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Holiday Skin Stress? Get the Glow Back

Holiday stress, too many goodies, and a whole lot of celebrating can take a toll on your skin. Experts offer quick fixes and new ways to glow through the season.

By Colette Bouchez
WebMD Feature

Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario

Shopping. Cooking. Cleaning. Celebrating. It's the holidays, replete with food and drinks and too much to do on too little sleep, all taking place during a sometimes harsh, wintry weather season. The end result: Just when you want to look sparkly and terrific, your skin gets the holiday blues.

From dark circles under the eyes to a decidedly "green in the gills" complexion to bloated, puffy, swollen eyes and zits when you least expect it, for many women seasonal skin problems can abound.

The good news: Not only are there things you can do right now to ensure your angelic "glow" during this season, but there are also some cosmetic tricks and tips to keep your holiday glow going clear into the New Year.

The best place to begin, say experts, is with some preventive care, starting as soon as possible.

"If you think you're going to be partying a lot, start ahead of time to make your skin look healthier. Laser treatments can help do that, but so can topical creams, particularly serums containing vitamin C or creams containing retinol," says David Goldberg, MD, director of the Skin Laser and Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey and clinical professor of dermatology at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.