As we’re all aware, the holiday season is quickly approaching and we want to make sure that the investment you’ve made with your skin doesn’t stop on December 24th
Here are a few tips and tricks we’ve picked up over the years to keep your skin happy and healthy over Christmas holiday period.
Now you all should know by now how important it is to wear your sunblock all year around – but some us need the occasional reminder during the social season!
UV damages the skin at a cellular level and sun exposure can set back all your hard work you’ve put into repairing those cells throughout the year. So remember to slip, slop, slap and wrap! Particularly when at the beach or outside for long periods of time and make sure to reapply your sunscreen regularly! Also if you’ve invested in good skincare – be sure to do the same for your sun care. There’s no point spending good money on facials and skincare products and then put a sunblock full of bad chemicals and alcohol on top. The skin DOES absorb this and it WILL have an effect on your skin.
After sun care
If, by chance you do find yourself with sunburn – be sure to have a good after sun product handy. This will help to soothe the skin as well as start repairing the damaged cells. Again, be sure to invest in a good one! Note: The flesh of an Aloe Vera plant is actually clear - So bright green Aloe Vera gels generally have nasty dyes in them. Be sure to check the ingredients!
Keep it simple
Over the holidays, our usual routines tend to go out the window. So too, do our skincare ones. If you’re anything like me and you would rather spend your mornings over the holidays sleeping in (when possible with children!), making brekkie with the kids, waking up slow, staying in bed to read a book, rushing off to catch up with friends and family, or my personal favourite - lazing around the house in your PJ’s - remember that skincare doesn’t always need to be an elaborate and time consuming affair. All you need to remember is to Cleanse, Target, Nourish and Protect.
(Cleanser, Serum, Hydrator & Sun care)
If you’re consistent with these four things, your skin will remain happy and healthy over the silly season and you can easily slip back into your usual routine once normality kicks back in.
If you’re going away this Christmas, travel sizes are a great way to create space in your luggage and to ensure you keep up with your skincare while you’re away.
As previously stated, hydration is important for our skin topically, but internal hydration is imperative for your skins overall health. Be sure to drink plenty of water when you’re out an about (or in between wines!) and make sure you’re consuming lots of Essential Fatty Acids through your food or supplementation (Read Courtney’s article “The ‘F’ Word” for more on these) This will ensure hydration is locked in the skin and will keep you looking and feeling great.
Seriously, stress is no good for anyone. It takes its toll on the mind, body and soul and the skin is no exception! Stress releases cortisol, which can throw off other hormones in the body that can lead to breakouts, inflammation, dehydration and can leave the skin with a dull appearance. Cortisol also contributes to the damage of collagen fibres - So it’s very aging as well.
Unfortunately sometimes there’s no getting around it with the busy lifestyles we lead. But it is important to take some time to relax where you can. Whether its sitting out on the deck to enjoy a herbal tea or going for a leisurely stroll down to the beach, be sure to stop, take a breath and be present in that moment – if only for a minute.
I hope you all enjoy yourself, whatever you get up to this Christmas! Have a safe and happy holiday! I look forward to see you in the New Year.