Your Christmas beauty regime starts NOW!



15:31 GMT, 22 November 2012

With a month to go before Christmas, there is still time to make sure you look and feel fabulous this festive season. The main thing is to avoid last-minute panics when, quite frankly, we all have enough to do. I asked the experts what can be done right now…

GOAL: Radiant, Glowing Skin

The expert:
Sarah Chapman, whose High Definition Facial (130) is almost as famous
as her client list, which includes Queen Rania of Jordan, Naomi Watts
and Jemma Kidd.

She says:
Facial massage every other day is unbeatable for getting an instant
glow. Use your knuckles (held in loose fists) and finger tips to roll,
knead and drum life back into your skin.

Festive beauty: Have your started your Christmas beauty regime

Festive beauty: Have your started your Christmas beauty regime

These movements stimulate lymphatic drainage on puffy complexions and boost the vital supply of oxygen and nutrients to the skin. Massage used in combination with your skincare products increases their performance.

High Definition Facial, 130, Sarah Chapman

High Definition Facial, 130, Sarah Chapman

Once a week, try a mask (Skinesis Instant Miracle Mask, 38 for four, SpaceNK) to brighten, clarify and lift skin.

Layering a serum underneath a face mask packs an added punch.

You can make your own nourishing mask using a mixture of honey, a dash of olive oil and natural yogurt or avocado.

Or mix together some yogurt and large oatmeal flakes for an exfoliating at-home peel.

BEST TIP: For a cooling, de-puffing and revitalising treatment straight from your kitchen, pour a small amount of water into a balloon, leave in your freezer and simply wrap in a cloth and roll all over the face before you apply your make-up.

It ends up looking like a giant icecube sausage. This mini treatment will de-puff and bring an instant rosy glow.


The expert: Daniel Galvin Junior, an award-winning colourist whose clients include Kelly Brook, Holly Valance and Amanda Holden.

Daniel Galvin Junior Organics Hair Repair & Gloss, 4.49,

Daniel Galvin Junior Organics Hair Repair & Gloss, 4.49,

He says: The most important things to focus on are detoxifying and nourishing the hair.

An Organic Bespoke Detox Hair Treatment and blowdry at my Belgravia salon costs 100, but you can do an at-home treatment by mixing a quarter of a tablespoon of vitamin C powder, the same amount of cider vinegar and half a cup of hot water to freshly washed hair for a deep cleanse.

You can also deep condition your hair at
home with a detox mask (try Daniel Galvin Junior Organics Hair Repair
& Gloss, 4.49,

applying a hair mask at home, gently warm a hand towel in the microwave
and wrap it around the hair for 20 minutes — the heat intensifies the
treatment, helping it last around three weeks.

Remember, if you’re planning a haircut or colour before Christmas, book appointments now before salons get booked up.

If you are going to try an up-do over the party season, start
practising a week before and go through ‘dry runs’ to figure out how
long it will take and to avoid any pitfalls.


The expert: Skincare specialist Nichola Joss, whose A-list clients include Zoe Ball, Elle Macpherson and Tilda Swinton.

He says: The
skin on your decolletage is really delicate, so be gentle with it. You
don’t need special products for that area; use the same ones you use on
your face.

Cleanse, tone and moisturise your face twice a day and include your neck and chest.

facial toner on the area really helps tighten the skin. Always apply
plenty of moisturiser with an SPF during the day — even in the winter

St Tropez Gold Skin Illuminator, 10, John Lewis

St Tropez Gold Skin Illuminator, 10, John Lewis

The Sanctuary Sctive Reverse Lipid Recovery Facial Oil, 22, Boots

The Sanctuary Sctive Reverse Lipid Recovery Facial Oil, 22, Boots

Before bedtime, substitute facial oil for moisturiser, which will hydrate more deeply (try The Sanctuary Active Reverse Lipid Recovery Facial Oil, 22, Boots).

Skin in this area is too sensitive for exfoliation, but to make skin look plumper and more radiant, apply a firming mask twice a week.

BEST TIP: Disguising crepey skin with deep lines on your chest area is difficult.

Don’t apply foundation to the area — it will simply sit in the grooves, which can be ageing. Instead, try using an illuminator (St Tropez Gold Skin Illuminator, 10, mixed in with your day cream. It gives the impression of more radiant skin.


The expert: Cosmetic dermatologist Dr Veronique Simon, whose clients include actresses Charlotte Rampling and Catherine Deneuve.

Nivea Cream, 1.15, Superdrug

Nivea Cream, 1.15, Superdrug

She says: If you are considering Botox (where small injections are applied locally to facial muscles and temporarily paralyse them to reduce fine lines and wrinkles) or fillers (where substances like hyaluronic acid are injected into deeper lines to plump them out) before Christmas, this is the best time to have them, as you may need at least a one-week healing period after these treatments.

To aid healing, I recommend Arnica Cream — try Nelsons Arnica Cream, (5.05, Holland & Barrett), which minimises any light bruising.

As a rejuvenating treatment, I recommend mesotherapy. This involves several small injections to the face that contain a cocktail of youth-boosting vitamins and plumping hyaluronic acid to improve the quality of the skin.

The effects can be seen after one treatment, but have a couple of sessions two to three weeks apart for best results.

BEST TIP: I always recommend my clients follow three rules: peel — I prefer micropeel, which is deep peeling to eliminate dead skin and promote collagen production (Simontherapie Gold Acid Free Micropeel, 120,; hydrate — choose something extremely hydrating such as Nivea Creme (1.15, Superdrug); and protect — guard the skin against free radicals with a good dose of antioxidants from a diet rich in fruit and vegetables.



Bourjois 2-in-1 Tweezer and False Lash Applicator, 4.99, Boots

If you struggle to apply false lashes, try Bourjois 2-in-1 Tweezer and False Lash Applicator (4.99, Boots). The curved edge makes it easier to use than a normal pair of tweezers.

If you are a beginner, try mini lashes just on the outer corners of your eyes. Bourjois Lady In Black lashes (7.99, Superdrug) are perfect for the party season and can be used up to four times.

A good tip when applying false lashes is to let the glue go tacky before sticking them on.

Look down into a hand mirror and place the curve of the tweezers in the corner of your eye.


Autograph's 7 Steps To A Party Look, 15, marks & Spencer

The trouble with many make-up gift sets is you often get garish lipsticks and eye-shadows you would never wear.

This limited-edition set contains seven mini products, all in flattering, grown-up shades that will sit happily in your make-up bag once the festive season is over.

Autograph’s ‘7 Steps To A Party Look’ (15, Marks & Spencer) includes a dark magenta quick-dry nail polish, Ultimate Shine Lip Gloss in Champagne, Pure Colour eye-shadow duo in Sand/Gunmetal, Liquid Glow Illuminator in Natural, Pure Colour powder blush in Pale Blush and a tiny black mascara.

It has been produced as a gift box, with advent calendar-style doors that you open to reveal the products.


Mavala's Scientifique Nail Hardener, 6.50, John Lewis

For a quick nail fix, buffing your nails is a great way to get a healthy pink colour and natural shine.

If your nails are thin and flaking, nail expert Lynn Gray recommends applying Mavala’s Scientifique Nail Hardener (6.50, John Lewis) to the centre of the nail once a week to help seal nails. ‘Use in the run up to the party season to strengthen and prevent breakages,’ she advises.

‘Use a nail cream every day — again, Mavala have one I like. Massage a tiny amount on to the base or matrix of the nail (the hidden part under the cuticle at the base of the fingernail).

‘This will add essential moisture to ensure healthy growth.’