How to Revive Your Skin After the Holidays

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December 31st is the last day of the 2010’s, so stock up on some z’s and arm yourself with a powerful setting spray because it’s going to be a wild night. Most of us have big goals for 2020. However, mustering up the motivation on January 1st after partying all night rarely works—especially when you wake up sporting last night’s makeup, smudged.

All this to say, New Year’s Day often kick-starts the “I’ll start tomorrow” procrastination cycle, and that’s something we’d like to leave in the ‘10s. This year, we challenge you to welcome the brand new decade with a fresh face and perspective! This guide will help you bounce back after your celebrations, so you can put your best face forward in the New Year.

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm, $34

Let’s be real, you’ll probably be too tired to take off your makeup after that crazy New Year’s party. Don’t worry, we won’t judge if you end up snoozing in your NYE look. Luckily, Green Clean will delve deep into your pores and release stubborn, slept-in makeup. The balm’s sunflower oil, moringa extract, and ginger root oil blend melts away the toughest makeup along with dirt, grime, and impurities so you can start off 2020 with a fresh face.

Caudalie Moisturizing Mask, $39

If NYE treats and cocktails don’t dry out your skin, consider yourself superhuman. But just to be on the safe side, give your complexion a burst of dewy hydration with Caudalie’s Moisturizing Mask this January 1st. Infused with nourishing grape seed oil and skin-fortifying vinolevure, this mask creates a protective skin barrier, which restores moisture levels, relieves tightness, and imparts a radiant glow. Pop on this skin-quenching mask and make it a weekly habit throughout 2020.

Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner, $14

Late nights can often leave our heads feeling fuzzy and our complexions looking a little dull. Luckily, Good Molecules knows how to perk up skin and brighten your mood in the process. Formulated with niacinamide (vitamin B3) and a stable form of vitamin C, this radiance-inducing toner works to reduce the appearance of dullness, uneven skin tone, and enlarged pores to effectively cure your skin hangover.

Chemist Confessions Mr. Reliable Moisturizer, $35

Before you dive into your first makeup look of 2020, make sure that you apply a moisturizer that you can count on 365 days of the year. Mr. Reliable features a blend of humectants, softening emollients and protective occlusives (moisturizing ointments) to plump, hydrate, and soothe any skin irritation from your NYE shenanigans.

UMA Deeply Clarifying Neem Charcoal Cleanser, $65

Slough off last year’s dead skin cells with a cleanser that releases surface debris and trapped oil, helping to avoid breakouts that might surface after the holiday season ends. Enriched with powerful ingredients like impurity-expunging charcoal, anti-microbial botanic Neem as well as healing aloe, this deep cleanser penetrates far beyond the surface to clear, calm and nourish your skin.