Tips: A post-party season skin revival

Whew! We did it. We survived another holiday season filled with sugar, al-chee-hol, a month of sleepless nights and nary a second to hit the gym — and boy-oh-boy our skin is showing it. Your sunken, dull complexion and puffy irritated eyes were hard earned, and they’re going to take just as much effort to get rid of. So let’s begin, shall we.

We’re going to start with hydration. You may not have the time or the dinero to afford a spa visit, but that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from whipping up some spa water to help stave off the dehydration. Soaking cucumber, mint, turmeric powder and/or lemon in your water is a great way to liven up the flavor of your favorite tasteless beverage and revive your skin at the same time. Extra credit for exchanging your morning coffee fix with hot water infused with ginger root — simply slice and soak.

The damaging effects of your life-of-the-party schedule coupled with harsh indoor heating and outdoor chill are all reasons to give your skin the replenishing it deserves. Peptide moisturizers are great for revitalizing your complexion by improving texture and tone, and lotions rich in vitamins like A & E will help replenish what you lost to those holiday cocktails. If you find that even your most trusted products are causing irritation, you may want to turn to dermatologist favorite, Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser and stick with a gentle moisturizer free of perfumes and extraneous ingredients.

You may have exchanged your nightly skincare routine for an extra hour (or two) on the dance floor, so a return to exfoliation is likely in order. Exfoliation is a great way to “wake up” your skin and enable it to do it’s job — which is to protect. There are plenty of gentle scrubs on the market that can help revive your complexion — Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment, Epicuren Exfoliants Astringent and Scrub, and Fresh Sugar Face Polish are all personal favorites — but you can also DIY a gentle scrub of your own. Try mixing soothing oatmeal and or baking soda with a little water or olive oil and gently slough off any DDD (dull, dry, dead) skin.

And finally, put those party ways to bed (literally and figuratively) — lay off the high fat, sugary sweet eats, put down that wine glass, and be sure to get plenty of zzz’s. Boosting your skin with a lifestyle detox doesn’t require any juice fasting or deprivation, but spending a month abstaining from alcohol, getting enough sleep and eating plenty of nourishing organic fruits and veggies and you’ll see a vast improvement in your skin. We promise.


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