3 Ways to Keep Glowing Skin During the Holidays

The Holidays are a beautiful time to spend with family and friends. But often, we are spinning so many plates in preparation for parties, holiday dinners, gifts and travel, that we end up feeling more stressed than blissed. No hiding it - the skin, our largest organ, literally trumpets to the world just how we are feeling. But there are ways to keep our skin glowing despite the hustle and bustle of the Holidays:

1) Fueling your Body 

Food is the fuel for our body. While it is tempting to indulge in scrumptious sweets and heavy holiday meals, consider adding foods to your plate that provide the right building blocks for vital skin tissues like collagen and elastin. Good news - many of these foods can easily be part of your holiday table: avocado, broccoli, blackberries and blueberries, walnuts, red peppers, dark chocolate, salmon, pomegranate, beans, citrus fruit, spinach, sweet potatoes. Green tea and red wine are full of antioxidants and can make wonderful additions to your drink menu,

2) Good Sleep and Exercise

Nothing puts a glow on your face like a good night's sleep or vigorous exercise. During the night, our bodies' circadian rhythm helps to repair damage external and internal stressors may have caused. These stressor increase our bodies’ production of free radicals, which can damage the health of our skin cells, leading to deterioration and aging. Be mindful of the big Holiday disruptors to good quality sleep: Dehydration from alcohol and caffeine, eating heavy meals late in the evening, lack of sleep hours (7-8 is ideal).

Exercise is a wonderful way to support skin health. It quickens breathing, increases blood circulation and sweat production, all of which promote the release of toxins and the free radicals from the skin. Be sure to add a new application of facial moisturizer after your post-exercise shower to replenish and rehydrate the skin and apply a deeply nourishing/toning body cream to keep your skin supple all over.

3) Reveal the Glow

Exfoliating is a great tool during the Holidays when skin may look a little dull after travel, parties and too much indoor time. Proper exfoliation will get rid of the dead skin cells that have naturally  been pushed up to the epidermis, the top layer of your skin. Use exfoliants that match your skin type, i.e. enzyme scrubs for sensitive skin, acid exfoliators for oily/acne prone skin, or a simple old-fashioned treatment using charcoal soap and a sea sponge, which is suitable for all skin types. Finish with a dose of methylene blue moisturizer or an anti-aging cream to ensure that your newly revealed skin is deeply nourished and does not dry out.

Conclusion: Let your Face and Body Glow during the Holidays

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