It is the most wonderful time of the year, but it might not feel like it when it comes to your skin. From weather changes to holiday stress, maintaining glowing skin throughout the holidays takes a little bit of tenderness, love, and care. And why wouldn’t you want glowing skin during these festive times? After all, you’ll probably see friends and loved ones you haven’t seen in a while. You certainly want to look and feel your absolute best.
13 Tips to Keep Your Skin Glowing
From finding ways to maintain a healthy sleep schedule to managing holiday stress, there are many things you can do to keep your skin glowing throughout the holiday season. Here are just a few ways to look as radiant as your holiday decorations.
Drink Plenty of Water – The holidays are filled with delicious drinks that are sweet or contain alcohol. Your skin requires water to stay supple, healthy, and hydrated. Water can help flush out toxins that build up in the body while nourishing your skin and your cells. While the weather might not be a scorcher, this time of year is a prime time for dehydration. Air travel, late nights out with family or friends, and an abundant supply of sugary drinks can be to blame.
Speaking of Drinks – This is not to say you need to refrain from alcohol during the holidays, but it is essential to know that when alcohol is broken down in the bloodstream can create free radicals and even cause some damage to your DNA. What does this mean for your skin? If you’re imbibing a bit too much, you might dismantle the collagen fibers in your skin and cause unnecessary inflammation. Combined, you could be on the fast track for wrinkles. Opt for a red wine spritzer to enjoy the festivities while introducing some rich antioxidants into your body.
Get your Zzzzs – It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is! Sleep is essential for glowing skin. But between traveling, holiday shopping, and festive parties, getting the proper amount of sleep during the holidays may be challenging. Try your best to go to bed at the same time each night. Reduce your pre-sleep screen time, so your body has time to relax and recover from the hectic holiday schedule. If you are traveling, bring comfort items such as your favorite pillow to help you get your rest.
Bring your toolkit – If you have established a substantial skincare routine, it is imperative you continue this routine even if you travel. Choose travel-size products, or stockpile your favorite skincare products in your overnight bag. This includes your cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Nothing works as well as the products you’ve picked that are specially formulated for your skin type. Don’t forget eye cream to soothe those tired eyes!
Remove your makeup – While we’re on the topic of cleanser, it can be far too easy to crash into bed after a hefty holiday dinner and a few drinks. Before you hit the hay, be sure to wash off your makeup thoroughly. Engage in your nighttime skincare routine before bedtime. At the very least, use your cleanser to remove dirt, grime, and makeup. This will prevent breakouts and keep your skin healthy and bright.
Embrace Exfoliation – During the holiday season, exfoliation can be your best friend. Throughout the day, your skin may experience a buildup of dust, dirt, and dead skin cells. When you exfoliate your skin, you eliminate those dead skin cells. When choosing your exfoliator, look for one with lactic, glycolic, or salicylic acid. You only need to exfoliate 1-3 times per week. You may also want to consider bringing a dry brush along for your holiday trips. Dry brushing can help remove dead skin, promote circulation, and relieve stress.
Breathe – As festive as the holiday season can be, it can also be stressful. If you feel anxious or overwhelmed, take a moment to remove yourself from the current environment. Find a quiet place where you can be alone for a few minutes and breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try to ground yourself in the present moment by focusing on your breath. This will reduce your heart rate and lower the amount of cortisol (the fight or flight hormone) your body releases. When we’re in fight or flight mode, our bodies are subjected to inflammation and breakouts.
Be Mindful of Diet – From savory meats to sweeter-than-pie cookies, it is no secret that food is a huge part of holiday traditions. Remember, for glowing skin, your body needs vitamins and nutrients. Vegetables, lean proteins, nuts, and fresh fruits containing vitamin C are all winners for “feeding” your skin. So when you reach for holiday cookies, be sure to balance them out with wholesome natural foods. You also want to pay attention to how many foods you consume that trigger breakouts or inflammation. These could be sugary cakes and cookies or even dairy products. Know your triggers and try your best to avoid them.
Don’t Forget your Vitamins – The best vitamins for glowing skin include vitamins C, D, E, K, and A. Your body needs these vitamins to produce new skin cells and to repair damaged skin cells. If you have a vitamin deficiency your diet cannot satisfy, be sure to bring your vitamin supplements with you for holiday travel. You will need them to keep your body healthy and strong.
Boost your Skin – Before you hop on a flight or settle in for a long car ride, consider boosting your skin with the V2 Beauty Booster. The V2 Beauty Booster technique uses a series of needles to inject a high concentration of natural and free hyaluronic acid and a combination of antioxidants, amino acids, minerals, and vitamins. These injections boost skin hydration and improve skin quality, a much-needed assist during drier months.
When injected beneath the skin, this beauty booster has been shown to be very effective in plumping, filling, and targeting dehydrated skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. In addition to hydration, the V2 Beauty Booster activates fibroblasts within the dermis, making them lay down new collagen and elastin, the components that make your skin look younger and firmer. The V2 Beauty Booster might be precisely what you need to kickstart the holiday season with glowing skin.
Consider a Chemical Peel – Winter is an excellent time for a chemical peel. This treatment resurfaces the skin to improve and smooth the skin’s texture. The top layers of the skin peel off to reveal hydrated and brighter skin beneath the peeled layers. If you’re going to get one before the holidays, remember peeling will begin about 2-3 days after treatment and last for a week or more. Just something to keep in mind as you plan your festivities. However, if you don’t encounter any peeling, that doesn’t mean the treatment isn’t working! Everyone’s skin is different, so your chemical peel experience will be unique.
Microneedling – If a chemical peel isn’t for you, microneedling may be the pre-holiday treatment you are searching for. Microneedling introduces small micro-injuries into the skin using very tiny needles. The needles penetrate the first layer of skin. This micro-injury encourages the skin to begin the repair process. Microneedling increases collagen and elastin production, promoting a thicker and more even skin texture and tone. You can usually notice results six months after treatment, so keep this in mind when you’re planning your treatment.
Don’t Skip the SPF – Sure, if the weather is colder and drier, the sun may not be out as much. That doesn’t mean you can skip your sunscreen. UV rays can penetrate the skin, even on overcast days. Always finish your morning skincare routine with SPF for your face and lips. Sun damage is one of the most common culprits of premature aging. Your skin will thank you well into the new year.
Shine Bright this Holiday
Shine bright this holiday, not the oily way, but the radiant way, by taking care of your skin before, during, and after festivities. If you’re unsure what products are right for your skin type, or you are interested in trying a chemical peel, laser treatment, winter facial, or microneedling, don’t hesitate to book a consultation with First Impressions Rejuvenation Clinic. The expert and experienced staff at First Impressions are ready to answer any questions you may have and recommend the perfect products to elevate your existing skincare routine.
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