Here’s How to Repair Your Skin After the Holidays

WINTER 2018
By Kelsey Mulvey for Modern Muse

New year, new you. Wait, that was the plan, right?

Except there's the holiday hangover... a period of time in January when all your merry indulgences catch up with you. And while nobody wants to feel bloated or sluggish, we have to admit your skincare routine is the season's biggest victim. Whether it's from partying the night away and not getting your prescribed eight hours of sleep, to indulging in a few too many sugary cocktails or spending a lot of time outside, your personal care takes a serious nose-dive during the holidays. This time of year, your dry skin, chapped lips, erratic blemishes and heat-damaged hair can be so severe, you simply don't feel comfortable in your own skin. Yikes!

Before any more time passes, we recommend you hit the refresh button on your beauty routine. The products below are just the detox your hair, lips and skin need.

A Good Cleanser

Regardless of your skin type, the first step to clear, clean skin is washing your face twice a day. If you've tried a bunch of gel and foam cleansers but were left unimpressed, have a look at Milk Makeup's option ($26), which you can pick up at Sephora. Great for all skin types, this matcha cleanser removes oil and dirt, exfoliates dead skin cells, and combats redness. Unlike most cleansers, Milk's matcha solution comes in a soap-free stick, so it's perfect for traveling.

A Deep Mask

We all have those weeks when our skin's in such disarray that we can't rely on a cleanser alone. When you need to call in for reinforcements, turn to Origins' Clear Improvement Activated Charcoal Mask ($27), sold at Sephora. The bamboo charcoal in this masks draws out dirt, oil, and other debris clogging your pores, leaving behind soft, supple skin. Slather it on one to two times a week, wait until the mask hardens, and wash it off with warm water to reveal a brighter, clearer complexion.

A Sugar Scrub

Acne from dry skin sounds like an oxymoron, but it's a real concern once winter's harsh climate kicks in. When your skin is dry, your body tries to compensate by producing more sebum (a.k.a. natural oil). Not only is your body producing more sebum than usual, but your pores are clogged by dead, flakey skin, making a recipe for skincare disaster. Remove those dead cells with Indie Lee's Coconut Citrus Scrub ($38). Stocked at Nordstrom, it's practically the Goldilocks of scrubs: Strong enough to exfoliate, but gentle enough to feel like you're pampering yourself (and it can also be used on both the face and body).

A Facial Mist

It's only natural to crank up the warmth once the temperature outside dips below 40 degrees, but your furnace's dry heat is robbing your skin of moisture. Consider Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist ($32) from Anthropologie to be the remedy. Created with hydrating ingredients like coconut water and aloe, it'll give your skin an instant jolt of moisture. The next time your skin feels as dry as the Sahara Desert — or you just need a caffeine-free, midday pick-me-up — start spritzing.

A Facial Oil

Though it's important to moisturize every day, you should give your skin some extra TLC come winter. That's where Drunk Elephant's Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil ($40) from Sephora comes in. Oils historically penetrate the skin deeper than serums and thick creams, and this blend of non-toxic ingredients will give your skin the nutrients it needs. According to an independent study, 97% of consumers thought this oil moisturized their skin, while 94% of users felt their skin was softer and more nourished. It's technically a facial oil, but you can apply it on dry hands and legs — we promise we won't tell.

An Eye Serum

Whether you spent the entire season attending holiday parties or stressing over what to get your friends and family, your under-eye area is likely plagued with dark, puffy circles and unwanted wrinkles. No product will make you appear five years younger, but REN's Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift ($45) will get you looking back to normal. Its mélange of hyaluronans will make the skin around your eyes look firmer and more lifted, while the light-reflective pigments will brighten your under-eyes. Go ahead, pick up a bottle at Sephora.

A Stylish Lip Balm

You know your lips are really chapped when it hurts to smile, which is why you should buy Bobbi Brown's Extra Lip Tint ($34) from Nordstrom. Its ultra-moisturizing formula promises to soften and smooth lips as well as reduce the presence of fine lines. Available in four pretty shades, the Extra Lip Tint will give your pout a punch of color.

A Leave-In Hair Treatment

Since you usually can't leave your house with wet hair in the winter, you probably end up using the blow dryer, straightener and curling iron almost daily. And no matter how promising your heat-protector spray claims to be, your hair can end up feeling like straw and full of split ends. Looking for a restorative formula that won't weigh down your hair? Pick up Living Proof's Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment ($27) at Anthropologie. The company uses its patented ingredients, OFPMA and PBAE, to strengthen and condition your tresses, all while improving your mane's shine and volume. No wonder Allure called this pick "the Meryl Streep of hair care."