Welcoming A Stress-Free Winter
You’ve vowed to put your skincare first this year and now it’s time to put that motion in action. Unfortunately stressed skin usually gets the best of us during harsh winter months. Stress can negatively affect the optimal function of your entire body, but in particular it does a number on the health and appearance of your skin. Stress within the body increases your body’s production of cortisol, which in turn tells your skin to produce more oil and can potentially lead to clogged pores and breakouts. But it isn’t just overactive sebaceous glands you need to worry about over the Holidays. Stress can affect your thoughts and feelings, your behavior and can even elevate your risk for chronic health conditions. But not to worry! Here are a few tips that you can implement this winter to save your skin and reduce stress. Read on to find out more!
It seems almost too simple to be true, right? But taking a step back and making sure you set aside time for yourself is one of the best things you can do to avoid undue stress during winter. With setting new year goals, getting back into your workflow,, it’s all too easy to drop your own needs in favor of getting everything done. But now more than ever is when you need to make sure you’re taking time for yourself and your well-being. Take time to meditate, to go for a quick walk around the block, sit back and read that book you’ve been meaning to finish - anything that allows you to take some time to reset, stop thinking about your endless to-do list and allows you to take some deep breaths. Bonus, when you step away from something and allow yourself the time to mentally reset, you’ll be able to come back to it with a fresh approach and usually with more productivity as well.
Take it Easy with the Alcohol
Take it easy, friend! While alcohol can certainly loosen you up, it isn’t doing your skin any favors. Alcohol contributes to dehydration in your entire body, including your skin. When skin isn’t adequately hydrated it can appear dull and lifeless but also dry and itchy. Not a good look! If you are going to partake in a few holiday spirits, your best bet is to drink a full glass of water in between cocktails and, when it doubt, the clearer the alcohol, the better. Plus, while we’re on the subject of glowing, hydrated skin, make sure you’re committed to wearing YELLE Awakeningmoisturizer every day to face the winter cold and winds.
Manage Your Spending Habits
A very common stressor for many people is finances - coming off of a big spending season last fall, many people use the top of the year to save up more than they spend. Lessen these stressful burdens by creating and sticking to a budget. Trust me saving money not only saves your pockets but it saves your skin from a stress-induced breakout.
Prioritize You In General
All of these tips are helpful but the surest way to combat stress is to prioritize you! Your health, your wealth, your wellbeing is all determined by how much you put yourself first. Learn to be comfortable with saying no and show yourself grace and patience to get through these stressful times.