Happy New Year and welcome to my first post of 2021. This year I really want to delve deeper into skincare on here and really create an archive for all things skincare from products to ingredients to effects certain life style choices have on the skin.
Over the festive period I noticed how terrible by skin was reacting and to be honest there is no surprise with how badly I was treating it. Late nights, over indulging with sugar high fats and a much higher alcohol intake. No wonder my skin and body felt terrible. For me my skin reacted in lots of under the surface painful spots, a lot more redness but also dehydration.
I would say I stick to my ‘normal’ skin routine 99% of the time during the year, and have managed to get my routine into a place where it works for me and my skin. With very rarely having painful breakouts or dull unhappy skin.
So Why Did my Skin Have a Melt Down Over the Festive Period?
Excessive amounts of sugar has really got to be the biggest culprits of skin melt down! The sugar effects hormones such as insulin, which can affect the skin. Plus can also have a negative effect on our digestion, which means we may not be naturally detoxing, which can often show up in the skin. These types of food also form a process called glycation, which can prematurely age the skin, leaving it more susceptible to environmental damage.
Angry red spots caused by sugar-induced inflammation may be the result in having a good time last month but also back-to-work stress could also be an issue. As well as an over-consumption of food and alcohol and add in the lack of sleep can also add to the problem.
Stress hormones such as cortisol can disrupt the entire endocrine system, which means you are a more likely to suffer from hormone-related breakouts. Make sure you get enough rest should be the key for the year ahead if you want to help to get your skin looking calm and collected too!!
Diet Plays a Massive Part
The first way to get your skin back on track is by feeding it the right nutrients. Lots of vitamins A, C and E, all of which will come in handy when trying to fix erupted skin. They are important vitamins for skin health including anti-inflammatory antioxidants that support the turnover of healthy cells and collagen production, both of which keep the skin plump and youthful!!
Increase your water intake too and be sure to involve healthy oils in your diet too. They are called essential fatty acids for a reason and since they are necessary for every cell membrane in the body, they play a hugely significant role in skin health.
Treatments and Products
Useful ingredients on problematic New Year skin include salicylic acid for exfoliation and brightening, a hyaluronic for hydration and retinols to wake things up and give the skin a boost. A good massage will also help to stimulate lymphatic drainage and get oxygen and nutrients into the area.
AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) to renew the skin and encourage cellular turnover, peptides to stimulate the skin, antioxidants to mop up free radicals and hyaluronic acid to hydrate.
I recently purchased two new skincare items to get my skin back on track. I haven’t brought anything from Origins in years and after getting a few samples in a beauty box. I fell back in love and knew I wanted to try a few bits. I am super excited to try the Checks & Balance Cleaner and High Potency Night-A-Minus.
High Potency Night-A-Minus is an ‘overnight moisturizer & peel with Fruit-Derived AHAs that puts dullness to rest for glowing skin that’s smoothed & renewed. Formulated with Fruit-Derived AHAs from Grapes & Sugar Beets, this oil-free overnight hydrator sloughs off dry, dead layers of skin. Plus, Vitamins B, C, E, H & Calcium help replenish & fortify skin against as you’re lulled to sleep by essential oils of Neroli, Valerian & Vanilla.’ This product has everything my skin is needing at the moment, so beyond excited to give this ago!!
Checks and Balance. This ‘clever cleanser balances faces with dry and oily places. Easily rinses away makeup, impurities and surface oils for skin that feels comfortably clean. Never tight, pulled or parched.’ I feel like this cleanser is going to give my skin that deeper cleanse while packing the skin full of hydration.
Other skincare products I have been really enjoying;
- REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic
- The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
- Medik8 Retinol 3TR
- ELEMIS Peptide4 Antioxidant Hydra-Serum
I hope this has been helpful and has answered a few reasons to why our skin is always a little worse after the festive period. Do expect your skin to be back to your ‘normal’ within four to six weeks. It takes a full skin cycle to allow the cells to renew!!
Much love, Alice xx