What better way to kick off your new year than by giving your skin the pampering it deserves? 

Today, we’ll show you how to give your skin a rejuvenating detox to help it bounce back to its former glowy glory.

Why Are the Holidays So Hard on Our Skin?

Now that you can start winding down from the holiday hubbub, you might notice that your skin looks less radiant than usual. 

You’re not alone! Our skin can take a beating during a season that’s all about enjoying an extra glass of bubbly and treating yourself to sugary-sweet treats.

So, what are the main culprits?

  • Dairy has been linked to increased acne breakouts, so those extra glasses of eggnog may leave your skin looking worse for the wear. The ADA shared a study that found that women who drink two or more glasses of milk daily are 44% more likely to have acne.  
  • While all those delicious holiday treats are tempting, they’re also hard on our skin. Foods high in sugar can cause glycation, in which sugar-related inflammation breaks down the collagen in the skin. 
  • Late nights spent prepping for parties and wrapping gifts mean you lack the quality sleep necessary for your skin to repair and rejuvenate itself. Sleep deprivation increases the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in your body, which causes inflammation, further breaking down collagen. It also inhibits the immune response, leaving your skin barrier compromised and you more vulnerable to pollutants. 
  • When you couple the dry, cold air with the diuretic effects of alcohol, you’re dealing with a double dose of dehydration. A lack of moisture leaves your skin flaky, uncomfortably tight, and lacking its usual supple bounciness. 

Lucky for us, our skin is an incredibly resilient organ, and with a little extra TLC, we can take it from dull and dry to supple and spry.

A Holiday Detox How-To

If you want to get your skin back on track after the holidays, you’ll need to take a targeted approach to address the most likely culprits behind your less-than-stellar complexion.

Rehydrate Inside and Out

First and foremost, you need to rehydrate. Drinking enough water helps your body flush out toxins and gives your skin a youthful plumpness, while dehydration leaves it dull and lacking elasticity.

As for the outside, treat your complexion to hydrating moisturizers with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides and cholesterol. A rich cream gives your skin an instant quench, while the humectants continue to draw water from the environment to keep you hydrated all day. SkinCeuticals carries several hyaluronic products, including Hydrating B5 Gel, H.A. Intensifier and Retexturizing Activator. SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 is an excellent moisturizer delivery ceramides and cholesterol. Revision Skincare DEJ Face Cream  is an advanced skin-renewing moisturizer that firms, lifts and smooths the skin while improving the skin’s natural skin barrier.

Cleanse With Detoxifying Skincare Ingredients

Next, your skin needs a gentle cleanser to draw impurities out of your pores without stripping away excess oil. 

Exfoliate to Speed Up Cell Turnover

Once your skin is clean, you’ll want to slough away the old, dull, dead skin to make way for new cell growth. Stick with a mild chemical exfoliant with AHA or BHA once or twice a week, depending on your skin type. You’ll immediately notice that your complexion looks fresher and more polished, but keeping up with the routine in the long term is important.

We love NeoStrata Smooth Surface Glycolic Peel®, which contains 10% AHA to enhance skin clarity and texture while reducing the signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles. Also, Advanced Skin Therapeutics Enriched 15% Glycolic Pads with vitamins A, C, E, green tea and CoQ10 to nourish and calm the skin as they gently exfoliate, moisturize and assist in the removal of oil and residue on the skin.

Another excellent choice is NeoStrata Exfoliating Wash is a revitalizing foaming facial wash that exfoliates without over drying, preparing the skin for optimal treatment benefits. Polyhydroxy Acids, including Gluconolactone and Maltobionic Acid, stimulate cell turnover and remove debris from pores, enhancing skin texture and clarity.

Restore pH Balance

Now that your skin is free of the evidence of holiday indulgences, the final step is getting your moisture barrier back to its natural pH, between 4.5 and 5.5.

We walk you through how to test your skin’s acidity in full detail in Balancing Act: How pH Affects Your Skin Health, but to recap:

4.5 to 5.5: Your skin is likely well-balanced, helping to protect against environmental threats and maintain moisture.

Below 4.5: Your skin is overly acidic, which could lead to it being excessively oily and prone to breakouts.

Above 5.5: Your skin is overly alkaline or basic, which could mean it is dry and more susceptible to signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines.

The pH of your products can determine how your skin reacts to them. More acidic products are excellent for exfoliation, while more basic products are better for moisturizing. However, it’s best to choose products labeled as “pH-balanced” for everyday use.

Final Thoughts

One of the best things you can do for your skin after the holidays is commit to regular appointments with your dermatologist. Not only can the experts at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Institute help you address specific concerns, like dryness or acne, but also ensure long-term skin health with regular checkups.

Make 2024 your best skincare year ever by scheduling an appointment!