Here’s a bunch of tips for those of you suffering from winter dryness, thanks to the wonderful Skin Script Skin Care educator, Dave Waggoner. Here’s what he has to say.….
It’s the holidays, complete with food and drinks and too much to do on too little sleep, all taking place during a sometimes harsh, wintry weather season. The end result: Just when you want to look sparkly and terrific, your skin gets the holiday blues.
The culprit? Stress! From dark circles under the eyes to a decidedly “green in the gills” complexion to bloated, puffy, swollen eyes and zits when you least expect it. For many, seasonal skin-stress problems can abound.
Stress can contribute to or worsen psoriasis, acne and other skin conditions. While it is sometimes unavoidable during the holiday season, taking steps to manage stress, such as exercise, eating right or using relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga can help to make you feel more relaxed and may just improve the look of your skin as well.
If you are prone to acne it could happen more frequently, but even if you have great skin, holiday stress — or any stress — can cause your skin to break out.
Though preventive measures can help, the inevitable “skin hangover” is still bound to occur. More alcohol, combined with richer, usually saltier foods, plus a lot less sleep, can come together to give you a bloated, puffy look, particularly the day after a night of holiday cheer.
Skin-stress that appears during the holidays, including some dark circles, can be the result of a lack of moisture, particularly if you live in a colder climate and are exposed to indoor heating. Once you begin drinking alcohol, you add to the dryness.
What can help: Increasing the moisture level in your skin. One way around the problem is to use a richer, more emollient moisturizer, beginning right at the start of the holiday season. Also, drink lots of water.
People are known to drink more alcohol during the holidays than any time of the year. Waking up the next day dehydrated can not only affect your body, but your skin as well. Try to minimize your alcohol intake and drink more than the recommended 8 glasses of water a day.
Avoid the temptation to go to bed without removing your make-up. This can clog pores and oil glands and end up causing irritation and blemishes. Take a few minutes to clean off all your make-up.
Exercise! Not only is exercise a good stress reliever, it helps increase the oxygen to your skin and can keep you looking younger. Find a stress relieving exercise program that you enjoy and make it a part of your daily/weekly to do list. You might find it helpful to schedule your exercise in your calendar just like you would schedule any other important appointment.
Take time for yourself — There may be pressure to be everything to everyone. Remember that you’re only one person and can only accomplish certain things. Sometimes self-care is the best thing you can do — others will benefit when you’re stress- free. Go for a long walk, get a massage or take time out to listen to your favorite music or read a new book.
All of us need some time to recharge our batteries — by slowing down you will actually have more energy to accomplish your goals. And…don’t forget to schedule your relaxing, nourishing facial!
Here’s to enjoying a stress-free Holiday Season! Thanks again to Dave Waggoner, Educator, Skin Script Skin Care