Get Glowing Skin for Your Holiday Party!


It’s the holiday season and that means plenty of celebrations! Here’s my helpful skin care tips to ensure your skin is glowing all season long.

-Increase your intake of water. Particularly to help control unnecessary under eye puffiness, drinking a lot of water really helps to prevent excess fluids from building up around the eyes. While as most people don’t realize, drinking water is the least efficient way to hydrate the skin, but it can definitely help to reduce puffiness.

-Treat your skin to an at-home facial. Giving a boost to your normal skin care routine with a facial the night before a special event can really help guarantee glowing skin…

Step 1: Apply a gentle facial scrub like Mint Buffing Beads to clean skin and massage in circular motions for 60 seconds. Rinse well and lightly pat skin with a towel. Be sure to use a facial scrub that does not contain apricot kernals or walnut husks as the sharp edges can unnecessarily irritate the skin.

Step 2: Immediately apply a thin coat of an acid-based at-home skin peel like Triple Berry Smoothing Peel to the face and leave on for 8 minutes. You can also use a an acid-based serum but make sure it is alcohol-free. (First time users of Triple Berry Smoothing Peel, leave on for 5 minutes.) Rinse off.

Step 3: Apply a few drops of a hydrating serum like Skin Drink or other serum appropriate for your skin type. (See our collection of serums.) Since you’ve just performed two steps of exfoliation to remove the surface damaged cells, a serum helps to deeply hydrate and nourish the new skin cells that have been revealed.

Step 4: Apply a generous coat of a mask suited for your skin type. We love Bio Calm Repair Masque for sensitive skin types. Prior to using a gel-based mask, put mask in the refrigerator so that it’s extra calming and soothing when applied to the skin. Leave on 10-15 minutes and rinse well.

Step 5: Apply alcohol-free toner, moisturizer and eye cream. (For the winter months, I love our Firming Eye Therapy, Glow Enhancing Cream and Hawaiian Nourishing Cream.) Voila—glowing skin!

-Get a good night’s sleep. Without proper sleep, not only will you feel tired, but look it too. (Read: Why does my skin look better after a good night’s sleep?)

-Sleep on two pillows to elevate your head. Another beneficial strategy to help reduce morning under eye puffiness by draining fluids.

Exfoliate the neck and chest. Since more than likely you’ll be wearing something that will reveal both the neck and chest, it’s important to get this area looking smooth. Apply a gentle facial scrub like Micro Crystal Cream to the neck. Look up at the ceiling (to keep the skin taut while exfoliating) and massage in circular motions for 60 seconds. Then apply scrub to the chest and massage in that area too. It’s important to not apply a lot of pressure when exfoliating the neck as the skin is very sensitive there and can get red easily. Rinse and apply moisturizer to give deliver hydration to the newly revealed cells.

-Get your glow on. Many cosmetic companies make great shimmery powders and makeup primers to use both on the face and body to give exposed skin a sparkly glow. These are fun and very appropriate for the holiday season—no matter what your age. Check out Glow Enhancing Cream to give your skin a radiance!

I hope you find these tips helpful to get your skin looking its best for that holiday party! Have fun!

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