Whether you gathered with friends and family or sat in on a virtual holiday gathering, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, paired with sweets and cocktails galore, can wreak havoc on your skin.
But the good news is that there are three simple things you can start right now to revive stressed-out, dull-looking skin to get your glow on for the new year ahead.
1. Increase Your Water Intake
Stress, lack of sleep, and overindulgence in eggnog and alcohol can make your body – and your skin – dehydrated and lethargic. Kickstart your post-holiday skincare rejuvenation with a little help from the inside out. This can be as easy as filling a water bottle in the morning and being sure to finish it by dinner time.
For even more hydrated and healthy-looking skin, consider switching to a heavier moisturizer to combat dry, dull skin that tends to show up during the cooler, drier winter months. Your skin may also benefit from a barrier repair moisturizer to help restore its ability to retain moisture and protect itself from outside irritants.
2. Dial Down on the Christmas Cookies
Christmas cookies, cakes and sugary drinks can contribute to a wide range of skincare woes, including acne, wrinkles, and a dull, lackluster complexion. This is because excess sugar intake triggers a chemical process known as glycation in your body. During glycation, sugar molecules bind to and destroy important proteins like the collagen in your skin, resulting in a number of skin problems.
Researchers also know that high sugar consumption raises insulin and inflammation levels in your body, which, in turn, increase your skin’s oil production. This can lead to clogged pores and acne, along with flare-ups of other inflammatory skin conditions like rosacea.
On the plus side, reining in your sugar intake after the holidays is a great way to get a head start on your fitness resolutions for the new year and revive your skin at the same time.
3. See Your Skin Clinician
Adjusting daily habits like drinking more water and eating less sugar are easy ways to help give your skin a boost at home. But to really get a glow-up to ring in the New Year, pay your skin care professional a visit. Not only can he or she more accurately assess your skincare needs based on your skin type, but your skin clinician can also recommend in-office treatments like the ultra-hydrating HydraFacial to revive stressed-out skin.
HydraFacial is a three-step system that decongests, detoxes, and deeply hydrates your skin. And the best part? This facial is gentle enough for even sensitive skin types, yet is a highly-effective skin treatment that can kickstart your skin rejuvenation regimen.