The festive season is full of fun. Celebrations, shopping and indulging are the main themes – but Christmas stress comes hand in hand. The hustle and bustle, cold weather and too much merriment leaves our skin stressed. Little sleep, excessive consumption and minimal exercise all take their toll.
Large amounts of time with extended family can also lead to Christmas stress. It’s most obviously seen through our skin. Take a break from the non-stop seasonal activity and give your skin a breather!
Seasonal skin problems can be hard to deal with. When you feel stressed, it can cause new skin issues – or a flare-up of existing skin issues. Stress hormones (adrenalin, cortisol) can cause increased oil production. Oil clogs pores and clogged pores lead to a breakout.
Christmas stress can also lead to an inflammatory response resulting in redness and uneven skin tone.
Lack of Sleep
Lack of sleep contributes to increased cortisol. This causes dark circles under eyes. Skin can’t repair and renew itself without sleep and looks puffy. Sleep is essential for collagen production. Lack of sleep means a lack of collagen. Make time for some early nights.
Poor Skin Hygiene
With parties and celebrations taking the forefront, makeup is being slathered on. Are we remembering to take it off? Wearing makeup for hours on end can strip the skin of its natural oils causing dryness. Bad cleansing and toning habits result in breakouts. Give your skin a break and remove your makeup at night!
Fix Stressed Skin
If Christmas stress gets the better of you do not despair. Maintain a good skincare routine at home and book a course of relaxing Microdermabrasion facials to take time out from the stress. Focus on getting your beauty sleep and eat a healthy balanced diet. Your skin will be back in shape in no time.