Holidays wreaking havoc on your skin? Here are three side-effects of the festive season on your face (and what you can do to prevent and treat them).

The festive season, or ‘party season, might look a bit different in2020 from years passed. But we will still, nevertheless, be letting our hair down with friends and family to have fun and reconnect after a long, tiring year. With the holidays tends to come plenty of over-indulgence thanks to the decadent edible spreads and flowing drinks. This can take its toll on our bodies (which anyone who has had *one too many* glasses of mulled wine will be able to attest to the morning after!) and our skin is not exempt.


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Over the holidays, we tend to become more relaxed when it comes to our eating habits and skincare routines. And while everyone wants a gorgeous glow at the office staff function or NYE bash, there are a few things that can stand in the way of you and a radiant year-end complexion. Here are the three main culprits causing your festive skincare woes, and how to prevent and treat them.

  1. Stress

Stress doesn’t magically melt away as soon as we turn on our out-of-office mailers. And while there is more time to relax, there is also plenty to do, from last-minute gift shopping to dealing with your in-laws! This can cause our bodies to release more of the stress hormone, cortisol, which damages the collagen in our skin. The result? A dull, dry complexion with large pores.

Treat it by applying a face mask loaded with the moisture molecule hyaluronic acid. Not only will this make your skin feel fresh and plump, but it will force you to kick back and relax for a few minutes!

  1. Sugar

Most of us will admit that our sugar intake increases over the holidays. We have all the gingerbread and cocktails to thank for that! Alcohol packs a double punch, as the sugar content can lead to inflammation. This can prevent cell renewal, and the alcohol dehydrates the body. This can lead to skin that irritated, dry, blotchy and uncomfortable.

Treat it by going easy on the alcohol beforehand and ensuring that you drink enough water. Using a brightening, vitamin C-enriched serum will also help to make your skin more radiant.


  1. Bad habits

Over the holidays, our normal routines tend to fall by the wayside, even if just for a couple of weeks. This can not only disrupt our sleep cycle but also cause us to neglect our regular skincare regimen. Going to bed without removing your makeup and not getting the shut-eye your body needs to repair and recharge can lead to breakouts, clogged pores and a dull complexion.

Treat it by making a concerted effort to remove all cosmetics from your face before you hit the sack. You can also incorporate products containing salicylic acid to keep acne under control.