Too Much Holiday Fun? Party Skin Prevention and Recovery Tips

    ‘Tis the season, what seems to be the reason?’  This is how many of my holiday season conversations start with patients. ‘What’s the reason for my redness, puffy eyes, overly dry skin?’  While I love this time of year, I always wish my patients would come in before the holiday party season starts as many of the most advanced treatments we do at the Skin Wellness Center of Chicago require multiple visits.

    However, in this crunch time, I’ve listed a few beauty tips you should remember before you head to your holiday party and a few post-party recovery ideas. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!

    Get the Glow, Naturally.

    Winter skin often gets dull and dry, making you look sallow.  Look for makeup products, like mineral makeup, with light reflecting pigments which will make your skin glow!  Quick tip: perk up your skin by grabbing some of your winter moisturizer (remember to choose one that is a bit creamier for winter unless you are acne pone) and mix in some liquid bronzer. If you don’t have a liquid bronzer at home, one of my favorite glowing bronzer is Nars Illumizer.  Dry skin looks more uneven so making sure you are well moisturized with a bit of illuminizer will give you a youthful dewy glow!

    Drink water before, during and after the party.

    Most people are slightly dehydrated during the winter because we drink less water.  So make sure you drink appropriate amounts of liquids during the winter months. Drink a few extra glasses before the holiday party, have a glass while at the party (between cocktails) and be sure to have a glass or two before you go to bed. This may prevent you from over eating, which is hard not to do this time of year. And your skin will thank you the next morning.

    Eat anti-oxidant rich appetizers at holiday parties.  If you’re attending a party with food, look for berries in bright colors such as pomegranates and cranberries. Look for dishes that might have sweet potatoes, carrots, red peppers and other anti-oxidant rich ingredients.  Avoid overly salty items.  If drinking, have a pomegranate martini or glass of red wine.  However, remember that drinking red wine while on certain medications can cause skin irritation, so be sure to monitor your alcohol intake and be sure to drink lots of water to help hydrate the skin.

    Use Tea Bags for Puffy Eyes:

    To help eliminate or reduce puffy eyes, sleep with your head elevated on a pillow or two – try not to sleep face down. Apply cool tea bags (best to keep some steeped and in the refrigerator) to your eyes when you wake up.  I recommend green or chamomile tea bags, both are extremely soothing and green tea has antioxidants that can help reduce swelling/puffiness.  Also, add an extra coat of mascara to help open your eyes.

    Last Minute Pimple? No Problem!

    Don’t pick it!  This might leave a dark mark.  A dab of preparation H should do the trick in a pinch. It’s always best to avoid the breakouts by adhering to your acne regimen prescribed by your dermatologist.

    FINALLY, My Last Tip…

    Avoid overhead lighting. Side-lighting is more flattering!

    About Dr. Brooke Jackson:  As a board certified Dermatologist and Dermatologic Surgeon, Brooke Jackson, M.D., is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology as well as the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.  She is also the founder of the Skin Wellness Center of Chicago (www.skinwellnesscenter.org), a full service cosmetic dermatology practice. For more information, look for updates on the Skin Wellness Center Facebook and Twitter pages or call: 312-236-9950.

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