If the thought of all the extra checkboxes on your holiday to-do list stress you out, take a moment to be mindful about how you approach the season. Extra self-care this time of year will help reduce stress levels—so you can feel more balanced, enjoy the holidays and radiate with the glow of the season.
Tackle holiday stress
The holidays can bring both physical and emotional stress. For physical stress, consider taking a bath before bed to help unwind your body and encourage better sleep. I like Kneipp’s 10 Reasons to Take a Bath Set (it also makes a great holiday gift!) For extra support, try Wishgarden Herbs Serious Relaxer to relax a tense, tired body.
It’s also important to carve out time for exercise as your schedule gets busier. A brisk walk around the block once a day is an easy, excuse-free way to ensure you infuse your day with some activity (and fresh air!).
Be mindful of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol intake, as too much of these things can increase stress levels. Don’t deprive yourself, but be selective with your festive foods and drinks, and balance them out with lots of water, herbal tea (I like Teatulia’s Ginger Herbal Infusion for its ability to help with stress and digestive issues) and nutritious foods.
To help ease emotional stress, it’s important to set healthy boundaries. It’s a very social time of year, so be mindful of your time, energy, resources and personal comfort level in what you take on.
Maintain healthy skin
The stress of the holidays can also take a toll on your skin! Skin can become dehydrated from too many festive drinks and not enough water, or broken out from too much sugar and not enough nutritious foods, for example.
Stay hydrated with cool, clean water from a Laica Water Filter Pitcher, and for extra nutrients, try a daily tablet of Amazing Grass Organic Wheat Grass, considered one of the most potent, vitamin-packed greens available (or try Vibrant Health Green Vibrance for a gluten-free option).
On the skin care side, try Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Wash, a great cleansing and exfoliating product that works for both mature and irritated skin. To repair and hydrate stressed skin, add a deep penetrating night oil like SkinOwl Beauty Drops PM, or balance oily skin with SkinOwl Beauty Drops Geranium (for day or night).
Festive soirees are the perfect time to play with color and add a little holiday sparkle. First, prep the skin with a good moisturizer like Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Cream. Then even out skin tone with W3LL People Narcissist Foundation Stick or jane iredale Liquid Minerals for dewy, natural coverage. Next, bring natural color to your cheeks with Antonym Cosmetics Baked Blush for a “fresh flush.” This will give you a good canvas that you can add fun holiday makeup looks to.
Here are four looks to try:
- A sheer red lip (try jane iredale Just Kissed in Forever Red) + a soft shimmery neutral shadow (try ZuZu Luxe eyeshadow in Eternity)
- Subtly smoky eyes (try the Smoke Gets In Your Eyes eyeshadow kit from jane iredale) + a berry lip (try Nude Berry Multi-Stick from W3LL PEOPLE)
- A bright berry lip (try Vapour Organic Beauty Siren Lipstick in Luscious) + bronzy shimmery shadow (try W3LL PEOPLE Elitist Eyeshadow Powder in Luminous Copper or Golden Mocha)
- Cheery rosy cheeks (try jane iredale In Touch Cream Blush in Connection) + rosy lips (try PureMoist Lipstick) + a light dust of 24-Karat Gold Dust over the eyelids
Happy holidays! Enjoy your festive glow.