The Secrets to Saving Your Skin
By Lucia Rossi
Thanksgiving and Black Friday can really throw your body and skin out of whack.
There are the risks of lack of sleep, drunkenness, weight gain, dehydration, acne breakouts, and overall stress.
Dealing with these pests can make things even more frustrating, so you need to find ways to somehow give your skin and body a break and give it what it needs in order to retain all normal function.
I’m not saying limit your freedom of gorging on the guilt-free, over-indulgent, food lover’s dream that is Thanksgiving. You should let go and be able to completely enjoy the holiday, just without all the nasty side effects. Think of it as a pre-cleanse and post-cleanse.
Try doing a pre-Thanksgiving detox to help prepare your body for what’s coming. Try to do some cardio, if you maximize your metabolism it’ll promote fat burn and will help control holiday weight gain. Dr. Russell Rosenberg, Chairman of the National Sleep Foundation, says that most people are sleep deprived around the holidays and should try to sleep longer. An hour extra or a power nap should do the trick.
If you want to go hard with the detox, try doing a juice cleanse by drinking nutrient-rich cold-pressed juices. Doing this will help curb cravings before the holidays. If this is too intense, you could instead just drink a lot of water and green tea.
If you’re planning on staying up late or immediately going Black Friday shopping, then keep your makeup light and simple. Use BB cream instead of foundation and rock a simple cat-eye with wine red lips. That way your makeup looks classy for the holiday but is still easy to clean off when you’re on the go or exhausted. Sleeping with makeup on can clog your pores and cause acne, so definitely avoid it.
After the big feast, Carmindy, a Huffington Post Blogger and Makeup Artist, suggests giving your face an anti-bloat routine. This means as soon as you wake up put cold compresses, like frozen gel packs, over your eyes as well as a cold wash cloth. Drink some water with lemon slices and take some time to relax.
To look refreshed after a long night, cleanse your skin then use a heavy moisturizer, a shimmery primer and highlighter, put white eyeliner along your water line and inner corners, then top it off with some pink-toned blush and lip balm to get some color back to your face.
If you’re traveling, staying moisturized is top priority in this cold and dry weather. You should keep applying lotion to your arms and hands as well as balm to your lips.
If you’re unfortunate enough to get an acne breakout from all the bingeing on sugary and salty food, then treat it as soon as you can. The faster you give it treatment the less likely you are to get those awful acne scars.
You can treat a breakout quickly using a 2 percent salicylic acid spot treatment to reduce inflammation. If the breakout was caused by dryness then don’t exfoliate or use harsh retinoid creams, try a hydrating mask with some normal moisturizer.
Holidays can no doubt be stressful on your mind and body. It’s important to learn and practice self-control. Yoga may be a helpful tool in teaching yourself some discipline and knowing when to say enough is enough.
Even if you don’t, try not to feel shame otherwise you’ll keep eating and drinking in an unhealthy routine. If you over do it at the dinner table, forgive yourself. Then, get back into the swing of things and be thankful that you had the strength to.