Ex­cess Strat­egy

Sum­mer bod­ies may be built in win­ter, but sun­shine and good times can undo the hard work – and your skin is the first thing to be­tray the dam­age. Here’s how to com­bat the signs of hol­i­day ex­cess

Men's Health (Australia) - - Grooming - BY TOM BANHAM AND KATE NIVEN

1 AF­TER A HIKE The out­doors is great for your car­dio, not to men­tion your soul. But ex­po­sure to the sun can cause red­ness even if you swerve the burn, says Jack Smithies, groom­ing ex­pert at Mankind. The an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory in­flacin in these wipes is your friend: dab away to even out skin tone and pink cheeks. Col­bertmd Tone Con­trol Fa­cial Discs, $116, mecca.com.au 2 AF­TER AN XMAS PARTY You need cof­fee, but not to drink – you’ll only worsen the dark cir­cles, says Steven O’neill, co­founder of Groom­ing Clinic. The caf­feine in Clar­ins’s serum will shift panda eyes, while its bi­son grass ex­tract will brighten your skin. If only it did the same for your mood. Clar­ins­men An­tifa­tigue Eye Serum, $52, clar­ins.com.au 3 AF­TER THOSE 4AM JÄGERBOMBS

It’s no se­cret that booze is de­hy­drat­ing. What’s less known is that your skin clings to wa­ter as a re­sult. Re­duce puffi­ness with a fa­cial ice bath, says Smithies, then ap­ply this wa­ter-based serum to “in­stantly re­vi­talise skin”. Lab Se­ries Solid Wa­ter Essence, $67, myer.com.au 4 AF­TER FIVE HOURS AT THE CRICKET Hard-core tan­ning can lead to an over­pro­duc­tion of melanin, lit­ter­ing skin with hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion. “Pre­ven­tion is bet­ter than cure,” says O’neill, but if you have skimped on SPF, Mu­rad’s pu­ri­fy­ing plank­ton ex­tract will treat

dark spots. Mu­rad Rapid Age Spot Cor­rect­ing Serum, $105, mu­rad.com.au 5 AF­TER YOUR FLIGHT All that re­cir­cu­lated cabin air leaves your skin drier than a dis­carded thong. The so­lu­tion? Hyaluronic acid. “It holds up to 1000 times its weight in wa­ter,” says O’neill. Thank­fully, the Dr Den­nis Gross Hyaluronic Ma­rine Oil­free Mois­ture Cush­ion is brim­ming with it. Dr Den­nis Gross Hyaluronic Ma­rine Oil­free Mois­ture Cush­ion, $88, mecca.com.au

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