The holidays have been crazy busy! I feel like I’ve been busy travelling, shopping or getting ready to host company at my home for months. My skin doesn’t look or feel nearly as good as it normally does because I haven’t had time to take care of it. Any advice for maintaining healthy skin during the busy holiday months?
It’s easy to let daily routines—such as your skin care regimen—fall lower on the priority list when life gets busy. If you feel strapped for time, remember that dedicating just 15 minutes to caring for your skin can make a difference. As you tackle the holidays, try following the quick checklist below to maintain a healthy, fresh appearance.
Cleanse—cleansing goes a long way! Use a gentle face wash in the mornings and in the evenings for at least 30 seconds to remove dirt, contaminants and surface oils from the skin. If you had acne and now suffer from acne scars, you can understand how important it is to keep skin clean.
Moisturize—moisturizing will not only help your skin look better, it will feel better. Even in the midst of winter, use a moisturizer that has SPF to keep a healthy glow while protecting skin against harmful sun rays. Moisturizers that include retinoids, a derivative of Vitamin A, can help reduce signs of aging.
Hydrate—in the winter, it’s easy to forget about drinking water, especially if you live in a cool climate. When it comes to your skin, it’s just as—if not more—important to hydrate in the winter to avoid dryness and dull, puffy skin. Try to carry a reusable water bottle. This will make it easy to fill up when you’re on-the-go and serve as a reminder to hydrate whenever you see it in your bag.
- Get your beauty sleep—I know this is sometimes easier said than done, especially during the holidays, but it’s crucial!
Poor sleep can lead to increased stress hormones in the body that elevate the severity of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne or psoriasis. If you can get 7.5 -8 hours of sleep most nights, you’ll look and feel more refreshed.
Good luck with your holiday schedule! Please consult with a physician to better understand what’s best for your unique case.