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Holiday cocktails: A hangover for your skin

The alcohol, sugar and even cream in some drinks can be the nightmare after Christmas for your skin.

December 19, 2010|By Alene Dawson | Special to the Los Angeles Times

"The day after drinking, you have a red, puffy face, puffy eyes, bloodshot eyes and dry, dehydrated skin," says Wexler. "Best to drink lots of water — no caffeine." Rest with your head elevated with cool compresses of ice-cold caffeinated tea bags on your eyes to draw fluid out of the eye area. She also says that niacyl, a derivative of niacin (vitamin B3) — and an ingredient Wexler uses of in many of the products in her skin care line — restores moisture and balance to skin.

"Calm the redness with products containing chamomile, green tea, oat derivative," says Wexler. "Eye gels kept in the refrigerator with caffeine, cucumber, peptides will tighten and firm."

Facials and massages that emphasize lymphatic drainage, detoxifying oils or oxygen can also be beneficial.

For do-it-yourself at home, there are a few products that might help, including Skyn Iceland's Paraben-Free, Travel Size Holiday Rescue Kit for Stressed Skin ($45, The kit is made to hydrate, balance and soothe skin that's dull, dry, dehydrated and puffy from holiday stress. It contains a calming cream cleanser that's strong enough to remove festive eye makeup, an eye pen for under-eye puffiness, a vitamin-infused mist to hydrate and Oxygen Infusion Night Cream to help restore a radiant healthy glow.

A new product from Dr. Brandt Skincare, Detoxygen Experience ($75,, claims to provide an oxygenating skin detox via a two-step facial and cream that oxygenates and detoxifies to reveal glowing, revitalized skin.

REN Mayday Rescue Balm with Chamomile ($40, is a paraben-free elixir that contains essential fatty acids to help repair skin, antileukine from ochroleuca seaweed extract to protect the skin against inflammation and chamomile to calm redness and soothe minor irritation.

Clinique Redness Solutions Urgent Relief Cream ($30, contains Camellia sinensis, from which green tea is made.

Malin+Goetz Detox Face Mask ($40, is made with oxygenating cleansing agents to cleanse deeply without irritation, while creating a barrier to seal hydration. Amino acids, almond, Vitamin C, antioxidant vitamin E and soy protein are among the ingredients.

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