boost your beauty: how to shine after the holidays

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The holiday season is without a doubt, one of the most fun and festive times of the year. However, we all know that all the partying, the glorious food, lots of makeup, drinks, not to mention the inevitable stress that seems to creep up especially when shopping for holiday presents come at a price. The part of us that usually ends up paying the price is our beloved and precious skin, so needless to say, after the holidays it’s we need to put the ‘undergoing maintenance’ sign and take the time to recover and bring the skin in spick and span shape.

Holidays are over, but your journey towards glowing healthy skin is just beginning.

Catch up

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There is a very reason for the existence of the phrase ‘beauty sleep’. Even medical professionals say ‘that sleep may be the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth’ because your precious snooze time is a time for the skin and body to recover and repair itself. A decent amount of sleep is always paramount for beauty, but even more so after the holiday season when your body needs and craves extra sleep to make up for all the damage caused by those sleepless party nights.

Get back on track

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The holiday feasts must have been delicious, but now that the last leftovers have been either thrown away or eaten, it’s time to get back in the swing of things – meaning healthy diet. This includes foods loaded with vitamins, minerals and the ever-beneficial antioxidants that are all here in service of both health and beauty. To be sure you’re getting all the right ingredients, turn to the amazing superfoods, a group that has certainly earned the ‘super’ title.

Of course, install a friendly reminder on your phone so you know when it’s time to hydrate again. Nothing saves the skin more, particularly after alcohol and fatty foods that dehydrate the skin.

Fake it ‘till you make it

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You certainly can’t be expected to become a shut-in until your skin regains its old glory, you still have places to be, so the current imperfections need to be concealed in the meantime. Heavy foundations are definitely not the answer because a) who can handle that during this heat and b) they only make matters worse by clogging your pores even more. Stick to lightweight foundations that allow the skin to breathe and conceal imperfections by targeting them specifically, as there is no need to apply makeup products everywhere.

Giorgio Armani Crema Nuda will give you that great natural glow and even out your skin tone. For specific ‘pending issues,’ turn to the POLA Silfique Concealer Palette which helps conceal both dark circles and blemishes.

Bring in the big guns

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The general rule of thumb is that masks are to be used two times a week. During the skin recovery process, make sure to apply them four times a week – more damage calls for stronger tools.

Charcoal-based masks are your best bet because the ingredients are very powerful for sucking out all the toxins that have piled on and leave you with a sparkling clean and detoxed skin. Gentle exfoliation is paramount, so don’t forget these two power tools.

Gather your all-stars

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Get the best, most nourishing and hydrating moisturizer in your skincare arsenal and apply it morning, afternoon and night without exceptions. Moisturizer is the most important member of your all-star team, so make sure you have the best player available.

Now, if you haven’t been using serums, this might just be the perfect time to throw them in the game. The Midnight Recovery Concentrate by Kiehl’s is an absolute gem, because it helps the skin rejuvenate while you’re getting your beauty sleep. Now, serums contain a much larger amount of active ingredients designed to perfect the skin, and do have strong moisturizing properties but are not a replacement for the moisturizer. Moisturizer is the final step that seals everything in and locks in moisture, and of course, don’t forget about broad-spectrum sunscreen – you don’t want sun damage on top of party damage.