The holiday season is finally upon us!
This means lots of sugary treats, alcoholic drinks, and stressing over hosting family and friends. All of which, can result in your skin looking dull and drab during the winter months. Take a look at our tips below if you want glowing skin for the holidays!
EAT A BALANCED DIET
Without a doubt, one of the best parts of the holidays is the food! However, some food choices can negatively affect your skin. Lots of dairy and sugary treats can cause inflammation, leading to breakouts.
Dairy products like heavy cream, cheese, and ice cream can increase insulin levels and contain amino acids that stimulate the liver to produce more IGF-1, which have both been linked to the development of acne.
Foods rich in refined carbohydrates like desserts, sweeteners, and sugary drinks can quickly raise blood sugar levels that can push blood sugars out of the bloodstream and into your cells contributing to acne outbreaks and increased sebum (oil) production.
Indulging in treats, is a huge part of the holidays. While you don’t need to ditch the indulging, just be mindful to maintain balance. Reach for some veggies with your chips when eating dips. Bring a few plant based & dairy-free treats to include in your feast. Try a few antioxidant rich berry desserts to go with the pumpkin pie and shortbread cookies. For a little inspiration, we love the vegan holiday recipes from Brit + Co and the dreamy berry desserts from Food & Wine.
Most importantly, don’t beat yourself up for indulging! We all fall off track once in awhile, the trick is to not let it get you down, just get yourself back up the next day and feel good about yourself.
GETTING PLENTY OF SLEEP
As enjoyable as the holidays can be, they can also be a time filled with stress. Stress about hosting parties, gift buying, the right recipes to make, and not having enough time in the day. Nonetheless, make sure to prioritize sleep during the holidays. A lack of sleep, deprives your skin of the opportunity to repair itself. During sleep, our brain produces hormones such as growth hormones which help repair tissue and renew cells leading to better looking skin.
According to Dr. Glenn Yarbrough, an Arizona-based dermatologist and member of the American Academy of Dermatologists, “Not getting sufficient sleep essentially puts the body into a state of stress—and the body’s main response to any kind of threat is to release hormones that induce inflammation,” Dr. Yarborough explains. “Skin structures can suffer, and over time skin may become more shallow or hollow-looking in appearance. This leads to more visible wrinkles and sagging skin...and an increase in inflammation may even lead to breakouts.”
“The skin enters into repair mode during the third and fourth stages of your sleep cycle, commonly referred to as ‘deep sleep,’” says Dr. Yarborough. “During these stages, ‘beauty sleep’ occurs as certain body tissues begin to repair and our body’s hydration rebalances. The blood supply to muscles and tissues increases, and important hormones are released.”
Those nights you toss and turn or don’t get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep can cause the release of inflammatory substances called cytokines, which can cause redness and inflammation and can exacerbate certain skin conditions like acne and eczema.
For some tips on relieving stress which can lead to a better night's sleep, check out our blog article.
BOOZY DRINKS & STAYING HYDRATED
Eggnog, mulled wine, and Bailey’s are just a few drinks that make the holidays merry. However, alcohol can have negative effects on your skin. Alcohol can cause free radicals in the body which can disrupt the production of cells. Furthermore, the breakdown of alcohol can lead to skin inflammation, skin hyperpigmentation, and even wrinkles.
Don’t forget to drink water throughout the day too, especially if you’re drinking, it'll help maintain hydration. Without enough water, skin can become dry, tight, and flakey. The more hydrated you are, the fewer fine lines and wrinkles you’ll see. Being hydrated will also help reduce puffiness and swelling, help clear up acne, slow the aging process, shrink your pores, tighten your skin, and rebalance your pH. Water also helps to flush toxins out of the body which can improve your complexion for healthy and glowing skin.
You don’t have to steer clear of all alcohol drinks while celebrating, just enjoy in moderation and don’t forget to drink several glasses of water throughout the day.
GET YOUR SWEAT ON!
In between your busy schedule of buying holiday decorations, grocery shopping, cleaning, and cooking, make sure you make a little time to exercise.
It’s no surprise that exercise is great for you for a variety of reasons...including better looking skin. The reason why? Getting your heart rate up increases blood flow and blood carries oxygen and vital nutrients to cells throughout the body. Blood flow also helps carry away toxins such as free radicals and debris from the skin, keeping your skin healthy and vibrant.
Exercise is also know to reduce stress which helps not only your skin but can you survive the stress of the holidays. Just an added bonus!
KEEP IT CLEAN
It’s easy to forget to take care of you during the hustle and bustle of the holidays but keeping up with your skin regime is the best way to ensure you “glow” through it all!
Follow these essential steps during your next cleansing routine.
- Exfoliate - Dullness is often caused by an accumulation of dead skin cell buildup. Exfoliating will help polish off these dead cells and give you a brighter look. How often to exfoliate is really dependent on your skin type. Normal skin types should exfoliate at least 1 - 3 times a week. If you’re acne prone, you can exfoliate daily. As with anything, if you notice stinging, redness, or discomfort, stop exfoliating and consult a physician.
- Cleanse - Clogged pores can cause dullness, so it’s important to wash your face daily to get rid of dirt, oil, and pollution.
- Toner - Toner is a quick absorbing liquid that helps remove even more dirt, traces of oil and makeup, correct and balance your skin’s pH, and helps to control acne. It also allows other products you put on your face to penetrate deeper so you can get the best results from them.
- Sunscreen - The only way to really get your healthiest and brightest look is to keep damaging UV rays far away from your precious skin. This means, you must use at least 30 SPF sunscreen everyday for perfectly, glowing complexion.
- Moisturize - When your skin is dry, it looks dull so it’s important to hydrate from the inside and out. It’s important to moisturize for several reasons, it reduces the chances of skin problems, can reduce the appearance of blemishes, helps skin stay young, and fights wrinkles. For oilier skin types, an oil-free moisturizer with hyaluronic acid is a good choice. Normal and dry skin types should use a moisturizer that’s rich in ceramides and linoleic acid like argan oil. Don’t forget to moisturize your face, neck, décolletage, and even ears!
Keeping your skin clean is imperative, you want to prevent your pores from getting clogged with the holiday makeup so you can look and feel your best!
Many varieties of tea, especially purple tea, contain high levels of antioxidants that keep your immune system strong and prevent you from getting sick which can negatively affect your skin. Antioxidants also fight free radicals in the body, caused by things such as stress and environmental factors, and slow the signs of aging.
So make sure you take a moment this holiday season, to sit back, relax and enjoy a nice cup ...or bottle of tea!
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