It's the most wonderful time of the year! It's the holiday season, and most of our schedules are bursting at the seams. With all the shopping, parties, and family get-togethers, keeping your skin in check is no easy task. Traveling, comfort food feasts, and holiday glam can really wreak havoc on your complexion. During this time of year, your stress levels go through the roof, your sleep schedule is completely thrown off, and as a result, your skin suffers. Maintaining your usual self-care routine can be challenging when you're focused on enjoying your time with friends and fam. Many of us are also more prone to skin irritation, breakouts, and dull, dry skin, especially in colder weather. Luckily, there are plenty of skincare hacks and products you can easily add to your routine to help your skin stay healthy during this time. Let's explore the most prominent skin concerns the winter months can bring and the must-have skincare tips and products to help keep your complexion more resilient this holiday season.
THE CONCERN: REDNESS/IRRITATION
During the winter, cold air, fierce, bitter winds, and a lack of humidity can cause your skin to become more sensitive and inflamed. Add in the hustle and bustle the holiday season brings, and you've got the recipe for red, flushed skin. When treating redness and irritation, the best thing you can do is incorporate stress-reducing products and routines that calm the skin's inflammatory response so that your skin can heal and stay healthy all year long.
Aloe Vera is a great essential solution to treat winter skin redness. It is widely used to calm and soothe the skin because of its anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to moisturize without leaving any residue. Aloe vera gel is a popular treatment for sunburn during the summer, so those same soothing benefits can help your skin during the colder months of the year. "Winter rash" and "wind burn" are common causes of redness during the holiday season, these conditions mimic sunburn symptoms, so aloe vera is an excellent solution. You can use the gel directly from aloe leaves or purchase the gel in a bottle from your local health food store.
An ice bath facial can do wonders as a quick fix for redness and puffiness. This affordable hack is far from new to the beauty industry, since the 1930s, Joan Crawford was known to do this every morning as a part of her skincare routine. Ice bath facials have become more popular over the last few years thanks to TikTok, getting the stamp of approval from celebrities like Bella Hadid and Kourtney Kardashian. The routine is simple; it involves getting a bowl of ice cubes and filling it with water, dunking your face in the bowl a couple of times, rotating your head so that your entire face is covered, and voila! The ice delivers an instant de-puffing effect, constricts the blood vessels in the face to reduce redness, and temporarily tightens pores for calm, glowing skin in seconds.
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THE CONCERN: ACNE
Let's face it, nothing is worse than getting a breakout during the time of the year when you want to look your very best. It can be a real buzzkill during the holiday season. But, with all the stress that comes with traveling, family gatherings, and the holiday shopping madness, a few breakouts are to be expected. Stress can cause an increase in production of sebum (oil) on the skin, which clogs pores and leads to stubborn breakouts and redness. So what can you do to help keep your skin flawless during the months ahead? Here are some solutions to help clear your skin and restore your confidence this holiday season.
Changing your diet may not be ideal with all the delicious food the holiday season brings, but what you eat and drink can be one of the primary causes of acne. Sugary foods, dairy products, and fried, greasy dishes can all trigger breakouts. Now, we're not suggesting you give up your favorite holiday recipes. Thanksgiving dinner wouldn't be complete without mom's famous mac and cheese or grandma's sweet potato pie! Just try to incorporate more leafy green vegetables, drink more water, and get your vitamins in, as hard as it may be. Your skin will thank you!
Blue light therapy is becoming a common way to reduce the appearance of acne. Blue light penetrates the sebaceous (oil) glands, neutralizing the harmful bacteria (P. acnes) on the skin's surface and inside the pores. This clarifying treatment also reduces inflammation, which calms the skin and promotes healing (buh-bye acne scars!), making blue light therapy ideal for treating those stubborn breakouts we all dread during the holiday season.
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Treating breakouts is all about clarifying, hydrating, and clearing the pores of the dirt, oil, and makeup that may be left behind. There is no better way to give your skin a much-needed pore detox than with this year's best-selling tool! GLOfacial is designed with vortex vacuum technology that gently exfoliates and extracts all the gunk hiding beneath the skin's surface. A hydro-infusion of clarifying Salicylic and plumping Hyaluronic acid restores radiance and helps the pores appear cleaner and tighter in one treatment. Say buh-bye to breakouts and excess oil for buttery smooth skin and a healthy holiday glow.
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THE CONCERN: DRY, DULL SKIN
Cold air is the primary culprit when it comes to dry skin and a dull, lackluster complexion during the winter. The drop in temperature can zap your skin of its natural, moisturizing oils and cause flakiness, itchiness, and rough texture. The outer layer of your skin, known as the "skin barrier," forms a layer of protection that prevents toxins from entering the body. Moisture is essential for the skin barrier to do its job correctly, so when your skin is lacking in the hydration department, it increases dryness and irritation. Let's take a closer look at what you can do to restore hydration and keep your skin soft, supple, and glowing this holiday season.
Applying your moisturizer to damp skin can give your skin the hydration boost it craves during the colder months ahead. Your skin is like a sponge, so using your moisturizer while your skin is still a little wet allows products to absorb better. Think of your skin like a beauty blender; you wet it before using it, right? If you don't, applying your makeup is much harder, and you likely won't get the smooth, flawless look you were going for. Your skin doesn't need to be soaking wet for this method to work its magic. You can apply your moisturizer fresh out of the shower, right after you cleanse, or use a toner or mist to dampen your skin. Hydrated skin is healthy skin, so with this method, you can boost the benefits of your favorite moisturizer and say hello to a flawless glow.
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Our intensely nourishing facial cream is the #1 solution for dry skin recovery. The Quench is clinically proven to help repair the skin's moisture barrier in 15 minutes. Quadralipid and lactic acid technologies work to restore the four essential lipids (good skin fats) responsible for skin's protective barrier, bounce, hydration, and radiance. This makes The Quench the ideal moisturizer to rescue dry, dull winter skin during the holiday season.
The holidays should be a time of joy and celebration. But with everything on our agendas, stress and anxiety are likely to run high, and you don't have the time to focus on your skin as you usually would. We want to see you enjoy all the food, fun, and togetherness that the holiday season brings without any annoying skin concerns stealing the show. By incorporating some healthier habits and the proper skincare routine, you can avoid the winter skin blues and keep your flawless glow going all year round.