5 Simple Ways to Prep Skin for the Holidays

See you later, alcohol-induced breakouts.
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See you later, alcohol-induced breakouts.
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I've been seeing Francesca Paige for several years and every time, she has a wealth of information to share (see her tips on common skin mistakes here). Since the holidays tend to be a pretty crazy time with weather changes, stress, alcohol, and wearing more makeup than usual, I thought it would be nice to reach out to her for some simple steps you can take to make sure your skin is in its best shape for the holiday season. Her tips below! - Emily

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Starting right now, use a weekly face mask that not only hydrates but also oxygenates the skin. I love Image Ageless Total Resurfacing Masque with glycolic and lactic acid for a smooth bright complexion a couple times a week followed by Biologique Recherche Masque VIP O2. I put it all around my eyes–both the upper and lower lids, to ward off puffiness. It's one of my favorites. 

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Maintain your regular workouts and keep your diet clean—avoid salty, sugary foods to ward off any pesky water retention and undo puffiness. By the time you're attending holiday parties, you're going to want to indulge a bit in these types of food, so in the weeks leading up, do your best to minimize them as they exacerbate puffy skin.

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Bring out the humidifier this time of year. It will help keep the skin supple by keeping moisture in the air. During cooler months, who doesn’t love a nice hot shower? It's tempting to indulge, but it's important for skin to keep water on the cooler side, as the hotter the water the drier your skin gets, which can bring on irritation and inflammation.

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While getting party-ready is always a blast, recovering from parties is a lot less fun–but necessary. Try and get enough sleep and stay hydrated on your off day or night. If you need to quickly de-puff, reach for pure aloe vera (keeping it simple) or even cold spoons from your freezer (keeping it even simpler). Make some chamomile tea and use the tea bags over your eyes while you cover the rest of your face and neck with honey (which has moisturizing, soothing, and plumping properties), and relax. These are all things most of us have in our homes.

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With the holiday-spurred boost in alcoholic beverages and sweet foods, you may have little pesky breakouts that surface. Keep my product FPSkin BFF handy. This little blemish fighter helps take down swelling and irritation with out drying your skin. You can apply makeup right over it if needed and can be used as often as you want to keep breakouts at bay. My clients swear by it for a reason!