3 Ways Party Season Upsets Your Skin—and How to Prevent Them

When you’ve gone to the effort of buying a new velvet jumpsuit and booking a lunchtime blow-dry, it only makes sense that you want your skin to glow through this season’s Christmas parties. Unfortunately, a combination of dry winter air and all those late, late nights make fresh, dewy skin a near-impossible feat. Throw in one too many cocktails and shopping stress, and you’ve got yourself a veritable complexion crisis. So what to do? We asked skincare specialist Debbie Thomas and ZO Skin Health dermatologist Rick Woodin, MD, to help us solve all our party-season skincare woes. Here are their tips…

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The Solution: Chances are you’ll sleep in your makeup at least once in December, so Thomas recommends using a good-for-your-skin foundation. “Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation (£45) is aloe vera–based, so it soothes, repairs and is breathable,” she advises. “[Also] Exuviance Coverblend Foundation (£27) is lightweight, oil-free and packed full of anti-ageing gluconolactone.”

Make sure you give skin a good cleanse as soon as you wake up. Use a cream cleanser like Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (£15) first; then follow with a grainy exfoliator to unclog pores. Clinique Exfoliating Scrub (£21) is suitably scrubby without being too harsh. Follow with a sheet mask like Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair PowerFoil Mask (£62). The final step? “Roll your face with a cold jade or rose roller to promote lymph drainage and reduce puffiness from the effects of the night before,” says Rick.

Up next: 13 party-season hairstyles you’ll absolutely love.