One of the biggest victims from our holiday celebrations and merry making is our skin. Many of us increase our intake of sugar, red meat, and alcohol. We frequently wear and (hopefully) remove our makeup for the many parties we attend and we’re often not sleeping as soundly as we need to. You may even be too exhausted to give your skin it’s regular care. Earlier in December, I was no exception. So when I finally had some downtime at my mom’s house, I was hell bent on being proactive in healing my skin, which was dry, blemished, dull, and sensitive.

If you’re feeling the same way, I thought I would share some of my tips for skin recovery. Some of them are fun and luxurious. Others? Not so much, but they are making a positive difference and are helping my skin get back on track. Hopefully, they may help you too!

Let’s start with the obvious, not so fun one. It includes putting limits to your sugar, alcohol, and red meat intake. I enjoy these things, especially the latter two, but I always feel better and healthier without them. I’m not saying go cold turkey (New Year’s Eve is tomorrow after all and we only live once). But if you’re like me, drinking usually negatively affects my sleep and sleep is necessary for your skin to naturally repair itself. No sleep, no repair. At the very least, try to increase your water intake to help prevent total dehydration. Honestly, you should be slugging water anyway. And eat those greens! It will show in your skin and will help take you from tired and dull, to plump and radiant. Kill two birds with one stone and eat veggies with the most water content!

Now for some more enjoyable things you can do. Right now, I’m masking like a fiend. Sheet masks, specifically. My mom felt I was a bit excessive with it at her house (as well as my La Croix consumption), but honestly, it has helped deliver much needed moisture and calmness back to my complexion. Sheet masks range in price and intention, but you can find effective ones for a small cost.

Here’s what I’ve been using:

TONYMOLY I’m Real Lavender Sheet Mask (Hydrating) | $3.75

TONYMOLY I’m Tea Tree Sheet Mask – (Skin Soothing) | $3

DR. JART+ Sheet Mask Clearing Solution (Acne Blemishes) | $9

I usually put these on after using my NuFace Mini facial toner with organic aloe vera gel. I cannot recommend it enough. While a bit of an investment, I genuinely feel and see results from using this electric micro current tool regularly. My skin feels tighter and more lifted.

Before and After with the NuFace

Another important element of skin care is exfoliation. Given the dryness and sensitivity I’m dealing with, I’ve substantially lessened the amount of chemical and physical exfoliation to my face and body. Instead of using retinol serum 4-5 times a week, I’m doing it maybe once or twice because it will cause dryness. The only physical exfoliation I’m using is a warm washcloth to gently remove face mask product residue and the aloe vera gel after toning. I’ve also completely halted any dry brushing on my body. Instead, I’d recommend an oil based body scrub. You can buy them for cheap at a TJ Maxx type of store or make your own in less than five minutes! It will slough off dead skin cells but will leave the oil as a skin barrier to hold in moisture.

Finally, as much as possible, go makeup free. One of the most irritating things I experienced over the holidays was applying makeup and removing makeup multiple days in a row without a break. It made my eyes sting and my skin was pissed off. Even if you’re dealing with blemishes right now, I recommend running your errands going to the gym, etc. without foundation and even concealer. Instead, apply only moisturizer (tinted if you absolutely must), lip balm (I love basic Aquaphor this time of the year), and SUN SCREEN! Allowing your skin to be makeup free will allow for healthy cell turnover and prevent further irritation. And for the love of God! Clean your makeup brushes and take your makeup off before bed.

LANEIGE Water Bank Hydrating Gel | $35

KIEHL’S SINCE 1851 Super Fluid Daily UV Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+| $61

Aquaphor Healing Ointment Tube (Unscented) | $4.79

Let me know if any of these tips help! Happy healing!

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