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Beauty talk: how to ban festive breakouts

Beauty talk: how to ban festive breakouts

Written by Katie Byrne

Ladies! Have a blemish-free Christmas with these top tips for gorgeous skin, all winter-long

Over the winter season the vitality of our skin is hampered by harsh weather conditions, soaring central heating temperatures and overindulging. If you are prepping for the party season and suffer from untimely annoying breakouts just before the holidays, we have four top tips on how to prevent or manage a zit disaster so it won’t ruin your seasonal snaps.

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Ditch the alcohol (in your skincare!)

To celebrate the festivities many enjoy a drink over the Christmas period may it be creamy eggnog, splash of baileys or a tipple of port. However it is the alcohol in your skincare you need to keep an eye on as well as the units you're drinking! Alcohol is a stringent ingredient used in a lot of skincare products, many specifically for oily skin types, which tightens the skin as it strips away the skin’s natural oils.

If you are suffering from a spot, the last thing you want is to put any ingredients to make your skin dry up and aggravate them any more. Instead look for a moisturising and calming skin remedy that contains essential oils as these contain vitamins and antioxidants that will heal any distressed areas of the skin.

Nutritionist Cassandra Barns advises: “For a more even complexion go for anti-inflammatory properties in your skincare such as a combination of essential oils like Tea Tree, Aloe Vera and Myrrh.” What Skin Needs Soothing Skin Gel (£9.99, is a light textured moisturiser which contains soothing essential oils to help calm down any irritated acne prone skin.

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Work out what makes them appear

If you find you repeatedly get spots on certain areas of your face, your skin may be telling you something. Some people only suffer spots on their chin or forehead for example. Each spot that surfaces on a different area appears for different reasons.

Generally any breakouts on the forehead indicate it is your diet that is causing your spots by consuming too much sugar or fat. If it is your chin area that finds a crop of zits this is most likely due to stress and hormones. Once you identify where you frequently get your break outs this will help you resolve what areas in your lifestyle need adapting for better skin.

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Swap your gingerbread latte for a green juice

Hot chocolates, lattes and Irish cream tipples may be tempting but laced with skyrocket levels of sugar, which plays havoc with your skin. This is because when your body digests sugar this causes glycation, which attacks your collagen’s structure and worsens acne. To keep spots at bay look for plenty of skin-loving antioxidants in your drinks such as blueberries, spinach and grapefruit.

To match your drink to your Christmas tree pop a spoonful of Nature’s Plus Ultra Green Juice Powder (£29.25, in your juice, smoothie or water to help your skin replenish from the inside. The supplement is packed full of green fruit and vegetables including organic spirulina, chlorella, Canadian kelp and Irish moss.

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Keep make-up brushes clean

Many women that wear make-up on a daily basis neglect washing their make-up brushes after they use them. Although some may find it a hassle, make-up brushes that brush against your skin’s surface harbor bacteria from your natural oils and dirt. If you repeatedly use these brushes over and over without cleaning them they will spread the bacteria all over your face causing your skin to break out.

To clean brushes simply pump a small amount of gentle anti-bacterial hand wash on your finger. Janjira’s natural Thai Lime & Ginger Hand Wash (£12.00, is an excellent anti-bacterial soap gel with a gorgeous zesty scent. Rinse your brush under warm water and then swirl in the small dollop of soap on your finger, you should see the excess make-up fall away from the bristles. Rinse your brush and hands again under warm water and dry on a clean towel, make-up wipe or sheet of toilet paper.

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