It's officially the holiday season, which means chaos and stress and running around to 37 events in two weeks (and most likely consuming alcohol at every single one of those events). All of that stress can take a toll on your skin in the form of breakouts. While topical treatments like benzoyl peroxide definitely are effective, they can cause a lot of dryness, flaking and irritation. We went seeking some gentler alternatives, and Mathilde Thomas, the founder of the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at the Plaza here in New York City (and the skin care line of the same name) was happy to oblige.
Here are two DIY facial recipes, one for acne and one for redness and irritation. You can whip them up quickly at home, and once you purchase the initial ingredients, you can get dozens of facials out of them. So stop stressing about your stressed out skin, and read on:
ACNE: -Start with a hot, steamy shower and use your regular cleanser to clean the face. The steam will soften skin and open the pores so that the skin will be more receptive to the active ingredients.
-Start with warmed green tea bags and swipe them over the entire face, doing several passes and focusing on trouble areas. This will have a similar effect to an anti-bacterial toner.
-Then crush up an aspirin (which is an anti-inflammatory) and mix with an calming essential oil (like eucalyptus or sage) and apply/spot treat on the site of the acne. Leave on for 15 minutes. While using an oil with acne may seem counter-intuitive, an essential oil acts much differently from our notion of “oil." Because the molecules are so small, they’re able to penetrate much more deeply into the skin and whatever is applied on top of it (in this case the aspirin) is able to be delivered farther down into the skin.
-Finish with a cold wash cloth over the face to sooth the and calm the skin.
REDNESS: This one is deceptively simple, but works like a charm! -Chill (over ice) a glass of full fat milk--the “full fat” is key.
-Then use two wash cloths and dip them in the milk. Lying down, drape one on the bottom half of the face and one on the top half (leaving room for your nose). Let sit on the face for 15 minutes.
We've taken care of your skin care problems--saying no to that third glass of champagne is up to you.