After all of the holiday indulgences, it’s time to clean up our act! January usually marks the beginning of an overhaul for the resident beauty buff, starting with skincare. We’ve cleaned out our skincare stash to share a few tips to get your skin looking as bright as the New Year.
Recharge and Rebalance
Many were likely laid up with a hangover after 2015’s welcoming party, thanks to all of that bubbly. Alcohol dehydrates the body and leaves your skin looking dried out and dull, so your hangover cure is the same solution to revive your skin. Increase your water intake—feel free to throw in some lemon, lime, mint, or cucumber to spice things up—and get yourself some serious shut eye. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothin’!
Revive and Restore
If you’re in need of instant gratification, a mask can work wonders to restore your skin’s glow. Since masks can be miracle workers, we suggest applying Bliss’ Multi-‘Face’-eted All-In-One Anti-Aging Clay Mask once a week. It’s a major multitasker, helping to de-toxify, resurface, and brighten skin’s appearance, all at once, in a matter of minutes. Glamglow’s Powermud Mask is a gentler alternative, using a blend of prickly pear, pine, frankincense, and myrrh oil to nourish skin while purifying it.
Exfoliating should be a regular part of your routine, but if you’ve skipped on the scrub for a while, it’s time to get back into the swing of it. If you didn’t receive a Clarisonic over the holidays, Origins’ GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser can give skin the jolt it needs with an added boost of caffeine to smooth, tighten, and brighten. You can also mix Dermalogica’s Daily Microexfoliant into your go-to cleanser to gently shed your winter skin while evening out skin pigmentation.
You might be getting more of those greens into your diet, but you’ll also need to feed your face. Ole Henriksen’s iconic Truth Serum boosts brightness with its proprietary “5-C” vitamin C complex, while rose hip seed heals the skin. Those with extra thirsty skin can also slather Dr. Jart+’s Ceramidin Oil Balm over the rest of their nightly skincare products to nourish and retain moisture in the harsh winter weather, or even to soften dry patches on the rest of the body.