The holidays are a time for family, friends, and food. Lots of it. While you may use this time to relax and unwind, not all of that “me-time” is beneficial for your skin. Frequent get-togethers with friends and family often involve copious amounts of food, alcohol, and late-night partying, meaning that those with problematic skin-types may see increases in blemishes, oil production, or irritation and dryness. That mixed with cold, dry weather can really wreak havoc on your skin. Let’s dive into the dos and don’ts of holiday skincare, and how to look your best during the season of giving.
DON’T forget to relax. The benefits of ridding your body and mind of the constant stress of your daily grind can work wonders on your skin. Stress triggers a chemical reaction inside your body that releases the “fight or flight” chemical cortisol to give your body the energy and alertness it needs to outrun an ensuing predator, or fight it off to protect your life. In today’s world, the beast that triggers this chemical reaction is your email inbox or your angry boss. A common side effect of cortisol is increased oil production, and it can even trigger skin disorders like rosacea, psoriasis and eczema. It was Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde who said, “Everything in moderation, including moderation”. So don't forget to relax and unwind during the holiday season, and purge all of that unnecessary cortisol from your system.
DON’T break your skincare routine.The occasional late night during the holidays is unavoidable. You should never miss those great moments with your loved ones because of a routine you can adapt or change. Regardless of when you finally make it home or when you rise in the morning, stick to your routine. All it takes is one missed cleanse in the evening for you to wake up with a massive zit when you need to look your best. Stay disciplined, continue to cleanse and mask regularly, and make the extra effort to keep your skin as flawless as the day before.
DO drink lots and lots of water! It’s easy to forget to drink water, especially during the holiday hustle and bustle. In our blog we’ve continuously talked about the importance of drinking water to your skin, and will continue to do so. Water cleanses your body and skin of toxins, while keeping the fundamental building blocks of healthy skin in place. Whether you follow the recommended 8 glasses a day or just drink when you’re thirsty, keep it up. To offset the dehydrating effects of alcohol, be sure to drink at least a glass of water after every alcoholic drink that you have. You may even notice a limited hangover as an added benefit! Whatever you do during the holidays, involve frequent hydration in your routine.
DO keep masking regularly! The benefits of a consistent cleansing routine can only go so far. That’s why we recommend masking at least once a week to combat the effects of your holiday activities. By involving bio-cellulose masking in your skincare regimen you can reduce inflammation and restore your skin’s natural barriers to protect it from Christmas Eve binge-eating or a late night on the town. Even after the holidays are said and done, treat your skin to a soothing Revitalization mask. Its natural combination of Australian macadamia seed oil, ceramide complex, and Abyssine 675 (the deep sea survival molecule) you can give your skin everything it needs to recover and rejuvenate. Whether you’re out of town for the holidays or at home, there is one thing that you can count on. Dekke Hud bio-cellulose masks pack a powerful, revitalizing punch into a small package that can travel with you.
So as you’re gearing up for a holiday ski trip or just planning a family get together, plan ahead. Remember to enjoy these times with friends and family, but to keep your skin in mind as well.
Happy holidays from Dekke Hud Team - Skincare for the Modern Men.