Taking care of your skin during the holiday season

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The Hampton Clinic


November is here kicking off the holiday season and bringing many catch-ups and parties, which means not enough sleep, alcoholic drinks and not-so-healthy eating. Paired with cold weather and dry indoor heating, our skin can start to suffer. We know that prepping your skin ahead of the festive season is probably the last thing on your mind right now, but this will ensure your skin will be healthy, resilient and looking its best.

Dealing with stress 

All that organising and extra spending ahead can really bring some additional stress to our daily lives. When we’re stressed, we produce a hormone called cortisol in excess, which causes an overproduction of oil leading to breakouts. It’s important to find healthy ways to keep stress at bay and when the notorious stress-induced pimple pops up, a sulphur spot treatment can help calm inflammation and get your skin looking better in time for your next holiday party. We love to use ZO Skin Health’s Complexion Clearing Masque as a spot treatment.


“Beauty sleep” is real

Not getting enough sleep also raises your cortisol, plus it affects the moisture levels in your skin and lowers your complexion's PH level, and your skin barrier suffers. Your skin repairs and regenerates when you are in deep sleep, so make sure to rest at least 7th every night. We know this isn’t always possible, and for those days we have the perfect pick-me-up: HydraFacial. Unlike many other skin procedures, you can get a HydraFacial and start experiencing benefits immediately without peeling or any other associated downtime, making it the perfect treatment to have before an event.


Stay hydrated

We know you’ve heard it a hundred times before, but there is a reason why this is good advice: drink your water. The skin is the largest organ in your body, but it is also the last one to get nutrients, oxygen or water. Drink two glasses of water for every one glass of alcohol, since alcohol can dehydrate us very quickly and it’s important to remember to help balance the body. This is also especially important if you will travel by plane and want to save your skin from airplane dryness. Overnight flight? Try Image Skincare’s VITAL C Hydrating Overnight Masque to boost radiance in dull, dehydrated skin.


Watch your sugar intake

Sugar causes inflammation in the body and a process called glycation - where it attaches to important proteins such as collagen and elastin, preventing them from working properly - which in turn makes the skin look dull, blotchy and less supple. Furthermore, the imbalance of insulin levels caused by sugar directly impacts the hormones, making you prone to acne breakouts, skin irritation and sensitivity. Indulge wisely!