Have you kickstarted your pre-party beauty countdown yet? Whether you’re dialling up the glam for those Christmas get-togethers, a New Year’s Eve party or even a winter wedding, you’ll know that beauty prep is all part of the fun. It’s official: getting ready is the new going out. You can keep it simple with your favourite makeup look, or go all-out with at-home and in-clinic treatments. And, personally? We prefer the latter for the festive season, every. single. time.
There’s no better base for party makeup than freshly-scrubbed, hydrated, glowing skin. The kind so positively radiant, you hardly even need a highlighter. Here, we’re breaking down the best pre-party beauty tips to unlock that level of luminosity. From instant skin boosters to long-lasting pore plumpers, we’ve got your perfect Christmas prep covered…
At Least Four to Six Weeks Before a Party: Profhilo and LED
For a flawless party season beauty look, start your prep right now with a radiance boost. Profhilo is your perfect pick. Known as ‘the injectable moisturiser’ it floods parched skin and fine lines with wrinkle-filling hyaluronic acid, which lends an instant glow that looks better as the weeks go by. By week four post-treatment, you’ll have that ‘spent a month at a yoga retreat’ radiance. Plus, it’s ultra natural-looking; no one will know you’ve plumped for an injectable. You can even use it to smooth skin on your body, from the décolletage to the knees (ideal for that plunging mini).
Alongside a round of Profhilo, we recommend dialling up (or kicking off) your facials. The Fire & Ice Facial combines two hard-working treatments that purify, smooth and amplify that glow. First, there’s the ‘Fire’, a tingly peel that dissolves dead skin cells with a potent release of retinol, glycolic acid and niacinamide. Then, the ‘Ice’ cools and soothes your complexion to leave skin resplendent in healthy radiance.
Meanwhile, if you’re intrigued by LED light therapy for skin, now is the time to give it a go. Team your facial with red light LED to encourage the production of collagen, which keeps skin looking fresh and taut. If getting rid of acne is your goal, you can also try blue light LED, which helps to calm the sudden flare-ups that often happen when festive fatigue hits. Start four to six weeks pre-party, and team your treatments with a Visia Skin Analysis, which allows your Mallucci practitioner to assess the starting condition of your skin. Come in every one to two weeks for regular facial and LED top-ups, and your final Visia Skin Analysis will show just how far your skin has progressed. (The glow will give it away, too.)
12-24 Hours Pre-Party: Aquagold and Oxygen
Loved by the A-list; AquaGold is the very same treatment Kim Kardashian turned to when getting prepped for the 2019 Met Gala. It uses 24 carat gold-plated micro-needles – finer than a human hair – to push a Mesotherapy cocktail of hyaluronic acid and growth factors into your skin. Equipped with plumping power, this cocktail lends an instantly healthy look, while the delicate needles ensure there’s no bruising or swelling. Ideal for a last-minute pre-party pick-me-up.
If you want radiance that’s needle-free, finish up your course of Fire & Ice Facials with an Oxygen Facial, which sees a concentrated stream of O2 targeted at tired-looking skin. A session can take up to an hour, but it’s one of the most relaxing party season beauty treatments around, lulling you into a sense of calm as your pores are immersed in nourishing molecules. Plus, the collagen boost it triggers is second to none. Try it on the day before or morning of a big event, and your makeup will glide on like a dream. (Although you might not need it.)
On the Day Of the Party: Hydrating Sheet Masks
No matter what in-clinic treatment you’ve booked in for – a facial, an injectable or LED – you’d be remiss not to enhance the effects at home with a serum-soaked sheet mask. Choose one that’s pillowy, plush and glow-enhancing, and apply it any time; morning, night or just before you put on your makeup. You can even use it while you’re soaking in the bath, as the steam will open up your pores, so the nourishing ingredients are better absorbed. Once you’ve removed the sheet, pat the remaining serum down and leave it on your skin. Then, when it comes time to do your makeup, apply a thin layer of the ZO Hydrating Crème over the top.
Your skin will be positively gleaming all season long.
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