Post Holiday Season Skin Care Action Plan
Between the late nights, the travel, and the seemingly never-ending stress the holiday season can leave our skin looking a little worse for wear. Now that the New Year is here it’s time to get serious about your skin care once and for all. Below we share how you can get things back on track and get your skin back to its former glory!
Cleanse & Hydrate
First things first, no complexion will ever look its best if its bogged down with dirt and grime. It’s time to make cleansing morning and night your new priority. This year, elevate your skin care routine by investing in a Clarisonic cleansing brush. Not only can you use your favorite cleanser with these devices, you can also customize your cleanse by choosing from one of the brand’s unique brush heads. Clarisonic can cleanse the skin six times better than hands alone and after a season where we may have neglected this all-too-important skin care step in favor of hitting the hay with a full face of makeup intact, an efficient cleanse is just what our complexion calls for! After cleansing make sure you always (always, always!) reach for moisturizer—more on the importance of hydrating your skin here.>
Post-party season multi-masking is definitely in order. Multi-masking—for those not in the know—allows you to target individual skin concerns in separate areas of the skin. So, say you have congested pores on your nose, dry cheeks, and an oily forehead, with multi-masking you can use a different mask formulated to address those specific woes. One of our favorite ways to multi-mask is with The Body Shop’s Beauty Recipes from Nature. There are five masks total ranging from one that can help to decongest and refine the appearance of pores to one that can help to energize the appearance of tired-looking skin. Learn more about each of the five masks—as well as the expert techniques for applying them—here!
If the winter weather has your skin looking a little lackluster give it a little pick me up by incorporating regular weekly exfoliation into your routine. As we get older our skin’s natural process of shedding dead skin cells from skin’s surface can start to slow down which can result in a buildup of this dull-looking dead skin on the surface of our complexion. To help reveal more radiant-looking skin—and to help your other products work—slough that buildup away with exfoliation. You can opt for physical exfoliation with a scrub or chemical exfoliation with enzymes or alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). One of our favorite AHAs for chemical exfoliation is glycolic acid. “Glycolic acid helps to smooth out the top layer of skin,” explains board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com consultant Dr. Lisa Ginn. “You can find it in a host of products including creams, serums, and cleansers.
Okay, its likely a soak in a warm (note, we didn’t say hot!) bath isn’t going to make your skin look any different. But, what it can do is help you chill out after an especially stressful season. Some studies suggest that stress can wreak havoc on our complexions, worsening any already existing issues we may have. To calm things down, try one of our aromatherapy bath blends, reach for a good book, and enjoy a 20 minute soak—just don’t forget to moisturize from head to toe after you pat yourself dry.
Break a Sweat
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, moderate exercise can improve circulation which in turn can help to give your skin a more youthful appearance. Since the gyms are notoriously packed this time of year, why not break a sweat at home? We share a few easy at-home workouts you can do right now here!