How to Detox Your Skin After Eating and Drinking Too Much This Holiday Season
I'll be the first to admit that I make many "mistakes" when it comes to my skin. I try to be "good" during the week by eating "clean" and avoid triggers for breakouts like dairy (known to inflame acne) and sugar. And I hit that skincare checklist of washing my makeup off every night (often double cleansing), sleeping on a silk pillowcase (better for avoiding fine lines), and doing a five-step product ritual (cleanser, essence, serum, face cream, eye cream).
That said, put a bubbling slice of New York pizza or a whipped-frosting cupcake or salty margarita in front of me, and you can bet I am indulging. Often that party diet coupled with extra after-work affairs during November and December's soirée season leaves me blochy, broken out, and skipping steps in my skincare routine.
So yes, I am a beauty editor, and I am far from perfect when it comes to keeping my skin *flawless*. Thank the product gods, because there is a whole category of detoxifying formulas meant to help when you can't even. Here, I've rounded up a complete collection of hair, skin, and body goodies that will help you feel and look better if you wake up totally hungover with a food baby!
Kate Somerville Detox Daily Cleanser
The first step after overdoing it is cleaning yourself up! Try the Kate Somerville Detox Daily Cleanser ($36) to efficiently remove dirt and makeup without overdrying stressed skin (yes, your skin can get stressed out, too!). This formula also helps to prevent acne-causing bacteria and stabilize oil production thanks to an ingredient called phytic acid.
Face Inc Instant Detox Sheet Mask
This Face Inc Instant Detox Sheet Mask ($8) is a great pick for lazy people. It's also ideal if you're traveling (pack it for your next bachelorette party!), since it's one-time use and can be tossed after. Apply the sheet mask to clean skin to help purify and depuff your face with soothing ingredients like ginkgo leaf and acacia. Leave it on for 15 minutes — I like to do this in the bath — and then put the extra serum into your skin and go about your day.
21 Drops Detox Essential Oil Blend
Deal with postparty nausea with the help of 21 Drops Detox Essential Oil Blend ($33). You can roll the essential oil onto wrists, temples, and anywhere you need some love. This organic jojoba oil formula contains cardamom to settle the stomach, purifying geranium, juniper to flush out toxins, and relaxing lavender. I love it on a long plane, train, or car ride.
Nip + Fab Detox Blend Body Lotion
After the shower, make your limbs feel better with the Nip + Fab Detox Blend Body Lotion ($16). It will pull the toxins right out of your skin via glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids — which are all exfoliating ingredients. The fragrance of green tea and jasmine works well if you're too tired to deal with perfume.
Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub With Sea Salt
Editors agree that Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub With Sea Salt ($53) is a must own. Your scalp is still part of your head and skincare routine, so you need to make sure it stays clean. This salty head scrub will help rebalance those with sensitive or oily scalps. Basically, use this after too many days of dry shampoo.
First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller
The puffiness under your eyes is usually lymphatic buildup, and the First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller ($26) helps get rid of it by physically moving it out of the way. The cooling roller ball top does this job, while the serum fills in fine lines.
Nails Inc Overnight Detox Nail Mask
Do not forget about your nails! Those nail beds are skin, too! The Nails Inc Overnight Detox Nail Mask ($15) is an overnight treatment mask that has antioxidants, such as green tea, acai berry, and spirulina. These all help with nail growth as well. Do it after you remove crazy-cool glitter gel nail art to help nails breathe.
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber DeTox Bouncy Cream
Know how you're supposed to drink water when you're dehydrated? Well, your skin needs it, too. And cucumbers are a watery veggie. So the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber DeTox Bouncy Cream ($61) is the ideal mask to add some pep back into your skin. It's also oil-free if you're feeling greasy from those late-night fries. And since it is gentle, you can use it both morning and nighttime for faster results.
Caudalie Vine[Activ] Overnight Detox Night Oil
Kill two birds with one stone by nourishing skin with an oil that also turns over cells. The Caudalie Vine[Activ] Overnight Detox Night Oil ($50) is a hero product in this case, since it flushes out free radicals and dead cells while giving dull skin back its glow.
Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo Travel Size
If any brand knows how to create a rock-star dry shampoo, it's blowout salon chain Drybar. The Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo Travel Size ($13) really pumps up volume at the roots while absorbing oil. I love the travel size so you can use it after the gym, if you decide to go sweat out the toxins.
Malin+Goetz Detox Face Mask
You only need to keep the Malin+Goetz Detox Face Mask ($44) on your face for five minutes to get brighter, clearer skin. It has a blend of amino acids, almond extract, white tea extract, vitamin E, and vitamin C to quickly fix your face. Use it about twice a week instead of your cleanser, since it's potent.