Affordable Post-Holiday Beauty Regime

The holiday season is always full of time with family and friends and even more time eating and drinking. And while this may start off relatively harmless, after a few weeks of overindulging, my skin looks miserable. I have sensitive skin to begin with, and I have to be extra careful to not do anything to make the situation worse.

But of course, I didn’t follow my own advice and I broke out — badly! So badly that Maritza asked if I was having an allergic reaction. (Oh sisters, gotta love ‘em). I needed a way to get my skin back in check fast and Lydi’Ann was so kind as to share her post-holiday skin regime with me. And thank goodness, it’s helped clear up my face a bit. So here are the steps below!

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Step 1

I start off the regimen by wetting my face with water. Then, I place a small amount of the Bioré Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser on the Olay Pro Facial Cleansing Brush and exfoliate on the lowest setting. Sometimes I use the Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser that came with the Olay brush, but lately I’ve been going for the Bioré. I do this for about 20 seconds and keep a very light hand. I don’t want to irritate my skin and have all my efforts go down the drain!

Step 2

Next, I pat my skin dry with a towel and use the Neutrogena Rapid Clear Treatment Pads. I wipe my face and neck down with the pad and then I let everything air dry. This step is pretty straight forward.

Step 3

Then comes my favorite step, using SheaMoisture’s African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask. I love this mask! The scent is cross between a light African Black Soap fragrance and clay. It sounds strange but it’s not so bad. I keep the mask on my face for 10 minutes and then I use a warm wash cloth to wipe it all off.

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Step 4

Finally, I rinse my face with water one last time, pat dry, and then slather on the Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask Gel-Moisturizer to finish up my regimen. This moisturizer feels light to the touch and goes on quite easily. One thing that I noticed is that my face looks super shiny whenever I use this, but by the time that I wake up, it’s absorbed into my skin and I don’t look as shiny.

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So there you have it — my post-holiday skin regime. A PSA to anyone that might try this: make sure you do any waxing before you start or wait at least three days to be on the safe side. I had the genius idea of waxing my upper lip the day after I started this regime and I had a lovely burn as a parting gift.

Anyway, tell us below, do you have any post-holiday skin regime tips to help bring your skin back to normal after the holidays?

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