I was just patting myself on the back. The gifts that needed to be mailed are on their way. My tree is up and the lights are even on it.
I’m so on top of things this year.
Whoops. Maybe not.
It turns out that Christmas is only a little over a week away.
I’d like to do a few things to make myself look and feel better before the holiday.
For those of you feeling the same way, I’ve got some suggestions on how you can quickly improve how your skin looks
These aren’t instant fixes (except for #5). They’re things that will give you glowing radiant skin pretty quickly and the results get better with time.
You don’t need to go crazy at the gym (unless you want to). Choose something you like to do for exercise and do it every day (or almost every day).
If you’re not really an exerciser, try getting yourself outside for a nice brisk walk every day. Being out in nature, even for a few minutes, is an amazing stress reducer.
As far as your skin is concerned, exercise increases circulation to your skin so it increases the flow of nutrients and blood to your skin. The increased blood flow helps your skin glow, gives it better color, and makes it healthier.
The best part of this, is that extra blood flow ( the glow that goes with it) happens quickly when you get exercise.
It’s so easy to short yourself on sleep. Don’t do it.
Beauty sleep is a real thing. Blood flow to the skin is increased when we sleep. Blood flow nourishes your skin. This gives it a healthy glow and keeps those dark under eye circles at bay. Collagen and elastin are produced during sleep which means fewer wrinkles and less sagging. Good sleep also helps keep a fuller, more healthy head of hair.
Exercise and sleep work together. They both make you healthier and increase blood flow to your skin. And regular exercise can help you sleep better.
It also can be harder to get a good night’s sleep as you get older. Here are some tips for getting better sleep.
You all know that a good, healthy diet full of fresh foods and veggies makes for radiant skin.
During the holidays, it’s easy to get off the wagon. And, if you don’t go wild, that’s ok. If you can eat clean and healthy 80% of the time, it’s ok to indulge in your favorite holiday treats with some of that extra 20%.
After all, there’s more to life than discipline and there’s a lot of value and pleasure in good meals with family and friends. It's ok to indulge once in a while.
If you want your skin to look its best for the holidays, do your best to stay away from a lot of salty, processed foods and sugary highly processed foods.
These will make your face look puffy, increase the dark circles under your eyes, and trigger redness and inflammation. They might even cause a break out.
If you’re in the northern hemisphere, this time of year means colder, drier air, central heating and more time indoors.
Your skin is crying out for moisture. Dry skin, flaky skin, tight skin, even painful skin mean the dryness has damaged your skin barrier.
Moisturizer is your fix.
Using moisturizer helps your skin barrier repair itself and reduces skin inflammation as well.
Make sure you’re using a good moisturizer morning and night. You can reapply it during the day too.
If your skin is super dry, you can pat a thin layer of facial oil on top of your moisturizer to seal the moisture in even more.
Also, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. It can be harder in the winter because the cold weather doesn’t make you feel as thirsty. Do it any way. It’s important for your health and your skin’s health
Smile. When you do, your face lights up and you’re instantly glowing. It’s the fastest, easiest way to make yourself look even better and give yourself a mood lift too.
Don’t feel like smiling? Fake it. It still works. And it lifts your mood and reduces stress too!
I hope the next few weeks are wonderful for you. That you get time with your family and friends, get outdoors and take time for yourself too. I know you’ll look beautiful.