How to Reset Skin After the Holidays

Sophia D'Urso

Global Consumer Experience

4 min read

Expert Advice

Discover our favorite products to reset skin post-holiday mayhem.

Reset Skin

It’s easy to love the festive aesthetics of the holidays—the snowy winter landscape, the sugar-dusted gingerbread houses, the glitter and glam of New Year’s Eve. But our skin? Not a huge holiday fan. With the environmental stressors of the holiday season such as cold and dry weather, sugary foods, travel mayhem, and bold makeup looks, our skin can be left feeling irritated and not its healthiest. Luckily, there’s no time like the new year to press reset and listen to your skin’s needs with a new skin and body routine. Looking to settle stressed skin after an eventful holiday season? We’ve got you covered! Read on to discover our restorative post-holiday skincare and bodycare routine.


The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step—or so the proverb goes. And you’ll be able to go farther, too, with this essential first step in your post-holiday skincare routine: cleansing! Especially for the post-holiday season, we recommend using Soy Hydrating Face Wash. This pH-balanced face wash is an absolute must for cleansing pores and removing makeup while increasing hydration after you rinse. The non-stripping formula is proven effective on all ages, genders, skin types, and tones to improve elasticity, soothe, and soften the skin for a healthy-looking complexion. To use, wet the skin and massage the cleanser over face and eyes, then rinse.


For extra support in removing leftover impurities after cleansing, follow your cleansing step with a toner to help restore skin balance and refine the look of pores—we love to use our Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Toner to improve the skin’s moisture retention after a cold, dry holiday season. Made with hyaluronic acid, strengthening damask rose extract, toning rose fruit extract, moisture-retaining angelica leaf extract and real floating rose petals, this alcohol-free toner hydrates and clears the skin of impurities to leave it petal soft and prepped for the next steps in your skincare routine. Our Rose Toner can be used daily by pouring the toner onto a cotton pad and sweeping over the face and neck.


After a busy season of streaming holiday movies and video calling friends, your skin might crave some digital light protection. Our best-selling Kombucha Antioxidant Facial Treatment Essence delivers antioxidant protection while boosting luminosity and minimizing the look of pores and fine lines. With supporting ingredients such hyaluronic acid, mandarin peel extract, and kigelia africana fruit extract—in addition to the main star, kombucha—this face essence hydrates and preps the skin for the next steps in your skincare routine. We recommend using this essence after your cleansing and toning steps. Gently pat the essence over your face and neck with your palms for a smoother, more luminous complexion.


Sometimes the holiday season can get the best of your skin. Lifestyle stressors such as colder dry weather, a lack of sleep, poor diets, and travel stress are responsible for up to 90% of visible signs of aging. To support your skin after an eventful holiday season, we recommend Tea Elixir Serum to help the skin bounce back from holiday lifestyle stressors. With APT Technology™—an exclusive technology rich in resilience-boosting phytocompounds found in tea—as well as hero ingredients niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, ceramide III, and ocean kelp, this anti-aging serum supports the skin’s visible resilience, leading to smoother texture, visible glow, restored bounce, and a reduced look of wrinkles. To use, apply a few drops to the hands and gently press into the face to activate the serum.


To lock in all the benefits of the previous steps in your post-holiday skincare routine while providing some much-needed hydration, be sure to follow your serum with a moisturizer. To deeply hydrate in the colder winter months, we recommend our Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Moisturizer, which delivers 72 hours of deep hydration* in two ways: high & low molecular weight hyaluronic acids instantly and deeply hydrate, while time-release technology delivers continuous hydration. Powered by damask rose extract, this face moisturizer strengthens the skin barrier for dewy skin that’s plumped with moisture. To use, apply to the face and neck daily, morning and night.


When the weather outside is frightful, it’s important to take care of not only your face, but also your body! Support your skin with Milk Body Lotion, a fast-absorbing lotion that nourishes the skin with plant-based milks canella, rice, and linseed to deliver 24 hours of hydration. With other ingredients such as squalane, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid, this body lotion soothes and strengthens the skin barrier for velvety soft skin. Plus, it’s pajama-proof, so it’s perfect to use morning and night—simply massage the lotion over your body and indulge in its gentle sensation.


Especially after an eventful holiday, there’s nothing quite like a holiday nap—and for a good reason! Rest is important in restoring your overall health, especially when holiday lifestyle stressors can irritate sensitive skin. Give your skin some rest with this final step in your post-holiday skin and body routine: overnight masking. Our Floral Recovery Calming Mask is sure to reset and recover your skin from an eventful holiday season and is proven to calm signs of sensitivity such as redness, uneven tone, and rough texture for an even toned complexion. This dermatologist-tested overnight mask is powered by floral extracts, squalane, and vitamin C to brighten and smooth the skin. Indulge in the cocooning sensation of this overnight mask by applying an even layer to the face and leaving on overnight—or, for immediate relief, apply and leave on for 5-10 minutes, then gently massage in the excess.

*instrumental test, 11 subjects

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Sophia D'Urso

Global Consumer Experience

Written by Sophia D’Urso for Fresh. Sophia is an NYC-based consumer experience specialist and content writer. Sophia has worked as a consumer marketer and writer for years at various brands within the beauty, media, and events industries.