Skin care for the silly season

The silly season is upon us with all its delectable delights and tempting treats.  With all the festivities and social events on the calendar at this time of year, it can be easy to overindulge and neglect our normal routines, including our skin care routine.

However, it’s important to remember just how all that extra food, alcohol and stress of the silly season can impact on our skin.

If you want to keep your skin looking fresh and glowing throughout the festive season, here are few tips we recommend.

Limit Alcohol

Alcohol causes the blood vessels at the skin’s surface to dilate and can cause under eye puffiness, temporary skin flushing and redness. The sugar in alcohol can also upset your gut health and exacerbate certain dermatological conditions, such as acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. Alcohol is also known to impact on your sleep, making those bags under the eyes seem even worse!

During the festive season, try to keep track of how much you’re drinking and make sure you drink water between each alcoholic beverage to help combat dehydration. This will not only help your skin to look better, but your body will feel better the next day too.

Avoid Overindulging

Christmas time is filled with an abundance of delicious goodies, from traditional roast meats to chocolate treats, leftovers and never ending snacks. It can be tempting to want to eat everything on offer but if you want to be kind to your skin, try practicing portion control and be selective in what you do treat yourself to.

Mindful eating can also help prevent you eating more than you normally would. Try to be conscious of what you are eating and avoid non-stop grazing throughout the day, to help avoid overeating.

We know that what you eat can not only affect your overall health and wellbeing, but also helps your body to support the health of your skin. Nutrient-rich whole foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats are good for your whole body, including your skin, so try and incorporate plenty of these into your festive diet.

Stay Hydrated

Not only does the festive season coincide with an increase in food and alcohol consumption, it’s also the start of summer and the warmer weather – all of which can lead to skin dehydration.

Drinking plenty of water throughout the festive season is important to not only maintain your health and hydration during the warmer weather; it also helps to flush out the toxins to keep you feeling good on the inside out.

As well as drinking plenty of water, it’s also important to keep your skin hydrated with a good quality moisturiser. For added hydration, try using a targeted serum or book in with your professional skin care consultant for a quick hydration boost treatment.

Keep Stress at Bay

The end of the year and the lead up to Christmas can be a stressful time for many – with increased demands on our time and our wallets.

Stress triggers numerous physiological responses within the body that can cause breakouts, inflammation, and allergic skin reactions.

Try to help keep the stress at bay over Christmas, and reduce its impact on your skin’s health, by:

  • Planning ways to reduce spending at this time of year and finding low cost ways to have fun. Rather than buying gifts for everyone in the family, why not suggest a Secret Santa. And instead of going out for cocktails with friends, suggest a picnic in the park instead, where everyone can bring a plate.
  • Picking and choosing which social events you do want to attend and giving yourself some downtime in between to reset and recoup. Remember that you don’t have to say yes to every invitation!
  • Staying healthy by eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep.

Exercise

Drinking water is not the only way to remove toxins from the body to improve your skin health. Exercising also helps to remove toxins from the body more efficiently through improved blood flow.

In addition, it can help to reduce stress by decreasing the body’s elevated hormonal and immune responses to stress, which helps to minimize the risk of chronic skin condition breakouts and flare-ups.

While it’s easy to get out of our regular routine during the holidays, try to keep up with some form of exercise. Regular exercise is an essential part of maintaining good whole-body health and ensures your body has the necessary nutrients available to keep skin looking and feeling its best. Some research also indicates that exercise may actually help to turn back the clock on your skin and reverse the signs of ageing!

Don’t Neglect Your Skin

The most important tip for this time of year is to remember to look after your skin and there are a number of simple ways to do this:

  • Use an SPF when heading outdoors into the summer sun to protect your skin from sun damage and premature ageing.
  • Make sure you remove your makeup before you go to bed, even if it’s after a late night out. Remember, your skin works hardest at night while you’re sleeping.
  • Do a quick cleanse morning and night to keep up some form of skin care routine.
  • Make time to book in with your skin professional to give your skin the refresh it needs to maintain its holiday glow. There are a number of treatments options available, such as chemical peels, that can be done in your lunchtime and that help to hydrate your skin ready for the festivities ahead. You may even be able to stock up on some Christmas goodies for yourself or others at the same time!

To make a booking, contact us on (08) 9208 6451 to discuss your skin care needs for the festive season.

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