It’s the most exciting time of the year. It’s the HOLIDAY SEASON!

From indulging in yummy treats and making merry with your best peeps to heading to your dream vacay, there’s so much happiness in the air. But, guess what’s bringing it all down? The health of your skin!

Did you know that while you’re drinking away to glory and satiating your sweet tooth, your skin is taking all the stress? From night outs to hitting the bed without removing your makeup - the holiday season has its own downsides too.

Here are five ways in which the holiday season is wreaking a havoc on your skin.

 

#1: Alcohol dehydrates your skin

#1: Alcohol dehydrates your skin

Let’s be honest, you need a cocktail or two to slip into the party mode. But, unfortunately, alcohol can be harsh on your skin. It not only dehydrates your skin but also tampers with your gut microbiome which in turn gives rise to issues such as acne and flares up rosacea.

To combat the inflammatory effects of alcohol on your skin, make sure that you drink enough water before, during and after the party, and eat a full meal before getting on with your drinks.

Foods rich in fibre and low glycemic such as brown rice and vegetables can help reduce down the amount of alcohol your body absorbs.

 

#2: Late nights cause puffiness and dark circles

#2: Late nights cause puffiness and dark circles

It’s the merriest month of the year which means you’re going to be attending parties and late-night after-parties. This can take a toll on your sleep schedule and ultimately, your skin.

If you’re a skincare junkie, you’d know that your skin repairs itself overnight. And, when you skimp on your beauty sleep, it can affect your skin negatively.

Lack of sleep can leave your skin looking dry and dull, trigger acne, accelerate the ageing process and cause under-eye puffiness and dark circles.

Therefore, we suggest you use the Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Night Revival Eye Cream which reduces dark circles, dullness, brightens and refreshes tired-looking eyes and hydrates skin for extra radiance.

 

#3: Sweet treats accelerate skin ageing

#3: Sweet treats accelerate skin ageing

If you ask me, I’d say that the best part about the holiday season is all the delicious sugary treats, hands down! But, excess sugar is bad news for your skin *sigh*.

Sugar by-products not only stop your cells from functioning properly but also create free radicals. This results in skin ageing. And that’s not all! When the molecules in your skin—namely, collagen and elastin are unable to do their jobs, your skin becomes more vulnerable to environmental factors such as heat, dust and pollution.

To satiate your sweet buds, it is ideal to indulge in treats that provide some nutrition.

Berries, for instance, are loaded with powerful antioxidants which can help protect your skin from premature ageing and other environmental hazards.

 

#4: Hitting the bed before removing makeup clogs pores

#4: Hitting the bed before removing makeup clogs pores

‘Tis the time to sparkle and shine!

While we obviously don’t want you to tone down your makeup game, it’s important that you care for your skin after piling on heavy makeup day after day.

Glitter, on one hand, can irritate the skin and cause rashes, and heavy, full coverage foundation on the other can clog pores.

Sleeping without taking your makeup off completely is the biggest skin sin. It can leave your skin bumpy and make it prone to breakouts. So, make sure that you remove your makeup and cleanse your face before you hit the bed.

On days, when you’re just too tired, simply use makeup wipes such as the Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes that is gentle on the skin and merciless on makeup.  

 

#5: Busy schedules tamper with your daily skincare routine

#5: Busy schedules tamper with your daily skincare routine

Everyone’s busy either hosting parties, attending parties or baking sugary treats. There’s very little time left for self-care, to be honest. And, this can take a hit on your regular skincare regimen.

You’re probably skipping exfoliation or not masking enough. This, in turn, leads to the accumulation of dead skin cells on the surface which makes it tough for your skincare products to penetrate deep into the skin.

As a result, your makeup does not glide on smoothly and your skin looks dull and rough.

While you may not have enough time to exfoliate twice or thrice a week, make sure to indulge in exfoliating treatments at least once a week.

An exfoliating mask such as the St. Ives Revitalizing Acai Blueberry & Chia Seed Oil Sheet Mask can hydrate your skin and give it a healthy glow.

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