While spending quality time with your loved ones can make this a wonderful time of the year, the holidays can add a heady dose of stress to your routine. Finding time between your pre-vacation professional responsibilities while maintaining a jam-packed social calendar is a tough balancing act that can wreak havoc on your health and complexion. “Stress impairs immune activity, which is key for the proper function of your skin. Stress, combined with a lack of sleep, can negatively impact skin issues,” explains board-certified dermatologist Dr. Janet Prystowsky.
To help combat the anxiety that often comes with the holiday season, Dr. Prystowsky suggests finding at least 20 to 30 minutes a day to unwind and practice self-care. From at-home beauty treatments you can do while taking a bath or listening to soothing music, to following a yoga sequence or meditation practice, there are plenty of ways to relax and achieve some peace of mind.
Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Lara Devgan echoes Dr. Prystowsky, adding how de-stressing can majorly improve your skin condition and your mood levels, which are important when dealing with sometimes difficult family members. “Taking a few moments each day to de-stress is an effective way to calm our nerves and preserve our health. Go for a brisk walk or run, pamper with a self-care ritual like applying favorite lotions or products, light a scented candle, listen to a favorite song, or take five minutes to yourself with a soothing face mask,” she suggests.
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