Winter's chilly and skin-parching temps have officially put us in the throes of summer-glow separation anxiety, so we're making it our mission to get glowing skin tout de suite. But there's also the holiday rush to contend with and that means party hopping and late nights--serious fun but with major skin-dulling consequences. Since lit-from-within luminosity looks particularly appealing after a glimpse of your sleep-deprived self in the mirror (replete with under eye circles and sallow, dehydrated skin), here's how to reveal a more brightened up, party-ready you, transmit the effect of a perfect faux afterglow, and keep your visage entirely radiant into 2011.
Day: Start your winter glow off right with clear skin and face creams infused with skin renewing ingredients like oxygen, antioxidants, and anti-aging ingredients. A subtle shimmer never hurts either.
Above, from left: Bliss Triple Oxygen +C Energizing Cream, $54, available at Blissworld; Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Creme, $250, available at Esteelauder; Super 3-Minute Facial with Ginger, $50, available at Sephora.
Night: Extra moisture is definitely in the cards during the winter months, but don't sidestep exfoliation--your pores clog during any season. Go easy on wind-whipped skin with a gentle peel (Naturopathica's uses lactic acid which is easier on skin than glycolic acid) and the Clarisonic can be used daily.
Above, from left: Caudalie Vinosource Quenching Sorbet-Creme, $40, available at Sephora; Ole Henriksen Truth Is In The Eyes, $65, available at Sephora;Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System, $149, available at Clarisonic; Naturopathica Pear Fig Polishing Enzyme Peel, $52, available at Naturopathica.
On-The-Go: Cream or pressed powder illuminators give your cheeks, lids, or brow bones an instant glow, while on-the-spot eye brighteners and depuffers help you look alive anytime. Plus, this Kiehl's serum is almost as good as an afternoon nap and don't forget to keep a zit zapper with natural ingredients on hand to gently calm any red spots.
Above, from left: Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $42, available at Kiehls; Physician's Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls in Light Bronze, $13.49, available at Ulta; Urban Decay Urbanglow Cream Highlight, $24, available at Urbandecay; Sampar Prodigal Pen, $21, available at CVS; Elizabeth Grant The Socializer, $40, available at Elizabethgrant.