The ultimate post-festive detox that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed going into 2019

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  • We're all familiar with that post-Christmas crash.

    Mountains of chocolate, countless portions of leftovers and a few too many mulled wines can make that feeling of joy and contentment quickly turn sour – leaving you feeling tired and lethargic.

    But detox doesn’t have to mean diet. There’s nothing wrong with a little (or a lot!) of indulgence during the festive period, so if you do find yourself feeling sluggish, here are our top wellbeing tips to reset yourself for 2019…

    Practice some yoga

    You’ll be surprised at the instantly refreshing effects of some gentle sun salutations and poses. If you’re a yoga newbie, try a YouTube tutorial – Yoga With Adriene has some great beginner tutorials, and a positive and inclusive attitude. In fact, if you’re feeling a little bloated after one too many helpings of turkey, you can aid digestion with just ten to fifteen minutes of stretching! Namasté to that…

    Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

    Make it your aim to drink two litres of water a day. Fill up a litre bottle and keep sipping – before you know it you’ll need to refill it. After heavy eating and drinking our bodies can easily become dehydrated, so it’s important to replenish our stores; you’ll find you feel clearer and brighter, too.

    Veg out

    Rather than worrying about cutting ‘bad’ things out, a far healthier outlook is to think about adding ‘good’ things in. Try to include an extra portion of vegetables with your meals – some tenderstem broccoli, roasted in the oven with garlic and olive oil, is delicious and fresh, and will make a great accompaniment to most festive meals.

    Treat your skin

    If the busy party season threw your skincare routine out the window, chances are your complexion will be looking dull and dry. A sheet mask will give instant glow and moisture – try the Soap & Glory Bright + Beautiful Radiance-Boosting Mask for a quick boost without breaking the budget. If you’re experiencing sugar-induced breakouts, keep your product routine gentle and non-fussy. Apply a Skyn Iceland Blemish Dot to any stubborn areas – it will bring the congestion to the surface!

    Product refresh

    New year, new makeup bag? Perhaps – there’s nothing like refreshing your product stash to feel like you’ve completely changed up your look. Make swaps rather than brand-new purchases: a cream blush rather than a powder will give a fresh and dewy look for the new year (try Illamasqua’s Zygomatic shade, a pretty muted pink), while a tinted moisturiser over a heavy foundation will feel soft and light. We love the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream, which blends seamlessly and hydrates as it goes.

    Which will you be trying out in the new year?

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