Christmas is a magical time of the year, filled with celebration and overindulgence on comfort foods, wine, sweets and canapés. After all, tis the season to relax and be jolly.
Sadly, the Christmas break has flown by quickly, we’re back to our normal routine and the not-so-pretty consequences of the festive overindulgence are showing on our skin. If your your skin is dull and spotty, and the dark circles under your eyes are bigger than your friend circle, don’t panic – we’ve got you covered. Here is how to detox your skin and get back your pre-holiday glow:
#1 Skip the dessert
Let’s face it, Christmas just isn’t the same without the abundance of sweets and goodies. We won’t judge you (we’ve all been there) if you’ve consumed your body weight in mince pies or eaten an entire box of Quality Streets by yourself. While an occasional sweet binge is okay, regular sugar indulgence wreaks havoc on your skin.
When sugars hit our bloodstream, they form molecules (AGEs) that break down collagen and elastin – the proteins that keep skin firm and elastic. On top of that, high-glycemic foods are responsible for excessive insulin production. Insulin spikes send our body signals to produce certain growth factors that exacerbate hormone imbalance, causing breakouts and irritation. So, do your skin a favour and skip the dessert as often as you can. Your waistline will thank you, too!
#2 Go salt-free for a week
When it comes to skin health, salt is just as bad as sugar. Pretzels and other salty treats are most likely the reason behind those under-eye bags that we all hate so much. While sodium is a very important nutrient in our diet, excessive amounts prompt the body to hold onto water, giving the face a bloated appearance and causing puffiness around the eyes. You should really pay attention to your salt intake if you have acne-prone skin. Excessive consumption dehydrates your skin and tricks your glands into producing more oil to compensate for the water loss.
#3 Go Dry This January
If you’ve hit the cocktail bars a little too heavily over the Christmas break, you should give Dry January a try. Especially if you suffer from rosacea or have dry and sensitive skin. Alcohol dehydrates your body generally, including its largest organ – your skin. Wonder why those nasty face flushes won’t go away? Alcohol has a lot to do with it because it causes blood vessels to dilate, triggering redness and irritability.
Regular alcohol overindulgence can also cause permanent skin damage such as broken capillaries and spots. So, for the sake of your skin health, take a break from alcohol this January and stock up on herbal teas, coconut water and juices that are rich in antioxidants.
#4 Go to Bed Earlier
Did you know that your skin cell turnover is working 8 times faster while you are sleeping at night? Well, it is called beauty sleep for a reason. If you are regularly short of sleep and going to bed late, you are likely to suffer from hormone imbalances that are tied to skin problems such as eczema and irritant dermatitis. In addition, your sleep-deprived body is releasing more of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol not only increases inflammation in the body but is also directly correlated with acne breakouts.
Search no more for an excuse to sleep in! Go to bed on time, sleep at least seven hours per night and wake up with glowing skin in the morning.