If you, like us, indulged a little too much this festive season, it’s likely your skin is making you pay for it right about now. While the Christmas period throws up a whole host of skin-ravaging factors - think late nights, cold weather, a skip-full of sugar - there’s one vice that can upset a clear complexion like no other: alcohol. Luckily there are a host of skin repairing beauty buys to help detox your skin this January.
The effects of alcohol on the skin are manifold. If you haven’t been more than 3ft away from a bottle of prosecco since November, it’s likely your complexion is currently repaying you with a plethora of problems. “Alcohol alters the blood flow to the skin and produces an unhealthy appearance for days following overindulgence” explains Dr. Nicholas Perricone, founder of Perricone MD skincare. “This effect can manifest as dullness, enlarged pores, discolouration, and a red and blotchy complexion, puffiness around the eyes, loss of contours, sagging and lack of resilience.”
Sound familiar? Worry not, because we’ve rounded up five of the hardest-working skin saviours so you can sort out your skin from the comfort of your own sofa (because let’s face it, you live there now.)
For dullness: Omorovicza Acid Fix, £85
More of a gentle, multi-purpose renewer than a hardcore resurfacer, this is exactly the kind of product you should be reaching for after a month of indulgence. It’s formulated a variety of acids - Glycolic, Salicylic and Lactic are all in there - as well as new kid on the block Lactobionic acid, which encourages cell renewal to bring back that glow you lost somewhere in-between christmas parties four and five.
For sensitivity: La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Fluid, £17.50
If your skin seems to throw a tantrum no matter what you put on it, have a go with this tried-and-trusted classic. An ultra-minimalist hydrator, it’s completely void of any potential skin irritators - parabens, fragrance and preservatives included - and will instantly calm an inflamed complexion.
For breakouts. Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel, £15.50
A Stylist Best Beauty 2017 winner, this potent formula is peerless when it comes to calming angry, inflamed blemishes. Salicylic acid clears excess oil that leads to spots, while caffeine and red algae reduce redness.
For eye bags: Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Eye Serum £43
A season of late nights can really take its toll on the delicate eye area, as those lost hours of rest result in dark circles and puffiness. This clever eye serum is formulated with Vitamin C to brighten the skin and make eyes look brighter. Use it in conjunction with the corresponding face serum for all-over illumination.
For dehydration: Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, £42
While dry skin is a recognised skin type, anyone can experience dehydrated skin - even those with an oily complexion. Caused by a lack of water, dehydrated skin will feel tight and rough, and fine lines will look more prominent. Peter Thomas Roth’s Cloud Cream is formulated with a whopping 30% Hyaluronic acid in three different molecular sizes, meaning it locks water into both the skin surface and the deeper layers beneath.