10 Steps to Gorgeous Skin for the Holidays December 22, 2017 00:45
'Tis the season to be jolly! And 'tis the season to shop for gifts at the crowded mall, and plan your big holiday party, and give the kids rides to the skating rink, and bake, and cook and … you know the drill! Sometimes we get so caught up in all the preparations that we forget to breathe and enjoy the spirit of the holidays. The stress of the holiday season can take a toll on your skin and, believe me, tired, dull skin doesn’t go well with that sparkly dress. If you want to look and feel your best from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day and beyond, make yourself a priority and find time to follow these steps.
1. Cleanse (daily, morning and night)
No matter how tired you feel at night, never go to bed with your makeup on. Use a gentle makeup remover and make sure you don't rub or pull your skin. You should cleanse even if you don't use makeup, in order to get rid of the daily grime accumulated on your skin. Apply the cleanser with your fingertips and massage it into your face and neck in a circular motion. Gently wipe it away with a damp washcloth. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat it dry gently with a soft towel.
2. Tone (daily, morning and night)
A toner is a must-have in a good skincare routine. It does so many wonderful things for your skin, you certainly don’t want to miss out! Among other things, it balances your skin’s pH, helps keep pores clear, prevents blackheads and minor pimples from forming, moisturizes, removes traces of makeup. For more on the benefits of a toner, read this blog post: Is a Facial Toner a Waste of Money or a Must-Have? My Hydrating Toner with Aloe and Rose Water has many loyal fans that simply can’t live without it anymore. If you haven't tried it yet, you should. It will make a big difference to your skin!
3. Moisturize (daily, morning and night)
Moisturizers are definitely a must, especially during the cold weather. My new Hydrating Day Cream with Centella Asiatica, Rosehip and Hyaluronic Acid will penetrate your skin quickly, with a non-greasy finish and keep your skin perfectly moisturized from morning to night. Your skin will look and feel healthier, younger, firmer and more radiant in no time. Check out our new airless high-end container: https://sheerblends.com/products/hydrating-day-cream.
At night, apply a rich cream or an oil serum after cleansing and toning. According to researchers at the University of California-Irvine, new skin cells grow faster while you sleep, so a good evening facial routine should be a high priority. A few drops of my Anti-Aging Serum with Camellia and Pomegranate Oil on your wet face will repair damage from the day's pollution, sun and stress and revitalize your skin while you sleep. Waking up with glowing skin is easy when you use the right products.
4. Exfoliate (weekly)
Exfoliation is a way to clean deeply, get rid of dead skin cells, and refine the texture of the skin, bringing your complexion to life and stimulating cellular regeneration. It is recommended to exfoliate once or twice a week. If you have sensitive skin, you can exfoliate once every two weeks to start off. Make sure you choose a face scrub that’s not too harsh on your skin and apply it gently with circular movements on your wet face.
5. Apply a facial mask (weekly)
A facial mask goes hand in hand with exfoliation. For best results, use a mask every time after you have exfoliated. Spread the mask evenly over your face, leave on for about 10 minutes, then rinse well. You don’t have to buy expensive masks, you can use ingredients easily found in your kitchen: yogurt, honey, bananas, strawberries, cucumbers etc. Here’s the recipe for the banana-avocado mask I shared a while back: DIY Banana-Avocado Mask.
Daily skincare routine: Cleanse --- Tone --- Moisturize
Weekly skincare routine: Cleanse --- Exfoliate --- Apply mask --- Tone --- Moisturize
Having a good, consistent skincare routine is essential if you want to look your best, but it's also important to remember that clear skin comes from within and what you eat, drink and how much you sleep can make all the difference.
Keep your skin hydrated by drinking lots of fluids like water and unsweetened teas. Reduce the amount of caffeinated, sugary drinks, and alcohol beverages, as these are known to dehydrate your body and your skin.
7. Eat healthy
Eating healthy might be the hardest thing to do during the Holidays, but certain foods can have a negative effect on your skin. Try to avoid dairy, salty and sugary foods, greasy and processed foods. Eat foods high in Omega-3 fatty acid, like flax seeds or walnuts, essential for increasing your skin's ability to hold onto moisture.
Try to get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep each night. Use a silk pillowcase, and change it every other day (daily if you have acne). Silk glides easily on your skin and prevents creasing and wrinkles. It is also easier on hair, helping avoid breakage.
9. Do not touch your face!
Constantly touching and picking at your skin can spread bacteria, cause breakouts and lead to scarring and an increase in wrinkles. Keep your fingers away from your face! It may also help you avoid getting sick.
10. Have fun!
A happy attitude and a grateful heart work wonders for your skin. Enjoy every moment of the holidays and take the time to be grateful for your blessings. Hug your family and friends and tell them how much you love and value them!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, my friends! Love you and value you all!
Here's to a healthy, beautiful you!