The holidays are all about family, friends and fun, but all that indulging and traveling can cause your skin to freak out. Arm yourself with the antidotes to the most common holiday-related beauty problems so that you’re full prepared in case any one of these makes an unexpected visit.
You go somewhere cold and your skin becomes red.
Chances are, your skin has succumbed to the effects of a sunburn (yes, it can happen in cold weather too) or windburn. Whenever the skin’s ability to protect itself is compromised by the environment, it goes into defense mode and tries to safeguard itself. “Essentially, the skin has experienced trauma to the superficial layer and some of the ceramides have been lost, so it can’t protect itself as well,” says New York dermatologist Hooman Khorasani, MD. “It becomes dehydrated and exposed to allergens and pathogens, causing an inflammatory response, which leads to redness.”
How to fix it: Gently feed skin with oils and vitamins, which will nurture inflamed skin. You can apply a hydrating cream, like Skyn Iceland Pure Cloud Cream ($55), which contains aloe, oats and chamomile to soothe skin.
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You load up on salty foods and your eyes becomes puffy.
Salt is notorious for leaving the skin, especially the eyes, looking puffy come morning. Consuming too much salt can cause the skin to retain water, resulting in a puffy look.
How to fix it: You can always apply cold spoons or a chilled face mask to problem areas, or you can layer on an anti-puff cream or gel such as Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-On For Puffy Eyes ($26). For an added bonus and even quicker de-puffying results, keep it in the fridge so it is nice and cold.
You’ve had one too many desserts and you’re starting to break out.
There’s never a good time for a breakout, and the holidays could be one of the worst times for one. While it may seem like they pop up over night, pimples actually take days, if not weeks, to manifest on the skin because they are the result of oil mixed with dead skin and bacteria.
How to fix it: To prevent a blemish from becoming larger, redder or more painful, don’t pick at it. Apply an anti-acne spot treatment like Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Spot Treatment ($18) or cortisone to the area. If it doesn’t seem to dwindle in size, your dermatologist can inject the breakout with cortisone, which takes it down fast.
Your skin is dry and dull due to too much traveling.
Airplanes and major climate changes (going more from warm to cold) can wreck havoc on your skin, making it dry and flaky. Not only will your makeup not go on smoothly, but if you don’t tackle it head on, the dryness can also lead to dehydration.
How to fix it: First off, gently exfoliate any dead skin that you can see on the surface of your skin to remove it. Then, load up on a moisturizer that’s appropriate for your skin type. For an added dose of hydration, try a hydrating mask, like SimySkin Deep Hydrating Mask ($40), or even a facial oil like Goldfaden MD Fleuresence Native Botanical Cell Oil ($129).
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