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Your festive season glow-giving tool kit

The festive season is fast approaching, and with it comes late nights, a packed out social calendar and perhaps one too many glasses of bubbly — all of which can take their toll on your skin.

But fear not; get ahead by arming yourself with an arsenal of glow-giving superheroes that will stop dull, tired, dehydrated skin in its tracks. Here’s what we recommend…

Sunday Riley 5 Star Retinoid Niacinamide Eye Serum

An ultra-potent eye cream

Dark circles and puffy eyes are a tell-tale sign that you’ve been burning the candles at both ends. Try Sunday Riley’s {5 Stars Retinoid + Niacinamide Eye Serum}. The serum is powered by a 6% retinoid complex — but don’t worry, that’s not a recipe for irritated eyes. The complex uses 5% retinoid ester (which is much more gentle on skin, without sacrificing efficacy) alongside liposome-encapsulated retinol (an exceptionally stable form of retinol). Together with niacinamide this works to brighten, smooth and hydrate the delicate skin around your peepers.

A green smoothie for your skin

Just because your December diet consists of mince pies, Quality Street and copious amounts of mulled wine, that doesn’t mean your skin can’t still be getting its 5-a-day. Skingredients’ {Skin Veg Serum} is packed with hydrating heavyweight hyaluronic acid as well as all manner of fruit and vegetable extracts — including broccoli extract, tomato extract and radish root extract — to nourish skin with a much-needed dose of antioxidants.

An irritation-free moisturiser 

You probably already know that the answer to a compromised skin barrier is to soothe, soothe and soothe some more. But if you’re piling on ultra-hydrating creams and oils with reckless abandon, you run the risk of blocking pores and causing breakouts — particularly if you struggle with oily or acne-prone skin. Peace Out’s {Repairing Moisturiser} is a great option instead: lightweight but exceptionally nourishing, it’s packed with bakuchiol to refine pores, and ceramides to nurse your skin barrier back to health.

Youth To The People - Mandelic Acid + Superfood Unity Exfoliant

A superfood solution

All the acids — none of the irritation. That’s the theory behind Youth To The People’s  {Mandelic Acid + Superfood Unity Exfoliant}, which uses a potent-yet-gentle cocktail of three different acids to clear and smooth skin while boosting cell turnover. We’re talking 3% Mandelic Acid (an AHA), 2% Salicylic Acid (a BHA) and 1% Gluconolactone (a PHA). And because it’s as essential to apply your greens as it is to eat them, this is all supplemented with a superfood blend of kale, spinach and green tea extracts to plump up skin beautifully.

A gently exfoliating toner

Congested skin is the enemy of a natural, lit-from-within glow — which is why you need a gentle (never irritating) toner to dislodge any build up of oil, dirt and make up from pores while also smoothing fine lines. Biossance’s {Squalane + BHA Pore Minimising Toner} does all that (thank you, naturally exfoliating willowbark extract) while also offering thirsty skin a glug of hydration, courtesy of added squalane.

A thirst-quenching serum

Shots, shots, shots! Yep, everyone’s favourite indulgence is just as much at home in your skin care routine as it is at the bar. A little different from your festive tequila slammers, Sweet Chef’s {Celery Juice + Hyaluronic Acid Serum Shot} is all about pumping your skin full of hydration to keep it soft and supple. In fact, hyaluronic acid is famed for its ability to hold many, many times its own weight in moisture, which is pulled into the skin to plump up and smooth your complexion. All that, and no sore head the next day? It’s a Christmas miracle.

A double whammy

When you’re beginning to feel a little festive fatigue (and your skin’s starting to show it too), turn to KORA Organics’ {Turmeric Glow Collection}. Combining an impressive mask-and-moisturiser duo, this kit promises to exfoliate, brighten and replenish skin’s moisture levels in just two-steps. It’s all thanks to the power of turmeric, which has been used to naturally detoxify and soothe skin for hundreds of years. Apply the mask for 5 to 15 minutes before following up with the nourishing moisturiser — and prepare to glow, glow, glow.

Chloe Lawrance

Chloe Lawrance

Senior Copywriter

Chloe is a Copywriter at Cult Beauty. She is a skin care fanatic and you can normally find her dispensing advice and recommendations to just about anybody that will listen (her cardinal rules? SPF daily; just say ‘no’ to face wipes; there’s no such thing as too much hydration). Chloe’s perfect day would be spent laying in the sun, a book in one hand and a cocktail (one spicy margarita, please) in the other. However, living in East London, the most she can usually hope for is sneaking 20 minutes with her Kindle and a pint in a pub garden.