The holiday season is known as one of the most joyous times of the year. It’s about spending time with your loved ones and making memories that last a lifetime. But, with all this holiday excitement comes changes to our everyday routines. These changes can unfortunately affect our skin. To help your skin stay healthy and glowing throughout the holiday season, we’ve put together an exclusive skincare guide for you. Check it out below!
Tip #1: Protect your microbiome with vegan probiotic skincare
The holidays may be synonymous with joy and cheer. But for some, it may be stressful — which can take a real toll on the skin. According to Healthline, “dry skin, wrinkles, and acne are just some of the ways that [stress] can manifest itself.” That’s why we recommend applying vegan probiotic skincare formulated for your microbiome. Vegan probiotics help balance and strengthen the skin barrier. This is a must for healthy skin because most skin issues surface due to an imbalanced skin microbiome. But here, you’re addressing the root cause. When the skin is healthy, it can function at its best and stand up to stress. To learn more about the benefits of vegan probiotics, check out our blog post here.
Tip #2: Use travel-size kits to keep your skincare routine on track
Between those visiting family near and far, and others vacationing to warm-weather destinations, traveling is at its peak around Christmastime. But, don’t let traveling be an excuse to stray away from your daily skincare routine — especially when skincare travel kits exist. They’re compact, portable, and can be tossed right into your luggage to take anywhere and everywhere you go. Our glowoasis travel-size skincare also meets TSA carry-on restrictions. With travel-size beauty kits, you never have to sacrifice your skincare routine around the holidays.
Shop glow to go travel-size kit here!
Tip #3: Always remove holiday makeup at the end of the night
Our social calendars are packed during the holidays. From ugly Christmas sweater parties to office get-togethers, there’s plenty to celebrate. And of course we always want to look our very best for such special occasions — which often means applying a full face of makeup. We’re talking holiday eye makeup, foundation, concealer, and a bold, long-lasting lipstick. However, we cannot stress enough how important it is to remove all your holiday glam when the festivities are over.
Dr. Sue Ann Wee of Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC explains, “makeup can trap dirt and environmental pollutants inside the skin, and this type of environmental stress can result in increased free radicals which can cause DNA mutations, collagen degradation, and, over time, can result in premature aging.” She also says, “prolonged wearing of makeup during sleep also can clog pores, resulting in acne.”
We suggest using a gentle, non-stripping cleansing balm like our makeupmelt to take off all your makeup at the end of the night. Shop it here!
Tip #4: Make sure to get a full night’s sleep
It’s no secret that a good night’s rest is beneficial for your overall health and wellbeing. The National Sleep Foundation states that “sleep is an essential function that allows your body and mind to recharge, leaving you refreshed and alert when you wake up. Healthy sleep also helps the body remain healthy and starve off diseases. Without enough sleep, the brain cannot function properly.” This foundation advises that healthy adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night.
How does sleep affect the skin? Esthetician Jeannel Astarita explains, “during sleep is when the body rests and regenerates through the elimination and replacement of dead cells, including skin and blood cells … more sleep also lowers the levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which causes free-radical damage to the skin and other systems in the body.” Gretchen Frieling, MD, a triple board-certified dermatopathologist also notes there are plenty of anti-aging benefits that come with getting the proper amount of sleep. She says sleep helps prevent sagging skin and wrinkles, thanks to the natural, sleep-induced production of collagen, as well as puffiness and dark circles.
We understand it can be a struggle to get your beauty rest with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, but it really is crucial during this time of the year.
Tip #5: Enjoy holiday snacks and treats in moderation
We look forward all year long to the delicious goodies found around the holidays. Candy canes, gingerbread cookies, hot chocolate, cheesecake, and eggnog — what’s not to love?! While you should treat yourself and indulge in your favorite holiday treats, it’s important to also recognize that these sugar, salt, and dairy-filled kinds of holiday can impact the skin.
Eating excess sugar has been found to age the skin. According to Web MD, “excess sugar attaches to proteins in your bloodstream and creates harmful molecules called “AGEs,” or advanced glycation end products. These molecules do exactly what they sound like they do: age your skin. They have been shown to damage collagen and elastin in your skin – protein fibers that keep your skin firm and youthful. The result? Wrinkles and saggy skin.”
Livestrong.com breaks down exactly why eating too much salt can affect the skin. The source explains, “your face may become puffy and bloated-looking due to water retention caused by too much salt in the diet, and you might develop bags beneath your eyes. Skin can become dry and cracked, or it might develop an overproduction of oil as the oil glands try to compensate for the dehydration of the skin. This can lead to breakouts.”
One of the many reasons why we choose to formulate 100% vegan skincare is because dairy often irritates the skin. Livestrong.com notes, “dairy is a common food allergen that can have a direct effect on your skin. Common skin problems linked to dairy consumption are generally itchy skin, hives, and eczema.” Thankfully our vegan probiotic skincare is a gentler option suitable for all skin types.
Shop glowoasis vegan probiotic skincare this holiday season
Is your skin ready for the holidays? Just keep these 5 tips in mind, and you’re sure to have healthy skin that shines bright through the season.
Shop our glowoasis vegan probiotic skincare formulated for your microbiome here!