OK, so now that we are all officially back for the New Year, let's see what we can do to counteract all of the binge eating, drinking, etc that we all know is what makes the holidays the holidays! Fortunately, there are some AMAZING products out there that can bring your skin back to life!!!!
FIRST, you are going to want to stay away from skin-drying peels and masks. In the winter months, dry heat makes skin more sensitive, dry, and in extreme cases, flaky. You are going to want to use a peel or mask that is instead detoxifying and moisturizing. Try,
PHILOSOPHY The Oxygen Peel
I found that this peel is a sure-fire way to improve brightness, texture, and tone...especially if you are experiencing post-holiday breakouts. The special catalase enzyme formula releases a burst of pure oxygen onto the surface of the skin, which clears impurities, and brightens tone. Use three days in a row, and once a week afterwards for maximum brightening. TIP: Use warm water to to rinse off the peel instead of the enclosed spatula if your skin is sensitive!
$50 - Philosophy www.philosophy.com
NEXT, Use a hydrating skin cream with a heavy-dose of antioxidants. Antioxidant power will combat free radicals in the skin and combat sun damage, fatigue from excess partying, and tighten / tone.
EXUVIANCE Ultra Restorative Creme
Formulated with a double dose of antioxidants, and polyhydroxy acids (PHA's) which are the next generation of the amazingly beneficial alphahydroxy acids (AHA's). TIP: This creme is very thick, and a little goes a long way. I recommend warming between palms before applying to the face!
$45 - Neo Strata www.neostrata.com
THEN, Use a complexion enhancer serum with light-reflecting properties. This will create an instant glow and combat that winter "grey" face look. I really like..
OSMOTICS Inner Light Instant Complexion Enhancer
Whether used over moisturizer, or mixed with your foundation, this serum bounces light away from fine lines and wrinkles, creating the instant appearance of a youthful glow, which is key to combat your post-holiday fatigue.
$35 - Osmotics Cosmeceuticals www.osmotics.com
LAST..as with any skincare routine, apply a good quality sunscreen like
BIOELEMENTS Sun Diffusing Protector
With 5 sunscreens to provide SPF 15 UVA and UVB protection.
$50 - Bioelements www.bioelements.com
Also, remember that the skin repairs itself while you sleep, so make sure to use a good quality restorative night cream as part of your post-holiday recovery!!