A lot of attention goes into your beauty routine around the holidays. But, after all of the festivities are over, you need a little TLC. If overindulgence, stress, and travel have you looking a little worse for the wear, don’t fret.
From face-perking masks to skin-plumping moisturizers, we’ve got a lineup of 21 all-star products that are guaranteed to have you back to your less sleep-deprived, less swollen self in no time.
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We love a good facial just as much as the next gal, but when a pro treatment isn’t an option, this little kit is the next best thing. This full system includes top-notch products made with results-driven ingredients like lactic, azelaic, phytic, and glycolic acids; vitamin C; and powerful enzymes to give you a post-spa complexion.
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Too many candy-cane martinis can create a puffy complexion (especially in the eye area) that can be difficult to get rid of the morning after. When chilled, these beauty globes work to increase the penetration of your products and assist with lymphatic blood flow, making you appear more bright-eyed. The serum in this set helped to reduce dark rings and fluid under our eyes, thanks to potent ingredients like hyaluronic acid, licorice root, and seaweed.
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We tried this miracle worker after a week filled with holiday parties. After slathering on a healthy dose of this serum pre-slumber, our skin was looking a lot more normal. Why? The wax esters that the jojoba plant produces are similar to those found in our own skin’s sebum. Add to the mix the omega-6 and nine fatty acids, as well as a host of vitamins, and you’ll be fresh-faced in no time.
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So, you use the most expensive and/or exotic face cream on the market — good for you! But, it’s not doing a thing for your skin unless you exfoliate those dead cells away first. If you slept with your makeup on after one too many fetes this season, this scrub wins our vote for being results-driven, thanks to dead-skin-busting ingredients like green tea, lactic acid, and peppermint oil. Added bonus: It works wonders on your body, too.
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Unlike most masks, this treatment was designed for that oh-so-delicate area around your eyes. Non-drying, bioactive mud works to minimize puffiness, fine lines, and dark circles in as little time as three minutes. Wipe instead of rinse off, and you’re left with a layer of active ingredients that will continue to work after you remove the product.
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If there was ever a time to slap on a serum, it’s the post-holiday season. Okay, we take that back: We’re fans of concentrated goodness year-round — especially if it’s iS Clinical Poly-Vitamin Serum. This potent potion takes care of the top two things you need when your skin has been neglected: hydration (hyaluronic acid that attracts and binds up to 1,800 times its molecular weight in water) and exfoliation from natural forms of lactic and glycolic acids. Start slathering, dear reader.
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Dear Dr. Gross: Your home steamer has made it possible for us to maintain a facial-like complexion in-between our monthly (or longer) treatments. Whether we’re enjoying you with a face mask, or simply want to open our pores pre-home extractions (hey, it happens!), you put our steaming hot pot of pasta to shame.
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Attention, ladies and gents who think using a mask is a bunch of BS. This frothy wonder is not here to waste your time. Regardless of whether you’re battling the post-holiday blahs, this puppy should be included in your routine year-round. The ingredients work to lift, tone, and reduce visible signs of fatigue (yes, the holidays are exhausting!) and aging. Major bonus points for being safe to use around the eye and lip areas, which seems to be a rarity among masks on the market.
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When we first tried this product, we scoffed at the instructions to only leave it on for 30 seconds. But, as we were massaging it into our lackluster complexion (seriously, follow those instructions!), magic happened almost instantly. We loved that it exfoliated our face similar to a gentle, spa-like peel sans any graininess, resulting in a smooth complexion and (dare we say) post-facial glow. Did we mention it's formulated with 24-carat gold? In. Love.
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We ponied up to the MAC store in dire need of some makeup magic to cover up our dark circles and uneven skin tone. But, before applying a stitch of color, we were treated to Strobe Cream, a must-have for anyone in need of a complexion pick-me-up (who, you?). Our skin was so radiant after just one application that we didn’t feel the need to pile on the pigment. You plus glowing equals perfect.
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Like us, you probably stuffed your feet into at least one pair of heels for the sake of style, not comfort, over the past few weeks. Well, it’s time to give those tootsies a little TLC. You’ll love this all-natural peppermint-scented duo, which reverses the damage you did on the dance floor at the office holiday party.
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Soak away all those family arguments and stressful shopping excursions with this power-packed bath infusion, which promises to increase circulation and rev up your internal engine.
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Stick these pads on the bottoms of your feet and head to bed as tourmaline, agaricus mushroom, and eucalyptus work to promote energy and clear your complexion. One look at what's on the bottom of the pads after you peel them off in the a.m., and you'll be convinced.
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While the best thing you can do after a styling marathon is give your hair a break, the reality is, it can be hard to part with your blowdryer, flat iron, and/or curling iron for too long. The next best thing is to protect your tresses from the heat with this miracle serum, which creates a hydrated, shiny head of hair without compromising your routine. Tip: We even had amazing results when we air-dried our locks.
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From taming frizzies to hydrating cracked cuticles to soothing a parched face, Bio-Oil is an inexpensive miracle worker that is lightweight and non-greasy, thanks to its star ingredient, PurCellin Oil. Add to the mix that it's known to improve the appearance of stretch marks and scars, and we don’t know why everyone doesn’t already own a bottle.
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Sure, you might want to go makeup-free after a month’s worth of cat-eyes and bronzer overload. But, if you’re not willing to be completely bare-faced, this silky, whipped foundation is your best friend. It leaves an airbrushed finish minus the heaviness, resulting in a velvety, natural complexion with just the right amount of coverage.
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While this mask targets those with photodamaged skin, it worked wonders on our dull complexion. It feels more like a moisturizer than a mask, but the light tingling will remind you that this is one grown-up skin-care treatment. Our skin was smoother after just one use, and it even helped with pesky breakouts.
Environ Intensive Revival Mask, DermaConcepts for more info.
Environ Intensive Revival Mask, DermaConcepts for more info.
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Believe it or not, it isn’t a bad idea to wear a different eye cream during the day — especially if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors. We love this mineral-rich formula for its SPF 37 protection, but it also helped hydrate and firm our eye area on the spot.
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