January is the one month of the year that, even if you have returned to work after the New Year, it generally is a quieter time. Once the festivities have calmed down and the family returned home, a breath of relief is often felt throughout the body and you may find you have time to think about the past, forgive yourself and ponder what 2018 is likely to bring you.
Many people find that their skin concerns settle in this time with fewer breakouts, less redness and a more radiant appearance. You may put it down to the facials you had prior to Christmas, but although these play a very important part, it is likely to be as much about your current state of mind as your enjoyment four weeks ago on the beauty bed.
I was chatting to a friend the other day. She’s only in her early 30’s and has stage 2 rosacea – red flushing cheeks, some raised inflammation and an increasing number of pimples on her cheeks. She has chosen, so far, to be treated by her GP with antibiotics, gels and pills. She’s found they work for 5 -6 months and then simply stop and her skin is worse than ever. Everyone is different, though this is a common story we hear in-clinic. She has now resolved to try our methods of dealing with the cause rather than the symptoms.
Anyway, the point of this is that she said her skin has been much better over the holiday period when she had 2 weeks off (she’s a full-on busy person). The last time it was this good was when she was on her 3 week honeymoon.
It got us talking about stress and skin – no surprises from us……….
We’ve noted over the years that our clients feel good about their appearance during January and we have put this down to 5 reasons.
Why January is good for your skin:
- You wear less makeup – your skin breathes more easily and serums penetrate more readily
- You are rested. This helps decrease mind stress, allowing you to sort out any “mess” your brain has accumulated during the past year. You are not running around taking the kids everywhere, you should have more “me” time and less worry/anxiety time.
- You feel good in the sun, plus there are more daylight hours to feel good in. Your skin uses UV’s in many ways (they are not all bad!) to assist in the body’s processing of various vitamins. This includes the important Vitamin D from the sun, Vitamin C from your food and Vitamin A from your topical products.
- You tend to eat a diet high in colours – veggies and fruit that give your skin and body more antioxidants, especially Vitamin C, which help you process your UV’s and Vitamin D
- You socialise more and tend to be more active, which increases most people’s endorphin levels – you feel good and you sleep better. Laughter gives you laugh lines rather than frown lines and also uses more facial muscles than frowning. Longer and/or better sleep gives your topical skincare ingredients more time to penetrate and activate deep in your skin – so they’ll be more efficient.
All in all, you will be less stressed, your cortisol levels will return to normal (or close to) and when the usual busy-ness returns after Australia Day, you’ll be ready for the year ahead and your skin will be better than ever.
Oh! By the way –
- You’ll undo all the good if you keep up the festive season alcohol intake and high-sugar diet
- Don’t forget your daily sunblock
- Drink heaps of water
Embrace your relaxation – never call it lazy!
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