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 behaviors. 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!
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. Among its many other drawbacks, 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. Sugary cocktails may also cause insulin to spike, leading to skin inflammation and breakouts. But you don’t have give up the eggnog completely, if this is one of your skin triggers, read this blog on 6 steps to protect your skin from the effects of alcohol.
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 double cleanse before bed and exfoliate two to three times as week to maintain skin cell turnover.
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.