Many people love this time of year! Between the festive decorations and cozy nights spent gazing at an illuminated Christmas tree, the holidays often fill our spirits with joy! Of course, with all the stress of decorating, traveling, shopping, and attending holiday parties, your skin may not feel so jolly.
With so much to do in so little time, the holidays can make it difficult to stay on track with your skincare routine. And with the change of season creating drier air conditions, you may not realize your skin is more at risk of premature lines and wrinkles, acne breakouts, and a less than desirable facial complexion.
To help you combat the stress of the season and stay on track with your skincare routine, try these tips from the skincare specialists at Pinnacle Dermatology:
Keep Your Alcohol Intake in Check: During the holidays, people tend to indulge more frequently in festive cocktails and other alcoholic beverages, as you’ll likely be invited to family gatherings, annual office parties, and dinners with friends. Alcohol dehydrates your skin and can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, fruity cocktails are loaded with added sugars, causing unwanted acne breakouts. So, before you take another sip of that candy cane-flavored martini, remember your skin is losing hydration, so be sure to alternate your favorite holiday beverage with a glass of water.
Stay Away from the Cold Cuts Tray: When you feed your body, you’re also feeding your skin. So, you want to ensure you’re ingesting foods that contain nutrients and vitamins. Cold cuts and salty snacks are a staple at every holiday buffet table, but they are loaded with sodium! Sodium leads to water retention, swelling, and puffiness under your eyes. Remember to fill up on the veggie and fruit trays and drink plenty of water to help curb those salty cravings.
Moisturize Like Your Skin’s Life Depended on It: When the temperature dips, air loses moisture, which creates dryness. Your skin is usually the first to feel the effect of winter’s dryness, so you’ll want to do your best to protect it. Moisturize your skin after washing with an antioxidant packed moisturizer and a product containing hyaluronic acid. Our favorite? SkinMedica’s HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator. HA5 provides immediate hydration and instantly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. And keep a hand cream with you at all times to reapply moisture. Also, since dryness affects your indoor air quality, use a humidifier to add moisture to your room when you sleep at night to help keep your skin hydrated.
If you’re someone who enjoys winter sports or walking through a winter wonderland, be sure to apply a moisturizing sunscreen to protect your skin against the sun’s rays. Remember, the sun reflects off the snow, so even on a cloudy day, you’re still exposed to harmful UV rays. Revision Intellishade Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 45 is the perfect solution for every season.
Set Timers to Keep Your Routine in Check: A simple way to stay on track with your skincare routine is by setting timers on your smartphone to alert you that it’s time to take care of your skin. If you’re traveling this holiday season, it’s easier to get out of the habit of washing and moisturizing your skin at night. So, if you want your skin to feel radiant and renewed the next morning, you definitely don’t want to skip a nightly skincare session.
For more tips on professional skincare, visit the Pinnacle Dermatology’ website or subscribe to our monthly eblast! If you’d like to refresh your skincare routine or find the best products that will treat your individual skin condition, schedule a free consultation with us today!