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How Does the Holiday Season Affect Our Skin?

Even if you’re not exposed to freezing temperatures, snow, and wind, winter festivities can put your skin through the wringer so that by the time the New Year comes around, you’re having to deal with the terrible effects of a post-holiday complexion. Between getting together with friends and family, indulging in rich holiday foods, and perhaps going on an exotic vacation, we often let our healthy habits fall to the wayside when we get busy. This makes acne breakouts, irritation, and dry, dull skin more likely. A lack of quality beauty sleep deprives our skin of its chance to repair itself, all of the sweet treats cause inflammation to spike, stress harms our skin barrier, too much alcohol produces free radicals that break down skin fibers, and our normal skin care routine may get put on the backburner when things get hectic. At Western Dermatology Consultants, we provide a range of cosmetic treatments—including lasers and microdermabrasion—for Albuquerque patients to revive their skin by removing the buildup of dull and damaged skin cells that block the surface. 

Along with in-office procedures to restore more vibrant, healthier skin, we recommend that patients follow these tips for helping their skin survive the holiday stress. 

Avoid Certain Holiday Foods

Some high-glycemic and processed foods are believed to be linked to skin breakouts. Eggnog is something you’ll need to avoid because it contains plenty of inflammation-inducing saturated fats along with alcohol that will dry out your skin. Sugar cookies can also be detrimental for your complexion because of all the white sugar and white flour they contain. Trade in eggnog for water or hot chocolate or have a slice of antioxidant-rich pumpkin pie instead of cookies. 

Be Consistent 

Consistency is the key to healthy skin, so remember to follow the same skin routine—including wearing sunscreen—throughout the colder months. 

Don’t Sleep with Makeup On 

You’re likely to be wearing more makeup for holiday parties, but even if you feel too exhausted to remove it before bed, make a habit of at least using micellar water to cleanse your skin. Forgetting to take off your makeup results in blocked pores and bacteria. 

Explore options for cosmetic skin resurfacing procedures like microdermabrasion from Albuquerque, NM’s The Spa @ Western Dermatology Consultants. Call 505-855-9267 or submit a contact form to schedule a consultation if you need advice on skin care. 

How “Beauty Sleep” Improves Your Skin

Don’t underestimate the advantages of beauty sleep for making you look youthful and healthy. Research has shown that millions of Americans don’t get enough sleep at night. Along with contributing to other health problems, such as weight gain, getting less than seven hours sleep on most nights might also be causing your skin to suffer. As we all know, even just a few nights of tossing and turning can lead to dark circles, puffy eyelids, and an overall more haggard and worn-out appearance. If you want your skin and hair to look more refreshed, you need about seven to eight hours of quality sleep. The REM sleep that occurs in the middle of the night is the most essential type of sleep of all. While considering advanced treatments designed for skin rejuvenation at our Albuquerque, NM, practice, the team at The Spa @ Western Dermatology Consultants recommends making changes to your lifestyle that will promote healthier skin. Here are some reasons why getting some shut-eye is great for your complexion. 

Your Skin Goes into Repair Mode

As we all know, our skin faces constant adversity from everything from dust, pollution, and the force of gravity to harsh chemicals, temperature fluctuations, and sun exposure. When you’re sleeping, your skin has the opportunity to repair damage sustained during the daytime. Cell turnover happens at a faster rate when you’re asleep, and the skin is also building new collagen. 

A More Even Complexion 

Is your skin looking blotchy, sallow, or discolored? Instead of using makeup to conceal it, getting a good night’s sleep can help, because proper rest promotes healthy blood circulation. This brings beneficial oxygen and nourishment where it’s needed. 

Fewer Breakouts

Even noticed that you have your worst breakouts when you’re stressed? When you’re sleep deprived, levels of a stress hormone called cortisol that can have bad effects on your skin increase. This triggers activity in sebaceous glands, causing excess production of oil that may contribute to acne breakouts. Levels of cortisol drop when we’re sleeping, which means less oil production when you’re rested.

Warn more tips for glowing skin? Learn about how cosmetic treatments like microdermabrasion and other techniques for skin rejuvenation at The Spa @ Western Dermatology Consultants can help you reduce blemishes and enjoy smoother, clearer skin. Call us at 505-855-9267 or submit a contact form to request a consultation.