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A: It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but
not for your skin, unfortunately! Parties
with sugary treats and alcohol, late nights, cold temperatures, drying winds
and dry indoor heating systems can wreak havoc on your skin and call for some emergency
updates in your skincare routine.
best way to achieve glowing skin for the holidays is simple: keep it hydrated
and exfoliated whenever you can. And
don’t forget the old adage, “you are what you eat… and drink” as well!
since many of our readers have severe acne, exfoliation needs to be done with
extreme care or not at all until the major lesions and cysts heal. So keep reading and get glowing!
this time of year, for normal and oily types of skin (without severe blemishes),
I kick up exfoliating for my clients (and even myself!). I tend to favor enzyme
exfoliation over face scrub, especially if there is active acne present. For
acne prone skin, the best choice is enzymatic exfoliation based on fruits like
papaya – AcnEase actually has a great acne exfoliation
for this, which will chew the dead skin cells and leave the live ones alone. And please make sure to avoid any abrasive
methods that may result in inflammation.
Feel free to use an enzymatic exfoliation up to three times a week (but
again, not if you have open cysts), but always listen to your skin, and if it
feels like it’s getting too dry or irritated, pull back.
next step in ensuring a holiday glow is bringing more moisture into the skin.
Hydrated skin is a happy skin! To get
your skin happy, adjust your cleanser. Gone are the days of summer sweaty,
sticky, SPF skin and for some, the days of chapped, dried out and irritated
skin are here. Get ahead of this change by switching your gel, or foaming
cleanser to a milky or oil cleanser (non-comedogenic of course). These
cleansers will clean your skin without stripping it from necessary essential
skin oil. If you can’t let go of your
foaming cleanser, then try to use it just once a day at night, and use the gentler
one in the morning when you truly don't need the extra cleaning.
be afraid of oil! Many recent studies
show that using the right oil can help control your own body's oil production
and help build your own skin’s immune system. Look for oils high in linoleic
acid like sunflower and rosehip oil – you can even try the latest craze of
coconut oil, which works for some people. Switch your lighter moisturizer to
oil, or even add a layer of an oil-based serum under your moisturizer. Oil,
helps to trap the water in your skin that would otherwise evaporate into thin
air. Using an oil-free moisturizer all year round, especially in colder climates,
may promote dehydrated skin. What you need to use is products that contain some
healthy oils but are lightweight and non-sticky to help to grab moisture, and
not dead skin cells and dirt.
your skin by using a hydrating mask a few times a week. I like to put a mask on
after the shower, or in the morning while I am making coffee and getting ready.
You can even try this soothing and
anti-inflammatory moisturizing oatmeal mask. After using a mask regularly, I
noticed the hydration levels in my skin increase dramatically. It’s a simple and
easy way to bring more moisture to your skin, especially if you don't want to
use a richer cream for fear of getting more breakouts while using heavier
a brightening eye cream in the morning too. Most people use their eye cream at
night, if they even use one at all. Use one! And use one in the morning instead
of at night. If you wake up puffy, it could be because of that third glass of
wine or because of your eye cream. While
you sleep, the lymph fluid can pool under the eye area, especially if an active
or super hydrating eye cream is applied. If you wait until the morning, and put
it in the fridge, not only will you be less puffy, but the cool eye cream will
help to bring down any inflammation. Look for an eye cream with vitamin k,
which is the best for fighting dark circles. And don’t forget to take your
AcnEase every day to control your acne!
(PS – to those already on it, you can increase the dosage during the
holidays for some extra acne-fighting power).