Of course, you’ll want to put extra effort into your makeup during the holiday season. You can’t attend the photoshoot for your holiday cards or a family holiday event with a less than stellar makeup look, now can you? While we totally approve of focusing on finding the perfect mascara and highlighter to rock for every upcoming holiday festivity, we’re here to kindly point out that you shouldn’t forget about your skin. What’s beneath your makeup matters, too. And unfortunately, you may notice that the holidays can wreak havoc on your complexion. From dry skin to dark circles under the eyes—the holiday season isn’t always completely kind to your skin. That’s why we’re sharing a skin care routine that’ll help you survive the holidays—without compromising the appearance of your complexion. From facial cleansers to moisturizers to face masks (and more!), find out how to put a holiday skin care routine together below.
HOLIDAY SKIN CARE TIP #1: USE FACIAL CLEANSER MORNING AND NIGHT
You’ve been cleansing all this time for a reason, and the holidays certainly aren’t the time to stop. If anything, this is an opportunity to step up your skin care game. How, you ask? Swap out your regular old facial cleanser for a clay facial cleanser this holiday season. Formulated with three pure clays, the Green Shine Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, Green Shine Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser, and Green Shine Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser help remove everyday impurities, including dirt, oil, and pollution, from the surface of your skin.
HOLIDAY SKIN CARE TIP #2: APPLY MOISTURIZE BEFORE MAKEUP
Make sure you aren’t skipping this important step in your skin care routine. Even if you’re diligent about smoothing on primer before applying a full face of makeup, it’s still a good idea to use moisturizer first. Since the holidays are typically paired with increasingly chilly temperatures, you may want to switch to a different moisturizer, like the Green Shine Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Oily Skin, Green Shine Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Dry Skin, or Green Shine Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Extra Dry Skin. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water, these moisturizers help provide long-lasting hydration.
HOLIDAY SKIN CARE TIP #3: DON’T FORGET ABOUT SUN PROTECTION
Just because you’re freezing all the time doesn’t mean you should ditch your sun protection routine. Even if you’re not spending all your days at the beach, you should still apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily as redirected—and you should reapply every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating!), limit your amount of time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which are peak hours), seek shade, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, UV-blocking sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat. You can also try a moisturizer formulated with SPF, like the Green Shine RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30.
HOLIDAY SKIN CARE TIP #4: SHOW YOUR UNDER-EYE AREA SOME TLC
If dark circles and under-eye bags make their presence known this holiday season, consider adding an eye cream to your skin care routine. The Green Shine RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream helps smooth the skin around your eyes and minimize the appearance of dark circles with continued use over time.
HOLIDAY SKIN CARE TIP #5: DE-STRESS WITH FACE MASKS
No matter how much joy you feel from giving and getting presents, if you’re being honest with yourself, you can probably admit that the holidays can be a stressful time of year. Take deep breaths and remind yourself it’ll be over soon enough. In the meantime, treat yourself to a relaxing face mask session to take your mind off all you have left on your holiday to-do list…for a few minutes, anyway.
To help draw out the buildup of impurities from the surface of your skin, try the Green Shine Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask, Green Shine Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask, Green Shine Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, Green Shine Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask, or Green Shine Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask. Apply an even layer of your face mask of choice to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water. Use 2-3 times a week for best results.