Parties, lights, decorations — the festive season is almost here! It’s a very exciting time, yet a full social calendar often means that taking care of your skin takes a back seat. That can be a problem since this is the time of year when everyone wants to look their best.
Today, Dr. Bernard Beldholm and dermal nurse Lea Barclay share festive skin tips to ensure your complexion stays glowing and radiant all season long. Think of it like your cheat sheet to flawless skin this holiday season.
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How come skin suffers more during the festive season?
Who doesn’t love to indulge during the holidays? Whether it is drinking some bubbly or eating some yummy food, being merry can take a toll on skin. Alcohol, a rich diet, a busy party schedule and wearing makeup to events leave skin dull and lifeless. It’s tempting to sideline your beauty routine in favor of some relaxation time with family and friends…but we all want to look fabulous in the festive season as well. That’s why it is important to make time for good skincare habits this summer.
January usually gets busy at the clinic because the social events have ended and people start noticing their skin needs attention. The tips we have for you today will keep your skin glowing and healthy all season so that doesn’t happen to you.
Beautiful skin makes you feel good
A glowing complexion can really boost your confidence, and feeling confident makes a huge difference in your day. When you step out with perfect hair, nails and skin, it helps your inner confidence shine and attracts good energy all around you.
And let’s face it — There’s nothing quite like walking into a holiday party feeling great about yourself and seeing other people take notice. So, a little at-home skincare and clinical treatments can go a long way.
The biggest problem we see is dehydration
With all the festive events going on, it’s easy to forget to hydrate your skin — especially since it is more tempting to sip on a glass of wine at the party instead of plain water. Signs of dehydrated skin include:
- Crackly skin
- Dry, itchy skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Gray pallor, dullness
- Uneven skin
- Dead skin buildup
- Redness and rosacea
- Loss of youthful glow
- Tightness and stinging, even with gentle products
17 Tips to achieve glowing skin during the holidays
Our experts’ advice will ensure your skin not only survives the festive season, but thrives. Achieving a glowing face is easy when you have this quick list of tips to follow. Here is what you can do to help your complexion stay radiant and party-ready all summer.
Skin Tip 1: Drink more water
With all the parties going on, it’s easy to forget to sip on water. And given the heat of the Australian summer, it’s even easier to become dehydrated this time of year.
Glowing skin starts with hydration. A daily moisturizer is essential, but it is important to realize that skin hydration can’t happen externally alone. We need to address it internally as well.
If you notice that you are feeling sluggish and your skin looks dull, try upping your water intake. Experts have long agreed that eight glasses of water per day is a good estimate, so try to stick to that and your skin will glow all season.
Skin Tip 2: Limit alcohol at parties
Speaking of parties, this is one big reason skin starts looking a little drab around the festive season. Alcohol is a leading cause of dehydration, leading to headaches, energy loss and, you guessed it, lifeless skin.
By the time the holidays roll around, the skin is already a bit depleted from the spring races. Be kind to your skin by minding your alcohol consumption over the holidays. Give yourself a limit of two drinks at events, and be sure to increase your water intake at the party, as well as the next day.
Remember, it never hurts to drink a glass of water in between each festive cocktail or glass of champagne. No one ever woke up the morning after a party and wished they had drank more alcohol.
Skin Tip 3: Flush out toxins
The festive season is a great time to try a juice cleanse or sauna session to help flush out toxins. This time of year we all like to indulge in salty, rich or sugary foods, but it can become too much for the body to handle. Drinking water and boosting your daily dose of antioxidants with fruits and vegetables can make a big difference to your skin health. So can sweating and exercise. All of these activities aid the body in flushing out toxins to support a healthy, radiant complexion.
Skin Tip 4: Exfoliate gently
A light exfoliation can do wonders to rejuvenate tired skin during the festive season. If you are suffering from an uneven skin tone or flakiness, dehydration might be to blame.
Gently exfoliating is a quick fix to bring skin back to life fast. Skip the plastic microbead cleansers in favor of environmentally-friendly options like a soft bristle face brush or mild glycolic acid toner. This will help rid dead skin buildup to reveal the fresh, glowing skin beneath. Follow up with moisturizer, and you’ll be camera ready in no time.
Skin Tip 5: Add hyaluronic acid to your skincare
This is the all-star hydrating ingredient you can use at home. As you can tell by now, hydration is the key to skin that glows. Hyaluronic acid attracts and locks in moisture to the skin surface all day. Lea recommends Aspect Dr. with hyaluronic acid. “It’s beautiful to put on underneath your cream to super hydrate the skin,” she says.
Skin Tip 6: Try a hydrating sleep mask
Sleep masks are the ultimate multitasker for achieving radiant skin. Simply lay it over your face while you get some beauty sleep, and let the mask do all the work. There are many sleep masks you can try, but they all do the same thing: hydrate, infuse and revive depleted skin with moisture and nutrients. Lea recommends the Gel Peptide Mask at Specialist Skin Solutions’ clinic. “They’re a must in everyone’s cupboard at home,” she says.
Skin Tip 7: Get your beauty rest
Beauty sleep is not an old wives’ tale. Holiday parties can lead to late nights over the Christmas break, but we all still have to work the next day. Some people don’t sleep enough during the holidays, and it certainly shows on the skin.
Trying to get a good night of sleep is really important for festive skin. During sleep, the body focuses its energy on repairing the body and skin. You’ll awake feeling refreshed when you get enough sleep, and skin will appear calm and rested. It’s a great way to alleviate a stressed or red complexion.
Skin Tip 8: Don’t forget SPF
Sun protection is essential in the festive season, especially given Australia’s intense sun in summertime. “A good sunscreen routine all year long is going to keep you quite youthful looking and helps with that complexion,” Lea says.
