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‘Tis the season for sugar-loaded treats, champagne toasts, and staying up to search for gifts online until 1 a.m. (Falling down an activewear rabbit hole will do that to you.)

And while whipping up an Instagram-worthy party spread and sipping on a few festive cocktails is all part of the fun,  they can take a serious toll on your skin. (Hello sleep deprivation, dehydration, and puffy morning eyes.) Not to mention, you’re already battling dry air and winter winds to keep your complexion on point.

Fight back with this skin-care survival guide, expertly curated to keep you in prime selfie-ready mode with a little help from natural skin-care powerhouse Avalon Organics.

Read on to find out everything you need for glowing holiday skin.

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Photo: Avalon Organics

Avalon Organics Intense Defense Skin Care, $13–$22

Extra stress calls for extra nourishment—and this vitamin C-packed line delivers. The gentle Cleansing Milk lifts away impurities without stripping moisture, while the Renewal Cream encourages the production of collagen and elastin for extra resiliency. For a serious boost, the Antioxidant Oil will help reinforce your skin’s natural barriers to lock in hydration, helping to seal against environmental stressors.

Formulated with bioflavonoids and white tea (which fight free radicals), the entire cruelty-free range is loaded with organic botanicals—which means you get a major plant-powered glow.


Define Flip-Cap Infuser Water Bottle, $20

Photo: Bed Bath and Beyond
Photo: Bed Bath and Beyond

You know drinking more water leads to plumper, fresher skin—and this genius infuser bottle will help you actually get it done. Toss whatever produce you’d like in the bottom cylinder—lemons, grapefruit, basil—and the built-in strainer will let the flavors flow through to the water compartment, offering a super refreshing sip (without chunks of food stuck in your teeth).

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Photo: Amazon

Luos Jade Facial Roller, $9

Waking up to a puffy face is a total buzzkill. With this cool jade roller, though, you can gently massage your eye area, working outward throughout your face and neck, to drain the lymph nodes that cause that bloated look. The technique increases circulation and even helps with sinus issues (what up, flu season), and the cooling effect is like a shot of caffeine to your face.

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Photo: Net-A-Porter

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Bamboo Muslin Wash Cloth, $32

This bamboo fiber cloth is so soft, you’ll actually look forward to taking your makeup off before bed. The luxe fabric gently exfoliates to boost cell renewal without being too harsh (no intense scrubbing here). Plus, the antibacterial properties of bamboo will help lift away impurities to unclog your pores (nice try, sugar-cookie breakouts).

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Photo: Nordstrom

Slip “Slipsilk” Pure Silk Pillow Case, $80

Outside of the obvious luxury bonus, resting your mug on silk actually has huge benefits for your skin. Silk fibers are less absorbent than other materials—meaning your skin can retain its natural moisture overnight (good news if you’re using a super nourishing night cream)—and won’t cause the dreaded pillow crease on your face in the a.m. Plus, the less-abrasive fabric is said to prevent fine lines and hair breakage, too.

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Photo: Amazon

VicTsing Cool Mist Humidifier + Essential Oil Diffuser, $36

Proper sleep is key to your skin’s health—and this little wonder machine fights back in two ways, acting as a humidifier to add moisture to the dry air in your bedroom, and emitting soothing scents from essential oils to lull you into a deeper sleep. For a super restful night, lavender will be your go-to sleep-inducer—even after hitting the mulled wine.

Ready for your best skin season ever? Stock up on nourishing skin-care must-haves at

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