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How to Help Keep Skin Clear for the Holidays

The holidays are a wonderful time to spend in the company of family and friends while indulging in delicious food and drinks that only come around once a year. That being said, the festive season can also have a not-so-jolly effect on your skin.

At Desert Med Aesthetics in Palm Springs, CA, we share all of the ways the holidays can harm your skin and provide some of the best holiday skincare tips to keep your skin clear and radiant.

Get Enough Sleep

Without wanting to sound like your mother, sleep really is the best medicine—especially for our skin. When we are in a state of complete rest, that is when our skin and body can repair and heal. While we are asleep, our skin turns over brand new cells that keep us young, vibrant, and clear-skinned. A lack of sleep can rob our skin of the necessary time it needs to regenerate.

Limit Alcohol Consumption and Sugar

You’re not alone. We all want that extra sugar cookie or to indulge in another glass of crisp champagne, but these sweet treats can leave us looking like Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer in the morning. Alcohol consumption can lead to facial flushing and the release of free radicals, which can damage our skin’s healthy layers of protection. Have you ever noticed after drinking an alcoholic beverage that your face feels warm and flushed? That’s because, when metabolized, alcohol produces free radicals, which injure collagen fibers, causing fine lines, wrinkles, and laxity, similar to sun exposure.

Sugar can be equally harmful to your skin. It binds to molecules and disrupts the proper function of collagen and elastin, making the skin vulnerable to environmental stressors and UV rays. So put down the sugar cookie and rather eat some vegetables instead.

Remove Makeup Before Bed

After a fun night of partying, it can be tempting to go to bed without properly removing your makeup. However, sleeping in a full or even partially cleansed face of makeup can lead to clogged pores, create a breeding ground of bacteria, and cause bothersome breakouts. Make sure you take some time to thoroughly cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser and toner and ensure that all makeup is removed from your skin.

Treat Yourself To A Spa Treatment

The absolute best thing you can do this holiday season is to treat yourself (and someone you love) to a spa treatment. Taking regular trips to have a skincare treatment will not only keep your skin clear but will also slow premature signs of aging and improve skin tone and texture.

At Desert Med Aesthetics in Palm Springs, we offer several treatments to help your skin glow this holiday season:

  • Facial Rejuvenation– Dr. Cosgrove uses a non-invasive laser to encourage healthier, younger-looking skin while minimizing pores and evening out skin tone.
  • DiamondGlow– With the help of SkinMedica® Pro-Infusion serums, a DiamondGlow facial gently exfoliates the skin’s top layer and infuses medical-grade serums into your skin.
  • Chemical Peels– This skin treatment exfoliates the dead and damaged layers of skin by using alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and Beta-Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) to reveal healthy new skin below the surface.

For more information on any of these treatments or to talk to board-certified skin expert Dr. Doriana Cosgrove, don’t hesitate to call (760) 777-8772 or contact us through our website to schedule your consultation today!