Some of the most severe skin-crimes (aside from not applying SPF all year round) are committed during the holiday season. First of all there is indulging in immeasurable amounts of food, countless alcohol units, smoking for some, (Bridget Jones fits this description). Then there are of course all the holiday parties that you RSVP-ed yes to and actually made an appearance in full glam mode. This of course entails more than a sufficient amount of high-coverage foundation, glitter extravaganza and non-transfer (but lip-drying) matte lipsticks. It feels almost redundant to say that the skin in this case is the one to take the bullet for your hedonism.
There is no need to feel bad about it; this is a skin crime most of us commit during this season. In turn, we are all indebted to our skin and should make a solemn vow (followed by actual measures) to make things right for it. So, as promised in the title, we bring you our pick of the most powerful products that will do precisely that – bring your skin back to life and annihilate all the signs that you’ve been the embodiment of hedonism.
Yes, now you’re probably feeling like you should post an ‘under maintenance sign’ on your forehead, so let’s start from the basics. To kick things off on the right note, you need a powerful cleanser that should be put to work morning and evening. It is only with a clean canvas that you can move on to the subsequent steps.
The Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser takes the crown when speaking of oily skin. As for those with dry and sensitive skin, oil-based cleansers are more than welcome aboard, and our choice has been narrowed down to the ultra-gentle and natural yet powerful L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil. It cleanses, removes even the heaviest of makeup and leaves skin smooth and without an oily film.
Not one, but two kinds
Tough times call for a plethora of products, and when it comes to face masks, good things come in twos. In order to deeply clean, unclog the pores and even diminish blemishes and get rid of blackheads, there is a specific type of face mask you need to call upon. Clay masks are unbeatable in this department, thanks to their high absorbency. Depending on your skin type you can go with either a Bentonite clay mask, which is the most powerful of all. One that can serve as both a face and body mask is Borghese Fango Active Mud Mask for Face and Body, which contains hyaluronic acid as well as avocado oil, which keeps it from being too drying for the skin.
If your skin leans on the sensitive side, the equally powerful but gentler Kaolin mask is your weapon of choice. One that is both efficient and wallet-friendly is L’Oreal Paris Pure-Clay Mask in Detox & Brighten. Once the skin has gone through rebirth, it’s time for the second kind of mask, one that has spiked in popularity thanks to its incredible hydrating properties. During wintertime, hydration is one of the crucial elements of any quality skincare regimen, so hydrating sheet masks are products you can safely stock up on as you will be applying them every two days.
The new gold
If there was ever a product that, for skin, has the same value as gold it would definitely be a skin serum. Serums are powerful liquids that are heavily packed with active ingredients and have the power to fight different skin issues with incredible results. Since the holiday season coincides with wintertime in the northern hemisphere, hydration is still the number one priority, and brand My Skin Solutions (https://www.myskinsolution.com.au/) carries an incredible line of cosmeceutical skincare products, including the amazing Aspect Dr Active C serum that doesn’t only boost hydration, but also brightens and firms the skin, which is exactly what the dull and exhausted post-holiday skin craves.
In case you haven’t familiarized yourself with serums yet, the proper application is after cleansing and before moisturizer as the formula needs a clean canvas in order to penetrate the skin and deliver a superb performance. Moisturizer is still required, now more than ever so choose a deeply nourishing one to tie you over during the harsh weather and low temperatures. Our honest recommendation is Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, a moisturizer with a long tradition and iconic status.
It needs to be noted that the hair also goes through quite an ordeal, as it’s subjected to styling products and frequently curling irons or strengtheners in order to dazzle during all the festivities. One of the best things you can do for your hair (aside from trimming some of those irreversibly damaged and split ends) is treat it to a something as replenishing and transformative as the Pureology Strength Cure Restorative Masque. Consult with your stylist about a product called Olaplex that has taken the beauty industry by a storm, all thanks to its incredible regenerative properties that can bring even fried bleached hair back to life.