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I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes my skin is just a problem. I mean, I know it holds my guts in and all that good stuff, but the spots and blemishes that like to pop up in places like between my eyes or on the tip of my nose are just so unnecessary. Not surprisingly, getting good skin takes a lot of dedication, but the good news is you don’t necessarily have to spend all that money on the creams, serums, or diamond-infused schmear to get that lovely lit-from-within light. Here are a few tips on how to keep your skin radiant—especially during the stressful holidays!

Make your own items!

Making your own facial care treats is fun, and it’s often less expensive than that monstrously expensive La Mer stuff. And if you make it yourself, you can control what ingredients go into it, ensuring you leave out the stuff you know your skin doesn’t like. Check out these recipes for some DIY beauty ideas.

Keep the routine alive.

Ritual and routine are important steps to getting your skin to be the way you want. Repeat the same steps every day to see improvement, and once you find an actual routine that works for your skin, don’t stop! Steps need to work together to keep your skin happy and hydrated. A typical routine consists of cleansing, exfoliating, and hydrating. Some variation of these steps is likely to work for everyone. And don’t be afraid to try night masks! I like the cheap Sephora ones. So hydrating. So smell-goody.


The fact that this subheading is in bold means that I, Mary, am getting very real with you. If you’re not wearing sunscreen, you are doing more damage to your skin every day. Find an acceptable SPF—I use the Neutrogena UltraSheer Liquid Sunscreen SPF 70—and slap that business on your face every single day. Mix it with makeup, put it under makeup, get makeup with SPF in it, wear a big hat. DO IT.

Get enough water and enough sleep.

The best things you can do to promote good health and great skin are pretty simple: drink lots of water and get at least eight hours of sleep a night. You can wear all the expensive makeup in the world, but there is no magic foundation that can truly cover the look of exhaustion. Really, the best way to take care of your skin is to take care of yourself.