8 Stress-Relieving Spa Treatments for This Holiday Season
Your diet of sugar cookies, candy canes and other sweets has left your skin feeling sour. Hello, blemishes!
Try a facial steam, which can help you draw out dirt and impurities that could be clogging your pores, says Fusco. First, gently exfoliate with a mild scrub. (If you don't have one on hand, you can blend a teaspoon of baking soda into a quarter-size dollop of your normal cleanser, says Jaliman.) Bring a quart of water to a boil and transfer it to a ceramic or metal bowl placed in an area where you can comfortably lean or kneel over it. Position your face over the steaming brew—about 12 to 18 inches away—and cover your head and the bowl with a large towel, letting the steam envelop you for five to ten minutes. Make sure to apply an acne treatment containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid (for sensitive skin) immediately after—the heat causes the skin to swell, which allows active ingredients to penetrate more efficiently.