Luckily, many makeup brands have started adding SPF to the formula. But you might skip makeup if you are sailing, barbecuing or doing outdoor sports, so choosing a good daily sunscreen is very important.
Shielding your face is vital to protecting against age spots, melanoma, uneven skin and sun damage, but don’t forget easily missed spots like the back of your ears, nape of neck and hands. Those little areas tend to get overlooked. Skin cancers are common at the top of the ear for this reason.
You can also wear a festive hat for sun protection as well. Especially if the spring races got you in the mood for that. You can be fashionable and protect against damaging UV rays at the same time!
Skin Tip 9: Self care goes a long way
A little bit of self care makes a big difference any time of year, but even more so during the busy festive season. It’s easy to get caught up in social engagements, gift shopping and re-connecting with loved ones, but you can’t forget about yourself in the process.
Take time out and treat yourself to a nice skincare treatment, yoga session or even just stop to have a nice cup of tea to yourself while you’re out shopping. This helps keep your stress levels lower, and that helps skin stay calm and clear. If you put yourself last, it will show in your skin. Carve out time for a weekly self-care routine during the holidays to keep your skin looking fresh and youthful.
Skin Tip 10: Relax and breathe
The holidays can be a joyful time, but also stressful. We all know stress can wreak havoc on skin. If you haven’t had time for your self-care routine lately, it helps to take a deep breath, relax and let all those facial muscles rest. Mornings are perfect for this. Doing so helps start your day on the right foot. Best of all, you can pause to do some deep breathing almost anytime and any place.
Skin Tip 11: Book an in-office skin treatment
Home skincare can only do so much. Sometimes a more intensive skin treatment is needed. Many clinical treatments have little-to-no downtime and can be done over your lunch break or just before a big event. Customized skincare treatments can give you a red-carpet glow, refresh your skin and soften fine lines and dark spots fast.
One of Doctor Bernard and Lea’s favorites is LED light treatments. The sessions are quick and you can just relax, close your eyes and enjoy some quiet time all to yourself. “It’s a nice little relaxing treatment,” Lea says.
Another good one to try is the enzyme treatment with a hydrating mask. It’s a fast and effective way to rejuvenate the skin and get party-ready. Lea recommends buying a package of those and then just book them anytime your skin needs a refresh.
Fruit enzyme masks are another fabulous treatment and you can do it right at home. “I really can’t sort of speak highly enough of that product,” says Lea.
Skin Tip 12: Peptide masks are great, too
If you’re running short on time, a gel peptide mask at the clinic is a great option. You can choose to treat the whole face, or even just under the eyes. This is perfect if you are tired, especially since you can lay down during the treatment and relax. Peptide masks are super hydrating, but they also tone and firm the skin. During the festive season, minimizing lines and awakening the skin’s glow has never been easier.
Skin Tip 13: Eat right
It’s not always easy to eat a balanced diet over the holidays, but your skin will love it if you do. Overindulging in rich foods affects our energy levels, and your body will direct its energy to digesting all that yummy food instead of repairing the skin. Overeating leaves you feeling full and too tired to hit the gym as well.
Fortunately, the festive season is a great time of year for fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables here in Australia. Add some of these to the menu to treat your skin to antioxidant healing power every day. That can help skin tremendously. While it’s ok to indulge, a balanced diet is one of the many secrets for happy skin.
Skin Tip 14: Remove makeup
After the party ends, be sure to cleanse your skin properly. It’s tempting to go to bed and skip cleansing your face in the evening, especially when you’re exhausted from your social calendar. However, cleansing well is important so that makeup does not clog your pores.
Even non-comedogenic makeup can be problematic because it may prevent your skin from getting the oxygen it needs. Sebum and bacteria can also get trapped underneath layers of makeup, making pores look obvious and even causing breakouts. No one wants that.
In addition to cleansing, it is also beneficial to take a day off from makeup when you can. Going makeup free for the day helps skin breathe. “I guarantee your skin will love you for it,” Lea says.
Skin Tip 15: Try Laser Genesis
Dr. Beldholm is a big fan of Laser Genesis treatments for refreshing the skin as we head into the festive season. Laser Genesis is a non-invasive treatment that corrects texture, tone and contour in just 3-6 sessions.
According to the Dermal Health Institute, it “restores skin tone and treats fine lines and wrinkles, scars, large pores and active acne. This heat-based laser stimulates the body’s natural healing processes to boost collagen growth, resulting in a more youthful skin tone and texture. This treatment is especially effective in treating rosacea and both acne and other scars”.
The best part? Zero downtime and recovery.
Skin Tip 16: Book fillers and injectables in advance
Dermal fillers and injectable treatments are perfect for eliminating lines and wrinkles and restoring volume for a youthful face. It is important to note that bruising is possible at the injection site. The reason is that delicate facial skin is filled with tiny blood vessels, so no matter how skilled the injector is, mild bruising is always a possibility.
That doesn’t mean you can’t get fillers or injectables done during the festive season. Quite the opposite! Just be sure to book your appointment at least two weeks before any major events. That way, you won’t have to worry about trying to cover discoloration with makeup. By the time that big holiday party rolls around, your skin will look stunning.
Skin Tip 17: Don’t forget your hands
Putting your best face forward is a must during the festive season, but what about your hands? Hands can be a dead giveaway of age. They are exposed to sun just as much as your face, and washing your hands throughout the day means that SPF gets rinsed away faster.
Aging hands can be fixed in time for the holidays. “Whatever face treatment you get can be [done] on hands, too,” says Lea. That includes rejuvenating treatments like Skin Pen, Laser Genesis, LED light, peels and more. Even a little bit of injectables can plump aging hands, perfect for shaking all those hands at the office holiday party.