Welcome back to Take Care, b-glowing’s latest blog series about holiday survival!
Last week, we talked caring for your mind amidst the season’s stresses. Now, we’re getting physical, turning our focus towards the body. Let’s be real: the holidays—a time when you want to look and feel your party best—come with a plethora of potential beauty woes. When you’re stressed out, exhausted, and bloated from drinking two—okay, maybe even three—glasses of eggnog, it’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.
Soothe sore muscles and relieve stress by indulging in a hot, relaxing soak. You can upgrade your bath—and target specific concerns—with the following products:
Clear Improvement™ Purifying charcoal body wash by ORIGINS: 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 it’s peace and relaxation you’re after, reach for this soothing blend of oils. The exquisite rosemary scent is renowned for both its stress relieving and soothing properties.
Rose Moon Sea Salts by Shiva Rose: Whether it’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 skin’s surface. The result? An ashy, dull, lifeless complexion. To revive skin—and allow your moisturizer to work effectively—routinely exfoliate. A gentle enzyme exfoliator like Koh Gen Do‘s Soft Gommage Gel is your best option, since there’s no rubbing or tugging to cause excess irritation.
3) Protect your pout.
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 HENNÉ ORGANICS, then moisturize with a balm like Oribe‘s Balmessence Lip Treatment. Pro tip: If necessary, avoid lip liner and matte lipsticks, as they tend to have drying consistencies.
4) Treat your feet.
Dancing (or even just standing) in your sky-high party heels night after night can make your soles cry “SOS!” And taking care of those calluses? No easy feat. Use STARSKIN’s Magic Hour™ Exfoliating Double-Layer Foot Mask Socks 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.
When it comes to beauty, it’s what’s on the inside that counts—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 like Perricone MD’s Skin & Total Body Supplements. Perfectly dosed, Perricone’s daily program of nutrients not only helps your skin, it supports a healthy immune system, 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!
Nothing screams, “I slept 3 hours, drank red wine AND had too many salty appetizers” quite like puffy undereye circles. Soothe with Skyn Iceland’s Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels or Peter Thomas Roth‘s Water Drench™ Hydrogel Eye Patches, then follow with a moisture-boosting serum like Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins™ Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Eye Serum. This calming serum reduces the appearance of dark circles and banishes bags for rested, bright-eyed appearance.