Beauty is more than skin deep. Truly – real beauty starts from the inside out. Of course, these reminders don’t do much when we are knee-deep into the holiday season, and our skin is stressed out and blotchy despite our best efforts to adhere to our wellness routines. According to natural beauty expert and beauty contributor, Deborah Burnes, it’s during this time of year that we need to pay extra attention to our wellness habits, as our skin is a direct reflection of what is going on internally. Grab her tips to countering these holiday stresses inside and out, for a post holiday glow that will keep radiating for years to come…
Nowadays, there’s a lot of awareness about what we put on our skin and its health, but it’s important to remember the bigger picture of wellbeing. Twenty years ago, when naming my new company, I wanted to convey that skin care is about the total sum: what we put on our skin + our thoughts and feelings + our lifestyle + what we put in our bodies = happy, youthful, glowing, beautiful skin.
Yes, chemicals in cosmetics can exacerbate the very issue we’re trying to avoid or remedy, such as signs of aging, breakouts, irritation, and redness. But that’s only one piece of the skin health puzzle. Our skin is our largest organ, so what we put in our body has a significant impact on it, too.
Lifestyle factors, such as: where we live, if we commute, how often we exercise, stress levels, and even medications, play a role in skin health.
Believe it or not, our moods even have the power to impact our looks. Think of someone newly in love: they’re radiant, beaming with that “love glow.” On the other hand, someone going through a nasty breakup will look tired and unwell. To some extent our moods and emotions are out of our control. That said, I believe in the power of positive reinforcement. So do your best to infuse your thoughts with positivity. This creates a solid foundation for luminous skin.
At Sumbody we say, “beautiful skin starts within,” because of the pivotal role food plays in skin health. In fact, I consider food to be an integral part of my beauty routine. A wholesome diet is essential to a healthy, radiant complexion.
So what can you do to unwind, de-stress, and get your skin glowing this holiday season?
Take some time to breathe
Deep breaths, downtime, and stress releasers, such as mediation, yoga, and exercise, help keep skin youthful. Take three “beauty breaths” before getting out of bed in the morning and before getting into bed at night. Everyone may not have the time to mediate or exercise daily, but we can all start and end our days with this simple, rejuvenating practice.
Get plenty of sleep
Your skin stays active while you’re snoozing. And while you can’t “catch up” on sleep, it’s good to let your skin do it’s thing while you get some well-deserved, restorative shuteye.
As always, be mindful of what products you’re using. Try switching to a bar of pure, old-fashioned soap and stay away from harsh detergent cleansers. Try Sumbody’s super-hydrating Milky Rich soap. Use a body scrub, that’s made with skin-softening butters. Your body from the neck-down needs heavier butters for the proper moisture. Look for non-foaming facial cleansers, pH-balancing toners, oil-based moisturizer, and face masks that have short, simple, natural ingredients.
Watch what you eat
Once your body is used to indulging on holiday fare and beverages, it can be difficult to return to your regular eating habits. Ease back with healthier alternatives, like this yummy mocktail:
Virgin Winter Wonder
– Iced rooibos tea
– 3 tablespoons coconut milk
– 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
– 2 slices of apple
– Sprinkle of cinnamon
Brew tea and add 1 teaspoon of grated apple to 1 cup of tea. Let cool, strain, ad chill. Add coconut milk and vanilla to tea and stir. Pour into a fancy glass of your choice. Top with cinnamon and garnish with apple slices on rim or a skewer over the top.
And above all else, be kind to yourself. We’re only human. Everyone deviates from their norm to indulge now and then, particularly around the holidays. Bask in the jubilance. And come January, when it’s time to restore, refresh, and return to your usual routine, embrace this joy and remember that balance is the key.