10 Jan Has Your Festive Diet Dehydrated Your Skin?
Has Your Festive Diet left you with dehydrated skin? Many of us overindulge over the festive period. We also tend to make some pretty bad diet choices, too. Rather than snacking on fruit, drinking water, and eating healthy, balanced meals, we’re much more likely to scoff down things that aren’t too good for us. But what does this mean for our skin? Could our festive diets be leading to dry, flaky, cracked skin as a result of dehydrated skin?
Have you been relying on coffee to keep up with the kids over the school holidays? Just 2 or 3 cups of coffee a day can have a dehydrating effect on the body, including the skin, leaving you with dehydrated skin.
Enjoyed a tipple over New Year? Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it encourages the body to get rid of water, leaving you feeling quite dry. You may have dry lips after a night out.
Finger food buffets are popular over Christmas, and deli meats are ideal. But they’re often cured – a process that involves a large amount of salt which can dry you out.
Crisps are salty which can have a drying effect on the skin, but potatoes are also believed to be linked to flare-ups of eczema in people who are predisposed to the condition.
Repairing & Protecting Your Skin
The good news is that a few poor diet choices over the festive period aren’t going to permanently damage your skin. With a good skin care routine, it’s actually pretty simple to help your skin repair itself and protect itself for the future. If you’ve been noticing dry skin patches on your face or feel like your lips are a little rougher than usual, then the most important thing you can do for your skin is to give it the moisture it needs. Opt for a good quality moisturiser; if your skin is sensitive. If you regularly suffer with dry skin, choose a moisturiser like AproDerm® that’s fragrance free, colour free, and free from common additives. Be sure to give your skin hydration from the inside, too, by drinking plenty of water.