The holidays are all about family, friends and fun, but all that indulging and traveling can cause your skin to freak out. Arm yourself with the antidotes to the most common holiday-related beauty problems so that you’re full prepared in case any one of these makes an unexpected visit.
You go somewhere cold and your skin becomes red.
Chances are, your skin has succumbed to the effects of a sunburn (yes, it can happen in cold weather too) or windburn. Whenever the skin’s ability to protect itself is compromised by the environment, it goes into defense mode and tries to safeguard itself. “Essentially, the skin has experienced trauma to the superficial layer and some of the ceramides have been lost, so it can’t protect itself as well,” says New York dermatologist Hooman Khorasani, MD. “It becomes dehydrated and exposed to allergens and pathogens, causing an inflammatory response, which leads to redness.”
How to fix it:
Gently feed skin with oils and vitamins, which will nurture inflamed skin. You can apply a hydrating cream which can contain aloe, oats and chamomile to soothe skin.
You load up on salty foods and your eyes becomes puffy.
Salt is notorious for leaving the skin, especially the eyes, looking puffy come morning. Consuming too much salt can cause the skin to retain water, resulting in a puffy look.
How to fix it:
You can always apply cold spoons or a chilled face mask to problem areas, or you can layer on an anti-puff cream or gel. For an added bonus and even quicker de-puffying results, keep it in the fridge so it is nice and cold.
You’ve had one too many desserts and you're starting to break out.
There’s never a good time for a breakout, and the holidays could be one of the worst times for one. While it may seem like they pop up over night, pimples actually take days, if not weeks, to manifest on the skin because they are the result of oil mixed with dead skin and bacteria.
How to fix it:
To prevent a blemish from becoming larger, redder or more painful, don’t pick at it. Apply an anti-acne spot treatment or cortisone to the area. If it doesn’t seem to dwindle in size, your esthetician can give you a deep cleanse which takes it down fast.
Your skin is dry and dull due to too much traveling.
Airplanes and major climate changes (going more from warm to cold) can wreak havoc on your skin, making it dry and flaky. Not only will your makeup not go on smoothly, but if you don’t tackle it head on, the dryness can also lead to dehydration.
How to fix it:
First off, gently exfoliate any dead skin that you can see on the surface of your skin to remove it. Then, load up on a moisturizer that’s appropriate for your skin type. For an added dose of hydration, try a hydrating mask, or go see your esthetician! A facial can clear all of that right up!
We’ve all experienced it. A dreaded time in our lives where our skin wasn’t the most flattering. Unless you’re one of those select individuals who were blessed with beautiful skin from birth and if that’s the case then forget you! What exactly is it that causes our skin to go from healthy to monstrous in only a short period of time?
Here are some helpful skin care do’s and don’ts to abide by to help keep your skin looking healthy and flawless day in and day out!
Skin Care DOS
Drink Plenty of Water – Water is essential for a healthy complexion. H2O flushes out the toxins in your body and keeps the rest of your insides on track and working properly. Your skin is the very last organ to receive nutrients and nourishment from water. Meaning that in stressful situations and during these summer months especially, you have to drink even more water than you normally would! How much water should you be drinking? Take your body weight and divide it in half- that is how many ounces of water you should be taking in daily.
Moisturize – Moisturizer is one of the most important beauty products out there. Whether it be for the face or for the body, keeping your skin moisturized will combat multiple skin concerns down the road. Using an overnight moisturizer is a great way to stay consistently hydrated. Skin cell regeneration works faster overnight so using a nighttime moisturizer before bed is sure to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy.
Exfoliate – Weekly exfoliation is a must to remove old dead skin cells and to make room for new cell regeneration. Using an exfoliation scrub gently once or twice a week can help to keep your skin glowing. Be cautious with exfoliation though, too much can make your skin over sensitive and irritated quickly! Try using a Clarisonic a few days a week to ease into exfoliation if your skin gets sensitive easily.
Get a Facial – Instead of trying a DIY facial treatment let the experts give you the advice and treatment. Make sure you do your research before selecting a spa for your facial. Allowing someone to work on your skin can be a frightening thought but if you find a well recommended spa you should be fear free. If this is your first time doing a treatment start with a basic facial and let the esthetician recommend where you should go with your next one – maybe aiming more towards anti-aging or acne fighting masks and treatments in your next visit.
Eat Healthy – Just as our mothers told us growing up “You need to eat your veggies!” – If you’re anything like me and can’t sit down and eat a plain and dry salad try an alternative like juicing. Natural juices are full of vitamins, anti-oxidants and nutrients that help increase blood flow as well as total cell turnover and regeneration making for the healthiest complexion!
