How To Keep Your Skin From Suffering Through Party Season

Untitled-1Illustrated by Isabel Castillo Guijarro.
When it comes to our faces, we don’t rely on just anyone to tell us what our skin needs to get that ever-elusive glow. Instead, we turn to skin-care veteran (and celebrity fave!) Renée Rouleau, who knows it takes more than the right products to get radiant. Each week, she’ll be serving up her expert tips to keep your complexion in tip-top shape.
By now, the holiday season is in full swing. You’ve RSVP’d to every soiree, trimmed the tree, and checked everyone off your shopping list, but are you keeping up with your skin care regimen? Now is certainly not the time to skimp on your routine, what with the crazy-cold weather & seemingly constant flow of bubbly. Follow my expert tips to keep skin sparkling all holiday season long.
Treat your skin to an at-home facial
With a to-do list a mile long, you probably don’t have time for a professional facial or skin treatment with your esthetician. Give your everyday skin care routine a much-needed boost with an at-home facial the night before a special event. On clean skin, apply a gentle facial scrub and massage in circular motions. Be sure your facial scrub uses small, round beads (polyethylene or jojoba beads) so they don’t scratch and irritate the skin the way natural scrubs with apricot kernels or walnut husks may. Rinse well and pat skin with a towel. Immediately apply a thin coat of an acid-based peel for five minutes, and rinse thoroughly. Next, apply a few drops of a hydrating serum to deeply nourish the new skin cells that have been revealed. Then, apply a generous coat of a mask suited for your skin type for 10-15 minutes and rinse well. Finish with a moisturizer and eye cream. Et voila — glowing skin!
Untitled-3Illustrated by Isabel Castillo Guijarro.
Get a good night’s sleep
Getting to bed early may be hard this time of year but without proper sleep, not only will you feel tired, you will look it too. Lack of sleep can worsen dark circles, making skin look dull and even contribute to breakouts. Try sleeping on two pillows to encourage proper drainage to reduce morning under eye puffiness. And, no matter how late you get to bed, you must always wash your face at the end of the day. Forgoing your cleanser at night can lead to breakouts, irritation, and clogged pores.
Exfoliate the neck and chest
Now’s the time to wear that low-cut, sparkly dress — but if it shows off your chest, it’s important to keep this area looking great, too. Apply a gentle facial scrub to the neck. Look up at the ceiling (to keep the skin taut while exfoliating) and massage in circular motions for 60 seconds. Then, apply a scrub to your chest. It’s important to only apply a small amount of pressure when exfoliating the neck or chest, as the skin is very sensitive and can get red easily. Rinse well and follow with a moisturizer to keep new cells moist and supple.
Untitled-2Illustrated by Isabel Castillo Guijarro.
Increase your water intake
While most people don’t realize that drinking water is the least efficient way to hydrate the skin, it can help reduce puffiness significantly. Staying hydrated helps to prevent excess fluids from building up around the eyes as well as de-puffing the face from over-imbibing at the holiday parties.
Add some glow
Add instant glow by applying a shimmery powder or primer on the face and body. If you'll be taking tons of photos, illuminate your cheek bones by placing highlighter one finger's width below the outer corner of your eye. Just don't go crazy, or you'll go from dewy to greasy.
Post-party detox
It happens. You had one (or four) too many cocktails and — beyond the killer headache — it's showing up on your face, too. Over-indulging in alcohol will severely dehydrate the skin, resulting in a tight, dry feel the next morning. The focus needs to be about putting water back in the skin since alcohol severely depletes water from the cells. In addition to your normal cleansing routine, apply a few drops of a water-based serum containing hyaluronic acid or aloe vera. Then, apply a gel-based mask to deliver cooling, anti-redness ingredients deep within the skin for repair and hydration. Finish by applying a moisturizer formulated with stabilized vitamin C, and vitamins A and E to aid in collagen and skin repair.
With these easy tips, your biggest party conundrum will be what to wear. Here’s to a glowing holiday season!
Have questions about your skin? Ask me in the comments section below and I will personally respond. With more than two decades of experience in the skin care industry, I love to share my knowledge to help you achieve healthy, beautiful skin!

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