Stay Radiant, Rested & Relaxed this Holiday Season With These 5 Easy Tips
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With December upon us, we may be spending more time thinking about upcoming holiday travel and reunion logistics than our general wellness. But cold weather and the season’s stressors can seriously disrupt our health and beauty routines. From dry skin to family-induced stress to egg nog overindulgence, we’ve outlined five major winter woes and how to deal with them quickly and easily—no matter how late you were up last-minute shopping or holiday party reveling.
- Dry skin
With colder days and longer nights comes drier, tighter skin. Several factors can contribute to this—drying heating systems, harsh temperatures and winds and increased alcohol intake. To keep skin smooth and silky, be sure to apply a protective serum daily to help your skin retain moisture, and a moisturizer afterwards if needed. Look for serums containing barrier-repairing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, jojoba oil, and, of course, our signature ingredient, prickly pear seed oil.
Try not to blast the heat too much at home if you can help it, and avoid taking long, hot showers as they can strip the skin of its protective barrier. Consider investing in a humidifier to get moisture back into the air and prevent your skin from drying out.
- Flaky skin
Unfortunately, dry skin often also means flaky skin. When our skin is dehydrated, dead cells build up more easily on the surface, resulting in a rough, flaky appearance. Make sure your cleanser isn’t contributing to dryness; a cleansing milk, cream, or oil-based cleanser that’s non-foaming and pH-balancing will provide a gentle but thorough cleanse without stripping the skin.
Even the richest moisturizers don't help when dealing with seriously built-up dead skin cells, so exfoliate your face and body once a week to keep skin silky. We’re fans of Tracie Martyn’s facial Enzyme Exfoliant, which brightens skin and minimizes pores while preventing wrinkles and acne. For all-over smoothness, consider booking an appointment for a Korean body scrub. These treatments are intense, but worth it; the results last for weeks.
- Sun exposure
Although UVB rays are less intense in winter, UVA rays are just as damaging now as they are during warmer months. With grey skies and overcast days, sunscreen may not be the first thing on your mind, but sun damage can cause our skin’s protective layer to break down, impeding the skin’s ability to retain moisture and fight wrinkle-causing free radicals. To help keep skin hydrated and healthy, look for a mineral sunscreen like Suntegrity’s 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen that doesn’t include drying, hormone-disrupting chemicals such as oxybenzone.
If you’re hitting the slopes, it’s especially important not to skimp on the sunscreen; not only are you getting the rays from the sun, you’re also getting the rays being reflected off the snow. And the higher the altitude, the more likely you are to get sunburned since fewer rays are being filtered by the atmosphere.
Potlucks and cocktail parties come with the territory this time of year, and sometimes that extra piece of pecan pie really is necessary. But that doesn’t mean we have to let our usual healthy routines fall by the wayside. Be sure to have a healthy snack before heading to cocktail hour, and don’t be at mercy of the mall food court when out shopping for presents; stash some lean protein and water to stay energized.
As for the booze, enjoy the ever-flowing wine, but be sure to have a glass of water after each drink to stay hydrated. Your skin and your head will thank you tomorrow. If you do indulge a little too much, get back to your regular routine the next day; have a healthy, lean breakfast and fuel up on detoxing coconut water and green juices. And if you can’t get to the gym as frequently lately? Recent studies show that just one minute of strenuous exercise is as valuable as a moderate 45 minute workout.
Between family political debates, increased expenditures, and holiday travel, wintertime can often be just as stressful as it fun. It’s tempting to wait until the new year to unwind, but just a few minutes every day can make a big difference. Quick exercises in mindfulness can be done discreetly at work or on the subway to refocus and recenter, while meditation apps like Headspace and Buddhify offer a range of mood-specific guided meditations of various lengths.
Get as much sleep as possible during these busy times (7-9 hours, every night!), and if traveling across time zones, try taking a natural melatonin supplement to avoid jet lag and keep on a regular schedule.
Wintertime is full of reasons to celebrate, but it can often take a toll on our skin, stress levels, and general wellness. To stay energized and healthy, stick to your regular routine as much as possible and pick and choose your indulgences. Above all else though, remember to give thanks for what’s most important in life—the people who make us laugh when we’re frazzled and the passions that keep us going when we’re exhausted.
To keep your skin smooth and silky this season, try our Pure Argan Oil, sourced from traditional producers in Morocco. Packed with vitamin E, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids, argan oil moistirizes, soothes, and softens hair, skin, and cuticles.