The festive season is here! You can hear Christmas jingles and see Christmas decorations and lights everywhere. As Christmas day draws closer, your calendars are probably packed up with pre-work, after work and weekend long drinks, dinners and lunches. With all the late nights and festive meals and drinks, your skin can feel really dehydrated, and sensitive and in need of some TLC.
Here are our top 5 tips to get your skin through the festive season.
1. Increase your water intake
For most of the population, there’s going to be an increase in the alcohol consumption during the holiday period. Even if you are not a big drinker, you are more likely to drink more than normal during the festive period.
Alcohol is a diuretic which dries the skin significantly. So, you will need a LOT MORE water to combat the usual dehydrating effects.
Commit to drinking more water. Try to drink at least 4 glasses of water in the morning and 4 in the evening before heading out to
your parties. And at your outings, hydrate
between alcoholic drinks by alternating
water with alcohol.
Finally, have a big glass of water before
you go to bed after a night out to keep you
hydrated while you sleep.
2. Eat skin – friendly food
Nothing is truer than the saying you are what you eat. Good skin really does come from a healthy gut and good eating habits.
At gatherings, opt for foods that your skin will love such as carrots and celery for snacks and foods rich in good fats and antioxidants like nuts, berries and tomatoes. Increase your intake of leafy greens.
Where ever you can, swap out processed food for more whole foods and refined sugars for foods rich in natural sugars like fruits.
3. Get plenty of rest
Getting plenty of shut eye is so important for good skin health. When you are sleep deprived, your body makes more of the stress hormone called cortisol .Elevated levels of cortisol can lead to increased stress and inflammation in the body hurting your skin's quality.
Make sleep and rest a priority this festive season. Make sure you get at least 7-9 hours of sleep. To help sleep quality, ensure your bedroom is quiet, dark and device free. Aim to shut off devices at least at hour before going to bed.
4. Remember to take off your makeup
Taking off your make up at the end of a long night might be the last thing on your mind.
Unfortunately, if you don’t remove your make up, it’s not only makeup that blocks your pores while you sleep. It’s also pollutants found in the environment such as cigarette smoke, dust and bacteria. Removing your make up each night will make sure that tiny particles will not clog up pores while you sleep leading to breakouts, sensitivity and dehydrated skin.
Simply wipe off the layer of makeup with a
natural makeup remover and you skin will
feel fresh in no time. Beauty grade coconut
oil works wonders as a natural make up
remover. It’s effective in cleansing away the
most resistant waterproof mascara or long
stay lipstick but also gentle enough to
nourish the skin at the same time.
5. Make sure you protect your skin from the sun
It's normal to be excited with a little bit of sun after the long winter months. But as excited as you are, UV rays from the sun can be so harmful to the skin causing sunburn, premature ageing, eye damage and skin damage leading to skin cancer.
When you step out to the many parties and events this summer, remember to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide.
If you want to learn more about what to look out for when purchasing sun screen, read our block article “Sunshine: protecting your
Keep these simple tips in mind to get your skin through the festive season and your skin will thank you for it !