How to Cure your Skin's Holiday Hangover
December 28, 2018
Well, it’s that awkward time of year. You know, where it’s after Christmas but not quite New Year’s. You may still be off work, or if you’re at work, you may not be feeling so ‘worky’. You may even be suffering from a bit of a Holiday Hangover.
I’m not necessarily talking about an alcohol induced headache (well, hey, maybe that is the kind of hangover you have). I’m talking the exhaustion and other repercussions that come along with the food, long nights and general merriment of the season. We may feel the exhaustion, but our skin may actually show the wear and tear. Luckily for you, there are a few things you can do to help relieve the Holiday Hangover… for your skin at least.
Take a holiday nap!
It’s not often as an adult we’re told to take a nap unless we’re unwell. But I am here telling you to get as much sleep as you can! Sleep has so many benefits for your overall well-being, your skin included! Catching a few zzz’s will give your skin time to reset and restore itself. You know how you wake up with those huge whiteheads? That’s your skin working to get rid of toxins and dirt caught in your pores.
A good night’s sleep can help you see a reduction in dullness, puffiness and dark spots. It will also help to get rid of those dark bags brought on by late nights spent with ‘Ol Saint Nick.
2. Drink all the H20!
Water, like sleep, works wonders on our skin. After all the alcohol, sugar, fats and carbs, our skin is likely lacking hydration. Good hydration starts from the inside, so getting back to good drinking habits will make a world of difference.
Dull skin is typically caused by a layer of dry skin sitting on top of the healthy, hydrated skin underneath. Water will hydrate from the inside out and help your cells turnover to reveal the glowing beautiful skin underneath!
3. Use those face masks you got in your stocking!
Maybe it’s just me, but when I’m stuffing stockings, I always love to chuck a facemask or two in there. Everyone needs a face mask, am I right? Take this time to curl up with a cup of tea and a good movie and let those skin-loving serums do their job. Besides, the longer you let those masks sit on the shelf, the less potent the ingredients become.
Plus, an at home spa day and all the relaxing will help kick those stress-induced wrinkles and dark spots.
4. Eat up all the turkey and cranberry sauce leftovers!
You may or may not have read our last post all about the nicest and naughtiest holiday foods. You more than likely have all the leftovers sitting in your fridge - especially from the massive turkey you cooked.
Turkey contains carnosine, a skin loving vitamin that will help reverse aging and stop any damage that the holidays have caused. Who doesn’t love those hot turkey sandwiches for a week after Christmas?
Cranberries are also another potent skin helper, and tastes delicious with turkey. Jam packed with antioxidants and anti-aging properties, these berries can help undo some of the damage caused over the holiday season.
The holidays can be an immensely stressful time for some of us. That stress can show up in unexpected places, one of those places would be your skin. But Christmas has come and gone, which means for most of us, the stress is over until New Years.
So, take this time in between to relax and enjoy some downtime. Reducing the stress hormones and indulging in some skin happy activities can make a world of difference. Things like a good wash and scrub can get rid of dry, dull skin. Follow that with a good steam, face mask and moisturizer to boost the look of skin and get you glowing for the New Year!
What are some ways you are combating the Holiday Hangover?