Everyone wants to be looking good and feeling great on a hen weekend, but sometimes hard partying can take a slight toll on the skin. We spoke to Lindsay Davies at My Personal Sanctuary for some top tips on staying fresh and maintaining flawless skin throughout the hen party.
How to stay looking fresh and glowing during your hen party…
Lemons support your liver and kidneys, and there’s a clear connection between healthy organs and healthy skin. Vitamin C-rich foods such as oranges may help prevent wrinkles, and Milk Thistle is a great tincture to use daily to detox the liver. Magnesium is a vital mineral that your body needs, so adding some Epsom salts to your bath will help your body get what it needs.
Biggest hen party stresses and how to combat them.
Lack of sleep is the number one contributor to feeling burnt out, so sneak in early night before the weekend if you can. We think night time teas and tinctures goes perfectly with pyjamas – & will help to hydrate partied-out skin.
Ideal hen party gifts…
Every home needs one! Scented candles from The White Company or The Neal’s Yard Zen Soto Diffuser – this is a mini humidifier with light changing moods £50. Add your essential oils to the diffuser to fragrance the room.
What would be an ideal daily skincare regime?
The perfect 3 steps to beautiful skin: cleanse, tone and moisturise. These steps suit all types and will keep skin balanced and happy. For normal skin, apply a cleanser to the entire face and neck; dampen a face cloth into a bowl of hot/warm water; squeeze excess water away and place over your face for 30 seconds, then gently remove the cleanser with the cloth and repeat. If your skin is an oily type, replace the cleanser with a face wash. This will leave your skin fresh, soft & clean. Apply your toner either by tapping it on to the skin with your finger tips, or by misting it over the entire face. This will hydrate your skin and is the most important part of the 3 step process. Blot with tissue and apply a moisturiser with both hands. Massage for a few minutes to stimulate blood flow and relax those facial muscles (if your skin type is dry or sensitive, use a warm replenishing facial oil under your moisturiser to help support your skin through the winter months). This routine should be performed twice a day; morning and particularly at night when your skin repairs itself.
How to avoid tension in the back/neck – what are the recommended exercises & massages for the work place?
Support your back, adjust your chair so that your thighs are parallel to the floor, and rest feet flat on floor. Place your screen at eye level, keep your mouse close, and make sure your keyboard is in front of you when typing. Leave a gap of about four to six inches at the front of the desk to rest your wrists between bouts of typing. Wrists should be flat when using a keyboard. Be aware that our bodies are not designed to sit in the same position for hours on end, so give yourself a break and have regular little stretches throughout the day. Muscle tension can lead to stress, which can then have an effect on our lifestyle. Our teams of therapists can visit you in your office and deliver beneficial massage to relieve any built up tension. Benefits can be felt after only 1 or 2 sessions, and regular massage promotes healthier bodies, aids focus and releases serotonin (which makes us smile!).
Top nail care tips?
For healthy nails, regular manicures are a must. Our therapists deliver utterly gorgeous holistic hand and nail treatments to really nourish those hard working hands. We recommend hands are soaked in warm water with bubbles from the NYR citrus hand wash. Then take one hand out and push back and tidy the cuticles, repeat with the other. Gently warm an oil or nail cream onto the nail, massaging each one individually, increasing cell renewal and blood supply to the nail (which helps aid growth). Use a nail buffer to buff and shine each nail, taking care not to buff too much as it can thin the nail (once a week is perfect). Finish this treatment with a hand cream over the hands, leaving them feeling soft and conditioned. This treatment is ideal before bed time as it really allows the products to be completely absorbed.
Winter boosters nourishing Moisturisers, serums and oils
Beat those harsh winter days and protect your skin. We recommend combining your moisturisers with oils and serums. Placing an oil or a serum under moisturiser will give the skin the first aid it needs for nourishment and protection
What are best relaxing smells for the bath?
Lavender is probably one of the most relaxing scents out there, and luckily it’s available in many forms. To lift stressful times, take a long soothing soak with a lavender bubble bath. Or Seaweed and Arnica is a beautiful tonic wonderful for the body as it detoxifies the body and repairs the skin and muscles. These beautiful oils soak into the skins dermis and are a holistic treat for worn out limbs and minds.
Face masks – which are the best for repairing & revitalising skin?
We recommend the award winning Rose Formula Antioxidant Facial Mask. It replenishes the skin with omega-rich oils and purifying pink clay £25.75 50g. Don’t forget to exfoliate skin before you apply a mask, as this will really allow the product to do its job.
What is the quickest way to de-stress?
Drinking lots of water throughout the day is the best thing for us, however red wine is packed with antioxidants that will help keep your skin healthy and protect against free radicals, so at the end of the day it’s nice to enjoy a glass (note we said “a” glass!). A hot soothing bath with relaxing lavender and calming oils is an instant tension reliever, and it’s advised we indulge in a 20min bath before bed at least 3 times a week for the ultimate stress buster. A massage after a bath is ideal for helping to relax muscles, as it aids removal of lactic acid (tension). Always try to drink a glass of water after a massage to replenish your natural water levels. Dehydration can cause headaches.
Best skincare tips for busy days?
Take a moment out of your day to enjoy a steaming mug of white or green tea, both of which can do wonders for your complexion. In addition to adding a blast of hydration to your skin cells, some teas may also assist with anti-aging. Water brightens the complexion and keeps you refreshed, revitalized and focussed.
How to achieve professional nails at home?
A base coat acts as a foundation for nails and will help the polish to go on smoothly and hold properly. Not using one can result in dry, stained nails. A topcoat maintains the high gloss shine of your manicure and adds to its longevity. Apply it every other day to prolong your manicure. If you suffer from dry nails and ridges, use a ridge filler base coat to fill in the gaps and give that perfect professional finish.
The organic homemade body scrub.
For a perfect silky smooth skin, mix in a bowl 2 table spoons of raw bees honey together with 2 table spoons of gorgeous pink Himalayan sea salts (the pink colour comes from the naturally high content of wholesome essential minerals, of which our bodies are made and require for wellbeing). Take a handful of the mixture and massage it all over your body and limbs – let it glide and roll along the surface of the skin and leave for a few minutes allowing the minerals to penetrate. Rinse with warm water and apply a body butter or body lotion to finish.