Post Festivities Skin SOS

Jan 5, 2024 | Blog, Health, Nutrition, Skin Care

Now that the festive season has passed, so many of us struggle to put our best face forward.

Even if you’ve managed to swerve copious indulgences of alcohol-fuelled gatherings, family feasts, sweet treats, it’s likely that despite all your best intentions your usual healthy diet choices were abandoned along with your wellness regime, and replaced with high sugar and high carb foods to embrace the season.

The festive season diet is high in sugar and carbohydrates which are lacking in healthy nutrients. If consumed daily even for a short period of time, can lead to inflammation of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne breakouts, damage collagen, accelerate wrinkles, and cause premature aging of the skin.

The festive tipple or two also has a role in depleting the moisture levels, which can lead to dry, dehydrated skin. Alcohol increases blood flow, which can cause localised facial skin flushing and dilated capillaries, and these can become permanent.

The festive rich food combinations can also have a negative impact on the “gut-skin axis”. This refers to all the connections between our skin and digestive system. The gut microbiome, the bacteria in your intestines which influences your overall health, especially the skin, is compromised during the festive binge. This can cause inflammatory skin conditions, as well as indigestion, bloating, and other uncomfortable digestive symptoms.

The festive season can also be a stressful time as you try to squeeze shopping, shows and parties, into an already demanding schedule. Being exposed to such stresses affects our adrenal glands, the two small glands located on top of the kidneys which release hormones such as adrenaline, norepinephrine, cortisol, aldosterone, testosterone and androgens. This can lead to inflammatory and acne-like skin symptoms.

If the festivities diet weren’t bad enough, the prolonged lack of natural day light, cold weather, and harsh winds only add to the stresses our skin has to endure during this season. Winter weather wreaks havoc on your skin making it dry, itchy, and irritated. Harsh indoor heating also depletes moisture from the air and from your skin.

All of the above can create an unsettled skin: dull, dry, dehydrated, flaky, irritation, redness, uneven skin tone, discolouration, puffy, bloated, dark eye dark circles, acne symptoms such as spots, pimples, congested pores, blackheads, whiteheads, milia, nodulocystic, and additional signs of ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles, loss of skin tone and lack of voluminosity.

Healthy Skin Starts Within
Nutrition influences skin health, integrity and tone. Well documented studies have shown that dietary changes can improve skin structure, reverse symptoms, and improve appearance. Choose your food types wisely to achieve a healthier skin complexion. Support your diet with supplements and vitamins to promote healthier skin.

Cut the sugar, carbs, dairy, chocolate, fried foods and highly processed foods.

Limit your alcohol consumption. Check out the amazing new rages of alcohol-free options, they’re delicious and have no risk of a hangover!

Eat ‘Nutrient-rich’ whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, pulses, oats, and healthy fats.

Select a diverse variety of food types each day to ensure you receive the essential combination of nutrients required for normal skin cell development and healthy skin.

Select low sugar fruits such as; Lemons & limes, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, Cherries, Kiwis, Grapefruit, Avocado.

Include oily fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines into your daily diet. Fish oil is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. They can serve to regulate the skin’s oil production, reduce acne symptoms, improve skin hydration and minimise signs of aging.

Nuts and seeds are good sources of protein, healthy fats, fibres, vitamins and minerals like copper, zinc, vitamin A, C and E which contribute to skin wellbeing.

In addition to support your “gut-skin axis”, eat fermented foods and plant-based foods high in fibre and rich in polyphenols.

Drink 8 glasses of water per day. This will aid your digestive system to flush out toxins from the body, as well to promote cellular hydration to improve your complexion for healthy, hydrated and glowing skin.

Drink herbal infused teas such as a detoxifying nettle tea, anti-spasmodic chamomile, or peppermint tea. Green tea is high in antioxidants that can improve the health of the skin. However, it does contain caffeine so do avoid drinking in the evenings.

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Exercise To Improve Skin Health
During exercise your heart rate increases, it boosts circulation, delivers oxygen and nutrients to nourish cells throughout the body, including the facial muscles and skin cells. The improved blood flow increases the lymph flow, which eliminates toxins from the body and skin. All types of movement induce feelings of improved mood. As well as help you drop those few pounds gained over the festivities.

If you can’t face any exercise then why not try brisk walk, cycle, or horse riding to get you moving.

Seek Professional Skin Care Advice
With over 35+ years’ experience, The Emporium Treatment Clinic senior aesthetician, Angela is here to provide advice on how to help you keep your skin glowing, and how to feel healthier post the festive season.

Ensure you follow a daily skin care regime; Cleanse, Exfoliate, Hydrate, Repair and Protect. Select the most suitable products to suit your skin type and needs. Use non-comedogenic skin care products and make-up to prevent skin congestion.

Consistency is key!

If you are nearby to Marylebone, why not pop in; Emporium Treatment Clinic, 90 York Street.

Skin SOS Facials
It is very likely that your skin requires a facial treatment to rebalance, repair and rejuvenate your skin post the festive season.

Top 5 Post Festivity Facials
Emporium Bespoke Facial, Skin Storm Hydrafacial, Chemical Skin Peel, Green Peel Herbal Facials, Nlite Laser Skincare.

Wellness SOS
Re-set your body, mind and improve your skin from within with self-care practices and wellness treatments.

Top 5 Wellness Treatments & Self Care
Acupuncture, Holistic Body Massage, Herbal Medicine, Yoga Classes, Mindfulness Practices.

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        Author: Angela Taffinder the founder of Emporium Treatment Clinic. A practising Aesthetician for 35+ years, holistic and wellbeing advocate and yoga instructor. The creator of Yoga & Vitality.

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