Why Your Skin Breaksout During The Holidays (And How To Take Care of It)

 

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit. Our calendar says its November and that means the holiday parties, yummy treats, and joyful reunions are quickly approaching.

Even with all the festivities making it the most wonderful time of year, it doesn’t mean the holidays are wonderful for your skin. Here is our full list of caring for your skin through the holidays.

 

Holiday Foods

We’re never ones to turn down some good food. A delicious meal or a sweet treat are some of the best parts of this time of year. Despite all the gumdrops that are dancing around your head, this might lead to a sugar overload. Sugar, as we’ve noted before, can break down collagen and lead to inflammation. Carbohydrates, meanwhile, can lead to an insulin spike and an overproduction of sebum. All of this result in some annoying breakouts.

Quick Tip: We’re not saying you should give up sugar for the holidays. We are saying that it’s a good time to assess your overall sugar or carb intake. Maybe this means switching to a healthier flour alternative, such as almond flour. Reach for foods that are just as satisfying but don’t wreck your skin. Take a look at a few healthy recipes options we found here.

 

Sugary Drinks

Hot chocolate, eggnog, and the infamous PSL are packed full of processed sugar and carbs.
Along with eating sugary treats, you will probably end up drinking them this season. The problem is that these drinks just might push you over the edge and lead to irritation. It might be best to leave the hot cocoa for Santa.

Quick Tip: If you are the type of person who is particularly sensitive to skin flare-ups after ingesting sugar, but still want to partake in all those yummy treats, an easy solution is to cut back on holiday drinks first. You can also switch to a milk substitute or maple sugar instead of traditional sugar. If you do find yourself dealing with a breakout, don’t sweat it. Try our Energizing Papaya Cleanser to keep breakouts at bay.

 

Stress

Whether you have a jam-packed schedule or your family could give the Griswolds a run for their money, the holidays can be stressful. This added stress could create a vicious cycle of stressed-out skin. Stress creates an excess of the hormone cortisol in the body. Cortisol produces more oil glands that lead to breakouts. And who really wants that for their office holiday party?

Quick Tip: Two of our favorite products to unwind are our Enzyme Exfoliating Mask and Papaya Scrub. They’re both ideal if you’re looking to recover from the bustle and hustle of the busy holidays.

 

Travel

To top it off, chances are that you will be doing some traveling this season. We love visiting family, friends, and exciting new places. We just hate the hassle it takes to get there. Think about it: you’re stressed out at the airport, eating food on the go, and probably encounter your fair share of outside debris. You leave your home with a glowing complexion and arrive looking less than stellar. That’s the last thing you want when you’re trying to have fun with your friends and family. 

That’s when a good skin care routine will come in handy. Whether that means keeping your favorite moisturizer on hand or making sure to pack your go-to cleanser to fight breakouts, it’s always better to be prepared. 

Quick Tip: Our FRESH Facial Cleansing Towels are also perfect for feeling clean on the go. Just pack them on your carry on and you don’t need to stress about washing your face on the plane.

 

Well, there you have it! We hope you enjoyed reading all about why you breakout during the holidays. We know this time of year can be busy. Make sure to take care of yourself! 

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