The holiday season is in full swing and while it’s the most wonderful time of the year, many of us will experience added stress, less sleep, skipped exercise and bad eating habits. All of these changes can wreak havoc on your skin.
Keep your skin healthy and looking its best throughout the busy holiday season with these simple tips:
Minimize stress. Stress can contribute or worsen psoriasis, acne and other skin conditions. While it’s sometimes unavoidable during the holidays, taking steps to manage stress, such as exercise, eating right or using relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga, can help to make you feel more relaxed and may just improve the look of your skin as well.
If you are having a drink, choose red wine. It’s tempting to overindulge at holiday parties but having a glass or two of red wine might help keep your skin looking good. Red wine has been shown to have an antioxidant effect on the heart and it is said, that if it is good for the heart, it is good for the skin.
Hydrate! Staying hydrated helps your skin look better. Make sure you drink water throughout the day and if you are having an alcoholic drink, increase the water you drink before going to bed and again the next day to avoid dry skin.
Avoid the temptation to go to bed without removing your make-up. This can clog pores and oil glands and end up causing irritation and blemishes. Take a few minutes to clean off all your make-up before hitting the sack
Exercise daily. Not only is exercise good for stress relief, it helps increase the oxygen to your skin and keeps it from looking sallow.
Eat healthy. It doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all your favorite holiday foods and treats, just eat them in moderation. Try to include lots of fruits and vegetables and low-fat protein each day throughout the holidays. If you want to indulge, pick one rich food to have, such as a small piece of pie or creamy veggie dip, rather than both. If you know you’ll be going to a party, eat lighter during the day so you can indulge a little more that evening.
Keep lip balm or a lipstick with moisturizer handy. Winter weather tends to cause chapped and dry lips. Use moisturizer products with SPF protection to keep lips soft.
By incorporating these tips, you can minimize damage to your skin during this hectic season and focus on family, friends and the joy of the season.