Reunion dinner. Visiting relatives and friends. Treating yourself to your favourite cookies. Chinese New Year is all about the good times. But all that frenetic activity and constant snacking can take a toll on your skin leaving it feeling stressed and tired. We’ve rounded up five ways to pamper your skin to keep it clear, radiant and glowing.
Problem: Your pores feel clogged with all the heavy duty makeup you’ve been wearing
Pampering solution: You definitely want to look your best for Chinese New Year and sometimes that means piling on the makeup. To keep your pores refined and clear, turn your cleansing routine into a ritual, taking the time to massage in your makeup remover to ensure you take it all off. A gentle but effective cleanser is the improved Fancl MCO Mild Cleansing oil ($30 for 120ml) that dissolves long-wear makeup – including mascara and matte lipsticks – for a complete cleanse.
Problem: Your skin feels dry and dehydrated
Pampering solution: Indulging in grandma’s pineapple tarts, bakwa, dumplings and spring rolls can leave your skin feeling dehydrated and looking a bit flaky by the end of the day. Kick back and relax with a hydrating mask that will replenish lost moisture and soothe dry patches. Try a sheet mask like the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask ($127 for six) that will lock-in hydration and leave your skin plump, glowing and ready for the next day of visiting.
Problem: Your skin is looking dull and tired
Pampering solution: Spending the entire day out and about visiting relatives can leave you feeling exhausted and your skin looking lacklustre. What you need is some time out with a clay mask that will gently slough off dead skin to restore radiance while also nourishing your skin. Perk up your complexion with the Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Exfoliating mask ($35) that will exfoliate while also soothing and reducing puffiness thanks to rosehip and chamomile.
Problem: You’ve got bags under your eyes
Pampering solution: Tucking into all the goodies without drinking enough water will cause you to look puffy around the eyes and face. Chill an eye mask like the Mamonde Camellia Anti-Ageing Eye Care Patch ($20 for five) in the refrigerator while getting ready and apply it to your under eyes as you do your eye makeup for the day. The cold will help constrict blood vessels reducing puffiness, and the camellia extract helps rejuvenate tired under-eye skin.
Problem: You feel a breakout coming on
Pampering solution: The visiting, constant snacking, late nights and run-ins with kaypoh relatives during this period can send your stress levels through the roof causing your skin to act out. Tackle any existing breakouts and prevent new ones with a mask or spot treatment that features a mix of AHA and BHA to tackle spots from within and without. Beauty insiders swear by the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment ($110), a potent mix of six acids that will slay any breakouts big and small for smooth, clear skin.