6 Skin Grinches That Steal Christmas

'Tis the season for tinsel, carolers, eggnog, and really annoying skin breakouts. Well, you can cross the latter off the list this year! We've enlisted Hollywood's cult-favorite aesthetician Francesca Paige to help us conquer the holiday hurdles that stand between you and perfect, radiant skin.
Ahead, we break down the six meanest skin grinches and how to combat each. Come on, let's leave the very shiny nose to Rudolph.
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Illustrated by Ammiel Mendoza.
The Holiday Hurdle: Travel
"Planes and travel to different climates can dehydrate the skin. I suggest, given the opportunity, to use a mask on the plane. I know it looks funny, but it's well worth it! The stewards will bring you lovely, warm, wet wipes to wipe it off. It works wonders and revitalizes the skin so you arrive to your destination radiant, hydrated, and with the look of being well-rested."
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Illustrated by Ammiel Mendoza.
The Holiday Hurdle: Alcohol
"For a lot of people, there's definitely an increase of alcohol consumption during the winter months. Needless to say, drinking is a year-round sport and can dehydrate the skin. Water, water, water! Your skin will be happier, your liver will absolutely thank you, and your brain will not feel nearly as hungover when you wake up. I allow clients to breathe oxygen to help with hangovers. Topical vitamin infusion (such as Kerstin Florian Correcting Serum C + Infusion) can help, too."
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Illustrated by Ammiel Mendoza.
The Holiday Hurdle: Sugar
"Eating sugary foods can increase your levels of the hormone insulin, which helps your body's cells absorb the sugar. A spike in our hormone levels tends to show up on most individuals' skin, and can also increase oil production, which can lead to clogged pores. Eat sugary foods in moderation, and don't pick if you get a breakout. Use a clarifying mask such as Murad Clarifying Mask to help keep pores clean."
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Illustrated by Ammiel Mendoza.
The Holiday Hurdle: Over-Moisturizing
"I think the most common thing I see during the winter can be clients that tend to over-moisturize, without exfoliating first. The buildup on the tissue can cause congestion and unnecessary breakouts. Instead, use light exfoliants, retinol, and enzymes regularly (two to three times a week). This way the skin can readily absorb the active ingredients of the cream, and keep the skin healthy during the drier months."
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Illustrated by Ammiel Mendoza.
The Holiday Hurdle: Party-Planning Stress
"Stress can show up on the skin during holiday season, without a doubt. I suggest breathing, taking extra time to get around town, making sure to stay hydrated, and not picking at your skin in the car! Sitting in traffic, you may feel a stress-related pimple, and what better thing to keep you occupied? But, hands off! Using P50 exfoliating lotion is a gentle way to exfoliate the skin to keep surface congestion away. Stress-related pimples, on the other hand, can be treated with product, but they tend to be much more deeply rooted. Have a professional extract them."
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Illustrated by Ammiel Mendoza.
The Holiday Hurdle: Falling Asleep With Your Makeup On
"Your skin wants to recover at night. While not cleansing your skin for one night may not cause a huge issue, making this a regular habit is not recommended. Clogged pores, dull skin, and wrinkles do not a pretty girl make! Use travel wipes if need be. Slide one in your evening bag or keep them in the car, just in case. Better to be safe than sorry."
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