Discover the secrets to keeping your skin merry and bright throughout this holiday season, and some not so pleasant hidden triggers.
🥂 Tis the season to celebrate! This time of year can be extra tempting if you have a sweet tooth, but unfortunately an increase in sugar intake can cause acne to flair and ezcema to worsen. Alcohol is also a culprit in acne and skin triggers as it too causes inflammation in the body. No need to restrict yourself of grandma's yummy baking, just be mindful and remember, moderation.
💰 Are you finding yourself stressing over holiday planning? Gifts to purchase? Bills piling up? Stress and overwhelm around all the Christmas to do's can cause cortisol levels to spike. More cortisol means more sebum, more sebum means more breakouts.
If you're finding yourself overwhelmed, take a moment, breathe and remember the reason for the season. Run yourself a bath, take a walk and enjoy Christmas lights, build a snowman (if it ever snows). At the end of the day everything will get done, kids will be elated Santa came, and Christmas will be beautiful. Togetherness is the most precious gift you could give.
💊 Cold and flu season is among us, which may lead to taking antibiotics, cough and cold medicine, or even just using more Kleenex. Some of these products, whether OTC or not, have acne triggers such as bromide and iodide. Kleenex Soothing Lotion also contains coconut oil and Isopropyl Palmitate, which are known pore clogging ingredients.
❄️ Cold wind and dry indoor air reek havoc on your skin barrier. Humectants such as hyaluronic acid and hydration are going to be your saving grace this winter. Add a humidifier next to your bed to help keep the environment moist, your skin will thank you.
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