santa’s good(skin) list

From sipping hot cocoa and sledding (if Tennessee ever decides have a proper winter) to movie marathons and last-minute gift shopping, nothing beats the winter holiday season.

While the holidays are great, however, winter can really take a toll on your skin. You wear it every day, and with all of those upcoming parties, you’re bound to have at least one camera flashing away at you, so here are some tips to save your skin from the wicked winter winds, and hopefully, from an undesirable spot on Santa’s naughty list.

1. Bottoms up!

Water, that is. Especially when it’s so cold outside, water is even more important to having clear, glowing, and hydrated skin. Added bonus? It’ll tackle any extra cravings for another holiday cookie, so your stomach will thank you, too (Read: you won’t be one of those crazed chicas sweating the Santa gut away on the elliptical when swimsuit season rolls around).

2. Oil to the world!

The savior, Josie Maran’s 100% Pure Argan Oil, reigns. I know, I know…it seems so counterintuitive to coat your face with oil, but trust me (or Allure) on this one: it plumps your skin and eradicates the redness and irritation that comes from, well, Jack Frost nipping at your nose. Your skin always deserves the gold standard, and Argan oil is the “liquid gold of Morocco,” but if you’re still a little sketched out by putting pure oil on your face, Maran’s Argan Infinity Cream does the trick just as nicely!

3. Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow.

Beat the blotch with antioxidant-rich foods like raspberries, pomegranates, and blackberries, which are another secret to great skin. Help yourself to another serving of potatoes au gratin, but be sure you fruit up or you might be as red as Santa.

4. The humidi(fire) is so delightful.

Coming from someone who’s been fighting off a cold for the past week, a humidifier not only helps you breathe easy but also is smart investment for your skin. Central heating systems blast warm, dry air throughout, and humidifiers help prevent your skin from drying out.

5. I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus…

and hopefully mommy wasn’t smooching Santa with dry lips! Try Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment, which has beautiful shades ranging from clear to Ruby– a sheer, cranberry red. Its smooth, irresistibly creamy texture will zap the chap and with an SPF 15, it also protects your pout from the sun, which can be even harsher in the winter.

6. Shower me with presents!

…but try to avoid boiling hot showers. Though they may feel ah-mazing on a blisteringly cold day, they can strip your skin of the moisture it needs. Keep it warm and save the heat for the Hot Toddy’s you can sip to your heart’s content.

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