Christmas time is full of our favourite things. From sugary cocktails, cheese platters, extended champagne lunches and candy canes galore – there is plenty to indulge in during the holiday season! But one thing that isn’t so wonderful about this time of year are those breakouts that seem to come out of nowhere – right before your next big event. So, if you want your skin to be nice instead of naughty, follow our simple guide on how to avoid breakouts this festive season!
What causes breakouts over Christmas?
Every person is uniquely different and so are their skin triggers. It’s important to be able to recognise what might be causing your breakouts so that you can avoid or adjust those behaviours. This can be especially difficult over the Christmas period, as we throw routine out the window and let our hair down a little.
Holiday breakouts can be caused by any number of factors such as increased processed food and sugar consumption, increased alcohol intake, heightened stress level (cue: last-minute Christmas shopping!), changes in the weather and changes to your makeup and skincare routines.
But this doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and enjoy the holidays. You just need to understand what triggers your skin and find little ways to look after yourself! Try out these helpful tips to avoid breakouts this festive season:
Tips to avoid breakouts this festive season
Indulge, but don’t overindulge
Think about your skin before you dig into your second serving of that chocolate Christmas pudding with cream! High sugar, high dairy diets have been said to increase sebum production (your body’s natural oil) and we all know what that means. Excess sebum can block your pores and result in breakouts or acne, not ideal during the busiest time of the year. So, enjoy your Christmas treats in moderation if you are concerned about this skin trigger.
Be mindful of alcohol consumption
There are so many opportunities and pressures to drink alcohol at Christmas, after all it is the festive season – so it’s inevitable. However, drinking isn’t a bad thing if you’re mindful of your alcohol consumption. Why do we have to be mindful? Because alcohol results in a dehydrating effect on the skin that can leave you looking dry and tired. It does this by suppressing the body’s production of vasopressin, a hormone that helps you to reabsorb water. Alongside this, sugary cocktails may cause insulin to spike, leading to skin inflammation and breakouts… not what you need for the Christmas family photo! Nevertheless, you don’t have to give up the eggnog completely if this is one of your skin triggers, just ensure its all moderation for healthy skin.
Maintain your skincare routine
Are you someone who follows your skincare routine religiously all year and then forgets everything during December? If you want to avoid breakouts this festive season, it is important to maintain your regular skincare routine and even add in an extra cleanse here or there. More parties usually mean more primer, sunscreen, and makeup – so ensure you remove your makeup, double cleanse before bed and exfoliate to maintain skin cell turnover. Try using Balense’s Jojoba Exfoliating Cleanser which targets congestion with its deep pore cleansing action, leaving your skin radiant and hydrated.
Your skincare routine should also include a suitable serum that is applied after cleansing. To combat breakouts which are more likely to occur over the festive season, we recommend using a serum that corrects and controls congestion. Balense’s Blemish Control Serum has antioxidant and antibacterial benefits that can help to visibly reduces inflammation, blackheads, and whiteheads. It can also be used as an on-spot treatment.
Have a Medi-Aesthetic Treatment
We know it’s a busy time of the year, however sparing less than an hour of your time for a medi-aesthetic treatment is so worth it and your skin will love you for it. Receiving a specialised treatment that targets breakouts or aids in healthy cell turnover can not only clear the unwanted congestion, but specialised treatments can leave you with a clear, bright, and purified complexion ready for those upcoming social events.
For that festive glow this party season, we recommend the following medi-aesthetic skin treatments:
High Performance Microdermabrasion – If your skin is in need of rejuvenation, we recommend our High-Performance Microdermabrasion treatment which uses a professional vacuum suction to remove dead skin and debris, while stimulating collagen production. This exclusive 10-step treatment is 50 minutes long with each of the 10 steps carefully selected for their unique benefits and every treatment is personalised to effectively address your skin’s individual needs. If you are wanting to effectively combat acne, pimples, and ageing while brightening your complexion, the High Performance Microdermabrasion is the perfect option for you!
O2 Oxygen Medi-Facial – The O2 Medi-Facial delivers a highly concentrated stable form of oxygen, which is massaged deeply into your skin to nourish, detoxify and brighten. Infused with a mixture of vitamins and natural botanicals, this indulgent treatment delivers active ingredients to thirsty skin, boosts collagen, strengthens the skin’s barrier function and destroys nasty acne-causing bacteria whilst providing both relaxation and instant glowing results!
Remember that this festive season is a time to celebrate with friends and family, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you notice a breakout occurring. With the right skincare routine, mindful lifestyle practices throughout the festive season, as well as a visit to your local Australian Skin Clinics, your skin can bounce back in no time. Make sure to stay hydrated with plenty of water to maintain a healthy, glowing complexion for your Christmas and New Years celebrations.
If you’re looking for more skin tips or treatments to help you avoid breakouts this festive season, visit your local Australian Skin Clinics for a complimentary consultation today.