Your tree is decorated, the gifts are wrapped and tied, the turkey is stuffed, and the chestnuts are roasting. With all that off your checklist, you have some time to take care of yourself . The stress of being on the go and all the last minute details can wreak havoc on your complexion. Indulge in the ultimate gift that lasts for years – pampered skin.
Great skin starts with proper cleansing. Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser ($20) soothingly works for all skin types and its rich natural oils with coconut and nourishing shea butter is perfect for this time of year. Or for an all-in-one cleanser and makeup remover try Olay Total Effects Wet Cleansing Cloths ($7.99), individual pads formulated with anti-aging moisturizers and vitamins E and B5.
When it comes to winter night time skincare, think treatment. During the day, protection is key. At night, it’s time to bring out the heavy artillery. The best night care products are loaded with nutrients and vitamins your skin can soak up. Shiseido’s Benefiance NutriPerfect Night Cream ($93) boasts multi-vitamins and powerful nutritive supplements. If your skin is dry and dehydrated, go for moisturization and check out a perfect winter night cream like Clinique Repairwear Intensive Night Cream Very Dry Skin Formula ($49.50).
If your skin is acne-prone, use a drying formula to clear up blemishes and prevent new ones from cropping up. Try a lightweight, non-drying formula like Murad Acne and Wrinkle Reducer that does double duty for adult breakouts ($58). Or try a dermatologist’s best kept secret – Rezamid Acne Treatment Lotion – that contains sulfur and resourcinol to stop pimples in their tracks ($20).
If your skin is sun damaged and wrinkled, you’ve got a full 8 hours to turn it around at night. Vitamin A’s like retinols are great to use at bedtime. ZO Skin Health Ossential Radical Night Repair Plus ($195) is an award-winning formulation that boasts the highest potency of retinol available over-the-counter. AHAs, antioxidants, and enzymes work to turn over sluggish cells through the night so you wake to smoother skin. A good one to try is Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Replenishing Comfort Crème ($135).
Before layering on your party makeup, get your face ready with a complexion primer – like a kind of spackle for fine lines and flaws. Veil Mineral Primer ($52) from Hourglass Cosmetics is an indie favorite that helps restore moisture while minimizing shine. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Hydrating ($30) will give your dry skin an extra boost before applying foundation
When the night of festivities is over, keep your eyes looking firm and calm the puffiness that shows up the morning after with a brilliant eye regimen. Lumixyl Revitaleyes Brightening Eye Cream ($65) helps brighten eyes while it reduces the appearance of dark circles and fine lines. L’Oreal Eye Defense Gel ($13.49) reduces puffiness, fine line and circles. Lancome Bi-Facil – Double Action Eye Makeup Remover ($26) gently removes all traces of dirt and grime so you’ll wake moisturized and refreshed. Another great two-in-one cleanser that is incredibly gentle on eyes is Avene Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Make-up Remover ($19). Just remember, never go to bed without taking off all your makeup, no matter how exhausted you are.
Ho, Ho, Ho!