, but make sure your limbs are toned, supple and tanned for your festive frolics.

Dead Sea Salt

Itchy and twitchy? High-grade magnesium, calcium and potassium in these bath salts instantly restore and rebalance irritated skin whilst vitamin-rich green algae boosts cell renewal. Perfect for a pre-party soak. Dead Sea Salt, £5.50 Westlab

 Body Glow

For a silky all-over glow or to highlight your favourite features, this pearlescent moisturiser will leave skin with a stunning, smooth, glass-like glow. Body Glow, £25 REFY

Bum Bum Body Scrub

Your starting point is a good exfoliator to remove dead skin cells, boost circulation and get a glow on. We love. Bum Bum Body Scrub, £39 Sol de Janeiro

Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream

Very dry skin needs special care and this quick-absorbing formula with hyaluronic acid delivers long-lasting hydration, and is even great on the most sensitive of skins. Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream, £4.99 Neutrogena

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