Holiday Beauty Hacks for a Healthy Glow
Despite all the fun the holiday season brings, the most wonderful time of the year can also wreak havoc on your skin. Too many holiday cocktails, late night catch-up sessions with rarely seen friends and extra stress can often leave telltale signs on your face. Fear not. We've got some easy tips for to help you shrink your pores, de-puff your undereyes, and make your skin look radiant-all with products that you probably already have at home.
Revive Tired Eyes
If the alcohol and salt from the holiday-themed cocktails at last night's company party have left your eyes puffy and tired, brew yourself some tea!
1) Dip caffeinated tea bags in hot water for 1-2 minutes.
2) Place the wet tea bags in the refrigerator (preferably overnight).
3) Take the cooled tea bags and lay them under your eyes and watch the puffiness dissipate.
But why does this work? Dermatologist Jeannette Graf explains that caffeinated teas (particularly black tea) contain tannins–a substance found in many plants–which help the skin to constrict. "Tea bags are preferable to cotton pads soaked in tea, since they are far more concentrated in tannins," she explains.
Shrink Your Pores
Large pores can make your skin look dull and tired, but a simple, homemade toner can reverse the damage quickly.
1) Mix one part apple cider vinegar (1/2 cup) with two parts water (1 cup) in a bowl.
2) Dip a cotton pad in the mixture, and swipe it over your face to shrink your pores and kill bacteria.
Highlight Your Fave Features
If you haven't heard of strobing, then you clearly haven't been on the internet in the past year. The hottest new beauty trend brings out all your best features, and is easily executed with your favorite highlighter.
To slim your nose, simply run a streak of highlighter down the center of your nose. To make your eyes appear bigger, brighter and more awake, dab the highlighter in the inner corner of your eyes. And if it's fuller lips you're after, apply the highlighter on your cupid's bow and presto! Voluminous lips.
So go enjoy your holiday festivities knowing that at least some of the ensuing damage is easily corrected.