Holiday Skin Detox Guide

The delicate balance between skin wellness and inner wellness

The holidays are a special time of the year for gathering, celebrating, and being joyful – but along with all the office luncheons, cocktail receptions and family dinners, comes excessive drinking, food splurging and less regular exercise. While we celebrate and feel grateful, our body and skin can go through major ups and downs with the demands of the holiday season. Just like a lot of us with a very sensitive body can easily feel bloated and sluggish, many of us with sensitive skin can experience more blemishes, drier skin, and more irritation around this time of the year, since our skin is a reflection of our inner health and harmony.


Take action early to prevent holiday skin-stress

There are so many ways that you can proactively detox or de-stress your skin in the holiday season. One of the most important things you can do is to cleanse from within with lots of good nutrients and hydration, as well as externally give your skin the strength and support it needs with an appropriate skin care ritual for the change in season.

Gently shed some layers to reveal your true glow

Although it sounds counterintuitive, you will likely need to exfoliate to combat a dull complexion. To this end, consider adding in a cleanser or mask with AHA (alpha – hydroxy acid) or a BHA (beta – hydroxy acid) a couple of times a week, and then build up as your skin tolerates it. There is a common misconception that physical exfoliation (with a scrub or beads) is the only way to have your skin cells turn over and brighten your skin. However, it is easy to overdo it and get into a vicious cycle of irritation and scaling – which further stresses our skin. In general, if your skin feels very tight or looks red after exfoliation, it means that you need to dial it down. Treat your skin gently and do not try to force it into anything or it will not respond kindly.


Hydrate with smart ingredients

While exfoliation helps with dullness, it is also important to hydrate your skin, especially as the changes in the humidity and temperature from fall to winter tends to strip natural humectants from our skin. When you incorporate topical hydration to your holiday season skin care ritual, look for a good moisturizer with natural water retaining ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides, squalene, glycerin and fatty acids. It’s best to start hydration before you experience dry spots. When you have dry or ashy skin, please be patient, as it takes at least 2 – 3 weeks of consistent practice for you to feel and see softer and dewier skin.


Declutter ingredients and pores

For those of us with sensitive skin, it’s particularly important to reduce or eliminate skin care with scents or fragrances around the holiday season, because these irritants can dry out skin and lead to breakouts. For those of us who like to glam it up, it is also equally important to take off your makeup and go to bed with a clean face, no matter how tired you are from your parties or work. At night, our pores open, and leaving them covered with makeup and dirt will hinder this detoxification and recovery process that our skin goes through overnight.

Holiday self care

Lastly, really take some time to take care of yourself and your skin when you’re busy with work and holiday celebrations. Be patient with your skin as it changes with your life and the weather. The winter skin detox plan may take 4-6 weeks to be effective as this is the typical duration of skin cellular turnover. Please feel free to use our skin holiday detox recipe to personalize your winter skin ritual.

Skin Holiday Detox Recipe to help your inner holiday joy shine on the outside

1. Detox from within with lots of good hydration and nutrients. Choose greens with anti-inflammatory properties and good fats. Think kale, spinach, avocado, ginger and tumeric.
2. Take off your makeup as soon as you get home.
3. Consider adding AHA/BHA gentle exfoliation to get a quick glow.
4. Consider holding off on retinol or intense exfoliation to avoid flares.
5. After your skin care ritual, make sure you get your beauty sleep.
6. RESET with a longer weekend skin care ritual.

With love, Janelle & Shasa

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