New Year, New You: What Is Your Skin Saying About Your Holiday Indulgences? #GuestBlogger #lastory
It’s officially the New Year, 2016. I know it’s been like that for 13 days. It’s nothing new. Except what’s new is that your skin doesn’t reflect all the healthy glow that it did before the holidays started. Granted it has been the holidays, crazy weather (hot/cold and everything in between), late nights, earlier mornings, and lots of special events. The Golden Globes showed up just who has been taking care of their skin and who hasn’t. Looking in the mirror never was so scary! So what’s a girl (or guy) to do?
Lucky for you (*and me!) that I have a real expert for this guest blog post. Jaime Cane works for natural skincare line derma e®. She’s a licensed aesthetician and a whiz at diagnosing what’s wrong with your skin. Not only is her forte diagnosis, she’s a genius at finding the right products to help you restore your skin. After all, we all want to look good – right? What Is Your Skin Saying About Your Holiday Indulgences?
By Jaime Cane, Licensed Esthetician and Director of Education, derma e®
What Is Your Skin Saying About Your Holiday Indulgences?
In the blink of an eye, another holiday season is behind us. After indulging in festivities, celebrations, feasts and libations, we now embark on our New Year’s resolutions to undo last year’s damage, much of which occurred over the last few weeks. The self-inflicted abuse of the holidays screams out with bloating, sluggishness and exhaustion. But guess what…our bodies are not the only thing displaying our gluttony. So is our skin.
The old adage, “You are what you eat,” is well represented by our skin, particularly our face. Our skin tells a story of more than just the menu of foods we eat, but also what we breathe, drink and how much we sleep. While all of this can contribute to problematic skin, there are natural ingredients and products that can serve as heroes to our skin’s harrowing tale.
Here are a few holiday factors that contribute to problematic skin followed by recommendations for combating the resulting damage:
Feast or Famine
The holidays promote an indulgent yet erratic dietary pattern. Whether we are running on empty or partaking in rich, fatty (albeit delicious) feasts, we tend to either neglect or abuse our digestive systems, which can affect our skin. More sugar, saturated fat and processed foods can contribute to inflammation, congestion, glycation, clogged pores or acne, wrinkling, loss of elasticity, stiffness and compromised barrier function, all accelerating the aging process.
Spiked eggnog, holiday martinis and hot toddies…mmm. While drinking in moderation can be good for our spirits and relaxation, the holidays tend to bring about excess. Unfortunately, alcohol is a diuretic, which causes dehydration, inflammation and restricted blood flow, leading to varicose veins, capillary damage and couperose (redness of the skin due to the presence of small, dilated red blood vessels). Without proper care and nourishment, the puffy, blotchy, dry look of our skin from alcohol consumption can result in permanent damage. So, while the obvious advice would be to drink in moderation, proper skin care is equally important.
Makeup for the Makeup
We get dolled up in our holiday best, go a little heavier on the makeup and perhaps more frequently. Worse than the extra facial artistry itself is failure to wash it away before falling into that much-needed slumber. Sleeping with your makeup on is a big skincare no-no. In fact, for every night you go without washing your makeup off, your skin ages seven days! Clogged pores and congested skin cause breakouts and lack of breathability. It is important to remove your makeup AND follow it up with a post-removal cleanse.
Less Sleep and Exercise
Does it feel like you just ran a marathon? The gun fired off the week of Thanksgiving and you finally crossed the finish line on New Year’s Day. You undoubtedly got little sleep and had little time for exercise, while experiencing heightened stress. Lack of sleep causes skin to inflame from stress hormones, causing an increase in cortisol production. Stress also causes a lack of circulation. Our busy holiday schedules don’t allow for as much exercise as we need to flush out the toxins and impurities that our bodies purge out through sweating. These factors can slow down regeneration and cause our skin to look lackluster and lifeless.
2016 Skin Re-Solutions
The good news is there are products to combat the damage. Natural ingredients are a great choice because they offer a myriad of benefits. The right combination can promote balancing in a way conventional ingredients and acne products cannot. Improper healing or balancing of your skin, can promote more damage.
The following natural ingredients can help you renew your skin to start 2016 off with a healthy glow:
● Activated Charcoal is a great cleansing alternative as it takes the bad and leaves the good. It helps to pull impurities out, detoxifying the skin and helping to clear and prevent breakouts. It’s a great ingredient for thoroughly cleansing and rebooting the skin.
● Bladderwrack seaweed helps with shielding skin against environmental stress. This brown nutrient-rich seaweed also acts as a great moisture binder, helping to nourish, calm, soften and soothe skin, while supporting healthy collagen and elastin.
● Green Tea can help slow the signs of aging with its strong antioxidant properties, while also offering anti-inflammatory benefits. Rich in polyphenols, green tea can help eliminate free radicals and prevent oxidative stress.
● Kimarine® Wakame, a marine algae extract, has shown through extensive clinical research to protect skin from environmental factors, facilitating the detox process, while nourishing and renewing cells.
● Aloe or Aloe Leaf Juice is one of nature’s best resources for reviving skin with fresh, healthy hydration.
Let’s make 2016 “the year of healthy, beautiful skin” by focusing on natural cleansing, healing and protection. Listen to the story your skin is telling you and take the necessary steps it needs to find its “happily ever after.”
Jaime Cane BIO:
Jaime Cane is the Director of Education for natural skincare company derma e®, one of the first to use Green Chemistry to achieve ethically beautiful skin. The new Purifying line by derma e® detoxifies skin by using Kimarine® Wakame, Bladderwrack Seaweed, Green Tea, Activated Charcoal and Aloe. Learn more about these ingredients by visiting www.dermae.com
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About derma e®
Family owned and operated for 30 years, derma e® has pioneered the development of vitamin-rich, high-performance antioxidant skincare solutions. The award-winning line features over 80 doctor-developed and clinically-test products that are free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and petrolatum. derma e® products are cruelty-free and 100 percent vegan. Manufacturing and operations are offset 100 percent by wind power. derma e® can be found in over 16,500 retail outlets across the U.S. with additional distribution in 25 countries internationally and on www.dermae.com.
The staff of LA-Story.com would like to thank Jaime Cane and derma e® for this really important piece. Derma e® products are the real deal! They deliver and with regular routine usage, we all will be looking like the celebs on the red carpet!
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