Your Holiday Skincare Survival Guide

Pumpkin Pie

The Holidays are upon us! And while the Holidays can be some of the most joyful and fun times of the year, they can also be the busiest and stressful. And that stress and busyness can wreak havoc on your skin. We’ve got just what you need: Your Holiday Skincare Survival Guide (at least for Thanksgiving!). During the Holidays, you’re more likely to indulge a little *too* often in the wrong kinds of foods with less time for your physical fitness or skincare routines. Hey, we get it, we’re not here to be the “beauty police,” and you should always #treatyourself, but we’ve got a few tips for how to stay on your daily beauty/skincare routine and maybe even improve your health and eating, while not giving up your favorite holiday treats.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Drink more water!
The weather is cooler, and your skin is drier and more sensitive during the Holiday months. You may be traveling for long periods of time, which inherently throws off your skincare routines. Just keeping drinking water! We’ve found that splurging on a cute, fun water bottle like these help us stay on track. Bonus: it’s a great Holiday gift! Also, we recommend masking with a deeply hydrating mask at least once a week. Enter: The Nuvesse Deep Hydrating & Brightening Mask & Serum. The Regimen Kit is a 4-month supply that comes with 4 masks (to use 1x per week) and then a serum roller to use every day (and super easy to travel with!).

Foods to load up your Thanksgiving plate with:

  • Turkey! Yes, turkey! Naturally low in calories and high in protein. Your skin needs protein for new, healthy cell regeneration. Just go a little lighter on the gravy.
  • Red wine. Okay, it’s not a food, but it’s a drink, and as with anything, it’s all about moderation. Red wine has many benefits and is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols that help protect the lining of your blood vessels, improving their function.
  • Pumpkin. Most likely to be found in pie form next week, pumpkin is rich in natural enzymes to help with digestion and break down toxins and fight free radical damage, in turn, helping prevent aging and keeping your skin hydrated (refer back to point #1!).
  • Pecans. Whether on your salad or as a casserole topper, pecans are also high in antioxidants, Vitamin A & E, which fight free radicals while preventing fine lines and wrinkles. Hello smooth skin this Holiday season.

Bonus Holiday Skincare Tips:

  • If you ever find yourself traveling, whether it’s in a car or an airplane, take a sheet mask with you and some rosewater spray! Think of it as free downtime to not only keep your skin in check, but also simply time to yourself (which is rare at any point during the Holidays!).
  • If you haven’t switched to a heavier moisturizer yet, it’s time. Cold weather requires more care, meaning a heavier, richer moisturizer.
  • If you love having a warm summer glow year-round, get a spray tan or try a natural bronzer. Whatever you do, don’t go to a tanning bed, no matter how tempting! Your future self will thank you.

Do you have any go-to skincare or beauty tips during the Holiday season? If so, we’d love to hear them! Let us know over on our Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!

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Healthy Aging

Healthy-Aging: You’ll Be Thankful You Loved Your Skin Today

When you think of aging, what comes to mind?

Wrinkled faces, sun damage, nursing homes, achy joints, your mom constantly treating those crow lines around her eyes?

All true. Aging pertains to each and every part of your body: Hair, skin, nails, internal organ health, your brain…the list goes on.

Today we want to focus on your body part that usually showcases aging the most: your skin.

Your skin is so so so important. For starters, it is your body’s largest organ. So with that in mind, in terms of aging healthy, you should be protecting your entire body: hands, feet, face, ears, eyelids, legs, neck, chest, etc.

First off, do not panic if you have not been taking care of your skin. Whether you are 20, 30 or 40, you can always make the change early on to prevent the negative effects of aging. It’s better to start now then wait until those first wrinkles make their appearance.

Let’s start with two hard, simple facts to consider when discussing aging, focusing on internal and external factors:

Internally: The first is that as you age naturally, all body processes begin to slow down, especially skin cell repair. When you are younger, your body works to produce collagen and elastin to make your skin moist, elastic and wrinkle free (can we stay young forever?!) However, as you grow older these two powerhouse proteins are produced way less, and without sufficient amounts you are prone to wrinkles. Actually, starting in your late 20’s, you lose up to 1.5% collagen every year.
Externally: The second, is that the sun is the main factor that causes skin damage to ALL parts of your body. When protecting your body from the sun, you need to think about places like your eyelids, lips, hands and feet that show signs of aging just as much as your face.

 

What small steps can I take today to help my skin age healthily? (Yes, today).

It’s 2018 and you finally need to understand that effective sun protection is the foundation of every anti-aging plan. Do not go tanning (indoor or outdoor), be sure to wear sunglasses outside to protect the skin around your eyes, cover up with SPF sunscreen and/or clothing when being subjected to sunny conditions.

Washing your face and following with a moisturizer morning and night will make a difference. Even if you do not suffer from acne, cleansing your skin is great for overall skin appearance. As skin gets older, it tends to dry out more, so applying a daily moisturizer will trap water within your skin. Do these two together; slathering moisturizer on dirty skin will trap the dirt. Washing your face without applying moisturizer will leave you clean, but more prone to dry, wrinkled skin later on.

If you are already experiencing signs of aging, rest assured there are incredible products available that can help. From effective, convenient laser technology to serums,  you can combat your wrinkles and fine lines from the comfort of your own home.

 

What lifestyle changes can I take to help my skin age healthily?

If you are really serious about healthy aging (which you should be) you can make lifestyle changes that will leave you better in the long run! Eating healthy foods (lean protein, fruits, and veggies, healthy fats) and getting enough beauty sleep work together to make you look your best on the outside and feel your best on the inside.

Lastly, if you are a smoker stop immediately. Besides the other numerous, proven negative side effects of smoking that affect all parts of your body, the toxins within cigarettes lead to dry, loose skin with a leathery appearance.

So, unless you are blessed with incredible, wrinkle-free genes and/or never laugh or smile, then you will have wrinkles and show signs of aging. And they will appear without you expecting it.

Aging will happen to everyone. But the true magic lies in what you do about it now! Wear sunscreen, drink water, laugh, smile and treat your skin like the gift that it is.

 

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