Too many late nights and champagne toasts dampening your holiday glow? We get it - the holidays -- and their attendant activities -- can be seriously rough on your skin. To counteract the damage, we’ve pulled together our ultimate skincare guide to get you through the festivities. Read on!
Watch the booze.
Cheers! Wait. You might want to rethink that. Most of us inevitably indulge more over the holidays, but if you’re serious about keeping skin its happiest and healthiest, reconsider that extra glass of champagne; alcohol is notoriously dehydrating, plus has inflammatory effects. Can’t avoid having a couple of drinks? Operate by the one-for-one rule: One glass of water for one drink – ideally a clear liquor. And, no, that doesn’t give you license to have as many drinks as you desire…
The combination of the colder air and aforementioned celebrating can make for some seriously dried out skin. Up your hydration game, particularly when skin is at its most vulnerable – namely, post-shower; we like to apply moisturizer when our skin is damp and our pores are still open. Taking a bath? Add a scoop of coconut oil to ensure you lock in hydration.
…But don’t smother your skin.
One of the biggest mistakes many of us make when moisturizing is to assume that thickness directly correlates with efficacy. In fact, when it comes to breakout-prone, highly reactive skin, a thick cream can actually clog pores and exacerbate skin issues. Avoid petroleum-based creams and instead look for a moisturizer with a high level of active ingredients. (We’re partial to the 150-million+ Zen3 exosomes that are kickin’ ass in eXO Face.)
When our skin is looking dull and problematic, it’s easy to be impulsive and select an intense exfoliator or peel. Don't. This time of year, skin is particularly sensitive; rigorous scrubbing or harsh treatments can potentially amplify trigger problems. Treat your skin with care, using a gentle cleanser and moisturizer daily, particularly after that late night out.
Eat like your skin depends on it. (Hint: It does.)
Want to really get that holiday glow? Avoid inflammatory foods high in sugar or starch and instead opt for skin-loving, vitamin-rich fare. Omega-3s – aka “healthy fats” – are particularly critical for healthy skin; find them in salmon, walnuts, flax seeds, and spinach. (Pssst – it’s okay to have the occasional cookie, too. We won’t tell.)