Would You Like Your Skin Care Shaken Or Stirred?

Your skin in the winter feels a hell of a lot like your head does during a hangover. In other words, it's uncomfortable, dehydrated, weak — and in serious need of the right nutrients. Gatorade (or a hair of the dog, if you're feeling wild) can work wonders for the body, but when it comes to your face, your quickest solution comes in mask form.

Don't have one on hand? No worries. We believe your skin-care ingredients should be just as accessible as your kitchen cabinet — or your bar cart. Ahead, we made dealing with a tired (or dull, or blackhead-laden) visage fun — and affordable — by creating DIY mask recipes inspired by the season's best adult beverages. Fancy a hot toddy? Perhaps a cranberry martini? You've got full permission to indulge — with zero hangover risk. We'll clink to that.
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Come winter, few things are more satisfying than cozying up under a blanket with a cup of hot cocoa — especially if it's spiked. But slather your skin with the hero ingredient (plus a few additions, like honey and yogurt), and you'll look less dehydrated and more well-rested in minutes.
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The most important element of this skin drink is the cocoa powder, which adds a boost of antioxidants, says celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas. The goal: to fight those wrinkle-inducing free radicals. Honey, she says, besides being a great base, also helps inject the skin with the hydration it needs without clogging pores, while yogurt soothes and exfoliates, thanks to lactic acid. Any skin type can benefit from this blend, according to Vargas, and it can be left on for 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how dry you are.
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It's no secret that colder temps rob your skin of its luster. This concoction — inspired by all the spices you'd sprinkle in a classic hot toddy — can help get your glow back. All you'll need is a dash of turmeric, cinnamon, a cup of honey, and a splash of lemon juice.
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The brightening benefits are big with this one. "Turmeric and cinnamon have natural anti-inflammatory properties," Vargas says, adding that cinnamon specifically is also antibacterial, which can help heal pimples and lighten acne scars. "Lemon juice evens out pigment, but it's highly acidic, so make sure not to overdo it."

Add in honey for a hit of hydration — and give yourself bonus points if it's of the manuka variety. "All honey contains methylglyoxal, a powerful healing compound, but manuka honey has a much higher concentration of it." Mix all four ingredients together and leave it on skin for 20 minutes once a week.
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Nothing marks the season like a spiked apple cider drink. Why not take those same ingredients — apple cider vinegar and honey — and make a skin-care treatment that's ideal for clearing up acne? The only addition you'll need is a touch of baking soda and water.
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This elixir is magic for clogged pores. "Apple cider vinegar helps restore your skin's pH balance, since it's an effective antibacterial and antifungal liquid capable of keeping breakouts at bay," Vargas says. She recommends diluting the baking soda — which can soften clogged pores in and of itself — with water before applying it as a mask to help dissolve blackheads. And not only will the honey combat the drying effects you'd get from the acne treatment portion, but it, too, has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which Vargas says is because it contains hydrogen peroxide. Win-win.
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Okay, so we have yet to meet a person in our generation who drinks cranberry martinis — but there's still reason to give it a try. Namely, the fact that the little berries have loads of youth-boosting benefits.
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It's hard to overdo it on cranberries, so go wild. "They are high in antioxidants and essential vitamins and nutrients," Vargas says. "Vitamin C, one of the main components of cranberries, can help with the production of collagen to keep the skin soft, yet firm." And the mask has its soothing benefits, too: Both yogurt and rosemary have calming, redness-reducing properties.
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