How to look after your skin during the festive season
The festive time is a time for fun and relaxation and for many of us, it might be the first time seeing Family and Friends in a while!
However, with the events, the food, the gatherings and more, this time can affect the way our skin looks and feels. There are 5 key areas that we recommend you keep consistent with over this busy and celebratory time to keep your skin looking and feeling amazing.
Let's take a look at these and learn how to protect our skin from potential changes:
1. Stay Protected
On holidays, we spend more time outdoors, so applying your sunscreen is extremely important to ensure your skin is well protected... and not just your face but your body too! UV rays are the biggest contributing factor to the signs of ageing such as wrinkles, pigmentation and skin sagging. So your best anti-ageing cream is definitely the SPF!
There is also an increase in awareness around blue light and how it affects us. Blue light is produced naturally from the sun, however, it also comes from Smartphones, TV, computers and any other 'screen' devices.
Whether we are still working over Christmas or relaxing at home, screens have become a part of our daily lives and blue light, unfortunately, contributes to hyperpigmentation and the breakdown of our collagen and elastin.
Good news! Dermalogica has the answer for us all and the Invisible Physical Defense SPF30 not only protects agains the harmful UV rays, it protects us from the Blue light too! This is definitely my go-to sunscreen and even my kids use it.
A little tip: Exfoliate your body to keep it smooth and use a soap-free body wash followed by a hydrating moisturiser after you have been outdoors.
- Water resistant for up to 80 minutes
- Defends against prolonged skin damage from UV light and environmental assault. Enhances SPF performance and counteract moisture loss triggered by extended daylight exposure.
- Lightweight and sheer formula helps neutralise damage and bind moisture to skin without a greasy after-feel.
2. Keep your inner health a priority
Hands up who loves the food at Christmas time! So much, so good and yes, we just keep eating and drinking - It's all part of the festive season package.
Our diet can be very different during the festive period and whilst sometimes the healthy eating goes off track, we are here to help you understand what happens to the skin when that happens. The good news, once the festive period finishes, we are good at getting back on board with our normal eating habits.
With our diet changes and more of the 'sometimes foods', the skin can become dehydrated, which can lead to skin sensitivity, redness and dull-looking skin, plus accelerated premature ageing and breakouts.
For your skin, here are our tops picks to target each concern:
To detoxify the skin and help reduce oil and impurities - Dermalogica Active Clay Cleanser
For removal of harmful pollution particles after a full day outdoors - Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant
To give the skin a boost of hydration Dermalogica HydroMasque Exfoliant
In addition to skin changes, when your diet is not as healthy, probiotics in our system are weakened. Having a healthy number of probiotics helps to balance hydration levels, sensitivity, inflammation and control oil flow. Research shows that when gut health is good and your digestive system is healthy, your skin will show this. By supplementing each day, this will give your digestive system the support it needs throughout the times when. We absolutely love Bestow - Beauty- These powders and oils are really easy to incorporate into your daily meal plan.
A world-class synbiotic powder, including probiotics, prebiotics and digestive enzymes to restore the gut and renew skin from within. Rich in fibre, it promotes regular elimination of toxins, creating the inner environment for clear, glowing skin.
Ingredients: Certified Organic, Cold Pressed Flax Seed Flour, Sunflower Seeds And Almonds. Uncertified Slippery Elm, Blackcurrant Extract, Citrus Pectin, Guar Gum, Liquorice Root, L-Glutamine, Organic Sulphur, Ginger, Uncertified Vitamin D Yeast, Biohm Probiotic.
Bestow Beauty Powder contains 8 super-foods which are rich in the nutrients your skin needs to produce anti-ageing structures like collagen and elastin. It’s like an anti-ageing serum that works from within. Bestow Beauty Powder helps to improve your skin where it matters most - on a cellular level. The nutrient rich blend promotes youthful, healthy skin with a vital glow.
Ingredients: Certified organic cold pressed flaxseed, pumpkin and coconut flour, uncertified blackcurrant extract, certified organic spirulina and kelp, uncertified alflafa leaf and certified organic wheat leaf.
We can finally travel - Hooray! You're probably asking how travel can effect the skin? We are exposed to all of the above when we travel, and often at a greater level. Depending on where we stay, air con and transport can dry out our skins. Remember to pack your skincare, so your routine can remain consistent and on point. Travel-size products can be handy at this time! Check out these Dermalogica's Packs, with great value small products included!
- Perfect for a quick getaway
- Your cleansing and brightening essentials
- Leaves your skin feeling clean and looking brighter
- Hydrating and brightening kit
- Contains our hero brightening polish, a must-have vitamin C serum and a hydrating and protective moisturiser
4. Sleep Well
Do you find, when something exciting is coming up, it becomes hard to sleep? Me too! We are so excited we find ourselves waking up extra early one morning, only to then need a nap and potentially affect our sleep that night again! It's like a vicious cycle!
The festive time brings with it celebrations that last well into the night. On the flip side, it can also bring times of rest. While we sleep, our skin repairs and rejuvenates itself, so it's crucial to give our bodies this valuable slumber. If we miss this opportunity, then we can start to see some changes to the skin like breakouts, sensitivity, dehydration and not to mention that tired look around our eyes.
5. Consistency is key!
It's important that we take care of our skin morning and night every single day and give it the love and attention it deserves. Keeping consistent means that your skin will always be in good health.
I understand that through busy times we can sometimes forget about our targets serums or eye treatments, for example.
Want a all-in-one easy solution? Try the Smart Response Serum. This intelligent serum will always be one step ahead of you when it comes to targeting your skin and keeping it healthy. It will treat your skin concerns before you can even notice them! This way you can take the time to enjoy with your loved ones, which is really what this time of the year is about!
SmartResponse technology helps stop skin damage before it starts – using four smart actives which, when triggered, hydrate, brighten, soothe, and address the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in response to skin’s changing needs.
- When dehydration is signalled, Oligosaccharides from hydrolyzed Beta Glucan respond and help the skin to maintain optimal hydration levels.
- When an increase in melanin has been singalled, Hydrolyzed Wheat Flour, rich in arabinoxylo-oligosaccharides, activates as needed to brighten and help reduce the appearance of dark spots.
- When inflammation has been signalled, Antioxidant-rich Japanese Cornelia Cherry helps to protect stressed skin against free radicals, helping to soothe and reduce the appearance of redness.
- If cells begin to lack energy. Plant-based Mannose-6-Phosphate visibly smooths and provides a firming effect, responding to the first signs of visible skin aging to help improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Let's share the celebration and love with your family and friends. There are many products that can support your skin during this time. Would you also believe that stress is one of the biggest factors to causing changes in our skin so it's a good idea to give your a skin holiday too. Give yourself a face masque or a mini facial massage to help your skin feel loved and to help you relax and unwind.
If you would like advice on any of the products or in regards to your skin, please reach out for advice.
About the Author
My name is Sarah and I am the founder of GLO Skin Body. With over 17 years experience, I believe a professional relationship with your skin therapist is crucial in helping you to achieve your skin care goals and to ensure your skin is always looking and feeling its best. Whether it's in person or through our online support, Im here to guide and support you towards your healthiest skin ever.
On a personal note, I am a Mum of 3 so I understand completely the juggles and balancing of life and family commitments . My goal is to help everyone have an effective and enjoyable home care routine that gets you the results you want...no matter how busy you are!