Skincare Emergency Tips for Holiday Party

We’ve all been through it, waking up on the day before or day of a big holiday party with a skincare emergency like a cold sore or an acne breakout.

While these aren’t "life threatening" conditions, in certain situations like a holiday party or wedding, they might as well be.

Here are some tips on what can be done to alleviate various skin conditions.

Cold Sore

Ice may not reduce the duration of a breakout, but it can ease the discomfort and inflammation of cold sores. Apply a cold pack directly to the sores for temporary relief.

Aloe vera gel is widely available and can be grown as a houseplant. Studies have found that applying it topically can aid in soothing the skin when a cold sore breaks out. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can be helpful.

You can also pick up Abreva, an over-the-counter medication.

Visine will help take the red out.

Tylenol or Ibuprofen can help ease the pain associated with a cold sore.

Because stress can cause the herpes virus to come out of dormancy, reducing the amount of stress in your life is one way to prevent cold sores. Meditation, regular exercise, and avoiding the causes of stress in your life may help.

Allergic Reaction

The first thing you need to do is stop eating or using whatever is causing the allergic reaction.

If the reaction happens a few days before an occasion, try a whole-milk compress for 10 minutes twice a day. Using hydrocortisone cream twice a day and taking Allegra, Claritin or Zyrtec may help and are long lasting.

Acne Breakout

Those under the skin ones are the worst…

Opening / squeezing a pimple is extremely risky. You not only run the risk of getting an infection, but you also run the risk of scarring.  

Sometimes it can reside deep inside your skin and if you try to completely remove the hardened plug of the pimple, any remaining remnants of the clog could get re-inflamed and come back even worse.

If you can tell a breakout is coming, try giving yourself a Honey Cinnamon Mask.

Mix 2 tablespoons honey and 1 teaspoon cinnamon together to form a paste. After cleansing, apply the mask and leave it on for 10–15 minutes.Rinse the mask off completely and pat your face dry. 

Honey and cinnamon also have the ability to fight bacteria and reduce inflammation, which are two factors that trigger acne.

Tea Tree Oil is well known for its ability to fight bacteria and reduce skin inflammation.

Tea tree oil is very potent, so always dilute it before applying it to your skin.

Mix 1 part tea tree oil with 9 parts water.Dip a cotton swab into the mixture and apply it to affected areas.Apply moisturizer if desired.Repeat this process 1–2 times per day, as needed.

These tips can help in a pinch but many factors contribute to the development of acne, including genetics, diet, stress, hormone changes and infections.

Many natural remedies can be effective but you may want to consult a dermatologist if you have severe acne.

Puffy Eyes

The key to reducing the puffiness of puffy eyes is having something cool applied to them.

Apply cool cotton pads or cooled cucumber slices to the eyes for 5 to 10 minutes, you can also use cool tea bags, which contain tannins that will help reduce swelling.

Puffy eyes can be caused by a high salt diet or alcohol, try to cut out both before an important occasion.


If you take a winter vacation or simply live in a warm climate, you could get sunburn just before your holiday party.

Take a cool bath or shower by setting the water to a cool temperature that's just below lukewarm and relax for 10 to 20 minutes.

The temperature will ease the pain, and the water will stop your skin from becoming as irritated.  Repeat as often as you need to.

Avoid using soap, bath oils, or other detergents as you bathe - they'll irritate your skin and possibly make it even worse.

If you have blisters forming on your skin, take a bath instead of showering. The pressure from the shower might pop your blisters.

When you are finished with your bath or shower, don't rub your skin dry with a towel. Instead, let yourself air dry, or pat the towel over your skin in small, gentle movements.

If you're not in a situation where you can bathe, or you'd just prefer not to, you can instead apply cold, wet compresses to your skin. Dampen a washcloth or other piece of fabric with cold water and lay it over the affected area for 20 to 30 minutes. Re-wet it as often as you need to.

Apply aloe vera to burned skin. Using the pads of your fingers, gently apply the aloe to your sunburn. Don't "rub it in" all the way, like you might with a regular lotion. Leave it a bit goopy and moist on top of the burn - this helps prevent the skin from drying out and becoming more irritated. Reapply as often as necessary.

Hope these tips help with any skin emergency you might have. 

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