The holidays are full of hustle and bustle and if you’re like us, you’re working hard to look your best for holiday parties and gatherings with family and friends. The problem? The holidays are a stressful time of year and the modifications we make to our lifestyle during these busy months can really take a toll on the way our skin looks and feels.
Maintain Healthy Habits
Your regular exercise and sleep routines are paramount, especially during the holidays. Exercise and sleep help to keep your stress levels in check. Without them, your stress levels will rise and as this happens you’ll find a lot of skin conditions – especially acne, rosacea and psoriasis – become worse. Try to stay relaxed during this time of the year and your skin will benefit.
Try an exfoliating scrub on your skin at least once each week or better yet get a professional facial or peel. Many women wear more makeup than normal during the holidays, which means you’re more likely to develop dead skin cells or trap some of the particles that cause your pores to clog and breakout. Exfoliation, in addition to your regular washing, will help to keep your skin clean and healthy – and it’ll make your makeup look better as it’s applied as well.
If you are dehydrated, your skin will become dry, itchy and irritated. Hydrated skin always looks better, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. Be especially conscious of the amount of alcohol you’re drinking. Having a glass of wine is fine (especially red, for the antioxidants), but you should drink some extra water that night and the following morning to make up for it your skin will thank you.
Trash Old Makeup and Brushes
We all have special holiday collections we save for special occasions. Makeup does have an expiration date, though, and it should be honored – especially if the makeup is used and has been exposed to the bacteria on your skin. Lipsticks and eyeliners usually last up to 2 years, but mascara, foundation and other makeups are generally only good for 3-6 months. Toss your old makeup and splurge on a few new holiday colors. Make sure your makeup brushes are clean, too. Replace old brushes and be sure you’re using a quality cleanser between makeup applications.
The holidays should be a fun and exciting time of the year. Support your skin’s health and avoid irritation and your New Year will get off to a great start.