The festive period is always one of excessive eating and drinking, and it typically means the rules get thrown out for the period between Christmas and New Year. Unfortunately, it’s not as fun for your skin.
If you’ve set yourself a long list of resolutions for 2021, then one you should make and try to keep is to be kinder to your skin. All the delicious treats over the festive period expose the body to Hugh levels of glucose and collagen and elastin proteins in the skin become impaired, becoming less springy, increased sebum production, dehydration and a rougher, more uneven skin surface.
The Christmas period is also notoriously stressful for many, especially after the year we’ve all had, and that can cause changes in the way we implement our skincare routines too. We have some tips to help give your skin the treatment it deserves to feel fresh and youthful again.
Embark on a double cleanse routine
The process of cleansing twice both morning and evening is a very effective way to remove all traces of makeup, impurities and pollutants from the skin, as well as to 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells that are shed every day.
Rethink your routine
If you’ve developed a rather fussy routine, you may want to rethink it. Excessive use of acids and active ingredients will result in sensitivity, irritation and compromising your skin’s barrier function. Go back to simpler and gentler skincare.
Look after your gut
We all might be resolving to banish chocolate, salt-laden canapés and fatty foods after the new year, and it will have added benefits to your skin. Keeping your skin healthy means keeping your gut and its delicate microbiome healthy.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
All that festive fun, sugar and booze will leave your skin feeling dehydrated, dull, and uneven, so be sure to drink plenty of water all through the day.
Prioritise your sleep
Odds are that you’ve thrown your sleep schedule way out of balance with late nights and lazy lie-ins, and now is the time to start a sleep schedule and stick to it. Your skin regenerates when you sleep, replacing damaged or dead skin cells.
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