• Autumn Hodak

Your Holiday Skin Survival Guide

Tis' the season for parties, family, and holiday goodies! All of these fun activities can disrupt your usual routine, diet, and stress level, which tends to take a toll on your skin.

I've got you covered on what to watch out for and how to keep your skin clear and bright through the holidays with this survival guide.

Diet: Let me be the first to say resisting holiday treats can be challenging. I'm not telling you not to enjoy some goodies. It's everything in moderation. I want you to be mindful of indulging effects on your skin and what foods to stay clear of while gathering with friends and family.

  1. Limit your dairy consumption. Milk contains hormones that can increase oil production that leads to breakouts. Whether it's eggnog or a glass of milk with your cookies for Santa, it's best to use a dairy alternative such as almond or oat milk.

  2. Pass on the white bread, pasta, and white rice. Remember that eating high glycemic index foods can lead to flare-ups in your skin when you're going for that dinner roll.

  3. Watch out for the dessert table. I can't imagine the holidays without cookies and pumpkin pie. But keep in mind that carbohydrates and high sugar foods can throw off your hormones, increasing oil and fluctuating your blood sugar levels, leading to clogged pores and unwanted breakouts.

  4. Moderate your iodine intake. Just as tricky as it can be to avoid the dessert table, it can be hard to avoid iodides foods as well. Foods high in iodine are iodized salt, seasoned salt, kelp, cod, milk, and butter—pretty much anything on the charcuterie board. Iodides and high sodium can cause inflammation in the skin, especially when you're acne-prone.

Sleep: If you're staying up late searching the internet for the perfect gift to arrive before Christmas or catching up with loved ones, chances are your sleep might be lacking. Sleep is your body's repair time for everything from brain cells to skin cells. Lack of sleep = lack of repair. Sleep in your skin goes hand in hand. Your body perceives lack of sleep as stress which can wreak havoc on your skin's barrier. Make sure you squeeze in a nap or two to avoid dull skin, dark circles, and slow cell turnover.

Stress: High cortisol levels (your body's stress hormone) can damage your skin's ability to retain moisture and stimulate glucose production leading to inflammation and glycation. Stress can also trigger androgen hormones which produce sebum, and extra sebum means more clogged pores and breakouts. Try not to stress over the perfect gift or what to wear to the holiday party. Remember to enjoy the time with your friends and family and stick to your skincare routine.

Resist the urge to pick: You're going to hear me repeat it over and over again, but a simple ice cube can help get rid of pimples. Place the ice on your breakout and hold it there for a few minutes. The cold helps to reduce inflammation and redness. Follow up with your Sulfur Spot Treatment. The cold from the ice increases the penetration of the product into your skin to enhance effectiveness.

Stay Hydrated: The truth is alcohol isn't great for your skin. It's dehydrating and can trigger a rosacea flare-up if you have rosacea and can cause puffiness due to increased blood flow. It can disrupt your beauty sleep and alcohol often contains huge amounts of sugar that can trigger inflammation. Drink in moderation and remember to HYDRATE. I recommend drinking at least 64oz of water a day.

Ok so we can be honest with each other, we're going to indulge a little during the holidays. Using these alternatives and tips are a great way to enjoy the holiday festivities in moderation, but I know that the temptation is too real. The best way to take care of your skin during the holidays is to understand why you might breakout and find ways to lower your sugar consumption and to relax and take care of your skin.

I hope that this makes your holidays more enjoyable and keeps your breakouts at bay! If you have any questions about the holiday skin survival guide, email me HERE.


And Happy Holidays!

Love, Light+ SPF,



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