A Guide to Restoring Your Skin’s Healthy Glow after the Holidays
It’s no surprise that the holidays can wreak havoc on your skin. From sugary foods, drinking alcohol, added stress and pressure, and lack of sleep, many factors contribute to how your skin looks and feels post-holiday.
If you’re struggling with some of the common skin issues experienced after the holiday season, use this guide to help you understand how to restore your skin’s healthy glow.
What Is A Skin Hangover and How Can You Cure It?
A skin hangover often occurs after a night of drinking alcohol, eating rich, salty foods, and not getting enough sleep. As a result of this night of indulgences, you may wake up to bloated, puffy-looking skin.
The fastest cure for puffy skin is cold packs or a gel-based cooling face mask that is contoured around the eye area.
For lasting skincare treatments that will rejuvenate your skin and target your specific skin issues after the holidays, consider the following.
Post-Holiday Skin Issues & Treatments
Dry Skin from Travelling, Alcohol, Cold Weather, & Indoor Heating
Dry skin is a common skin issue after the holidays. Travel, especially air travel, can leave you dehydrated since you don’t usually drink as much water while travelling, and the air is extremely dry on planes.
Both the cold winter weather and dry indoor heating leave skin parched. And indulging in plenty of alcohol over the holidays only makes dehydration worse.
So to help restore your skin’s moisture and combat the drying effects of winter, consider a hydrating Double Diamond facial, which includes a gentle chemical peel and microdermabrasion to rejuvenate your skin.
Skin Redness & Inflammation from Stress
Cold weather, dry indoor air, alcohol, and certain foods can cause skin redness, especially rosacea flare-ups. And the stress from the holidays—shopping, travelling, cooking, cleaning, hosting, etc.—can cause an increase in cortisol levels, which results in skin inflammation as well.
To help combat redness and inflammation after the holidays, try Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Photorejuvenation treatments. IPL targets and breaks down red pigments in the skin, reducing the appearance of redness and increasing collagen production for smoother skin.
Breakouts from Foods
The sugars from excess food and alcohol can cause acne breakouts during the holidays. Holiday stress can also cause acne breakouts since stress causes an increase in testosterone production leading to breakouts.
Dull or Puffy Skin from Diet and Lack of Sleep
The combination of alcohol, rich, salty foods, dehydration, and lack of sleep during the holidays will cause you to wake up with a skin hangover. Your skin may be duller or puffier than usual. So to help revive your skin, try a personalized AquaGold skincare treatment.
AquaGold Fine Touch uses a personalized combination of skincare products to treat your specific skincare needs. It will help brighten and hydrate dull-looking skin and improve cell turnover to restore your skin.
Tips to Detoxify Your Skin After the Holidays
Along with personalized skincare treatments, you can detox and take care of your body and skin after the holidays with the following tips:
Catch Up On Your Sleep
After the holidays, your sleep cycle might be askew. Though your body might be used to staying up later, try to go to bed earlier so you can get a good night’s rest, catch up on your sleep, get your body accustomed to earlier nights again, and reduce puffy skin and dark circles under the eyes.
Drink plenty of water to help flush out toxins and keep your skin hydrated.
While eight glasses of water per day is the general rule of thumb to follow, you can find out how much water your body actually needs by using these calculations:
- Age under 30: weight (kg) x 40 = water per day (ml)
- Age 30-55: weight (kg) x 35 = water per day (ml)
- Age 56+: weight (kg) x 30 = water per day (ml)
For example, if you are between the ages of 30 and 55 and weigh approximately 68 kg (150 lbs), you should drink at least 2,380 ml (10 cups) of water per day (68 x 35 = 2,380 ml).
Consider drinking a cup of warm water with a half lemon squeezed in first thing in the morning to help flush toxins out of your body.
Skip the Alcohol
Alcohol takes a toll on your skin in more ways than one. It causes dehydration, bloating, and acne breakouts from the sugar. After the holidays, consider taking a break from alcohol so your body and skin can look and feel better. Your skin will calm down, and you’ll have less redness, breakouts, puffiness, and bags under the eyes.
Use a hydrating serum and a rich moisturizer with emollients, such as ceramides, to help seal in moisture—e.g. cream, lotion, night cream, or skin balm. Balms offer extra moisture to combat extreme dryness in winter.
Don’t Forget the Eye Cream
Eye cream with AHAs, vitamin C, vitamin K, and caffeine help reduce dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. You can even keep your eye cream in the fridge to further reduce puffy skin.
While you should still exfoliate regularly, don’t over-do it or you’ll risk stripping your skin of its natural oils.
Return to your normal exercise routine or start a new one after the holidays. Not only is exercise good for your overall health, but it also helps your skin by increasing blood flow, which carries oxygen and nutrients to the skin cells while carrying away waste, such as free radicals.
Exercising also helps sweat out toxins, reduce inflammation, and calm stress hormones that lead to acne. Just make sure to shower after exercising to prevent sweat and bacteria from settling into your pores.
And make sure to eat healthy too. Avoid rich and sugary foods that can lead to acne breakouts and bloating. And eat lean proteins, plenty of greens, and antioxidant fruits and vegetables to detoxify after the holidays.
Take Some Time for Yourself
Give yourself some time to unwind and relax after the holidays. Soak in a tub with soothing aloe vera, essential oils, or Epsom salts to soften the skin and relax the senses.
Go for walks out in the crisp fresh air. And spend time doing the things you love that will help you relax and restore to reduce your stress levels to help prevent inflammation and acne breakouts.
The holidays are a time to let go, be merry, indulge, and celebrate. But with the holidays comes some unwanted skin issues.
So now that the holidays are over, take good care of yourself and your skin. Find a skincare treatment to address your specific skincare needs and restore your skin from the post-holiday skin hangover.
Dr. Caroline Tosoni pursued her Medical Degree at McMaster University and completed her post-graduate medical residency in Family Medicine through the University of Ottawa in 1998. Fluently bilingual in French and English, she opened her medical practice in Ottawa in July of 1998. Since 2000, Dr. Tosoni has focused her medical practice on Cosmetic Dermatology and has received extensive training and obtained multiple certifications in various medical cosmetic enhancement procedures such as Phlebology, Botox® Cosmetic, Dermal Fillers, SoftLift,™ BeautiPhication,™ Belkyra injections, CoolSculpting,™ Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Laser Medicine. Dr. Caroline Tosoni is also proficient in the treatment of Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and Migraine Headaches with Botox® Therapeutic. In 2015, Dr. Tosoni’s practice officially received a Focused Practice in Dermatology designation by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ontario Medical Association.