Well, that's it. The holidays are over and another year has begun. And while all the holiday cheer was fun and festive back in 2012, in the New Year, you don't want to see the effects of all that food, drink and holiday stress all over your skin and body. Here's a few tips to help:
Because the holidays are a busy time, many women don't pay as much close attention to their skin as they do normally. That, coupled with inflammation, is a surefire way to get unexpected breakouts. To get back on track, reboot your skin with a facial to clear out your pores. Also make sure to be diligent with chemical exfoliation. Look for a product with beta hydroxy acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness. It also kills acne-causing bacteria.
Alcohol, salty foods and holiday parties have likely made your eyes (and skin) puffier than usual. To deflate your eyes and make them look more awake, start by eating clean. Limit your intake of sodium, coffee, soda and processed foods. Instead, flush out your body with anti-inflammatory foods—think fruits, vegetables, salmon and un-salted nuts, and by drinking plenty of water.
Apply a serum or moisturiser loaded with antioxidants around your eyes to combat dryness. Dryness in the skin contributes to swelling, which can make your eye area appear more wrinkled and tired-looking.
Finally, to help prevent fluid retention in the eye area, try to sleep with your head slightly elevated. Then in the morning, gently massage around the puffy areas of your eyes with your fingertips to help relieve swelling.
Though wrinkles are primarily caused by sun damage, other factors make them more noticeable like too much sugar, stress and drinking. Of course, eating clean and flushing your body with water is the first step to rehydrate your skin and lessen the appearance of wrinkles. Good topical hydration is key as well. The New Year is also a great time to talk to your dermatologist about wrinkle-smoothing options like prescription retinoids and injectables.