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Irritated Holiday Skin: Causes and Treatment.

Excessive salt and sugar consumption in December can negatively affect our skin, which often responds with irritation, inflammation, puffiness, and even breakouts. Here are our top tips to react!

Bloating, puffiness, and irritated skin. Why, and what to do?

Excessive salt and sugar consumption in December can negatively affect our skin, which often responds with irritation, inflammation, puffiness, and even breakouts. At the same time, most of us want our skin to be at its best for the holiday party season ahead.

There‘s no need to panic, though – you don‘t have to steer clear of the delicious food altogether of shy away from festivities to keep your skin glowing year-round. Using the right products and adapting a few simple methods, you can easily treat the possible symptoms of holiday overindulgence, get your skin back at its best, and keep it radiantly healthy. The right skincare products can, for example:

  • Counteract dryness by enhancing moisture and help skin retain it
  • Cool and soothe swollen, bloated, or irritated skin
  • Keep the skin clean and clear, reducing the chance of breaking out

Read to the end for some tips and home remedies to treat puffiness!

How does salt- and sugar consumption affect the skin?

Salt retain moisture, causing the body to retain water. Excessive intake of salt can therefore result in puffiness in the body, and often visible puffiness in the skin – especially around the eyes. The consequences on the skin can also include dryness and irritation. Excessive salt consumption can also have an indirect effect on breakouts and even acne formation, because when the skin is too dry, it often reacts by increasing the production of sebum (even triggering overproduction).

Excessive sugar intake is also linked with the natural production of collagen and elastin in the body. These agents play an important role in the skin, as they affect density, tightness, and elasticity. Minimizing consumption of sugar therefore has a definite health-promoting effect, both for the skin and bodily functions.

5 products to target puffiness.

Here are our recommendations for 5 products to restore softness and glow with a powerfully hydrating and cooling effect. Try these power products to prevent or treat puffiness this holiday season!

Volcanic Exfoliator.

Use the mild but deeply cleansing facial scrub to remove the build up of dead skin and impurities from the skin‘s surface, making it smooth, soft, and luminously glowing again. By using a facial scrub you can stimulate circulation which reduces puffiness. The skin also benefits as it is more receptive to absorb products such as moisturizers or serums to follow when it is clean and clear. The Volcanic Exfoliator formula includes microcystalline volcanic lava from Iceland, ground apricot seeds, and Azelaic acid to completely rejuvenate the skin. The mild scrub is suitable for all skin types and should ideally be used 1-2 times a week to maintain skin‘s condition.

Imprinting Hydrogel Mask.

There‘s probably nothing more refreshing than a cooling and soothing facial mask. The Imprinting Hydrogel Mask is the ideal candidate for the job: a two-layer gel mask that soothes and cools the skin, provides it with powerful hydration, and enhances it‘s ability to retain moisture. The facial mask is rich in Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin, and is specifically developed to maximize the efficacy of BIOEFFECT serums. That‘s why we would recommend applying the EGF Serum to the skin before using the mask. Leave on for about 15 minutes and enjoy the calming feel to the skin, as it becomes visibly smooth and radiant.

EGF Eye Serum.

The award-winning eye serum contains a rich amount of our signature Barley EGF to ensure maximum benefit to the delicate skin around the eyes. The EGF Eye Serum has a fast-acting cooling and soothing effect, promotes instant firming, moisturizes the skin, and improves radiance. The cooling steel rollerball on the bottle provides a light massage that stimulates blood flow, reducing puffiness. This makes the EGF Eye Serum a definite must-have in order to keep the eye contour looking smooth and shiny during the holiday season – or simply year-round.

Imprinting Eye Mask.

We‘re always hearing from BIOEFFECT users that make sure to always have an Imprinting Eye Mask stored in the fridge. These wonders are a must-have when you have an exciting event ahead – something like Christmas! There‘s just something so wonderfully relaxing and satisfying about feeling the cooling sensation to the eye contour, while providing it with lots of moisture. This is guaranteed when using the Imprinting Eye Mask as it soothes, softens, tightens, and nourishes the skin around the eyes. It also maximizes the effect of BIOEFFECT EGF, so try pairing it with our EGF Eye Serum.

If you‘re pressed for time you could place the masks below the eyes while you finish your hair and makeup!

EGF Day Serum.

The featherlight and silky smooth facial serum has a gel-like texture, making it the ideal base for makeup. The nourishing gel formula is oil-free and reduces visible signs of skin aging while smoothing it and providing it with moisture. This one truly dots the i's for the festivities ahead!

Our advise and home remedies to reduce puffing!

Here are some advise and home remedies to reduce skin puffiness during the holiday season.


For even faster results, we recommend storing products such as masks and eye serums in the fridge. This way, the products provide additional cooling that combats puffiness and soothes the skin.


Remember that lifestyle, health, and external factors also affect the skin.

  • Stay hydrated! Increase your fluid intake during the holidays and drink plenty of water.
  • Use a designated facial massager to stimulate blood flow and the lymphatic system and relieve muscle tension.
  • After the holiday festivities are over, reduce salt and sugar consumption as much as possible.