The holiday season is just around the corner, and we are once again reminded how busy life can become. Most people will have to manage the added stress of work, holiday shopping, and entertaining on top the upkeep of normal home and family life.
As seasonal stress begins to mount this season, we encourage you to claim some time for yourself and consider the ways that you can encourage others to do the same. Cassie Fehlen, owner of Skin MPLS in Edina, shares her top eight ways that you can keep skincare and wellness top-of-mind over the next few months:
Keep your skin hydrated: Along with changes in our lifestyle and habits, the weather changes drastically this time of year. The air is drier and much cooler which can wreak havoc on our skin. If you are planning for additional travel around the holidays, be sure to pack a travel sized hydrating mask (we love Le Mieux’s Lavender Floral Mask, it’s small and packs easily). Or, if you spend a lot of time in the car, make sure you carry a travel-sized hydrating rosewater toner. One of our favorite brands is Solaris Beauty!
Take care of your lips: Much like skin, our lips are more prone to becoming dry or chapped when temperatures dip and moisture escapes the air. Be sure to take care of your lips before they become too dry. One excellent lip balm that we use at our studio is Smith’s Rosebud Salve. It can also help calm irritated skin, provide assistance with minor burns and even tackle pesky dry elbows. Plus, it has a pleasing and slight rosy scent!
Avoid hot showers or baths: It can be tempting in the chillier months to warm up with a hot shower or bath. It seems counterintuitive, but hot water can actually dry out your skin! And a dry environment is the perfect condition for eczema and other skin problems to develop. Stick to shorter, warm water showers!
Manage stress: Easier said than done, right? There are a few ways that you can take care of yourself and manage stress during this time. The first is to work ahead and avoid any last-minute shopping. Long lines, dry mall air, germs and stress just aren’t worth the expense on your body and skin! Better yet, avoid the stores altogether and let the delivery person bring your purchases directly to your door. Hello online shopping! The second stress management tip is to turn to warm herbal tea at night instead of your regular glass of red wine. The tea will work to warm you, hydrate you and calm you, setting the stage for a perfect night’s sleep. A good night’s rest is the best way to deal with stress and also mitigates the effects of stress on our bodies. It resets us to be in a better state to continue on with the to-do list the next day!
Avoid consuming excess sugar: As the demands of the season incline, so does the availability of festive candy and cookies this time of year. Avoid using sugar as a crutch to get through the holidays. When you’re craving an energy-boosting snack, reach for whole foods that offer nutrients instead of snacking on sugar. Besides, gnawing on vegetables like red pepper and broccoli is the ultimate form of multi-tasking. These vegetables not only provide you sustainable levels of energy, but also are rich in Vitamin C and are key for the production of collagen. Excuse me while I make energy and collagen!
Stock up on your favorite products during holiday sales: This time of year is a great opportunity to stock up on some of your go-to beauty and wellness products. Many retailers will host sales with deep discounts in order to entice shoppers to come in and purchase gifts. Wait until something goes on sale and nag a handful of your favorites and use them throughout the year when you run out. You’ll save money and time by not heading to the mall as often.
Stuff stockings with skincare and wellness gifts: The gift of “self-care” is priceless. Many people simply don’t take the time for themselves over the holidays. Giving your friends, family or coworkers a small reminder to relax is important! One great gift idea is a small bottle of relaxing essential oils. Items like this are both thoughtful and beneficial to the recipient. Other gift ideas include your favorite book, a tube of hand cream, a cozy pair of slippers, a comfortable robe, face masks or a gift card for a massage or facial treatment.
Make personal wellness time: Tis the season for self-care! Come mid-December, you may feel a little depleted after spending hours searching for gifts and preparing for holiday company. Sneak away for an appointment at your favorite skincare company for a rejuvenating facial treatment or book a session to reshape your beautiful brows! It’s important to care for yourself and make sure you are happy, healthy and feeling confident. If you don’t have a local studio that you love, we would love to have you as a client. Explore our appointment openings in advance!