How To Have Beautiful Skin For The Holidays
With the holidays bearing down on us, you may find yourself being super busy, trying to juggle work, family and all the holiday functions you get invited to. This can result in insufficient rest and sleep, and just when you want to look your best, your skin cries HELP! So what can you do? Good skincare begins with good health, therefore if you want to put your best face forward, as we say, pay attention to your overall health by following the tips below.
1. Get enough sleep. Contrary to what you may think, you do not have to attend every function to which you are invited. Unless it's a small, intimate affair, in most cases, people will not know, or care, if you came or not. That does not mean you should stay at home. All it means is that if you are out every night and are not getting enough sleep, then you should consider skipping some of the less important functions.
2. Watch what you eat. Eating is one of the things we look forward to during the holidays. The ham, the turkey, the pies, the puddings, the desserts. We salivate just thinking about them, but wait. Most of those dishes are loaded with fat and sugar - two ingredients that spell disaster for your skin. And remember, carbohydrates are converted to sugar or glucose which can cause acne, rosacea and skin discoloration. So should you pass on those goodies and nibble only celery sticks all night? No, enjoy your favorites by all means, but since you'll be attending all those parties, limit the size of your portions.
Protect Your Skin
Watch what you drink. Your skin is an organ of elimination. It gets rid of sweat through its pores. This moisture has to be replenished and one way to do this is by drinking water. Not juice, not soda, not coffee, and certainly not alcohol. Again, for the holidays, exercise moderation. An occasional glass of juice or wine won't hurt, but alcohol and coffee dry the skin and sugar breaks down collagen, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles. It can also exacerbate skin conditions such as acne and rosacea, not to mention you can develop insulin resistance. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/10/sugar-bad-for-skin_n_4071548.html
Use a good moisturizer. The key to developing and maintaining beautiful skin is keeping it hydrated and moisturized. If you live in a cold climate, you need to moisturize in the colder months as much as you do in the summer, to prevent your skin drying out. Experts recommend facial moisturizers with Vitamin C and retinol. But moisturizing should not be limited to just your face. To maintain smooth, glowing skin, you should moisturize all over daily. Also, drink more water in the colder months, for the same reason.
Wear sunscreen. Even though the weather is cooler, you still need to wear sunscreen when outdoors. And wearing sunglasses will protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
Don't smoke. Smoking is bad for your health and it can also dry and weaken your skin.
Some quick fixes
Despite your best efforts, your skin may still show the results of your holiday activities. Red or puffy eyes, dark circles under your eyes and tired-looking skin are some of the things you want to avoid. Here are some tips for solving those problems.
1. Cleanse. No matter how tired you are, do not go to bed with your makeup on. Cleanse face thoroughly before going to bed, then use a moisturizer and an eye cream.
2. For swollen, puffy eyes, try sleeping on your back with a second pillow under your head. This allows fluid to drain away from your eyes. Applying cold cucumber slices or cold tea bags will also help.
3. Stress may cause you to breakout. Try applying benzoyl-peroxide or salicylic acid creams directly on the pimple.
4. For dark circles under your eyes, use a concealer that matches your skin tone. Press it into the skin then add a bit of powder with a cotton ball.
Some last words
If you have not been in the habit of caring for your skin, you may not achieve results in time for the holidays. However, it's never too late to take care of your skin. If you are over thirty, your skin has begun to lose its elasticity, and may show other signs of aging. In this case, you need to work even harder to get the look you want.
Follow a healthy lifestyle consisting of
- proper nutrition,
- no smoking or alcohol
- reduced caffeine - this includes soda
- daily moisturizing
And remember, if you have major skin problems, consult a dermatologist.