The holiday season, while joyful, can also be stressful. Obligations, travel, social events, hormonal fluctuations, and all these indulgences can bring on some undesired aftermath for your skin. That being said, fear not: we’ve got you covered with our guide to surviving the post-holiday skin crash and rejuvenating your complexion after your celebrations.
Alcohol consumption can rapidly dehydrate your skin, giving it a duller appearance and exacerbating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. To counteract this effect, it is essential to drink at least one glass of water per alcoholic consumption. Make sure to follow up the evening with an extra hydrating face cream, such as the Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore.
As the holiday season also coincides with winter, cold and dry weather exposure can lead to dehydrated, irritated skin. If you're travelling during the holidays, changes in climate, water quality, and air travel can also impact your skin. Adding a moisturizing hyaluronic acid serum–such as the PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum–– could be a good idea to replenish and rehydrate your skin.
SWELLING & FATIQUE
Changes in your routine, later nights, and busy schedules can result in insufficient sleep during the holidays––which, unfortunately, is associated with puffy eyes, dark circles, and overall tired-looking skin.
To counteract these unwanted symptoms, you can incorporate a gua sha routine and an ice roller into your morning routine (which feels absolutely divine) and schedule a few extra naps throughout your holiday break (yes, you deserve it!).
Holiday celebrations also often involve indulging in rich and sugary foods, which can result in unwanted breakouts and inflammation. Using a targeted spot treatment (like Barbara Sturm’s Clarifying Spot Treatment with ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid) can help address specific breakouts.
You can also apply a specialized mask, such as the IMAGE Skin Care Clear Cell Clarifying Salicylic Masque, with ingredients that absorb excess oil and reduce inflammation.
Last but not least, make sure to keep adequately hydrating your skin (skin that appears oily can still be dehydrated!), as well-hydrated skin is better equipped to heal and resist breakouts.
REDNESS & INFLAMMATION
If you’re noticing any redness and irritation, being gentle is key. Because your skin barrier is compromised, you’ll want to treat your skin with calming products such as sheet masks with ingredients like chamomile, aloe vera, or calendula.
You can also incorporate niacinamide products, a potent anti-inflammatory ingredient that can help reduce redness and improve the overall texture of your skin.
No matter what you’re experiencing, always make sure you finish your morning routine with a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from further damage––and prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Need some extra TLC? Book your post-holiday facial at the SkinEnvie Medispa today to benefit from our holiday specials and get your skin back on track after your festivities!
Until next time,
The BSE Team