Just because southwest Florida has gorgeous weather this time of year doesn’t mean that the sun’s rays are any less damaging. In fact, it’s almost the opposite: Because the Bradenton temps are cool and comfortable, you won’t notice how long you’re out in the sun.
If you already have a high-quality sunscreen that works for you, now is the time to make sure it’s part of your morning routine. If you’re still in search of a sunscreen, our aestheticians can help you find the right product that suits your specific skin type.
2. Manage Stress
You’re not imagining it: Stress has an actual, physiological effect on your skin. For one reason, stress causes your body to release cortisol, a stress hormone that actually makes your skin produce more oil. Oily skin exacerbates all kinds of conditions, which is why stress can lead to breakouts, eczema and more.
op of that, stress affects all of the other skin-related behaviors on this list. If you’re not managing your stress, your sleep will suffer, your routine will be harder to manage, and you’ll be less likely to make positive dietary choices. And all of those things will cause your stress levels to go even higher, and a negative cycle ensues. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed.
One of the easiest ways to manage holiday stress is to take a break. Step away from the screen and go for a walk or even do a quick, high-intensity workout. It doesn’t take much time, and it makes a huge difference in your skin and your health overall.
3. Prioritize Your Rest
Sleep is when all aspects of your body rejuvenate themselves, and your skin is no exception. A lack of quality sleep accelerates skin aging in the long-term, because it’s not able to rebuild its collagen support layer; in the short-term, poor sleep inhibits the renewal of your skin barrier, which protects the outermost layer.
There’s no substitute for high-quality, natural sleep.
4. Remember Your Routine
Chances are, you’ve already honed a daily skincare routine that works well for you. But the holidays are the enemy of routines. Once you start to let your routine slip, you’ll find yourself playing catchup, trying to repair your skin instead of maintain it.
Make a point to start every day with some phone-free time in front of the mirror performing your first skincare rituals of the day. Not only will this get you going on the right foot, but it allows you to prepare yourself for the rest of the day.
Likewise, taking time at night to remove your makeup is great for your skin, and it helps get your body ready for sleep.
Plus, having a daily routine—especially during the hectic holidays—is a great way to keep your stress levels down.
5. Stay Hydrated
A great moisturizer can’t make up for dehydrated skin. You skin needs to get most of its moisture from the inside. For one thing, collagen, which helps your skin stay smooth and youthful, is primarily made up of water. Without enough of it, your pores and wrinkles appear more prominent, and your skin is less elastic and more vulnerable wrinkling.
Regular water intake is a fantastic way to stay hydrated, but don’t despair if you have to lean on other sources: Fresh fruit and juices, as well as broth-based soups, also contribute to your hydration.
6. Mind the Glucose
Sugar and alcohol are both major components in holiday celebrations, but they’re also major enemies of healthy skin. In both cases, glucose is the big problem. Glucose causes increased insulin, which in turn increases inflammation, which then breaks down collagen. And over-indulging in sweets or alcohol will also affect your sleep and your hydration levels.
Stockpile healthy snacks like craisins and almonds to turn to during the day. And if you want an adult beverage, consider something light like a white-wine spritzer. Your skin will thank you for it.