Don’t let Christmas Ruin your Skin

Indulging in festive food and drink can cause havoc for your skin - we reveal how to beat blemishes during the most wonderful time of the year

We’re all guilty of overindulging at Christmas time (who can resist a mince pie and a festive cocktail?!) but it can wreak havoc on more than just your wedding diet and waist line.


Lots of eating and drinking during the festive period can have a detrimental effect on your skin too – not something you want with a wedding just around the corner.

We spoke to Claire Balas of Institut Esthederm for her skincare advice on how not to fall foul in the festive season.


“Alcohol has an immediate effect on your skin,” warns Claire. It dilates the blood vessels and creates red patches and tingling feelings.”

“It has a long term affect on the skin too; it causes severe dehydration and accelerates skin ageing. To prevent this, drink water between each alcohol drink, and limit your alcohol intake.” Easier said than done when the proseccos are being passed around!

Institut Estederm’s Hyaluronic Serum, £49.50

To combat the alcohol, invest in a beauty product with hyaluronic acid in, such as Institut Esthederm’s Hyaluronic Serum. Hyaluronic acid aids with long term hydration, so is an essential skin care addition.

Add a mask into your routine too, as it’ll supercharge your hydration. We adore Liz Earle’s Superskin Overnight Mask and Bioderma’s Hydrablo Moisturising Mask


Nobody can blame you for snacking on Celebrations and nibbling on a few slices of Christmas cake, but it’s no shock that indulging in lots of sweet or rich foods can encourage break outs on your skin.

Why? “Fast-acting sugar and fat increases your insulin levels and stimulates the production of sebum, which causes inflammation of painful spots,” explains Claire.

Be sure to stock up on fruit, vegetables and fish to combat the sweet repeats, as they’re much better for the skin and may help limit break outs.


If pimples do pop up, use the Institut Esthederm Propolis Serum; it contains 50% of pure propolis for anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory actions. Use a few drops directly onto your spots before sleeping to banish those blemishes.

We’re also big fans on The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Gel Spot Stick for dabbing on during the day.


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