Surviving the Holidays: Three Skincare Commandments

Wizard of Oz witch

It’s 4 a.m. and I just rolled in from a great party. I can only imagine doing this another three or four times this month. Partying hard this season will more than likely take a toll on your skin unless you’re paying attention. Like with everything good, most humans don’t know what they have until it’s gone. It always amazes me how callous people are when it comes to skincare.

By now, you should be doing at least the basics: washing your face with a gentle cleanser, moisturizing and wearing sunscreen—yes, this applies to Black people too, unless you’re trying to destroy your skin’s elasticity.

In our youth, we feel invincible, but life happens fast, and that’s especially true of skin that’s neglected. If you ride it hard, it’ll show. Every time I’m tempted to skip a step in my skincare regime, the witch from Oz appears in the mirror and says, “I’ll get you my pretty.” This season, while you’re partying hard, drinking harder and indulging in every combination of salt, sugar, fat, here are a few easy things you can do to get your skin through the holidays.

 

Three Skin Commandments

1. Remove your makeup before you crash.

I know you stumbled home drunk off your ass, but you really don’t want to sleep with all that crap you packed on your face before you left. Dirt in your pores overnight blocks your skin’s ability to regenerate. The bottom line is it causes breakouts, and your skin is guaranteed to be dull for a few days. If that’s not enough of an incentive, then remember this: you’ll lose eyelashes over this.

Tip: Get yourself some face wipes. No matter how smashed or exhausted you are, a few swipes and you’re good. My advice is to stay away from anything too fancy. Keep it unscented and hypoallergenic.

2. Hydrate!

Only drink water and green tea before and after a long night of partying; those Cinq à septs (Montreal’s version of happy hour) will get you.

Tip: If I know I’ll be drinking, I limit myself to one coffee and fill up on water. Alcohol dehydrates your skin. The trick is to get a few extra glasses of water in, and add some antioxidant rich green tea to the mix. When you get home, try to drink a glass of water before falling asleep. Yes, you’re being naughty, but at least you’re balancing it out with something good.

3. Moisturize.

Give your skin some love. If you partied all night, it might be a good idea to do a moisturizing mask. If you don’t have one, get yourself some honey and aloe vera gel. Mix them together and slather it on. Rinse and then follow up with a skin nourishing moisturizer. You may be a minimalist, but the cream should have at least some vitamin C and E.

It’s true; if all else fails you can go see the wizard, who will inject you full of botox and fillers. I’m not against that, but give yourself a fighting chance. Good luck. I’m going to pass out now.