When we think about getting ready for Christmas, we usually think of our overflowing to-do list — order the turkey, get the tree up and so forth. But throughout all the festive chaos, we often to forget to take care of ourselves. Looking our best helps us feel our best, which is why pampering is an excellent way to practice self-care this holiday season. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 10 relaxation and beauty services to get you Christmas ready this year.
1. Get your nails done
With Christmas being peak social season, you’ll likely be dressing up more often. Having chipped, brittle nails can quickly detract from the otherwise gorgeous festive look you’ve put together for that Christmas party. Meanwhile, getting a professional manicure or pedicure can help you put your best foot (or hand!) forward! ProfessioNAIL, Everlast Nails and Olive's Silk Nails have a range of affordable nail options to help you get that polished look. Whether it’s an express mani/pedi, glamorous acrylics or a long-lasting gel or SNL set, there’s something to fit every need and lifestyle. You can even ask your nail technician for some festive nail art, so you can really get into that Christmas spirit!
2. Refresh your hair
There’s no better way to feel like your best self this Christmas than with a fresh new hairdo. Booking in for that cut, colour and blow-dry can help instantly revamp for your look for summer — plus, it means you’ll beat the New Year rush! Even just booking in for a wash and treatment can help you revive your hair and give you a little relaxation time. Whether you’re after beachy waves, an up-do or sleek, straight look, your hairstylist can help you achieve that ‘wow’ factor for your Christmas party.
3. Shake up your makeup
At Christmas time, you’ll likely feel like you want to venture outside your usual beauty routine and do something fun with your makeup. However, trying to follow along with beauty tutorials on YouTube can often end in a messy disaster — causing you to have to start all over again! Getting your makeup done professionally can help you get your ideal Christmas party makeup. From a smoky eye to a golden goddess aesthetic, a pro makeup artist can help you achieve that head-turning look.
4. Bliss out with a massage
Let’s be honest — Christmas can be quite a busy and stressful time. Between finishing the end-of-year deadlines at work and deciding what to cook at Christmas lunch, there’s a lot to think about. Why not be proactive about your self-care by booking in a relaxing massage. It’s a great way to manage your stress levels and reduce some of the body aches and stiffness can arise at this time of year. Plus, it’s an hour or so you get completely to yourself, with no distractions or responsibilities to attend to! Booking in a massage can also be a great pick-me-up during a busy day of Christmas shopping — after all, carrying those heavy shopping bags can be tough on your body!
5. Defuzz with a wax
The weather is heating up and the jeans and jumpers are going into storage. With more of our body seeing the light of day, many of us find ourselves de-fuzzing more often. However, having to constantly shave in the shower can be time-consuming and annoying — not to mention, disposable razors aren’t great for the environment. Going in for a wax can be a quick and cost-effective alternative. The result? You can enjoy your festive season without having to waste precious time thinking about hair removal!
6. Or opt for laser hair removal
Want to do hair removal to get Christmas ready, but find waxing a little awkward or uncomfortable? Laser is a great alternative. It’s completely non-invasive, safe and painless, using light to gently prevent follicle hair growth. No plucking, pulling or ripping involved! However, one thing to be aware of with laser is that it’s more of a long-term option than waxing. It generally takes a few sessions to completely prevent hair growth in that area — but once it’s gone, it’s gone for good! Most clinics allow you to buy a pack of laser sessions in bulk to make it more affordable.
7. Get a facial
With so many events on, we tend to wear more makeup during the holiday season. Creating the perfect base for Christmas beauty looks begins with healthy, glowing skin. While using at-home products works well in the long-term, the fastest way to get there is with a facial. Your aesthetician will work with you to determine your specific skin type (for example, dry and dull, or oily and acne-prone) and curate a combination of products to target your specific needs. Not only will your facial help prepare the skin for summer, but you’ll also walk out with an instant, just-back-from-holidays glow. The fact that getting a facial is extremely relaxing is a nice added.
8. Level up your lashes
Red lips are lovely and glowy cheeks are gorgeous. But nothing takes your Christmas makeup look to the next level like some va-va voom eyelashes. Lash grooming has come a long way in Australia recently and there are now many different options to fit your needs. If you’re after something low maintenance, a lash lift curls your natural lashes and gives the illusion of more length. A lash tint can also be applied to darken the lashes, so you don’t need to wear mascara — perfect for those no-fuss beach days! If you’re after something a little more glam, eyelashes extensions are an excellent choice. Depending on which type you go for, these can give a natural boost or a dramatic, doe-eyed look.
9. Beautify your brows
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, eyebrows are the curtains that frame them. Having groomed and symmetrical eyebrows can instantly make you look more polished and put-together—which can work in your favour in all those Christmas party photos! Eyebrows aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution, and your friendly brow artist will work with you to create a look that perfectly fits your face. The options range from a quick brow tidy, a tint and wax or threading for a more natural solution. Permanent eyebrow tattooing is another option if you really want to take your brows to the next level.
10. Glow up with a spray tan
We’re entering the hottest time of year, which naturally means more time spent at the beach. But while summer is synonymous with a sun-kissed glow, roasting in the sun isn’t the best way to achieve it. Excessive sun exposure can not only prematurely age the skin, but also heightens your risk of skin cancer. At the same time, at-home fake tanning can be time-consuming and messy. Who has time to sit around waiting for their tan to dry when there’s Christmas presents to buy and parties to plan? Getting a spray tan at a salon is a quick and sun-safe solution. Most salons now have a range of natural tanning solutions, free from chemical nasties. It generally only takes around 15-20 minutes to have the tan applied, and many solutions develop in as little as an hour — meaning you can get back to your to-do list!
The festive season is a time to be enjoyed by all, and that includes you! So, don't forget to let your hair down this festive season and make time for some well-deserved R&R. By booking in for one of these relaxation and beauty services, you’ll look and feel Christmas ready.