How to Look and Feel Your Best This Holiday Season

December 21, 2017

Happy Holidays! With all of the get-togethers that are crowding your calendars, it is going to be hard not to indulge in some holiday favorites! For me, the abundance of chocolate treats are going to my demise (the truffles from Whole Foods are the just too amazing!). With the added holiday stress, lack of sleep, skipped exercises, and change of eating habits, our skin will not end up being holly jolly through the new year. To help you feel and look your best, here are a few things we recommend:

Stress is never good for your body or your skin, no matter how busy you might get, always make room for some self-care. This doesn’t have to mean an extended bubble bath with rose petals. If you are short on time, pamper yourself with a quick face mask! Our Exfoliating Enzyme Mask can take as short as two minutes. This is perfect for applying right before taking a shower or while you’re brushing your teeth. Or, opt for our 5-Minute Routine. Not only will you get nice, clean skin, but you will give your skin the extra boost of moisture it needs during this time of year.If you have a little longer to spare, perhaps you are mixing up holiday treats or wrapping Santa gifts, indulge in another one of our masks -- the Brightening Mask will give you glowing skin that everyone at the holiday party will envy!

Finding a time to work out during this hectic season can seem impossible; however, you might be shocked at how you can modify everyday tasks to burn a few extra calories. Everyone knows you should take the stairs instead of the elevator, but if you are in charge of baking this year, forget the hand or electric mixer and use a whisk to work those arm muscles! Another great arm workout? Opening all of those wine bottles! We can’t think of a better holiday workout that we are actually excited to do. But, if you are wanting some cardio, blast some Mariah Carey and start rocking around the Christmas tree! Let’s not forget about all the manpower it takes to build a snowman -- not all of us can be like Elsa and have magic ice powers. Also, does anyone else think that wrapping presents should be considered an extreme sport?

One of the saddest facts life has to offer is that not all delicious foods are good for you. This is especially true of all the yumminess that you might encounter at holiday events. When food gets digested it is broken down into vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that your body can use to build healthy skin. By eating highly processed and sugary foods, your skin won’t be as strong and supple as it could be. Some of our favorite foods for the holidays (and our skin) are kale, sweet potatoes, carrots, and pumpkin -- all of which have amazing skin benefits! But because cakes, cookies, pies, and seasonal drinks are part of the holiday experience, don’t be afraid to enjoy it in moderation. It’s all about balance!

After you are done socializing and mingling about at your holiday parties, it is so easy to be tempted to head straight to bed. If you are familiar with our blog, you saw our post about the dangers of sleeping with makeup on. Whatever you do, wash your makeup off! It is such a crucial step in maintaining amazing skin. If you normally don’t take your makeup off before bed, try to make it a New Year’s resolution. New year, new skin! Trust us when we say you will see a huge difference in your skin.

And lastly, keep in mind how much damage the cold, dry winter air can do to our skin. Pack on as much moisture as you can so your skin does not end up looking haggard and dry. Additionally, even though it might be snowing, harmful UV rays are still abundant. Don’t forget to wear your Everyday SPF when you go outside to enjoy fun winter activities. I personally love to bring my SPF and Balancing Toner for days skiing in the beautiful Colorado mountains!

From our team at White and Elm, we hope you have an amazing holiday season filled with laughter and cheer. And if you end up cheating on your diet? Well, that’s why we have New Year’s Resolutions!