You’ve probably never noticed it, but the holiday season is actually one of the most stressful times of the year. Underneath it is a lot of hard work (not that seeing your family and friends happy isn’t worth it), and you only need to look at your skin to know that all the holiday preparations you’re doing is taking a toll on you.
These common holiday skin problems are the reasons why you shouldn’t neglect skin care even during the season of merriment.
- Puffy eyes or dark undereye: can be caused by lack of sleep or sugary or salty food
- Dryness: may result from lack of moisture due to cold weather, frequent air travel, or overeating
- Breakouts: from the stress of planning or overeating
- Rashes: an allergic reaction that may be caused by stress, unhealthy food, or sudden change in routine
- Inflammation: due to the increase in cortisol from too much stress or sugary or alcoholic drinks
- Temperamental skin: may be due to sudden changes in routine especially with skin care
Fortunately, for every skin problem, there is a skin care solution. Here are some suggestions to avoid these problems, or to bring health back into your skin, while still enjoying the Holidays.
Cleanse and remove your makeup after a long day
No matter how tired you get after the party, never go to bed without removing your makeup. Plus, you also have the day’s dirt clogging the pores to worry about, so skipping makeup removal and cleansing are some of the surefire ways to get breakouts. No one wants to have bad skin on their holiday photos.
A makeup remover like L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean Makeup Removing Towelettes will readily take the makeup off. Finish the job with either Shu Uemura Porefinist Gentle Foaming Cleansing Water or Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil.
Stay hydrated and moisturized
If you’re the traveling type, you need to stock up on water and moisturizer. Low, cold temperatures can dry out the skin fast, and something with moisturizing properties like hyaluronic acid can help.
The Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum or Tatcha Gold Camelia Beauty Oil are good options for regular use, in the morning and evening after cleansing. However, you can also go for a non-comedogenic product that can prevent holiday acne, too.
Also, you still need to drink at least eight glasses of water per day to keep yourself hydrated, even if it may be a little hard during the cold weather. Don’t forget about your lips, too! Chapped lips are also common during this season, so slather on some lip balm and pucker up!
Lack of shut-eye causes a myriad of problems, and during the Holidays, it’s admittedly hard to keep a sleeping schedule because of all the late-night parties. You need at least 6 hours of good night’s sleep to keep your skin glowing.
Tired-looking eyes and skin are one of the effects of sleep deprivation, but aside from getting enough Z’s, you can also use something to nourish and soothe the skin around the eyes, like The Esteé Edit Instant Wake-Up Eye Refresh Pack.
You also have more natural alternatives like green tea bags (with tannins that can help stimulate blood flow to reduce inflammation) and even a basic ice pack. Run the tea bags under water and store them in the freezer. In the morning, you only need to place them over the eyes for five minutes. The same can be done with an ice pack.
Don’t forget the sunscreen
UVA and UVB rays can still be present later in the day, even when there’s a foot of snow outside, so slathering some SPF like L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer and avoiding the rays as much as possible will help prevent different skin problems.
Most of the holiday food and drinks can easily wreak havoc not only on your diet but also to your skin. But undoubtedly, they are hard to avoid and resist. At the soonest, go back to your usual healthy eating habits with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Include some exercise, too.
By detoxifying and exfoliating your skin, you wash off the dirt and dead skin, bring back its glow, rehydrate, and even stimulate skin renewal. You can also apply masks at least once a day. Use one with ingredients like bearberry extract, arbutin, vitamin C, and niacinamide, to refresh your skin.
For these, you can try Mission Grove’s Soothing Mask or Colbert MD Illumino Anti-aging Brightening Mask. You also need to exfoliate your lips – you can do a quick fix by using a towel and gently rubbing it off to remove dry and dull skin.
Maintain your routine
The most crucial step, though, is to stay on your usual skincare routine. Whether you’re traveling or not for the Holidays, it’s essential to keep your products on hand, do your typical morning and evening steps, and not stray away. Be mindful of what you put inside your body, too, as its effects can also reflect on your skin.
The Holidays—despite being a time for joy—can be tiring for you and your skin. However, it isn’t a time to neglect your skin. Keep the health of your body’s largest body at all times, no matter what the season is.
This article was written by Julia, a beauty and lifestyle writer, contributor for VMV Hypoallergenics blog. She likes reading skin care tips, travelling with her friends and exploring new places.