It's finally the holiday season, and with that comes the things we love, like cozy evenings at home snuggled under a blanket, holiday parties, our favorite knitted sweaters, steamy cups of cocoa… just to name a few! But it can also bring dreaded, seasonally affected, stressed-out skin that is irritated, dry, patchy, red and wind-beaten. Not the glamorous holiday vibe we all dream of!
Not only are we battling the colder weather, but a poor, indulgent diet paired with holiday stress can have a serious effect on our skin. When under stress, the body responds by producing cortisol which can increase bouts of acne, dryness, inflammation, redness, and may even speed up the aging process. Take a moment to decompress and tackle these stress-related skin concerns.
Glow into the holidays with these three simple skincare steps...
It’s important to stay clear of cleansers that contain sulfates and drying ingredients such as glycolic acid or alcohol as these can strip the skin and do more harm than good. A well-formulated gentle face wash will help retain and replenish your skin’s moisture balance without stripping natural oils. Not sure if your cleanser is too harsh for your skin? Next time you use your product and you feel that your skin becomes dry, tight or irritated then it’s time to switch cleansers.
Treat your skin after a holiday party with a mask that contains detoxifying ingredients like white kaolin clay. This powerful ingredient helps soften skin and provides gentle exfoliation while helping it purge any toxins. Make the most of your masking session and destress with an at-home spa experience (a relaxed mind means a relaxed body and in turn, calm skin!)- light your favorite candle, diffuse soothing essential oils and sit back and unwind with your favorite podcast, Netflix episode, or book- you’ll be on your way to calm, glowing skin in no time!
Plump, calm, nourish and seal in all of the benefits of your skincare regimen. Reach for your favorite, nutrient-rich moisturizer to soothe dry, tight and irritated winter skin. A good moisturizer is essential during the winter months, perhaps the most important step during this time, as our skin becomes parched and loses its glow- leading to premature aging, dry patches, redness, uneven skin tone and an all-around unhappy face, unless we are taking proper care. Combat these symptoms by locking in essential, deep hydration at every opportunity!