’Tis the season for a whirlwind vortex of acne triggers, leaving in its wake a war-torn skin. The silly season finds you in situations that are out of your control and being out of routine, it can be tricky to stay on the wagon.
Here are my top 5 tips for keeping your skin in good nick while still enjoying the celebrations.
Snacking on healthy proteins and fats before going to an event will help you to resist temptation of the “wrong foods” and you’ll also have something in your stomach before having a drink. Proteins and good fats will help to slow down the effect of alcohol on your blood sugar. Avocado, some nuts and seeds or eggs are all good options.
There’s nothing wrong with a festive tipple here and there but you need to be clever about your choices. Sorry to be the burster of champagne bubbles here but the celebratory icon is the king of high GI alcohols! (with wine following closely behind) Opt for clear spirits such as vodka or gin and mix with sparkling water and fresh lime to reduce the sugar and contribute to a little hydration. Not much of a drinker anyway? Your skin will thank you. Try sparkling water meddled with frozen berries, fresh lime and fresh mint for a festive clear-skin mocktail.
Another option is to volunteer to be the designated driver so you keep a lid on things (your friends won’t complain!)
In a pot-luck or bring-a-plate situation, think of your skin and bring healthy treats such as homemade hummus with veggie sticks and bliss balls. If you think no one will eat them, great! More for you 😉
If you’re cooking up an Xmas goodie storm, adapt the recipes to use gluten free or grain free alternatives and lower GI sugar substitutes such as stevia- no one else will even bat an eyelid!
Don’t puncture your tyres too early! You know how it goes, if you start out the day with a custard danish you’re much more likely to think “weeeeeelll…. I’ve already eaten something naughty today, may as well just eat that pizza for lunch too” and so it goes on. Eat a healthy light breakfast such as a green smoothie on Christmas morning to get your blood sugar on the right foot and you’ll be sneaking in a few extra veg too.
ALWAYS cleanse your skin when you get home from a night out, no matter what time it is or what state you’re in. And keep up your daily skincare routine while out of routine, just like brushing your teeth- you wouldn’t forget that! Decant all your skincare into travel sized bottles when skipping town to be sure not to miss anything.
Catch up on zzz’s
Sleep is a wonderful skin medicine, aiding in the repair processes we need to heal up infected or inflamed skin. Catch up on lost sleep by going to bed earlier the following night or napping during the day. It’s best for regulating your cortisol levels to try to wake the same time everyday.
Having a traditional Turkey lunch? Turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan which has a calming effect and can induce that post Chrissy lunch couch nap, roll with it!
Calm your farm
Lastly, but not leastly, reduce the stress. Get organised and avoid situations that you know will cause more stress- don’t be that frazzled last minute christmas shopper battling the crowds of other disorganised frazzlers, fighting over that last pack of christmas crackers!
Holidays can be a hectic time and drag up emotions or family tension for some people so do whatever it is for you to limit the effect of stress.
Resisting the urge to overindulge will help to keep your skin clear, but being so strict on yourself can cause undue stress so don’t completely deprive yourself, it’s all about balance. Stress is a huge factor in acne so chill time and managing stress are imperative.
The festive season is all about celebration of the things we are grateful for and enjoying that time with family and friends. Doing things that make us feel happy and relaxed has a positive impact on DHEAS, the anti-ageing hormone- so relax and have fun, it’s good for your skin!
Happy holidays everyone, stay healthy and clear.
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I’m Brooke Venables, I’m a naturopath, acne specialist and an ex-acne sufferer. I’ve been there, I know what you’re going through.