Welcome back to Take Care, b-glowingâ€™s latest blog series about holiday survival!
Last week, we talked caring for your mind amidst the seasonâ€™s stresses. Now, weâ€™re getting physical, turning our focus towards the body. Letâ€™s be real: the holidaysâ€”a time when you want to look and feel your party bestâ€”come with a plethora of potential beauty woes. When youâ€™re stressed out, exhausted, and bloated from drinking twoâ€”okay, maybe even threeâ€”glasses of eggnog, itâ€™s easy to let your beauty routine fall by the wayside. Below, tips to look and feel great through the hectic holiday season:
1) Soak it away.Â
Soothe sore muscles and relieve stress by indulging in a hot, relaxing soak. You can upgrade your bathâ€”and target specific concernsâ€”with the following products:
Clear Improvementâ„˘ Purifying charcoal body wash by ORIGINS:Â Feeling icky from overindulging? Hop in the shower and lather up with this invigorating body wash. Active charcoal acts as a magnet, removing impurities from your skin to help you detox.
Essential Bath Oil For The Senses by Susanne Kaufmann: If itâ€™s peace and relaxation youâ€™re after, reach for this soothing blend of oils.Â The exquisite rosemary scent is renowned for both its stress relieving and soothing properties.
Rose Moon Sea Salts by Shiva Rose: Whether itâ€™s the result of stress or awkward holiday party dancing, sore muscles happen around the holidays. This bath soak from Shiva Rose features a blend of Himalayan and Bolivian rose salts to draw out toxins, help decrease stress levels, and soothe your tense neck, shoulders, and limbs.
2) Take it off.
The cold, hard truth? Winter weather = dry, flaky skin. Wind and cold zap moisture levels, causing dead cells to collect on the skinâ€™s surface. The result? An ashy, dull, lifeless complexion. To revive skinâ€”and allow your moisturizer to work effectivelyâ€”routinely exfoliate. A gentle enzyme exfoliator like Koh Gen Do‘s Soft Gommage Gel is your best option, since thereâ€™s no rubbing or tugging to cause excess irritation.Â
3) Protect your pout.Â
Just like our skin, our pout gets dried and chapped during winter weather. At the first sign of lizard lips, gently exfoliate with Rose Diamonds Lip Exfoliator by HENNĂ‰ ORGANICS, then moisturize with a balm like Oribe‘s Balmessence Lip Treatment.Â Pro tip: If necessary, avoid lip liner and matte lipsticks, as they tend to have drying consistencies.
4) Treat your feet.
Dancing Â (or even just standing) in your sky-high party heels night after night can make your soles cry â€śSOS!â€ť And taking care of those calluses? No easy feat. Use STARSKIN’sÂ Magic Hourâ„˘ Exfoliating Double-Layer Foot Mask SocksÂ to slough away rough, dead skin and soften soles. Just place your feet in the booties, relax for an hour, and voila! A few days later, dead skin magically peels away to reveal your brand new, baby-soft feet.
5) Keep it balanced.Â
When it comes to beauty, it’s what’s on the inside that countsâ€”what we eat plays a HUGE part in how we look and feel! Around the holidays, it’s easy to neglect a balanced diet, especially when we’re faced with endless platters of holiday snacks and treats. Make sure you’re feeding your body what it needs by taking a beauty vitamin likeÂ Perricone MD’sÂ Â Skin & Total Body Supplements.Â Â Perfectly dosed, Perricone’s daily program of nutrients not only helps your skin, it supports a healthy immune system,Â improves bone and joint function, fights free-radical damage, stimulates the growth of hair and nails, and improves cognitive skills. The best part? You can nourish your body while sippin’ on champagne. Cheers to that!
6) Puffy Eyes? Mask them!Â
Nothing screams, â€śI slept 3 hours, drank red wine AND had too many salty appetizersâ€ť quite like puffy undereye circles. Soothe with Skyn Icelandâ€™s Hydro Cool Firming Eye GelsÂ or Peter Thomas Roth‘s Water Drenchâ„˘ Hydrogel Eye Patches, then follow with a moisture-boosting serum likeÂ Dr. Andrew Weil for Originsâ„˘ Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Eye Serum. This calming serum reduces the appearance of dark circles and banishes bags for rested, bright-eyed appearance.