Use SPF Protection – SPF should be worn daily on all skin types – even in the winter! SPF will fight the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays on your skin. You can mix an SPF with your daily moisturizer or find a moisturizer with SPF already in it. My all time favorite SPF is by SkinCeuticals and is the Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50. I mix the SPF with my daily moisturizer to ensure I have really good coverage and protection from the sun.
Skin Care DON’TS
Don’t Over Do It – Don’t go overboard with your skin care routine. Keeping it as simple as possible will ensure a healthy complexion. Testing out too many serums and constantly changing your skin care routine will irritate your skin. Find one routine that works best for your skin type and stick to that for as long as possible! This will help to keep your skin balanced and happy. You really only need to wash your face once a day – washing twice a day can also be over doing it.
Don’t Always Trust Pinterest – Although Pinterest is one of my very favorite addictions and I do find some really good DIY ideas – it isn’t the most ideal place to find skin care advice. I will admit I have tried some really awesome masks but it is important to be aware of which at-home ingredients are helpful and which could be harmful. Proceed with caution when you see vinegar, spices, hydrogen peroxide, egg whites and or citrus in the recipes.
Don’t Drink Too Much Coffee – My one vise is my worst enemy. One cup of coffee a day can be beneficial but too many Starbucks trips in one week (or one day for some of us) can be dehydrating on the skin. Our skin needs all the water and hydration it can get, especially in the heat of summer so try to limit your coffee intake as much as physically possible for your lifestyle.
Don’t Over Exfoliate – Doing a once or twice a week exfoliation to remove dead skin cells is a great way to keep your skin healthy. Over doing this can give you reverse effects. Avoid using harsh scrubs that will make the skin irritated and vulnerable. If you have oily skin you can handle more exfoliation per week but if you tend to have dry/normal skin stick to once or twice a week max!
Don’t Touch Your Face – This is easier said than done especially if you have a blemish that you can’t help but pester. The more that you touch your face the more problems that will arise. When you touch your face with unclean hands you are pulling bacteria from your dirty hands to your face and causing more fuel for the blemishes. Keep your hands off your face at all costs and do not pick or pop any blemishes! Again with the easier said than done but doing so will result in scarring- leaving you with bigger problems than a measly ol’ pimple.
Having acne, whether severe or mild is certainly frustrating to deal with, but luckily there are many trusted skin professionals out there who specialize in treating this skin condition. The two most common professionals that people reach out to for this condition are estheticians, and dermatologists, but the technique for each can be quite different. So who should you see to get rid of your acne?
Recently, I had a first-time client who I gave a skin treatment to and she told me that she had battled terrible cystic acne in the chin and jawline area (those hard, sore, infected bumps under the skin that linger for weeks), and then came across this blog post that talked about how eating too much dairy might be the cause of cystic acne. So, as someone who gets a lot of dairy in her diet, she decided to follow my advice and cut it out for two weeks to see if there would be improvement. Sure enough, she didn’t get any new cysts at all. She had been on antibiotics several times in the past and while this did give some improvement, as soon as she went off of the pills, it would come right back. She was absolutely ecstatic that cutting out dairy (even though she loves cheese and yogurt) cured her of acne cysts. A few months later, she went to see her dermatologist to get her annual skin cancer screening check and mentioned to him that she had cut out dairy and her cysts completely disappeared for which he replied, “No, that can’t be, foods have no effect on your skin, that’s just a myth.” She certainly didn’t believe this, so she shared this story with me and it got me thinking about how completely different the approach can be that as an esthetician, I take when treating acne clients versus a dermatologist.
A traditional dermatologist has the ability to prescribe medications for treating not only acne, but many other skin conditions. Their world revolves so much around handing out prescriptions that they don’t necessarily have to research other non-prescription alternatives since they do know that pills will do the trick. Prescription medications can certainly work, and there are times when I will refer a client to get on prescriptions to support what I’m doing to treat their skin. However, they are often just a Band-Aid for an underlying issue for which I believe should be explored.
A lot of people don't necessarily agree with being put on medication for acne, since medication in a lot of cases can start causing more symptoms and problems than the one it was designed to fix. If your acne is painful, causing you health problems, or making you feel bad about yourself, come see us! We can help you get rid of that stuff without damaging your skin further while giving you healthy and natural ways to do it!
Whether you have acne or clogged pores, or are looking for an even skin tone and firmer, younger looking skin; there is definitely something for everyone. Our goal is to provide a relaxing experience while getting you the results you can see and feel!