You might be thinking it's too early to start preparing for the holidays -- didn't we just say hello to fall? But the next few weeks will give you just enough time to give your skin a boost and to let your skin go through at least two regeneration cycles. Experts say that your skin cells turnover every 21 days, so if you start using certain products and change up your skincare routine now, you can look forward to a beautiful and glowing complexion come holiday season.
Here are seven ways to prep your skin for the holidays:
1: Deep Clean Your Pores
When you don't have time to head to the spa for a facial, treat your skin to a deep-cleaning treatment at home. One of my newest favorites is the Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Peeling Gel. It's a little different than your usual scrub or peel-off mask because you just massage it onto the skin until the gel substance rolls up into a small ball. The enzymes in this product help peel away dead skin within minutes. Use it two to three times a week leading up to the holidays for best results.
2: Use a Moisturizing Face Scrub
As the temperature continues to drop, your skin may be getting dry and flaky. You still need to exfoliate though, so try using something like L'Occitane Ultra Rich Face Scrub with Shea Butter. Shea butter moisturizes the skin so the scrub isn't too harsh on sensitive skin. Use this scrub at least once a week to freshen up your complexion.
3: Speed Up the Exfoliating Process
It usually takes about three weeks for skin cells to regenerate, but you can speed up this process by getting a chemical peel or using retinol products. A great alternative to pricey services and products -- and one of my favorite at-home exfoliating products -- is the Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads. Use one pad every other night to start so that cells turn over faster.
4: Moisturize with Argan Oil
Argan oil is a must-have product in any season. Chatelaine calls it a 'wonder oil', and if you really want glowing skin in time for the holidays, you will want to get into the habit of using argan oil as a moisturizing serum every night before bed. I've been using Mogador Certified Organic Argan Oil as a skin moisturizer for over a year now, and also use it to soften and condition my hair.
5: Try a Daily Scrub
There aren't a lot of scrubs out there that aren't too harsh to be used every day, but the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant makes the cut for everyday use. Technically, it's not a scrub -- it's more like a powder that you mix with water to create a creamy buffing paste. But it does help smooth and buff your skin. You could also use something like the Benefit Refined Finish Facial Polish that doubles as a cleanser and skin-polishing treatment.
6: Hydrate Skin Overnight
One of the best things you can do for your skin every day is to use a high-quality moisturizer or face cream every night. One of my favorites is the Shea Ultra Rich Face Cream from L'Occitane. It's a super-concentrated cream that hydrates and nourishes the skin while you sleep. Author and beauty expert Elizabeth TenHouten says, "Shea butter is an extremely hydrating cream-like substance, and it also has anti-inflammatory properties." Use this cream nightly to give your complexion a boost.
7: Brighten Your Complexion with an At-Home Peel
While a chemical peel at the spa can help you achieve a radiant glow within a week, you may not need something so aggressive. The Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel is one of my top choices for an at-home peel. It contains lactic, glycolic, and fruit acids for a gentle but effective exfoliation. Plan on using this only once per week and alternating it with any weekly scrubs you are using to maintain a beautiful glow through the holiday season.