When we attend special events and holidays throughout the year, the travel, planning, increased stress, and other factors can influence how our skin looks. To avoid common actions that tend to wreak havoc on our skin following such events, refer to the special event and holiday skincare tips provided here.

If we’re lucky, each year brings seasons filled with fun times and gatherings with family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers. Some of these gatherings bring us together for special events, like galas and weddings. Others bring us together for annual holiday gatherings and parties throughout the year, from Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day to Independence Day and end-of-year festivities like Christmas and New Years. 

Much of the time, we love to get dressed up and look our best as we gather with others for these special times. At the same time, we get so wrapped up in planning, getting ready, and the festivities themselves that we sometimes forget to take care of our skin and instead partake in activities and habits that wreak havoc on our complexion and skin as a whole.

Fortunately, by making some minor adjustments, we can keep our skin healthy and glowing during and after events all year round. To find out how, we turn to professional Nurse Injector Candace Bersani.

How can holidays and special events wreak havoc on our skin?

There are several ways special events and holiday affairs might wreak havoc on our skin. Here are just a few of them:

  • Different routines. Holidays and special events, especially when they last for a few days, tend to disrupt our typical day and evening routines. We stay up later, are often busier and less focused on self-care, and spend more time with others out and about. When our schedules and routines shift, it tends to disrupt our standard seasonal skin care routines, which can have a negative impact on our skin.
  • Event food and drink consumption. We tend to increase our fried and sugary food intake, as well as alcohol consumption, during special events. Bersani shares that more alcohol consumption and less hydration are some of the most common things she sees people do that can wreak havoc on the skin. “It’s important to up your water intake while drinking alcohol, since alcohol can lead to dehydration of the body, both inside and out.” 
  • Late night parties. Late nights also lead to a disruption in our sleep schedules. “Going to bed late and not getting proper sleep has a negative effect on the skin,” shares Bersani. When we get less than six hours of sleep at night, it shows in our skin, including an increase in the appearance of wrinkles, dehydrated skin, under eye bags, dullness, and acne. 
  • Additional stress. Stress also has an impact on our skin. During special events and holidays, we’re often busy hustling to get things done in time and doing things like shopping for the perfect outfit or gift, which increases stress. When our stress level increases, cortisol, a hormone in our blood, increases in our bodies. Cortisol can increase oil production and thicken hair follicles, leading to breakouts. An increase in cortisol can also weaken our natural skin barrier that keeps fluids in and harmful substances out, which means more dehydrated skin that increases the appearance of pesky lines and wrinkles. 

What not to do to support your skin during the holidays

We all deserve to have some fun in our lives. Though just because we’re having fun doesn’t mean we have to forgo taking care of our skin. Here are some things Bersani recommends avoiding to keep your skin in top shape: 

  • Avoid going to bed with your makeup on. According to Bersani, not taking all your makeup off or washing your face after a late night is hard on your skin and can lead to blemishes, infections, dryness, and more.
  • Don’t overdo it on the alcohol and sugary sweets, as both of these release elements, like free radicals, into the bloodstream that can negatively impact the skin’s appearance.
  • Avoid cheap or new makeup that you haven’t had a chance to try first. The last thing you want is to deal with an unruly breakout or rash due to not testing makeup before a big event.

Tips to keep your skin healthy during events and holidays all year round

From skincare products and lifestyle choices to MedSpa treatments and skincare routines, there are several ways to keep your skin where you want it to be – glowing, radiant, and healthy – throughout the year. 

Skincare products

When asked what skin care products she recommends people use to keep their skin healthy and glowing, Beransi shared the following:

“For me, the number one thing will always be sunscreen. Every single day. No exceptions. Even if you have no plans to be outdoors, still apply sunscreen in the mornings, and don’t forget to cover your neck, décolletage, and hands.” 

What other products does Bersani recommend?

