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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Natural Beauty, Laura Lamperti

How to Rock the Natural Look (With A Little Help!) This Summer

The natural look – what does that even mean? Summer is officially here and all we want to do is deep dive into our fav summer activities that include endless amounts of rosè, brunch with our friends, lounging by the beach, and getting our summer tan on. I don’t know about you, but there’s something about being tan and sun kissed that makes me feel like I can conquer the world. Is it that every part of our body looks more toned when we’re tan? Or maybe because we feel like we need less makeup when we’re tan because our skin seems to naturally glow and cover up blemishes??

But let’s be real. We love our skin too much and read too many articles about the negative effects of baking in the sun. So, how can we make a compromise? We want this effortless, summer chic look but where do we start? We’ve heard it everywhere…”natural beauty”, “makeup free”, “look flawless always”, “easy as 1,2, 3” but stepping into summer in our most confidence skin sounds way easier than it actually is!

 

Sometimes it’s way harder than just rolling out bed, running a brush through our hair and strutting into the day with minimal effort…but still looking like a runway model.

 

Let’s focus on our skin for now and take a look at our current situation.

 

Expectation for Summer: Flawless clear complexion, sculpted brows, luscious eyelashes, smooth skin, even tan all over  

Reality For Summer:  Frizzy hair due to unbearable humidity, makeup melting off our face as we run to make the subway (again!), tiny pimples popping up every day from constantly being sweaty, shorts tan

 

So, how do we rock this natural look with the most minimal effort while still feeling good?!

 

Firstly,  I feel like we should also take into account that it will absolutely take makeup for some of us to  to rock the natural “no makeup” look. It’s not hypocritical, it’s just fact.

 

For that sun kissed, even skin tone…

Instead of slapping on your thick foundation this summer, opt for a tinted moisturizer with SPF. Our fav, the Philosophy’s Renewed Hope In A Jar Skin Tint with 20 SPF that’ll leave you protected & looking fresh.

 

To combat your humid frizzy hair…

Try sleeping on a silk pillowcase. We love it because it works to smooth our skin and calm our crazy morning hair.

 

To get the glossy lips and sculpted brows…

We have two major favs that won’t break the bank but will make you the envy of natural beauties everywhere. Aquaphor Lip Repair can be purchased at your local pharmacy and gives just enough gloss + shine to get you noticed.  Glossier Boy Brow comes in 4 different shades, including clear. PSA: Ladies, if you weren’t sculpting your brows before, you better get on it ASAP as you’ll be blown away by how much more put together you look. Even better, this doesn’t sweat off your brows so you can have those stylin’ brows in the gym too!

 

For those annoying pimples that pop up overnight….

We love this acne system that not only cleanses our skin, but uses a gentle blue light to literally kill off the acne causing bacteria. And it’s compact so we take it with us on all our summer adventures.

 

For smooth armpits and bikini lines…

We really forget how quickly our hair grows until we are lounging poolside and have that “Oh no” moment when you realize you forgot your weekly lady upkeep. For this, look no further than at-home hair removal. All you do is treat the desired area for a few weeks and your hair follicles will be disabled and you’ll never have to worry again about forgetting to shave pre-pool party.

 

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