Diary / Beauty / Jan 10, 2023
Reset Your Skin: Cover Dark Circles, Hide Blemishes & Stay Hydrated
Written by: Alexandra Perron, Managing Editor
Photography by: Ben Ritter
The champagne! The cheese! The chocolates! The late nights! It’s all pretty lovely until you look in the mirror the next morning. For as fun as the holiday season is, it can wreak havoc on your skin. Whether you’re dealing with a celebratory breakout or battling the dark circles you earned for staying up past 3AM, we’re here for you. Below, our tips, tricks and product recommendations for reviving your skin.
Combatting Dry Skin
Dry skin is the result of a compromised skin barrier and there are a number of factors that contribute to this, from winter weather and age, to genetics and excessive cleansing. But have no fear, there’s plenty you can do to improve the integrity of your skin barrier. “When you have dry skin, your skin barrier is significantly compromised so avoiding any products (including shampoo, body wash, hand soap, and skincare) with fragrance or artificial coloring is important,” says Dr. David Kim, a board-certified dermatologist with Idriss Dermatology in New York City. He recommends using thick, oil-based moisturizers with ceramides (lipid molecules that help keep the skin barrier intact and lock in moisture).
If you want to take things up a notch, try #slugging. It’s a technique beauty influencers on Instagram swear by and it’s one Dr. Kim suggests as well. It’s simple: add a small amount of an emollient like Vaseline or an occlusive ointment on top of your moisturizer before you go to bed. This will help to lock in moisture so you can wake up with totally refreshed skin. We also like using the Jones Road Miracle Cream as an overnight mask when our skin is feeling extra dry. It’s made with shea butter, sunflower oil and vitamin E, an ingredient trifecta that helps in strengthening the skin barrier and retaining moisture.
Covering (and Treating) a Blemish
It doesn’t matter if your breakout is hormonal or a result of all of those holiday cheese plates, the number one rule is DO NOT PICK. Treat breakouts with a spot treatment (look for products with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide) and add a hydrocolloid patch (we like Starface) on top to prevent picking.
When it comes to covering things up, you don’t want to use under eye concealer. Under eye concealer should be one shade lighter than your skin tone, and you want something that matches exactly in order to make your blemish disappear. The Jones Road Face Pencils are great for this because they allow for precise application and are available in 25 different shades. Apply the pencil directly to the spot and blend gently with your fingers and use a skin tone correct color powder to set.
Dealing with Dark Circles
So you woke up with dark circles and puffy eyes, now what? Start with a cold compress or eye mask. (If you’re not keeping your eye masks in the fridge or freezer, you’re really missing out.) This will help to shrink dilated blood vessels and, for a few minutes, you can pretend you’re at the spa. Next up, hydrate with an eye cream. This will help to lock in moisture and create a smooth canvas for applying your makeup.
The best way to hide dark circles is to use both a corrector and a concealer. A correcting shade will help to reverse the discoloration and the concealer (which should be one shade lighter than your foundation) will add brightness and coverage. Use your fingers to apply for the most natural coverage. No one will ever know you didn’t get eight hours of shut eye.