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British skincare expert offers advice for holiday skincare

British skincare expert Nicky Kinnaird knows that this is the time of year when your skin takes a beating. Kinnaird, founder of British cosmetics retailer Space.NK, will be at Chestnut Hill on Saturday, Dec. 7, to offer skincare consultations at Bloomingdale’s from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

But before you line up to ask her how you can booze and binge your way through the holidays and still look glowing and dewy fresh the next morning, she’s got some advice that is more difficult to swallow than a slice of Panettone.

“Minimizing alcoholic drinks makes a difference,” she said. “But at least match alcohol consumption with equal portions of water.”

Unfortunately, she doesn’t advise consuming gingerbread smothered in Reddi-wip, but protein and vegetables to keep skin in top form. It gets worse: She wants you to drink green tea instead of coffee, and exercise instead of sitting on the sofa and watching “White Christmas.”

And (you might want to avert your eyes if you have a party-heavy schedule this month) she said that “decompression time and a sound night’s sleep can go a long way toward promoting a youthful appearance.” There goes the annual tradition of spiked eggnog drinking games until the wee hours.

Some (or all) of those practices may be difficult to adhere to during ugly sweater party season. But Kinnaird did suggest a few products filled with all manner of scientific and exotic ingredients (and all available at Bloomingdale’s) that might help your skin survive the forthcoming gluttony.

Cane + Austin Miracle Pads

  • ($78) “Regular exfoliation makes a huge difference in the appearance of skin and stops a build-up of dry skin cells,” she said. “This has buffered glycolic acid allowing for maximum exfoliation and moisture retention, without the irritation or discomfort that most glycolic acids typically cause. Contains vitamins A, C, and E in liposome form to allow deeper penetration of these antioxidants.”


David Kirsch B-12 Spray

  • ($20) “Instead of coffee, I suggest five pumps of this under the tongue when your energy dips at 4 p.m. It naturally provides energy and stamina, while reducing stress and improving your mood.”

Bakel P-Lipic Serum

  • ($145) “Deeply hydrating, skin strengthening serum. This formula contains phospholipids for anti-aging, nourishing and soothing effect, as well as hyaluronic acid and trehalose.”

Bakel Nutrifill

  • ($145) “This blend of baobab, meadowfoam, mango seed, and moringa seed oils nourishes the skin and improves its elasticity.”

Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil

  • ($125) “David [Colbert] is one of the top New York based-dermatologists. His face oil is a reparative blend containing retinol and vitamin C, alongside marula, argan, yangu, borage seed, and passion fruit oils. It really helps ease the look of fine lines.”

By Terry Baume de Rose

  • ($59) “A cult lip treatment that doubles as a cuticle cream. A lipo-regenerating complex made up of rose flower essential wax with softening and astringent properties, pastel oil to boost cell renewal, and shea butter with healing and soothing benefits.”

Christopher Muther can be reached at christopher.muther@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Chris_Muther.
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