As the holidays approach, it’s pretty much tradition to spend most days in December seeking out the perfect gifts for loved ones – that is, when you aren’t penciled in for a host of festive fetes.
It’s unfortunate that while this is indeed the season of giving, as well as perhaps the most social (and photographed) time of year, we often fail to “give back” to our skin, neglecting it in the name of late-night parties, stressful shopping experiences and one too many Christmas cocktails.
This year, make room on your wish list for some skincare gifts that will keep your complexion glowing as you navigate the holiday party circuit, reunions with hometown friends and other impressionable moments.
Gift#1: A Stunning Selfie
Sure, the phone angle and filter help, but the secret to the best holiday selfie or photo is luminous skin. The recipe? Exfoliate regularly with Control’s Cucumber Bead Cleanser, a refreshing and gentle scrub that effectively sloughs off dead skin and pore-clogging oils. You’ll see fewer blemishes and your makeup will set better. Additionally, apply Control’s Balancing Thermogel Mask at least twice a week. Ideal for dehydrated winter skin, it serves up a hearty portion of deep-concentrated hydration, along with a soothing, calming effect surely welcome after a long day of holiday shopping.
Gift #2: Blemish Buster
Getting a breakout before a big night out with friends or coworkers is the skin equivalent to receiving a big lump of coal in your stocking. Unfortunately, chilly, dry weather can sometimes create an overproduction of oil in the skin, and indulging in Mom’s famous fudge only stokes the fire. Calm and cool an inflamed complexion by applying a pea-size amount of Control’s sedating Redness Relief Serum – straight from the fridge! You’ll decrease Rudolph-like redness and bring skin back to balance. Also, rely on Control’s oil-absorbing Sulfur Calming Mask to spot-treat congested areas and further chill out a fiery face.
Gift #3: A Pampering Treatment
Sure, it’s hard to shell out extra money on yourself during the spendy-est season of the year, but keep your skin treatments a priority. A facial can help offset holiday indiscretions by not only providing a superior clean, but also stimulating circulation to create an enviable glow. Select a seasonal treatment that can be both enjoyable and beneficial, such as Control’s Instant Holiday Glow, a facial with hints of cinnamon that breathes life back into dull winter skin. If you’re strapped for time and money, consider an express treatment, which will give you all of the results of a regular treatment, minus the spa fluff.
Gift #4: Some Holiday Zzzzzzs
Most of us are on strict budget at holiday time, so luckily one of the best gifts you can give your skin is absolutely free. Sleep is so important this time of year, yet can be hard to come by, due to busy social schedules. Skin rejuvenates overnight, so stick to your bedtime skincare regimen and an appropriate bedtime. And don’t forget to keep a big glass of water on your nightstand to rehydrate throughout the night!
May your skin be merry and bright this season!
What Control products do you rely on to offset the stressful holiday season?