The holiday season is always a busy time for me, but do you know when I’m even busier?  AFTER the holidays when people start to notice damage to their skin after too much holiday cheer!   Damaged holiday skin is usually:

  • Breaking out
  • Red and dry
  • Dull and uneven tone

Before I give you my tips on how to prevent this from happening to your skin, let’s talk about WHY the holidays can be damaging to your skin.

Why the Holidays Can Impact Your SkinPrevent Skin Damage

To start, during the holidays, most of us are busy.  When our schedule fills up, it’s easy to let personal health habits slide.  This is everything from sticking to your daily skin care routine to water intake to getting less sleep.

Don’t forget the added stress!  While Christmas is supposed to be the happiest time of year, it can also be stressful for many people.  Add in the never-ending parade of Christmas cookies, cocktails and unhealthy foods throughout the month and you’ve created a recipe for disaster with your skin.

5 Tips to Prevent Skin Damage This Holiday Season

  1. Stick to your skin care routine – Don’t skimp on skin care! I know, it can be tempting to come home from a holiday party and crash with a full face of makeup on.  DON’T DO IT!  Even if you don’t do your full skin care routine, remove your makeup, wash and moisturize your face before going to bed.  It will prevent clogged pores and breakouts.
  2. Make sure you’re getting some healthy food – I’m not going to say don’t eat all the things, cause I do the same! Enjoy your cocktails and cookies, BUT just make sure you’re adding in some of the good stuff too.  Make sure you’re eating healthy fats and vegetables to give your skin the nutrients it needs to thrive.
  3. Water – Your body needs water to function properly. When your body is dehydrated your skin will be too.  This is when you see red, dry skin appear.  Make sure you’re getting adequate water throughout the day, especially when you know you’ll be having a few cocktails!
  4. Exfoliate – If you don’t have one already, be sure to add an exfoliant to your skin care routine. Exfoliation is important for removing dead skin cells and pore clogging debris that leads to breakouts. You don’t want to over exfoliate so talk with me about how to safely add exfoliation to your routine.
  5. De-Stress – Last but not least, try not to stress this holiday season and if you are stressed, be sure to take some time and do things that help you unwind. This includes exercise, sleep and taking a little “me time”.

Speaking of “me time”, one of the best things you can do is get on my schedule NOW for post-holiday skin care services.  A visit to Avila Skin Studio is the perfect way to relax and reset your skin after a busy holiday season.   Plus, if you are noticing changes to your skin, if you come in for an appointment I can help get you back on track!

Happy Holidays, I can’t wait to see you in the studio next year!

~ Amy