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4 ways we age our skin during the holidays!

A whirlwind of holiday soirees translates into added alcohol, sweets, stress.

In the midst of the holiday rush and craziness, it's easy to get lax with our skincare routines.

4 ways we age our skin during the holidays

1. Our Diet 

We all know the temptation to eat faster food, and more sugar is real during the holidays. Sugary treats avail at most workplaces between Thanksgiving and New Years Day!  Oh, the temptation!  Sugar is not only bad for your thighs, but bad for your skin!

Scientists from the Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands, and Unilever in the UK, measured the blood sugar levels of 600 men and women aged between 50 and 70.

They then showed photographs of the participants to a board of 60 independent assessors and found that those with higher blood sugar looked older than those with lower blood sugar. In fact, for every 1mm/litre increase in blood sugar, the perceived age of that person rose by 5 months

Dr. Nissan Pilest's article Why Sugar is Bad for your skin-from Acne to Wrinkles gives details as to why you want to drop that cookie now!

Tip: Look for antioxidants in your skincare, like Vitamin C Serums, to help repair skin cell damage from environment and diet. And please don't slack off on sunscreen this time of year either. 

2. Our Sleep Patterns Change 

The pressure to work, prepare for the holidays, and even our social lives affect how our skin looks this time of year.  If you have a busy schedule of holiday parties, chances are you're consuming a tad bit more alcohol than you normally would.  Alcohol affects our sleep patterns. 

Alcohol consumption also leads to dehydrated skin, and dehydrated skin looks older. Alcohol robs your body of Vitamin A which is essential for cell renewal and turnover, so your skin could take on a dull gray appearance. Staying hydrated will obviously have opposing effects: smoothing out wrinkles, leaving your skin looking bright, young and fresh. 

Note: Alcohol can also affect pre-existing conditions like rosacea, causing it to worsen or flare up more often.Alcohol increases your blood flow, often causing blood vessels in your face to dilate. 

3. Women have a tendency to overdue 

Between late nights, family gatherings, travel, and never-ending to-do lists, it's not a secret the holidays can be a stressful time. Less time for exercise, less time for health meal prep, and less sleep.

Stress can age you and magnify dryness and wrinkles, or trigger you to gorge on foods you know you should walk away from.  Acne, rosacea, perioral dermatitis, and other chronic skin conditions can all get worse due to stress.

Tip: Practice self-care! A facial at your favorite spa perhaps? Or, create a spa afternoon at home. Grab that face mask you've had in your bathroom cabinet for a while (if it's more than a year old though--toss it!). Whatever self-care means for you, it will help you to manage your busy schedule and give you something to look forward to.

4. We skip the Skin Care Essentials 

Even those who are faithful about exfoliating and applying masks tend to skip these steps and do ONLY the essentials; cleansing and moisturizing this time of year. 

With all the other things we are doing to counteract our healthy, radiant skin, now is not the time to skip the essentials or the little extras.  Take 2-3 minutes to exfoliate, with a natural, organic treatment, and reap the benefits all season long.  

Apply a mask while your wrapping your holiday gifts! Multi-tasking at it's best! Use an extra rich night creme this time of year, and come January, your skin will thank you.

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