There are so many reasons we love the holidays: family, friends, food, parties—the list goes on and on. But amidst the flurry of excitement, our skincare and wellness regimens usually seem to fall by the wayside. That's fine once in a while, but most of us want to look and feel our best throughout the holiday season. To ensure your inner glow is reflected outwardly at every holiday event, we asked Mathilde Thomas, founder of French skincare brand Caudalie, to help us develop a strategy to eat, drink, and be merry and still have radiant skin. Here, her best tips to keep your skin looking flawless.
Increase your glow before a party.
For instant results, Thomas recommends using a glycolic peel mask, like Caudalie's, for just ten minutes. (You can also try Origins GinZing Peel-Off Mask.) Then, prime your face with your favorite hydrating moisturizer, tinted moisturizer, a light bronzer, blush, and highlighter. Finish with a spritz of pore-refining and makeup setting spray, like Caudalie Beauty Elixir, and you're good to go.
Savor one glass of red wine.
"Choose red wine over other alcoholic beverages—it's the only truly healthy option since it contains the powerful antioxidant resveratrol," she says. "It's also less sweet and has fewer calories." She also recommends sticking to one glass and enjoying it slowly. "Two glasses of wine will start a chain reaction of inflammation in your body, and your cheeks and nose may become red," she explains, and adds that too much alcohol can lead to breakouts, rosacea, puffiness under the eyes, and wrinkles.
Do damage control when you arrive home from a party.
Have fun and enjoy yourself, but when you get home, take off your makeup and give your skin a little extra pampering. Thomas uses Caudalie's Vine[Activ] Overnight Detox Oil. "It's infused with antioxidants from grape seed oil and detoxifying carrot oils, which renew and protect overworked skin," she says. When skin is super dry, she likes to use her Moisturizing Mask as a night cream and sleeping with it on. (We also like Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil and Laneige Water Sleeping Mask.)
Continue damage control the next day.
The morning after, Thomas always recommends drinking a glass of detoxifying hot water with fresh squeezed lemon, and making sure you stay hydrated throughout the afternoon.
Keep puffy eyes at bay with cold eye cream.
"Put your eye cream in the fridge, and apply it by massaging under your eyes using a teaspoon that you keep in the freezer," she says.
In between parties, do a mini detox.
If you need a more serious detox to regain your glow, Thomas loves green sencha tea, "which gives you energy and is loaded with antioxidants that will help detox your body," she says. "And try avoiding meat and instead eating lots of vegetables, fruits, and nuts."
But don't go crazy.
"You still see the mythical French diet of croissants and coffee in Paris but it is not every day," Thomas says. "French women try everything, but they're mindful with their portions and there is no eating between meals. In my family, we enjoy having a baguette at three meals—always paired with cheese and wine from my family's vineyard in Bordeaux—on top of a homemade meal with proteins and veggies for dinner."