It’s the most wonderful time of the year – but also the busiest! All those stressful work deadlines, gift shopping and celebrations can really take a toll on not only your skin but your overall wellbeing. The best way to keep your self-care in check is to be prepared - especially as all your usual routines go out the window! Here are our top tips to look after yourself over the holiday season.
- Stay hydrated!
With the increased consumption of alcohol and the warmer temperatures over the festive season, it is super important to ensure you are getting your 8 glasses a day! Start the day off with a warm lemon water to kickstart your energy and to aid detoxification pathways.
When drinking alcohol it pays to alternate every drink with a glass of water and opt for lots of ice or water-based mixers like soda water. Alternatively, you could swap out the cocktail for a non-alcoholic beverage like kombucha or a dash of The Beauty Chef’s ANTIOXIDANT Inner Beauty Boost with sparkling water.
It’s also important to make sure your skin isn’t dehydrated. This can be caused by many factors including make-up, diet and weather. Did you know that skin is the last organ to receive the nutrients that we consume? That means not only do we recommend increasing water-intake when experiencing dehydrated skin, but we also advocate using topical products to help skin feel comfortably hydrated. Some of our favourites are Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Booster or Power Recovery Masque or Biologi’s Bf Restore Face & Body Serum!
- Boost your immunity
After the year that we have had it is important, now more than ever, to be mindful of your immunity. Are you travelling this festive season? Be aware that public transport systems are hosts to all kinds of bacteria and viruses so use your hand sanitiser and wash your hands frequently!
You also may not be making the healthiest choices at this time so it’s best to take the steps to ward off any sickness the best that you can. Support your immune system with The Well Spray from The Beauty Chef or BePure’s Super Boost C or Zinc Restore. Fuelling your body with important nutrients will support optimal immunity, ideal for these busy and stressful times.
- Manage your stress and make time for some self-care
They don’t call it the silly season for nothing! Don’t forget to cultivate a little calm and allow yourself to rest and digest amongst the storm of the holidays. This may look like a morning meditation, some yoga or a bath. Whatever it is for you, make sure that prioritise scheduling some time for your little rituals.
Christmas shopping can be overwhelming – especially in busy Auckland or Wellington. Why not pop into Skintopia for a ProSkin 30 skin treatment to break up the chaos? We guarantee you’ll leave feeling refreshed and revitalised! Alternatively - you don't have to battle crowds! Order online to take the stress out of your Christmas shopping. We have some great options for everyone in our Holiday Gift Guide!
- Try and get some quality sleep
We all function more efficiently after a good night’s rest but did you know that it can also help with stress management, recovery from illness and weight maintenance? After a busy day a good night-time routine to get you ready for bed is paramount. Some of our bed-time faves are
- The Beauty Chef’s Sleep – created to reduce sleeplessness and relieve symptoms of mild anxiety
- A warm cup of Anxietea – to help relieve stress and nervousness
- Dermalogica’s Sound Sleep Cocoon – contains essential oils that work all night to promote deep, restful sleep for healthier-looking skin by morning
- A good book – perfect to unwind and prepare for a peaceful slumber
- Take off your make-up EVERY night
We’ve all had those late nights when all you want to do is roll into bed but trust us – this one’s important! Leaving your make-up on can cause break-outs, a dull complexion, inflammation and even wrinkles. Remove even the most long-wearing formulas with Dermalogica’s PreCleanse or PreCleanse Balm followed by their Special Cleansing Gel or Biologi’s Bc Refresh Cleanser.
Your skin will thank you!