There are a lot of factors that come to play in the quest for good skin, from sleep and stress to hormones and general health. However, diet might be one of the most overlooked parts of the puzzle. The trouble is, at this festive time of year, healthy eating tends to go out of the window.
So many skin experts agree that food can fuel good skin, from Dr. Murad's book, The Water Secret, about feeding your skin with nutrient-rich H2O from food, to Dr. Perricone, who devised an anti-inflammatory diet. Rachel Eckel, a board-certified dermatologist, once told me, “diet is a huge factor when it comes to good skin." Then there's Dr. Nigma Talib, who wrote a book about reversing aging. In it, she identifies four types of face: Sugar Face (which causes the onset of, among other things, forehead wrinkles), Wine Face (including redness and nasolabial lines), Dairy Face (complete with dark circles and small white spots) and Gluten Face (triggering pigmentation and puffiness), because different foods can have very specific effects on the face—and fast. "Don't think that it takes years for eating badly to manifest; with some foods it can take as little as a weekend of overdoing it for your skin to develop signs such as acne, puffiness, changes in skin tone, premature fine lines and wrinkles, sagging, loss of lustre, or dark circles under the eyes," notes Talib on her Instagram.
If you want to mitigate the effects of a less-than-healthy diet—because we're all human and we have to live our lives, which means drinking wine and eating festive treats for the next few weeks—then keep reading. Below, we've rounded up the nine best products that will keep your skin looking its glowy, healthy best. It may not be a long-term solution, but if you're looking for a quick fix or even an instant reset, these products will have your (skin's) back.
A favorite of Rosie Huntington-Whitely, this seriously effective exfoliating serum speeds up skin cell turnover to keep your complexion bright and clear during the holidays.
These clever hydrocolloid patches draw away excess sebum and prevent spots from becoming affected by dirt and bacteria, as well as keep scabs and scars from forming. Keep these in your first aid kit.
With calming hemp seed oil (essentially CBD's cousin), this serum calms and soothes red, irritated complexions. It also contains the stress-defending adaptogens shiitake mushroom and ashwagandha root to enable your skin to adapt during periods of stress (read: working hard and playing harder).
Oil-soluble Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) goes to work unclogging pores and smoothing skin. It's ideal for a dull, lackluster, partied-out complexion.
Late nights and hungover mornings can make you feel and look jetlagged even if you haven't left the state. With collagen-boosting, brightening vitamin C and skin barrier-supporting and soothing niacinamide, this mask's got you covered.
Made from a cocktail of oils that are rich in omegas 3, 6 and 9, as well as a potent dose of antioxidants, this oil will feed your skin when your diet isn't up to scratch.
Like a tall glass of water for your skin, this is a must for parched, hungover complexions. Don't let dull skin give your late-night antics away—slather this on before bed and wake up to a plump, dewy visage.
Keep these ice-cold tools in the freezer and then, after applying your favorite serum, massage them over your face and around the delicate eye area to depuff the skin in mere minutes.
This primer combines all the skin-boosting power of the cult Augustinus Bader cream with an added shot of skin-blurring glow that gives the complexion a radiance that will disguise a lot of festive sins. It creates a perfect smooth, bright base for makeup, too.