• Kate Foster

DO YOU HAVE "HOLIDAY SKIN"?

During the holiday season, we pretty much have two modes: crazy stressed—hi, gift budgets and family gatherings—and completely zen (cue a vignette of the same family gatherings, eating snacks and watching holiday movies).


But did you know all the stress and snacks could actually be to blame if you're noticing your complexion is looking a little less flawless than usual? These are the most likely culprits, exactly how they affect your skin, and how to cover up the damage. (You didn't actually think we'd tell you to cut out Christmas cookies, did you?)


SUGARY SWEETS

In a process called glycation, the sweet stuff essentially toxifies the skin. It breaks down collagen, making your skin look less plump and youthful, and because it increases testosterone production, it also makes your skin produce more oil. The result: pores that are more susceptible to acne. And since sugar is a dehydrating substance, it can also make your undereyes look dark and hollow.


SALTY SNACKS

Going ham (pun intended) on the holiday meat and cracker spread might be the reason you're feeling a little puffy the next morning. Salt causes our cells to retain water, especially in the cheeks or areas where the skin is thinner, like under the eyes.


ALL. THE. STRESS.

Okay, not to add to your anxiety, but extra stress raises levels of the hormone cortisol in the body. This essentially causes your body to go into full-on inflamed mode, including in the skin. Flare-ups of inflammatory skin conditions like acne and eczema are common, then, when you're feeling the pressure.


SO, WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Like we said, we're never going to tell you not to treat yourself. What we will do, though, is help you camouflage any resulting complexion woes. Our Liquid Skin Tint and Conceal + Correct formulas boast natural pigments and nourishing ingredients like argan oil, which not only prevent clogged pores and blemishes from getting worse, but help with skin's hydration and health. Plus, Liquid Skin Tint features natural clays that keep your coverage going strong hours and hours after you apply. Just use a brush, sponge, or your fingertips to apply Liquid Skin Tint all over, then dab Conceal + Correct on problem areas that require more coverage.



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