It’s that time of the year again— the holiday season is finally here! The busy season usually brings with it a lot of drinking, salty foods, and late nights, which may not always be desirable when trying to achieve a holiday-ready glow.
There’s no reason to fret, however, as a few preventative steps in your skincare routine can help prevent breakouts while keeping the skin healthy and glowing. While getting the skin holiday ready might imply taking active steps to prep the skin, it also involves managing stress, hydration levels, and getting enough rest, to name a few.
1. Always Use A Cleanser
It’s time to incorporate a gentle cleanser into your skincare routine if you haven’t already. Cleansing the skin facilitates the removal of excess oil, leftover makeup, and other debris.
Using a cleanser daily ensures that you are removing these impurities regularly, keeping the skin fresh, while simultaneously laying a great base for skincare products such as moisturiser and serum to work their magic effectively.
How To Pick The Right Cleanser For You
- A good jumping-off point is making sure your cleanser is hypoallergenic, and free of fragrance, and alcohol. These ingredients typically dry out the skin and strip the skin of moisture.
- Before picking up a cleanser, take note of your skin type. Do you have normal, dry, oily, sensitive, or combination skin? Different cleansers utilise different ingredients to address specific skin type concerns. Your skin type may even fluctuate significantly, depending on the weather.
The Most Common Types Of Cleansers
- Gel cleanser
- Cream & lotion
- Foaming face wash
- Cleansing cloth
- Bar cleanser
2. Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Without a doubt, staying hydrated is one of the most crucial factors when it comes to taking care of your skin. A well-established skincare regimen will improve the skin’s condition, but drinking enough water takes it to the next level.
Daily water intake changes depending on individual needs. The best method to determine how much water you should be drinking daily is by taking your weight in kilograms multiplied by 0.033.
Other Ways To Keep Your Skin Hydrated
- Avoid prolonged exposure to dry air
- Avoid long, hot showers
- Apply a hydrating moisturiser after coming in contact with water
- Incorporate a humectant, (such as a hyaluronic acid serum) into your skincare routine
3. Get Enough Rest
Fatigue can play a huge role in how your skin is behaving. Without sleep, your skin is deprived of an opportunity to regenerate and repair. When it comes to getting enough sleep, the sweet spot is around 7-8 hours every night.
How Sleep Affects The Skin
- Less puff in the eyes. Blood flow is reduced when you are sleep-deprived, exaggerating the appearance of puff and dark eye circles. This discolouration may also be caused by genetic factors, and a lack of sleep may exacerbate the situation.
- A reduction in wrinkles. As we sleep, the skin produces collagen as a part of its repair process. Collagen improves the skin’s elasticity by adding moisture to the skin, making the appearance of wrinkles less visible.
Overall, achieving holiday-ready skin requires work from the inside and out. In order to look good, one must feel good by addressing the body’s needs. Most importantly, no matter the tips you decide to incorporate into your routine, do remember that consistency is key!