3 Beauty rituals to restore calm this silly season

Dec 4, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. ET

Christmas parties, family get-togethers, countless catch-ups with friends and colleagues — it might be the most wonderful time of the year, but Christmas is also the busiest.

Take time to relax
woman with face mask

Take some time out for yourself and de-stress with these regular beauty rituals that calm just as well as they cleanse.


Rejuvinate with a calming face mask

Over the silly season you’re likely to be rushing around and squeezing in loads of Christmas catch-ups, and as a result, you often neglect your nutrition. This can impact your overall energy levels and also the appearance of your hair and skin, which is when an all-natural face mask can come in handy.

What you need:

The ingredients you need depend on your skin type and what you want to achieve — for instance, honey is ideal to soothe and calm sunburnt skin, while oatmeal is ideal to cleanse and revitalise a tired complexion. Whatever your skin concerns, you’ll generally be able to dig around for a few ingredients from within your kitchen to create your own calming DIY face mask.


Relax in a bubble bath

Okay, it’s no new concept, but setting aside 30 minutes for a relaxing, uninterrupted bath is something that many of us talk about but few of us actually do!

What you need:

For maximum enjoyment, you need a glossy magazine, something sweet to snack on (choc-dipped fruit is the ideal naughty-but-nice treat) and something bubbly to sip on. And by bubbles, we of course mean the best kind — those light, fizzy bubbles that froth up your champagne flute! Pregnant or non-drinkers can substitute genuine champers for an alternative like Edenvale non-alcoholic bubbles, or a sparkly mineral water. A few soapy bubbles for the water doesn’t hurt either, or settle in with a delicious-smelling bath bomb.


Pamper your feet

This pampering beauty ritual is ideal for the summer celebration season, as it gives you an opportunity to relax and focus on yourself, while also prettying up your tootsies so they sparkle in your best party heels!

What you need:

For a basic pedicure, all you need is nail clippers and a pretty polish. But we recommend you make a girlie afternoon out of it by going for the six-step ritual:

  1. Use toe clippers to trim your toenails, being sure to use the in-built cleaner to remove any dirt and grime from the corners.
  2. Exfoliate your feet with a homemade scrub in the bath or a bowl of hot water.woman giving herself a pedicure
  3. Once patted dry, use a pumice to remove any dead skin from around the sides and soles of your feet.
  4. Slather a rich foot cream all over your feet and ankles.
  5. Spritz with a minty foot spray.
  6. Apply a clear basecoat then top with two coats of your favourite nail shade — hot colours this summer include mint green, soft pink and bright shades of citrus and yellow.

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