We love the holidays and all of its merry trappings. There are ski slopes to conquer, toasts to be cheered and sleep to, well, catch up on. Factor in the frosty outdoors and overheated indoors and our skin faces its annual challenge: complexion protection. Luckily, we’ve got you covered.


With holiday parties, overindulgence and late nights aplenty, here are five ways to survive the festive season beautifully.

neutrogena hydroboost1. MANAGE DRY SKIN

Harsh conditions aren’t restricted to the outdoor skating rink and the ski slopes. When your furnace is on full blast and there’s minimal humidity in the air, you’re creating desert-like conditions for your face. “It takes a toll on our skin,” affirms Dr. Paul Cohen, a Toronto-based dermatologist at the Rosedale Dermatology Centre. “Overexposure to diverse temperatures can cause water to evaporate from our skin, “drying it of moisture and making it crack. When skin is dehydrated, it isn’t radiant and doesn’t glow. Your skin will start to appear rough and dry, and your complexion will look dull and lacklustre.”

What You Can Do

While our skin’s natural oils (sebums and lipids) are genetically programmed to kick in, lubricating our dermis and trapping moisture in the skin to create a protective barrier, your face still needs an ally: moisturizer. Rehydration is a must, confirms Dr. Lisa Kellett, a dermatologist at DLK on Avenue in Toronto. Lotions and creams containing humectants like hyaluronic acid and emollients, like vitamins A and E, shea butter and plant-based oils help combat the resulting transepidermal water loss and the shedding of the dead skin cells of the top layer of skin, says
Dr. Kellett. Plus, they’ll attract water to the dermis and lock it in. Make sure to “apply your moisturizer to wet or damp skin,” advises Dr. Kellett.“This will increase the absorption of it during the winter.”

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