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The holidays are a joyous time filled with friends, family and delicious food. With that being said, the holiday season can also wreak havoc on your complexion without you even realizing. There are many factors to blame for these affects on your skin. Luckily, they are easily avoidable.

1. Holiday Drink Overload

Alcohol can substantially affect your skin. Not only does it dehydrate your body overall, but it also dehydrates your complexion while dilating the blood vessels, causing your skin to be red.

Tip: If you can’t give up the holiday drinks, try to choose red wine over hard liquor, as red wine is full of antioxidants and can actually be good for your skin.

2. Lack of Sleep

​With the preparation that is involved with the holidays, it can be a challenge to get a good night’s sleep. As your skin repairs itself while you sleep, it is important to get 7-8 hours per night.

Tip: While lack of sleep can also cause circles and “bags” under your eyes, there are ways to reduce these signs, and provide you with a refreshed look. H&H Science’s new 24K Gold Eye Recovery Patches help lift and firm the appearance of the delicate eye area, making it look as though you got a good night’s sleep…even if you didn’t.

3. A Busy Schedule

From holiday parties to long shopping trips at the mall, the holidays are a busy time. Because of our hectic schedules, a proper skin care regimen can be forgotten. Whether you’re coming home late from a party, or you are just too tired, going to bed with makeup on is a major no-no. This can cause breakouts, which can add more stress to the already-stressful holiday season.

Tip: Try and make the time to take care of your skin by following a regular skin care regimen, regardless of your hectic schedule.

4. Holiday Treats

From Christmas cookies to hot chocolate with marshmallows, it’s no secret that we consume a lot of sugary treats during the holidays. Although these treats are delicious, indulging too much can affect your skin. Sugar can impact the aging of your skin by causing wrinkles.

Tip: If your sweet tooth is hard to control, try eating something that will satisfy your cravings while providing your skin with nutrients. Try eating berries, which are full of antioxidants and can help fight aging.

5. Overall Stress

The holidays are a stressful time, which can have a huge impact on the skin. It can increase oil production in the skin, leading to breakouts and acne.

Tip: Although it sounds like a difficult task, the best thing you can try to do is de-stress. Whether you enjoy taking relaxing baths, going to a yoga class or reading a book, making time to do something you enjoy to help de-stress and relax your body will help balance the skin and relieve any tension.