New Year's Eve is just around the corner, and before you know it, we'll be gathering to ring in 2017. Ensure you look your best on the big night by beginning your beauty plan now. Count down to the real countdown with at-home self-care steps that will leave you looking a more refreshed, more radiant, more ravishing you.
The holidays have a way of taking their toll on everyone each year—leaving you feeling bloated from bountiful buffets, puffy from the salty foods and late nights, and a bit softer since giving up our strict health-conscious diets and workout regimens for cozier comforts. Fortunately, five days is all you need to reverse the effects of the holiday break and get back on track to start the New Year looking and feeling your best.
Keep scrolling to study up on our five-day beauty plan to look amazing by New Year's Eve.
Day 1: Reset Your Body
In addition to getting back into your regular fitness schedule and getting your stomach used to its normal meal sizes sans holiday feasts, you can reset your body and get to detoxing with simple at-home steps.
Dry brushing not only unlocks beautiful, beaming skin but can also help boost circulation and lymphatic drainage to flush toxins from the body. Do it right before you shower, gently massaging the dry brush in circular motions, sloughing off dead skin. Once you've rinsed, be sure to replenish your skin with a moisturizer, especially one with SPF if it's anywhere exposed to the elements.
It's recommended that you dry brush around twice a week, so if you kick off your beauty plan with some dry brushing, feel free to sneak in another session before New Year's Eve. In addition to its detoxing effects, you're guaranteed to see its immediate results—silky-smooth skin.
Day 2: Give Your Locks New Life
The right hair mask can bring your hair back to life, quenching and restoring overworked, overprocessed, and dried-out strands. Winter months are especially problematic for hair. Cold temperatures and harsh weather leave your locks dry and frazzled, and the incessant styling sessions and product buildup brought about by back-to-back holiday parties aren't doing your hair any favors either.
A few days before New Year's Eve, treat your tresses to a restorative hair mask. You'll want to do the mask a few days in advance of the big night so if your hair ends up a bit more weighed down than usual in the aftermath, your strands have the time and washes to get back to their regular body while still benefiting from the locked-in moisture and added shine.
Day 3: Save Face
Of course the place that deserves the most pampering in preparation for New Year's Eve is your face. While you're unwinding from the holiday hubbub, treat yourself to a sheet mask that targets oily skin and tightens pores. This added at-home spa treatment combined with regular cleansing, gentle exfoliation, and application of oils to boost moisture and combat winter weather will ensure your face looks as fresh as ever come the 31st. There's no better canvas for your NYE beauty look that smooth, healthy, hydrated skin.
Day 4: Nail It
Whether you opt for a manicure or not, make sure your nails are as gorgeous as ever with a little tender, loving care from the comforts of your home. Cold weather can leave skin cracked and nails brittle, so be sure to include a hand cream in your everyday moisturizing routine and take care of your nails and cuticles with a quality oil. As tempting as it may be, stay away from cuticle cutters, and don't even think about pulling at hangnails. The best at-home remedy is regular moisturizing and letting your hands heal themselves.
Day 5: Break a Sweat
As you ease back into your fitness routine after the break, it may be tempting to ditch a day come New Year's Eve to focus on preparing for the evening's festivities. But if you want to look your very best while counting down to 2017, you'll want to hit the gym—or wherever you break a sweat—a few hours before your party. Exercising will get your blood flowing and boost your mood, leaving you with that post-workout glow even the best bronzer and highlighter can't possibly re-create.
Head to the comments to share your plans for ringing in the New Year!