It's hard to believe, but there are only a few weeks left until the holiday festivities! If this thought fills you with a mixture of glee and panic, you're not alone! The holiday season brings along with it a seemingly endless parade of get-togethers and events with family, friends and coworkers — as well as its fair share of stress as we try to get everything done. With our super-simple six-week plan, you can take the worry about looking your best out of your head. We'll break down the anti-aging treatments and products to use over the next few weeks in order to achieve smoother, softer and more radiant skin. Get ready to show your best face at that holiday bash!
1) Start using an ultrasound device to firm sagging skin, especially around the jowls and jawline. Ultrasound waves work at the cellular level to fight sagging by increasing collagen formation. Using an ultrasound device 3-5 times a week, for just 15 minutes a day, will be enough to reap the benefits. Try our exclusive Truth Vitality Lux Renew ($279 in the shop), which is the first-ever FDA-cleared beauty device with ultrasound, red LED, and blue LED therapy. Together, its three techologies work to firm sagging skin, diminish wrinkles and even reduce acne breakouts.
2) Plump, firm and smooth your skin — both inside and out — with powerful antioxidants that support healthy cell function. The brand MitoQ uses a unique form of ubiquinone that was developed to target mitochondria, which are responsible for providing the necessary energy for cell activity. Ubiquinone, the antioxidant in CoQ10, reduces mitochondrial oxidative damage by replenishing antioxidant defenses while also supporting collagen and elastin production. Try MitoQ's Moisturizing Anti-Aging Serum ($119 in the shop) to help firm skin, smooth lines and diminish age spots, and their 5mg Targeted Antioxidant Supplements ($69.95) to provide extra energy, stress relief, sleep support and an overall feeling of good health.
3) Don't forget about your body! Target your bust, belly and behind with a treatment to smooth crepey skin and cellulite and reduce stretch marks. Try Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Age Repair Body Lift ($95), which works to regenerate skin with a potent combination of natural copper and a five-chain peptide.
With one month to go, you'll see benefits from a monthly treatment to resurface your skin. Try Osmotics Micro Peel Resurfacing System ($86), which is a surprisingly gentle three-step system that contains an exfoliating charcoal mask, a collagen-boosting micro peel and a protective barrier cream. Together, these three treatments work to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles and leave it glowing and smooth.
To keep your skin glowing, you'll want to use a product containing glycolic acid 1-2 times a week. Glycolic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) naturally found in sugar cane, and it deeply exfoliates to remove skin that is dry, coarse or dead. Glycolic/AHA exfoliants are very effective but they are best used in moderation. For a gentle option, try La Vie Celeste Restorative Exfoliating Gel Mask ($60 in the shop), which uses a 5% concentration of pure glycolic acid in an organic aloe vera and white tea base to exfoliate and reveal brighter, luminous skin.
For your final week, focus on hydrating skin with a product that won't clog your skin and cause breakouts: Facial oils. Many people are surprised to learn that facial oils will not actually leave your greasy or shiny! A good botanical oil complex should sink right into the skin and not leave the surface looking or feeling oily. Your Best Face Private Reserve Antioxidant Oil ($75 in the shop) packs its signature antioxidants, spin trap and Lipochroman-6, into a simple base of meadowfoam oil to give you nourished and dewy skin.
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Now that your skin is looking firm and well-hydrated, you'll just need to keep it clear. Poor eating habits and extra stress around the holidays can lead to last-minute breakouts and blemishes. To soothe redness and inflammation, try Royal Nectar Face Mask with Bee Venom ($68), which contains hydrating avocado and apricot kernel oils and healing manuka honey in addition to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic bee venom. Sevani Advanced Complexion Corrector ($39 in the shop), which has niacinimide and licorice root, is another great option to try for correcting issues such as redness, irritation and inflammation. Finally, to treat any blemishes that crop up, try Medik8 Beta Gel On-the-Spot Exfoliator ($68). This spot treatment reduces acne-causing bacteria, eases skin congestion and reduces blackheads with salicylic acid, azelaic acid and niacinamide, not drying benzoyl peroxide.