The holidays are a time for celebration and joy, but they can also be a lot to take in. There are parties to attend, gifts to hunt down and pies to eat. The lack of sleep and indulgent food put stress on the mind and body alike, causing dryness, wrinkles and irritation.
To help you navigate the season’s pitfalls, we’ve put together a list of essential products and dermatologist tips for holiday and winter skin care.
From Dr. Joel Schlessinger, a board-certified Dermatologist and CEO of Lovely Skin:
“Holidays can definitely be stressful for the skin as well as the rest of the body! What I tend to see as a dermatologist is that people sleep a little less. They’re also often sick from gathering with family and friends and from being on planes, trains and cars to get to family functions. Then, skin issues are compounded by being in different environments.”
Dr Schlessinger’s best advice:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Take your preferred skin care with you in small bottles and make sure to make time to wash your face.
- Most importantly, enjoy yourself!
Preparing for and attending a party takes a lot of time. Even if you manage to get to bed on time, it can be hard to sleep when you’re still trying to figure out the perfect gifts and side dishes for the next gathering. The Hush & Hush MindYourMind Dietary Supplements sleep supplement supplies your brain with a host of calming ingredients like valerian root and rhodiola rosea root, both of which are many herbal teas. These ingredients help you tune-out nagging thoughts, clearing your mind and helping you fall asleep faster. Melatonin-free, this sleep supplement can help you make the most of those precious resting hours.
Pro Tip: Our bodies are built to be in rhythm with the sun. Try to get plenty of natural and artificial light during the day and limit your exposure in the evening. That includes the blue light from a cell phone, computer or TV screen. Doing so makes it easier to fall asleep.
It’s natural to have an extra glass of wine when relaxing with friends or family, but excess alcohol consumption can cause dryness, encourage wrinkles and flare-up of conditions like psoriasis, rosacea and acne. By supporting your liver’s natural detoxing process, this liver health supplement helps you recover from many of these symptoms. Additionally, by supporting your liver, it can also get rid of toxins that otherwise find their way into skin.
Pro Tip: Drinking water with or in-between drinks is a great way to stay hydrated and reduce many of alcohol’s unwanted symptoms.
When the temperature first drops, many of us are quick to pack a hand lotion for use throughout the day. But it’s not just cold air that causes dry skin. Alcohol also dries out the body, and your skin by extension. A moisturizing cream for dry skin in the winter helps you deal with that dehydration. Suitable for the entire body, including the face, the Lipikar Balm AP+ hydrates skin without risking breakouts. It’s also safe for adults, kids and babies as young as two weeks.
From Dr. Schlessinger: “Hot showers are tempting, but don’t do it. Showering in hot, hot water can be incredibly drying to skin and can aggravate sensitive skin. Keep your showers short and as lukewarm as you can stand to invigorate your skin without drying it out. If you just can’t let the hot showers go, apply a light lotion after you get out while your skin is still wet.”
A lack of sleep can lead to wrinkles and bags under the eyes, and a high sugar intake can cause the same symptoms. That’s because it binds with the collagen fibers that give skin its structure. When this happens, the fibers become brittle and skin can look more aged.
In a season of pumpkin pie, eggnog and constant activity, it can be hard to hold off that tired look. The Epionce Enriched Firming Mask can be used to remedy this. The ingredients encourage a firmer texture. What’s more, lipids calm irritation while humectants restore hydration.
Pro Tip: You don’t have to say no to all the sweets in order to keep skin healthy. Enjoy treats in moderation while taking in more natural sources of sugar like fruits and vegetables. These will have less of a harmful effect on your body than food with added or processed sugar.
Since sleep deprivation, alcohol and sugar all contribute to wrinkles and loss of firmness, supporting your skin health during the holidays becomes that much more important. The NuFACE Facial Toning Kit lets you do just that by sending gentle microcurrents into your skin. This stimulates your skin’s natural current, firming skin and improving your facial contours.
Pro Tip: While the sun might not feel as hot in the winter, the UVA rays in sunlight are as potent as ever. This is the part of sunlight that encourages wrinkles and aged skin, and so it’s as important as ever to apply sunscreen every day.
If you want to learn more about winter skin care, check out our blog on 3 Essential Winter Skin Care Tips for the New Year.
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