Your Holiday Skin Care Survival Guide

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With December literally just a few sleeps away, it’s safe to say that party season is officially underway. But as much as we enjoy basking in the traditions and festivities of the most wonderful time of the year, too much holiday cheer (and drama), high-calorie situations, and stressful party emergencies can end up spoiling not only your holiday spirit but also your skin. To prevent any holiday-related skin disaster, we’ve rounded up our tried-and-tested tips to make sure your skin not only survives the season but stays radiant all year long!

Visit Your Doctor

Seeing your dermatologist once or twice a year should be a regular thing, and if you’ve put it off constantly throughout the year, it’s time to book that visit now. Having your skin checked by a pro before you jump into full holiday mode will help you identify skin concerns, start a regimen that will address them, and device a strategy to avoid (or at least, tone down) engaging in the season’s many indulgences that could potentially make them worse.

Make Masking A Must

The holidays involve plenty of traveling for some of us, and that means spending an extended time inside airplanes, getting stuck waiting for delayed flights, and extra-long days and nights visiting loved ones and attending family gatherings. While it’s definitely a huge part of what makes the season special, being out and about in icy cold weather can dry out your skin. The solution? A calming and moisturizing mask. Whether you go for a no-wash sheet mask or a sleeping mask, it’s the quickest and easiest way to bring back much-needed moisture and glow to fatigued and dehydrated skin.

Keep the Sparkle in Your Eyes

Between back-to-back office shindigs and family dinners, being sleep-deprived is inevitable. This can be particularly daunting for your skin, causing it to look dull and lifeless—especially your eyes. Add salty snacks, sinful sweets, and an open bar to the equation and you’re sure to be dealing with bloating, water-retention, and puffiness around your peepers. To quickly remedy this situation, start your morning with a gentle massage around the eye area using a face oil to help relieve swelling.

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For your holiday skin care routine, apply a moisturizing eye cream that targets puffiness and dark circles like the Oceanic Gold Mineral Replenishing Eye Cream. With Manuka Honey Bio Active 20+ as its star ingredient, it keeps your under-eye skin supple and hydrated while helping to improve firmness and elasticity. Combined with ultra-nourishing and antioxidant-rich ingredients like vitamin E and cucumber, lemon myrtle, and evening primrose oils, it relieves and rejuvenates tired and swollen eyes, diminishes dark circles, and helps delay the signs of aging.

Moisturize from Head-to-Toe

The combination of icy cold weather and indoor heating can spell disaster for your skin. They can suck out moisture and leave you with a parched and flaky complexion that’s prone to sensitivity and irritation. Using a humidifier at home can minimize the effect of hot air from room heaters, but for maximum hydration, reach for an ultra-moisturizing body lotion or butter to make sure your skin stays soft and radiant.

For your face, try a rich cream than will boost and seal in moisture like the Oceanic Gold Pure Ocean Day Cream, which hydrates and balances your skin without leaving any shine or grease. Infused with Manuka Honey Bio Active 20+, grapeseed, jojoba, and grapefruit oils, sea buckthorn berry, seaweed, and aloe vera, it plumps and softens skin, helps cleanse blocked pores, and protects from environmental (and holiday-induced) stress. And because of its easily absorbent formula and matte finish, it can also double as a primer and works great under makeup.

Ban Breakouts

We may differ in our holiday traditions, but we can all agree on one thing: A pimple or two is all it takes to ruin our party mood. But with libations, desserts, and oily meals always being within reach—plus, not having the energy to remove all traces of makeup after a long night of partying—an ill-timed breakout is bound to happen. To keep sudden breakouts from putting a damper on your festive spirit, try the Oceanic Gold Crushed Pearls Facial Scrub, a gentle, mildly abrasive, deep-cleansing facial scrub that contains amino acids and antioxidants from crushed freshwater pearls, Australian kaolin white clay and jojoba beads, and hydrating and anti-aging Manuka Honey Bio Active 20+, macadamia oil, sea minerals, and aloe vera. It sloughs away dead skin cells, unclogs and minimizes pores, and improves the appearance of blemishes, discoloration, and scars.

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For real skin care emergencies—like waking up to a raging zit the day before your much-awaited office year-ender—head to your local drugstore and grab a benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid spot treatment. They may not be able to completely banish your pimple in just a day, but they will reduce the swelling and redness significantly, making it easier to cover up with makeup.

Amp Up Your Skin’s Defenses

Spreading holiday cheer and engaging in the season’s festivities mean drastic changes in your routine, sleeping habits, and diet, which can disrupt your skin’s natural functions (and suddenly becoming red or irritated), create imbalance causing your sebaceous glands to produce more or less oil, and make it more susceptible to free radical damage. To prevent this, add a multitasking serum to your holiday skin care routine and be on the lookout for antioxidant-rich ingredients. Vitamins C and E help in skin-repair and renewal, niacinamide soothes inflammation and improves tone and texture, and resveratrol and polyphenols (which are also found in grapes—and yes, red wine) protect against UV-damage and other environmental aggressors.

Hit Pause and Take a Time Out

We get it. This is definitely one of those things that are easier said than done. It’s easy to take you own well-being for granted and get carried away by all the craziness of the season, but for your sanity’s sake and your skin’s, set time aside to allow your mind and body to rest and recover. It could be as simple as catching up on sleep, skipping your fifth party for the week, or, if you’re really lucky, booking a massage or facial at your local spa.

Everyone wants to have their best foot—and face—forward during the holidays. When it comes to your skin, making sure it looks its radiant, picture-ready best requires you to stay on top of your holiday skin care routine in spite of the usual chaos and frenzy of the season.