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10 Helpful Hints for Holiday Skin Care

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The giving spirit abounds in traditional gatherings. You may share the holidays with friends, family, co-workers, or those in your community. For sure, you will feel merry and bright if you care for your skin.

#1 Stay Rested

This may seem obvious. Think about whether you’re getting solid sleep. The first time you are too tired to use your skin lotions or medications can also be the start of something not-so-good for your skin. If your body and mind are rested, you’ll make good skin care choices.

#2 Stick with Your Routine

Even if you are rushed for time, stop and think. Your lotions, creams, oils, and moisturizers can help you prevent a flare. Waiting until redness or dry, chafing skin starts may put you in a tough position.

#3 Drink Water

During the winter months especially, we don’t notice that we’re thirsty. Hydrate your skin from the inside out with at least 8 glasses of water per day.

#4 Eat Well

Finding a balance of healthy fats, good carbohydrates, and protein is always important. The temptation to indulge in a lot of sugar can place a burden on your body. It can also effect your thinking, and therefore choices. That may create a skin problem in the long run.

#5 Avoid Junk

This is simply a little add-on to #4. With all of the holiday baking, cookie exchanges, and office parties, you may have the opportunity to indulge. I totally plan on it! But we can avoid going overboard by nibbling carrots between the occasional bites of sweets.

#6 Stick with Your Instincts

If you’re shopping and decide to avoid a certain store because of the heavily perfumed products – don’t apologize for it. Tell your friends or family that while you may love slathering on lotion that smells like a tropical island (or a sugar cookie), that you know it’s not good for your skin. Then opt out.

#7 Ask for Help

If you are worn out with kitchen chores, including cooking and dishes, ask for help. The constant handwashing, especially with harsh detergents, can wreak havoc on your skin. Know when to keep going, and when to ask for a break.

#8 Schedule Outdoor Activities

Walking through a park that is filled with Christmas lights is a magical experience. If you are in a cold or windy climate, it can be hard on your skin. You may get dryness or chafing. Make sure that your skin has time to recover between outdoor activities.

#9 Bundle Up

Gloves in your pocket and a scarf around your neck are always sure to provide warmth and protection. Keep an extra set in your car.

#10 Stay Warm

Layering your clothes is a big help. Then you can take a jacket off, or put a hood or hat on depending on the weather.

During the holidays, additional stress from making lists, shopping, cooking, and planning can be a trigger for skin problems to flare up. Nourishing and protecting your skin during this season is worth the effort.

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