November marks the beginning of the holiday season...a time spent celebrating with family and friends, timeless traditions, and enjoying savory foods and drinks. But it can also be the worst time of the year for your skin. Think about it...you’re facing cold weather, overindulging in food and drinks, lack of sleep, and of course stress. But there are a few things you can do to face these challenges head on, and make sure your complexion is something to celebrate all season long.

1.Challenge: Not enough sleep

So much to do, so little time, right? From party planning, to cooking, and of course shopping, so much gets added to the “to do” list during the holiday season. This often means late night multi-tasking which means no one is getting their beauty sleep. Without proper sleep, skin does not have a chance to naturally repair itself. In addition it can cause the eyes to be puffy and red, and those dreaded dark circles just get worse. If a good night’s sleep is not in the plan, try products that naturally reduce inflammation and moisturize the eye area...and include brightening vitamin C...it’s like a good night’s sleep in a bottle.

2. Challenge: Stress

The reality is the holidays are a stressful time...which can create major issues with your skin. Breakouts, excess oil, dryness, and redness can all get worse due to stress. The best thing you can do is try to de-stress and take care of yourself. And maybe consider a professional treatment such as a facial...this would help you relax AND take care of your skin.

3. Challenge: Holiday food and drinks

Both sugar and alcohol can create major skin problems. Common side effects of overindulging in adult beverages include dryness and redness, while sugar can cause skin to age quickly. If you do go overboard, try using products that focus on anti-aging and hydrating the skin.