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HOLIDAY SKIN SURVIVAL GUIDE-Keep Your Skin Happy

HOLIDAY SKIN SURVIVAL GUIDE

 

You know you’ll to be eating richer, sugar and carb-laden foods over these next couple of weeks. You’ll be partying and getting less sleep, entertaining more.  And you also know….your skin’s likely to show it.  Here’s a quick holiday skin survival guide to keep your skin happy.

How to combat the 3 S’s:  Sleep, Stress, Sugar:

1.  Take the time to cleanse your skin 2x daily for ONE MINUTE. 

 

2.  Remove make-up before bed – NO EXCUSES!

3.  Stay hydrated – Drink a lot of water, especially between those holiday cocktails. If water isn’t your drink of choice, give non-sugared carbonated water a try – it’s very refreshing and is a tasty way to increase your daily water intake.
 
4.  Get 8 hours or more of sleep every evening.  This practice goes a long way towards overall good health. 
 
5.  Don’t roll your eyes, but have you thought about meditation for stress relief?  I had the same reaction when a friend recommended Insight Timer app to me.  I’ve found this app to be a helpful resource for relaxing music, talks and yes – guided meditation.  Small breaks each day for this stress-relieving activity is so relaxing, so welcome.  Don’t we deserve 5-15 minutes of down time?  Yes, we do!
 
6.  Buy & have on hand a simple mud or clay mask.  Try “Queen Helene” brand. Apply on any breakout right away to draw out toxins and to dry out the blemish. It’s a good idea to use this type of mask several times daily and it’s ok to keep on overnight.

7.  If you have painful, red breakouts – remember, this is an area of inflammation and what’s good for inflammation? ICE. Put ice in a soft towel and place on area for a few minutes. You may repeat as often as needed. Follow with a mud mask. DO NOT extract these since doing this will cause scarring and possibly worsen the infection.

8.  Do not self-extract. Exception: If there is a “head” on the pimple and it seems ready to open up, cleanse gently and place a warm towel on the area to soften skin, then with 2 q-tips, pull the skin away from the area.  Usually, the infection inside will release. Dab with a wet, warm towel and immediately place a bit of mud/clay mask to further dry out the blemish.

9.  Call me!  I can help with a quick extraction!  Or text with questions.  (My phone number is above.)  And of course – don’t forget about your skin treatments.  Even a quick, 30-minute deep pore cleansing treatment is helpful for getting rid of dead skin, bacteria and congestion.  Let me know how I can help you.

Sun Safety & Skin Cancer Awareness Week

This week is Sun Safety Awareness Week, but really – every day is a chance to protect your skin against skin cancer.  Overexposure to the sun can result in skin cancer later in life. What are your family’s risks from exposure to powerful UV rays? Consider these facts and statistics from Sun Safety Alliance – It’s a really great website, so do have a look!

The Dangers of UV Exposure
* You can sunburn even on a cloudy day.
* On average, children get 3 times more exposure than adults.
* Concrete, sand, water, and snow reflect 85% to 90% of the sun’s UV rays.
* Depletion of Earth’s ozone continues to increase your exposure to UV rays.

Skin Cancer 

* In some parts of the world, melanoma is increasing at rates faster than any other cancer.
* More than 1.2 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the US.
* Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, kills one person every hour.
* One blistering sunburn can double a child’s lifetime risk of developing skin cancer.