It’s no secret that we all love to get dolled up for the holiday festivities. When we’re coming face-to-face with family members we haven’t seen all year, we want to put our best foot (or face!) forward and look our best. But how do we ensure we look incredible when it comes time to get together when the cold weather is whipping away our summer dew and replacing it with dry patches, redness, and even irritation?
We’ve got some of our best tips to help you get your skin in shape for the holiday season – and even protect it from the harsh winter weather from our very own Mary Hylton!
How Mary Hylton Can Help You!
Mary graduated with honors from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University where she earned two Masters degrees in Nursing, becoming a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a member of the honors nursing society Sigma Theta Tau.
Mary is very experienced in cosmetic dermatology, with specific expertise in laser-based procedures and Botox, which means she knows just how to help you look your very best for all your holiday festivities this year!
Here are Mary Hylton’s best tips for holiday skincare!
Get Clear Skin for the Holidays!
The holiday season is a busy time for everyone and everyone wants to look their best for holiday parties, a night out to the theater or whatever your festive plans may be!
Mary Hylton, Nurse Practitioner at Apex Skin says that a common complaint she sees especially around this time is acne and it’s her favorite diagnosis – and you’ll find out why in a minute.
But first, we have to identify some of the common causes of acne during this time of year.
“There are a lot of wonderful treatment regimens for acne today. Acne can do damage to our skin over time, and I tell patients that it’s free to do damage but not always free to reverse it. “So treating acne early on is so important.”
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Does Stress Cause Acne?
Stress acne can be one of the most frustrating types because it doesn’t form because of something you did or are doing to your face.
And it can often be difficult to rid yourself of for the same reason.
“The holidays are stressful times”, says Mary. “You have so much to do in such a short amount of time, and this, combined with a lack of sleep and an abnormal routine, can trigger some stress acne.”
While it can be difficult, make sure to stay hydrated, get enough sleep, and practice something that reduces stress daily, whether it’s exercise or some quiet time reading.
“This can help reduce acne-induced breakouts so you can really look your best for the holidays!”
Does Makeup Cause Acne?
Because we all want to look our very best for the holidays, we tend to use a little more makeup while going out to visit friends and family than we usually do.
Mary Hylton expands on the importance of optimal skin care during the holidays.
“It’s also important to take care of skin around this time, because with all the makeup use, acne can start to appear in full force. I tell patients, first ensure that you are cleansing your face appropriately. Remove makeup at the end of every day.”
Not only is makeup removal crucial, but ensuring you have the right cleanser for the job is also key.
“Using a good cleanser is essential, and try and stay aware from brushes to cleanse the face.”
Does Sugar Cause Acne?
It’s incredibly difficult to deny ourselves the sweet treats that seem to pop up everywhere during the holidays, and why would we?
After all, it’s a time for celebration.
However, sometimes the only one celebrating after an indulgent evening is the crowd of pimples that emerge.
While sugar alone isn’t the cause of acne, certain foods that are high in sugar and saturated fats, like candies, fried foods, and even bread, can cause spikes in your insulin levels, which increases inflammation in the body and can make your manageable acne a little harder to deal with.
We recommend limiting your treat intake and checking with your dermatologist for the best option to combat this type of acne.
Mary Hylton’s Final Acne Tips
“Over the counter products just cannot clear acne, so be sure to visit a dermatologist for treatment options, whether it is oral or topical medications and today can even include a relaxing chemical peel and facials so ask during your appt.”
Moisturizing in the Winter
Winter isn’t kind to your skin. We can agree on that much. The dry air can suck moisture from your face, leaving it dull, flaky, and even acne-ridden due to the flakiness. Mary Hylton has some tips for keeping your skin moisturized in the winter!
“Invest in a good moisturizer that is right for your skin. I love moisturizers with SPF for during the day. Always wear that sunscreen!”
Cosmetic Treatments for Winter
There are so many fun ways to make yourself look your best for the holidays. Most importantly, patients need to come in for a thorough evaluation.
Without knowing the exact condition of your skin, you can potentially use the wrong products and take yourself even further away from looking your best. This is how Mary works with patients to uncover what their unique skin needs.
“I listen to what areas of concern a patient has then we discuss the best options and I tell patients usually less is more.”
A fantastic way to look your best quickly and for an extended period of time is to get a little Botox before your holiday events!
“I love Botox! Just a little bit in problem areas does a wonderful job at softening wrinkle lines and giving a beautiful refreshing look. Although I do tell patients do not just rely on Botox treatments and investing in a good skin program is key.”
Mary reiterates that Botox can be used in unison with the right products for a total skin transformation for the holidays.
“ It does not have to be a thousands products, just the right products. For most patients getting Botox or fillers, I recommended a daily anti-aging product. Make sure to tell your dermatologist if there are other areas of concerns, such as spots on your skin. For instance, there are products that can provide lightening of the skin spots and help soften wrinkles simultaneously.”
Fillers are another great way to give your skin a fresh look this holiday season.
“I also love fillers, such as Voluma. Giving a subtle plump to the cheeks can go a long way and give a youthful refreshed look.”
The Full Fresh-Face Treatment for the Holidays
You can actually do a combination of different treatments to obtain the best possible outcome for your skin.
Mary Hylton explains, “For example, I may have a patient put a small amount of Botox in the forehead to smooth everything out, put one syringe of Voluma in the cheeks to plump, then start on a product that boosts collagen in the skin such as SkinMedica HA5 and the difference is huge!”
Chemical Peels for Glowing Winter Skin
Contrary to popular belief, chemical peels are completely safe for winter if done by a professional and can actually help your skin look even better! Mary Hylton often likes to pair Botox and fillers with a chemical peel for a full facial treatment.
“Pairing Botox and fillers with a chemical peel can give a stunning result. Another great injectable right now is Kybella, which can actually get rid of fat under the chin.”
Mary Hylton’s Final Tips to Look Your Best for the Holidays
Your skin is a reflection of you. Make sure people are able to see the real you!
“Always remember to give yourself a few weeks before any big event to have any procedures done to allow for any swelling or bruising to subside. But the most important have fun and remember that you’re beautiful!”
About Mary Hylton
Mary Hylton graduated from Denison University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minor in Music. She graduated with honors from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University where she earned two Masters degrees in Nursing, becoming a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a member of the honors nursing society Sigma Theta Tau.
Mary specializes in both general and pediatric dermatologic conditions, especially acne, eczema, warts, and psoriasis. She is also experienced in cosmetic dermatology, with specific expertise in laser-based procedures and Botox.
Mary has lived in the Cleveland area for almost ten years with her wonderful husband and two beautiful children.