The Holidays are Ruining Your Skin
The holidays are a great time to enjoy great company while indulging in delicious food. That said the festive season can tremendously damage your skin. We’ve compiled a list of everything that can go wrong with your skin and tips on how to prevent the damage.Lack of sleep deprives your skin of the chance to repair itself. Beauty sleep is essential – when we sleep we produce body-repairing hormones that are necessary for tissue repair and cell regeneration. Herbal teas like chamomile and mint tea not only help you sleep amazingly they also work well in reducing skin inflammation.Sugary treats trigger glycation, which accelerates skin aging. Glycation is when sugar binds to other molecules in your body, such as protein and lipids. Sugar by-products stop your cells from functioning properly, and then they create free radicals, which can further damage your cells. As a result, the molecules in your skin that keep your complexion looking tight and young—namely, collagen and elastin—are no longer able to do their jobs. Treat yourself to berries – filled with antioxidants, berries can help protect your complexion from aging and most environmental aggressors.Alcoholic drinks produce free radicals that damage skin. Acetaldehyde ((what alcohol gets broken down to) produces reactive free radicals and damages DNA. This leads to the breakdown of collagen fibers, skin inflammation, skin hyperpigmentation, and can cause wrinkles.” Instead of a booze-filled holiday drink, try a wine spritzer with sparkling water and a splash of red wine. Red wine spritzers are a great way to satisfy a craving without overdoing it. Not to mention: Red wine is full of antioxidants and a splash of it can actually be great for your skin!Piling on makeup – and not removing it before bed – can clog your pores. While upping your makeup game for your back-to-back holiday soirees won’t necessarily cause breakouts, forgetting to remove it before you hit the sack can clog your pores and make your skin a breeding ground for bacteria. Makeup remover pads are your friend, we recommend the Clear Choice DNA pads (work as a cleanser/toner in one).Chronic negative stress can disrupt the skin’s natural barrier. A weakened skin barrier will not prevent harmful substances from penetrating and fluids from escaping. This can lead to irritated and dehydrated skin and makes lines and wrinkles more evident. The best way to help your skin defend itself is by strengthening your skin’s natural barrier. For this, we like PRANA Restore, which is great for every skin type including the most sensitive skin.