How to Detoxify Your Skin After a Month of Holiday Partying
New year, new you—except, TBH, you’re feeling kind of… tired. Which isn’t surprising, considering the month of December is full of cheer, but also constant holiday parties and family gatherings. In other words, not exactly a relaxing time for you—or your skin. If you’re entering the 2016 with a dull, tired complexion, it might be time to consider a detox. Luckily, no juicing is involved—just some key skincare products and a pot of boiling water (we’ll explain). Your skin will emerge from this seven-step program feeling refreshed and renewed—like it just spent a week at a Gwyneth-approved spa retreat (well, maybe not quite on that level, but close). Ready to reset your skin and go back to your former glowy days? Keep scrolling to find out exactly how to detoxify your skin after a party-filled month (or year—no judgment).
The first step to recovery? Starting with a clean slate. All that contouring, defining, and blending you did over the holiday break was great for your makeup technique—not so great for your skin. To make sure you’re cleansing your skin thoroughly and starting your detox correctly, make sure you are double-cleansing; use an oil-based cleanser (we’re obsessed with Re:cipe’s Rose Petal Cleansing Oil, $24) first to melt off oil-based makeup residue, then your normal (hopefully sulfate-free) cleanser afterward. Cleansing your face twice might seem excessive (not to mention time consuming), but it’s vital to a clear complexion—trust.
Kuu Konjac Pure Sponge ($10)
To bring back your baby-soft skin, use a gentle exfoliator like a konjac sponge a few days a week while cleansing. This will help your cleanser do its job and help buff away dead skin cells. Avoid any harsh, grainy exfoliators in the first week—they’ll only irritate your already aggravated (and most likely dry) skin.
If you’re a pro at peels, feel free to jump right back to your favourite at-home product (just don’t overdo it—stick to using it only once or twice a week at first). If you’re a peel newbie, now is the perfect time to introduce a gentle peel into your routine. Try something with fruit acids, like Goldfaden MD’s Fresh A Peel ($125) or Rodial’s Glamoxy Fruit Acid Exfoliating Pads ($50)—both will leave your skin soft, balanced, and radiant, without any irritation.
During your skin detox, it’s full steam ahead—literally. A DIY facial steam treats your pores, while also releasing toxins, dirt, and debris. Plus, the products you apply afterward will penetrate much deeper. Here’s exactly how to do give yourself an all-natural facial steam—be prepared for the post-steam glow.
A mask is the ultimate indulgence for your face, and the closest thing you can get to a spa treatment at home. Depending on your skin needs, you’ll either want an oil-balancing clay-based mask, or a super-hydrating moisturising mask. Glossier’s Mega Greens Galaxy Pack is one-size-fits-all, helping detoxify and draw out excess oil and impurities without over-drying. Other non-drying detoxing masks we love: Charlotte Tilbury’s Goddess Skin Clay Mask ($88), African Botanics Marula Mineral Cleansing Mask ($104) and CosMedix Clear ($55).
Just breathe—the slogan for Nike’s imaginary sister yoga brand, but also a mindset you should apply to your skin. After a month of heavy makeup, it’s time to give your skin a break. Forgo your favourite foundation and let your skin breathe for a day (or more, preferably). A light moisturiser, like Juice Beauty’s Oil-Free Moisturizer ($50) will seal in all your work in the previous steps without clogging your pores. If you must insist of some type of coverage, opt for an oil-free tinted moisturiser, like Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer ($59).
The road to recovery isn’t easy—but we think you’ll do just fine (and your skin will thank you). You can read about our three-day skin cleanse journey for some inspiration.