15 Ways the Holidays Can Ruin Your Looks

Blame it on running around. Blame it on the eggnog. Blame it on not finding a parking space less than a mile from the mall’s front door. Blame it on the weather, out-of-town guests, stress, and sleep deprivation. Or just blame it on Santa!

Just remember! Positive or negative, our holiday routine affects our body. One way or another, ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ takes its toll on our nerves, our energy levels and, ultimately, on our looks.

Some of the damage is preventable and avoidable. Some is fixable. Some is not. Here are 15 ways the holidays can ruin your looks:

1. Weight gain

Some wise – and totally not Grinchy — nutritionists suggest a possible holiday-logic strategy: watch portions. Keep an approximate tally of treats you munch in that day. Be conscious of sugar content, without driving yourself crazy trying to keep perfectly accurate track.

You’ll get funny looks, but opt for cocoa over eggnog (aka the calorie atomic bomb). Nuts and sunflower seeds are among the healthiest small snacks you can munch. They both contain a high amount of vitamin E. Brazil nuts contain selenium, a mineral that improves skin elasticity and help battle skin infections.

Try a stealth holiday routine of an intentionally light breakfast to strategically allow for what will likely happen then rest of the day and night. There WILL be weight gain. The trick is to be aware and minimize how much.

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2. Overindulging on sugary and greasy foods

Everything from the savory hors d’oeuvres to the sugar cookies, candy canes, phyllo pastry, quiche and other nibbly things, sugary brews, slices of cheesecake, fruitcake, pie and globs of bread pudding all have one thing in common: overindulging in them can cause breakouts.

Some aestheticians consider it skin abuse. It’s well known that breakouts along the cheeks and bridge of the nose are a side effect of sugary and fatty food. For help with the damage:  try a strict routine of mainly vegetables and protein (and avoid sugars) for at least one week before party season.

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Zigzag Mountain Art / Shutterstock.com

3. Busy days and sleepless nights

Squeezing-in crazy runaround schedules, concentrated doses of shopping and what people smilingly call ‘hustle and bustle’ catches up with the best of us. Naps or no naps, it causes sleepless (or sleep-disturbed) nights.

Sleepless nights are notorious for causing dark circles, bags under the eyes and a dull complexion. In the long run, lack of sleep can actually speed the signs of aging. Easier said than done, but at least try to make sleep a priority.

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