Beat Holiday Stress!

The holidays can be a crazy time of the year for most people, but there are some techniques you can use to help minimize your stress and avoid the negative effects it can have on your skin.  Remember, hormone receptors connected to the oil gland are triggered by stress hormones. The stimulated gland increases oil production, causing pimples and breakouts.

  • Prioritize & Plan -- You can't be everything to everybody and you definitely can't be in two places at once.  Plan ahead and decide the things that are most important to you this season.  Look at your calendar now, make lists and prioritize the things that matter most.   You should enjoy the holiday season, not just get through it.  
  • Take Care of Your Body -- This time of year is also cold & flu season.  When your body is stressed you are more susceptible to illness (and breakouts!).  Take time for light exercise, drink plenty of water, eat healthy foods and get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. and don't forget to be extra diligent with your homecare regimen!
  • Give to Yourself -- The holidays are full of family gatherings, work parties, hanging with our friends, but there can be too much of a good thing.  Make sure to take time for yourself everyday, whether it's just sitting down to enjoy a cup of tea or taking a relaxing bath.  And don't forget to include yourself when you do all that holiday shopping!  Spending a few dollar and a few minutes on yourself is not selfish -- you are worth it!

Most importantly, enjoy yourself and your loved ones!