“Using a retinol or glycolic will help with cell turnover. And my favorite can’t-live-without product is TNS Advanced + Serum, one of SkinMedica’s best products. There’s a reason it’s won so many Allure awards.”

Lifestyle choices

Bersani recommends you definitely hydrate, exercise, and eat a well-balanced diet to keep your skin healthy during events, holidays, and all year round. You also want to:

  • Get your beauty sleep since a lack of sleep negatively impacts the skin, as mentioned above.
  • Reduce stress, as mentioned earlier, since stress can make the skin appear older than it is, as well as impact our weight and mood.

MedSpa procedures – Injectables

“Procedure-wise, Botox does wonders for our skin,” states Bersani, “Stay on top of your quarterly maintenance of Botox injections.” 

Another injectable treatment Bersani recommends is the newest injectable on the market, Skinvive by Juvederm. “Skinvive gives your skin an amazing glow.”

Additional injectables you might consider are:

  • Dermal fillers to add volume, improve facial symmetry, and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • Biostimulant fillers to stimulate your body’s own collagen production over time
  • Kybella to reduce double-chin

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MedSpa procedures – Medical devices

There are many types of medical devices used to improve the appearance of the skin, including lasers, microneedling, and collagen stimulation devices. 

Bersani recommends you start doing these types of treatments  – the ones that target and improve the overall condition of your skin – at some point, including those that help to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the signs of aging, reduce hyperpigmentation, improve overall tone, and more.

“My favorite treatment is Sofwave, which works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles for brow, submental, and neck lifting. I also love the Halo and CoolPeel laser treatments.”

Sofwave uses synchronous ultrasound technology to generate heat at a certain level down in the mid-dermis. The results are tightening and lifting of the treatment area and a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, thanks to an increase in collagen production. 

The Halo laser is a hybrid laser that helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and pore size. It also improves the appearance of skin discoloration and skin reflectivity and glow with minimum downtime. 

The CoolPeel laser is a non-ablative laser that promotes collagen stimulation by creating tiny openings in the skin. The openings instigate the body’s natural healing process, promoting collagen production. It can help to tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of pigmentation, fine lines, and acne scarring. 

Additional medical spa treatments to consider are:

  • DiamondGlow facial to get rid of dead skin cells and cleanse and refresh the skin for a healthy glow
  • Radiofrequency microneedling to stimulate collagen production and more
  • CoolSculpting to reduce diet- and exercise-resistant fat from certain areas of the body
  • Broadband light (BBL) laser treatment to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and more

Skincare steps

Here are some vital skincare steps to ensure your skin remains healthy and well taken care of:

  • Cleanse with a high-quality cleanser
  • Hydrate with products like HA5 
  • Treat with a high-quality serum, like TNS Advanced + Serum
  • Exfoliate the lips with a product like SkinMedica HA5 lip treatment
  • Use a skin product with retinol to gently encourage cell turnover
  • Use an eye treatment for the delicate eye area
  • Apply sunscreen daily

It’s best to use medical grade skin care when possible, like the products offered by SkinMedica. Here are some of the best SkinMedica products for skin health:

Consider a Complimentary Skin Consultation

If you’re wondering what would work best for your skin or are looking to address specific skin concerns, consider scheduling a skin consultation at your local clinic. 

At DermaTouch RN, you can schedule a consultation online 24/7!

Candace Bersani, BSN, RN, CANS

Candace Bersani

Nurse Injector

Candace has been a registered nurse since 2019 after obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. After graduation, she worked as an operating room nurse at one of the nation’s top hospitals, specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery. This role not only allowed her to be the patient care advocate during surgery but also provided her with the unique experience of working alongside the surgeon, where she was able to observe facial anatomy up close. 

Candace has always had a passion for aesthetics and skincare. She is committed to providing innovative aesthetic treatments to achieve a natural result centered around the patient’s aesthetic goals. Learn more about Candace and the team of professionals she works with.

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