From the cookies to the champagne to the dreaded circles that tend to accompany staying up all night with friends you haven’t seen in months or even years, the holidays can be as stressful on your skin as to your mental health. Luckily, neither has to suffer. Keep reading for our tips on how to fight the unwanted effects that holiday fun can have on your skin.

Watch the sugar. 

If you have a sweet tooth, the holidays can be tricky. Whether it’s your aunt’s famous pumpkin pie or your coworker’s baking hobby filling the office kitchen, it can be difficult to resist. The thing is, sugar is one of the worst sources of inflammation in the body, which can have unwanted effects on your skin. There’s a difference, however, between added sugars, such as those in most baked goods, and sugars naturally found in foods, such as fruits and veggies. To keep your skin clear and healthy, avoid too many processed sugars. Enjoy that fantastic pie in moderation, but try to satisfy your sweet tooth with fruit instead, when you can.

Always exfoliate.

Exfoliation is vital to healthy skin because it removes dead skin cells, paving the way for moisturizers to more deeply and effectively penetrate into the skin. This is also what makes it extra important to help your skin survive the season of nonstop events. Winter is the time of extra dry skin, and exfoliation aids in shedding those dead skin cells. Indulge in the process when getting ready for the party, as foundation will then apply more easily to create a smooth base for your makeup. On the flip side, you could exfoliate after the party to give your skin a fresh lift once all the makeup has come off. 

Our White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel is the ideal holiday season exfoliator for a few reasons. In addition to the Vitamin C’s ability to reduce the appearance of dark spots and dullness, the citrusy ingredient also channels summer vibes, with an invigorating scent of orange that is a total mood booster on blustery winter days. 

Double down on the double cleanse. 

We are, naturally, huge fans of the double cleanse. But come holiday season, it’s more important than ever to stay dedicated to your skincare ritual. It pretty much goes without saying that not properly cleansing your skin will leave it congested and irritated – conditions that the winter season naturally worsens. So when you get home from the party, especially if it’s been a long night, you might want to just go right to bed – but don’t. Head to the sink and don’t skimp on the double cleanse; your skin will thank you in the morning. The concept of a double cleanse is rooted in the beneficial pairing of the cleansing bar with the oil, which is extra nourishing and exceptionally good for dry skin – the bane of everyone’s winter existence.

It’s not just the morning after the party, either. Commitment to double cleansing is the ideal step to your skin’s full recovery post-holidays, as a clean slate for your skin is much needed after all the contouring, defining, and blending required for your holiday makeup looks. For a detoxing deep clean, try our iconic Laszlo-original Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar paired with Detoxifying Cleansing Oil. If pH-balanced hydration is what your skin craves, try our Phelityl Cleansing Bar paired with Hydra-Therapy Cleansing Oil.

Relax with a mask. 

Masking is fundamental to giving your skin the extra boost of rejuvenation needed post-holiday events. We also love masking because of all the health and beauty rituals, this one might just feel the most like being at a spa while in the comfort of your own home. Set the scene by lighting some candles, putting on some mood music or a true-crime podcast – get some inspiration from the podcasts we've been checking out – and filling the tub with your favorite bath oil: lavender to relax or peppermint to invigorate. 

Balance, hydrate, deeply nourish, a little bit of everything – there’s a mask for that. For the most lavish spa-like experience, indulge in the soothing, moisture-replenishing sensations of our Hydra-Therapy Skin Vitality Treatment; remove impurities without drying your skin out with the creamy, lightweight texture of our Pore Cleansing Clay Mask; and for an overnight treatment, our Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask contains Prickly Pear, Green Ginger, and Mugwort Extracts – all known for their ability to attract water in challenging environments, perfect for parched skin in need of an extra boost. 

Water and sleep are your best friends.

The points are basic, but too important not to bear repeating when it comes to how your skin can survive the holiday season. Whether eating dinner with family or socializing with friends, it’s all too easy to get dehydrated when you’re out and about, so keep a water bottle with you at all times. As for sleep, we’ve elaborated on how important a good night’s rest is for your skin and shared our tips for how to beat insomnia. Read up to remember that a well-rested body is always the first step to radiant skin. 

The holiday festivities are great for your social life, but maybe not as great for your skin. Luckily, you can have the best of both worlds if you maintain a disciplined skincare ritual to balance out the extra indulgences of the season.