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Easy Holiday Skincare Tips

22 Nov

‘Tis the time of season where the “to do list” seems to stretch beyond time. It can make your skin pucker and crinkle with wrinkles at the mere thought.

You don’t want your skin to age or breakout because of a few weeks of stress cheer; do you? We don’t either, so we’ve come up with a few suggestions. And since, we don’t want to add to your holiday burdens…um…fun, you can easily incorporate them into your busy schedule.

christmas girlStay Hydrated.

Water hydrates cells, reduces fluid retention, and flushes out toxins.  Alcohol dehydrates and is hard on the skin, so flush it. Coconut water is good for this.

Take a Supplement.

Stress depletes levels of nutrients. The B vitamins and magnesium are good for stress; vitamin C is a skin healer, and vitamin D helps with lack of sunshine in winter. A multivitamin will cover all the basics.

Eat More Fresh Vegetables and Fruit.

They will help to balance the effects of holiday foods and drinks that may not be so good for you.

Put Down the Salt Shaker.

Salt draws moisture from the cells and leads to water retention that results in puffiness around the eyes and to drier skin.

Do This Yoga Pose: Legs Up the Wall.

Ten minutes lying on the floor with legs resting up against a wall rejuvenates skin and you. Place a cool cloth or eye mask over eyes while in the pose.

Breathe.

People tend to breathe shallowly when stressed. Breathe deeply and slowly; expand the belly on the inhale and deflate it on the exhale.

Just Say “No.”

Say “no” to some of the sugary treats and to people. Sugar affects collagen production. Stress from doing too much negatively affects skin.

Exfoliate Regularly.

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, and makes it ready for regeneration of new skin cells.

Moisturize.

Hydrate your skin more than normal. Organic or natural facial mists are great for on-the-go hydrating and is refreshing for the spirit. Moisturizing will keep your skin looking refreshed, reduce appearance of wrinkles, and keep skin from becoming dehydrated.

Laugh.

Laugh, sing, dance, or find things to appreciate in everyday this holiday season.  It will make you glow and when you glow, your skin will show it.

 REMEMBER: The holidays come every year like clockwork; there’s always next year…. HoHoHo!

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10 Simple Tips for Glowing Skin this Holiday Season

7 Dec

The holiday season can take a toll on the skin.  ‘Tis the season for too much of everything–eating treats; drinking libations; planning holiday events; going to holiday events; figuring out what to get for everyone on your list; shopping for everyone on your list; decorating the tree and home; baking cookies; listening to family and friends’ drama….  And all of this has to fit into your normal activities.  Wow.  The skin can pucker and crinkle right up just at the thought of your to-do list.

So, let this also be the season to give your skin extra attention.  Really, you don’t want your skin to age or breakout because of a few weeks of cheer.  And since, we don’t want to add to your holiday burdens…um…fun, these are simple and quick things you can do.

Ten Holiday Tips for the Skin

1.  Water Make sure you are drinking plenty of water everyday, especially after drinking alcohol.   Water hydrates cells, reduces fluid retention and flushes out toxins, such as alcohol.  Alcohol is very dehydrating and interferes with the liver’s process to remove toxins.  In addition, reduce sugary carbonated drinks and replace them with water.  Consuming sugar is not good for the skin, using it as an exfoliator is a different story.  Want to spruce up water?  Buy some sparkling water and add lemon, lime, and/or orange slices.

3.  Supplements Consider increasing the amount of vitamins you take for the holiday period to boost your immune system.  Vitamin D is one vitamin many healthcare practitioners think people do not get enough of.

4.  Eat More Green Leafy Vegetables and Eat Fresh FruitIncreasing fresh vegetable and fruit intake will help balance the effects of eating some of the holiday foods and drinks that are not so good for you.

5.  Avoid Salty FoodsSalt draws moisture from the cells and leads to water retention that can result in puffiness around the eyes and drier skin.

6.  Legs Up the Wall/Cool Cloth Lack of sleep during the holidays is common and forget trying to sneak in a nap.  But ten minutes lying on the floor with your legs resting up against a wall will rejuvenate you so you can go on to the next thing.  Place a cool cloth on your eyes while in the pose.  Legs up the wall is also good to do prior to going to bed; it will help you get a better night’s sleep.

7.  Breathe During busy and stressful time most people breathe shallowly from the chest.  This can tire you, make your more prone to emotional outbursts, and will cheat your cells of some oxygenated nutrient rich blood.  Breathe deeply and slowly; expand the belly on the inhale and deflate it on the exhale.

8.  Just Say “No.” Say “no” to some of the sugary treats; you don’t need to eat everything that’s put in front of you.  Sugar affects collagen production, and collagen is very important for healthy skin.  While on the topic of no, also say, “no” to people and situations that will tax you and make you even more tired or stressed.  Remember the holidays come every year like clock work; there’s always next year….

9.  ExfoliateTake time to exfoliate your skin at least once a week.  Exfoliation removes dead skin cells leaving the skin smooth, soft, and ready for regeneration of new skin cells.  Don’t forget the feet.  Here’s a treat your feet will love: Sit on the edge of the tub and run some warm water (as warm as you can stand it) into the tub, enough to cover the feet.  Pour some body scrub on the bottom of one foot; take a body brush and now scrub your foot.  Do the same with the other foot.  Afterwards, just sit for a few minutes with your feet in the water.  You can also rinse the feet in cool water if you like.   It’s incredibly relaxing and really softens the feet.

10.  Laugh Laugh, sing, dance, find things to appreciate everyday.  You will glow and when you glow, your skin glows.

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