how to take care of your skin during the festive party season

Are you ready to party?

I can’t wait for the festive party season to start, but… my skin is dreading it. Gobbling on panettone, sipping a sparkling cocktail, and dancing the night away is going to be a lot of fun.

But, the next morning, I know I’ll wake up to gigantic dark circles under my eyes. Chances are my skin will look super dull. And, because bad things always come in three, a pimple may found its sneaky way on my nose, too.

Not this time. This year, I’m determined to prevent all that stuff from happening to my skin. This year I’m gonna party in style AND rock my best skin ever.

Will you join me? I hope so. Here’s our plan:

1. Hydrate Your Skin To Keep It Supple

Cold, harsh winter weather + alcohol = seriously dry and dehydrated skin.

If, unlike this boring teetotaller, you find it hard not to indulge in a tasty Cosmopolitan or Margaritas at Christmas parties, at least have a glass or two of water, as well. That’ll balance out the alcohol and keep your skin well-hydrated.

Another trick is to use serums and moisturizers with hyaluronic acid, an hydration hero that attracts and binds to the skin up to 1000 times its weight in water. Your skin will never be thirsty again.

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Related: Why You Should Add Hyaluronic Acid To Your Skincare Routine

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2. Keep Your Lips Soft & Kissable

Cold weather and alcohol are an even deadlier combination for your skin. Keep them kissable by applying lip balm regularly throughout the day. My favourite ones are rich in oils or shea butter: they create a barrier on the lips that prevents moisture loss and keeps lips soft and smooth.

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Related: 5 Tips To Treat And Prevent Chapped Lips

the ordinary glycolic acid toning solution

3. Exfoliate To Make Your Skin Glow

A bright, glowy complexion is the perfect base for makeup. And it’s so easy to achieve. You just need to exfoliate a few times a week.

I do it with glycolic acid, which can also hydrate skin and boost collagen productionIf you have oily skin, opt for salicylic acid. It can penetrate inside the pores, keeping breakouts, and the excess oil that causes them, at bay.

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Related: Glycolic Acid VS Salicylic Acid: Which One Should You Use?

4. Banish Last Minute Spots

Pimples have an annoying habit of springing up before a Christmas party, don’t they? I guess they want to join in on the fun, as well. But we won’t let them, ladies, right? We can easily banish them with a spot treatment.

Just make sure it contains either sulfur or benzoyl peroxide. They kill the bacteria that causes acne, but they’re harsh. Use them on your pimples only!

P.S. If you’re into natural remedies, try tea tree oil. It works just as well as BP (but only at 5% concentrations! – and you must dilute it first!)

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Related: Benzoyl Peroxide VS Salicylic Acid: Which One Should You Choose?

5. Perk Up Those Tired Eyes

Drinking, dancing, eating… Partying all night with family and friends is so much fun. But there’s a price to pay: dark circles. Ugh! If you can, get a solid 8 hours’ sleep the night before the party, so that you’ll look  fresh-faced in the evening.

The next morning, revitalize the eye area with vitamin K and retinol. A 2006 study has showed that this combination improved dark under-eye circles in 93% of the people who took part in it.

The bad news is that I haven’t found an eye cream that contains both yet. Below is that the best we have now.

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  • Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum ($69.00): available at Dermstore, Sephora and SpaceNK
  • Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue ($100.00): available at Sephora

Related: Is Vitamin K An Effective Treatment For Dark Circles?

6. Use A Sheet Mask For Any Last Minute Fix

Good skin doesn’t happen in a day. It’s the result of a healthy diet, exercise, and the right skincare products diligently applied every day. But, if you’re having a bad skin day, and are in need of a quick fix, try a sheet mask.

Think of sheet masks like a booster: whenever your skin’s feeling worse for wear, a sheet mask can plump up the hydration levels and give your face a fresh, radiant glow.

But, don’t use sheet masks as an excuse to neglect your skincare routine. Your skin won’t like that!

Best Picks:

  • Boscia Charcoal Pore-Minimizing Hydrogel Mask ($8.00): available at Sephora
  • Dr Jart+ Dermask Micro Jet Clear Solution ($9.00): available at Sephora and Yes Style

Related: How To Choose The Best Type Of Face Mask For Your Skin Type

7. Wash It All Off Before You Go To Bed

I know, I know, after partying into the wee hours of the morning, who can be bothered to remove their makeup? Well, at the risk of sounding like a Grinch, you should, my friend. Sleeping with your makeup on is no good. It leaves your skin dull, and may even cause pimples.

Do you really want that, especially if you have another party to attend soon? Thought so. Do your skin a favour and remove your makeup with an oil-based cleanser. It’s the fastest (and gentlest) way to do it. 😉

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Related: Truth Or Myth: Is Going To Bed With Your Makeup On Really As Bad As They Say?