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Holiday Skincare Survival Guide From A Holistic Skin + Face Therapist

Editore Note: The holiday season is fast approaching and it’s pretty much a given that most of us will be tempted to eat more, sleep less and have a few too many glasses of wine, all of this can wreak havoc on the skin, so I aksed my good friend Magdalena from Woman Divine Skincare to give us some advice, here’s her Holiday Skincare Survival Guide From A Holistic Skin + Face Therapist.

Many will travel to visit with family and friends and there is a potential for our usual skin care routines to go out the window.

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The holidays can be a lot of fun but there definitely is an element of stress present as well.

So how can you keep looking fresh and glowing not only during the holidays but also when the whole ordeal is over?
Planning is the key and approaching this holiday season with awareness is essential.

Here are a few common ‘holiday skin care’ complaints that I regularly hear about from my clients:

* Increased redness and inflammation – may be triggered by inflammatory foods and drinks, extreme temperatures and cold wind, harsh and toxic skin care products and makeup, high stress and travel.

* Increased facial puffiness –  usually caused by ingesting food/drinks which are not compatible with our body and cause general congestion.

* Dehydration and dryness – increased by air travel, sleeping in overheated guest bedrooms, too much coffee, black tea, alcohol and not enough water, an ineffective skin care routine, over-cleansing with stripping products.

In order to look and feel fabulous this holiday season, there are a few things to keep in mind based on your skin type and predispositions.

SKIN PRONE TO REDNESS AND INFLAMMATION

Dietary suggestions:
If you are prone to redness and inflammation you may want to consider minimizing foods which encourage inflammation in the body and in your skin.

Foods which are highly acidic like pickled veggies or anything with vinegar, red wine, tomato sauce, sugar, coffee and black tea are best kept to a minimum. Hot and spicy foods will also increase redness and are best to be avoided. So please don’t put that hot sauce on everything!
It doesn’t mean that you can’t have any of the above but these foods will potentially mess with your holiday glow so be mindful.

Skin care practice.
Soothing, calming and protective is your skin care mantra.

 

Stay away from strong abrasive and stripping products. And make sure to keep it simple. Skin that is prone to redness and inflammation does’t like change nor too many products. Simple and gentle really does it in this case.

I often recommend the WD Rosewater Mist to my sensitive skin and inflammation-prone clients and they absolutely love it. It cools and calms the skin and hydrates beautifully.

Woman Divine Calendula + Chamomile Face Oil pairs perfectly with The Rosewater Mist to become a soothing and calming moisturizer. And for those who love winter outdoor activities and/or find their skin red and very dry, Divine Face Balm carrot + marshmallow applied after Rosewater Mist is an excellent choice.

SKIN PRONE TO WATER RETENTION / PUFFINESS AND CONGESTION

Dietary suggestion:
If facial puffiness and congestion are your challenge, it will be best to avoid sweets, flour products, creamy sauces, dairy and other heavy foods. I know that this is not an easy task when chocolate and other goodies are everywhere you look. It’s definitely a good opportunity to exercise your will power:)
Sipping on hot water throughout the day is very beneficial to most who experience congestion and fluid retention.

Skin care practice.
Invigorating, firming, enlivening and decongesting is your skin care mantra.

Dry skin brushing would be absolutely amazing to move that congestion. I recommend this as a full body practice, starting at your feet and working your way up. Dry skin brushing offers excellent stimulation and will wake you up and invigorate you if practiced first thing in the morning.

Have you ever used a facial GuaSha tool? It is very simple and super effective and it will be very helpful during the holiday season. A few minutes of Facial GuaSha massage will drain  excess fluids, move stagnation and bring brightness to your skin. It really works! And it’s very relaxing!

If you wish for a nurturing time with your mom, sister or a friend over the holidays, have a little GuaSha party and do it for each other.

All you need is a cleansed face, hydrosol, a bit of oil (organic jojoba will do) and of course your GuaSha tool.

 

Frankincense Mist is wonderful for skin which needs tightening and brightening so it will be a great choice. Skin that’s prone to stagnation will definitely benefit from gentle exfoliation. WD Radiant Exfoliant Powder can be very helpful.
Avoid sleeping on your belly or you will experience even more puffiness when you wakeup in the morning. The fluid will accumulate in the face and cause congestion.

SKIN PRONE TO DRYNESS AND DEHYDRATION

Dietary suggestions
Including healthy fats and oils in your diet is very important, particularly now. Watch your consumption of coffee, tea and alcohol (all very dehydrating) and make sure to drink plenty of warm water. Focus on root veggies, warm soups and stews. Keep your belly and your body warm.

Skin care practice.
Nourishing, hydrating, softening and warming is your skin care mantra.

Dehydration and dryness are very common during this time of the year.  Cold weather, indoor heat, air travel… dry skin gets even dryer and it can start feeling very uncomfortable.
Your dry skin will love oils and balms and they will protect it well from dryness, dehydration and will soften it and give it volume.

You may want to consider oil cleansing and warm cloth compressing. It has been a game changer for many of my dry skin clients!

We already talked about oil cleansing and compressing on the eco hub here.

WD Radiant Exfoliant Powder will further cleanse and soften your skin by gently lifting the dead skin cells and preparing your skin for better absorption of face oils and serums.
Rosewater Mist and Divine Face Balm are my top picks for very dry skin. If you are vegan, opt for WD Face Balm Shea + Sea buckthorn (it does not contain beeswax).
For the delicate area around your eyes, WD Eye Balm blue tansy + arnica will offer a great treatment for fine lines and dryness.

A few tips for everyone who is looking to decompress over the holidays.

Taking a lovely long bath with salts and essential oils can be a delightful and very restful experience. We talked about the subject of bathing on the eco hub.

 

Bring a bottle of relaxing essential oil like lavender, rose geranium, or chamomile wherever you go. A couple of drops on the pillow before bed can bring considerable comfort, relaxation and will aid your sleep. Opening the bottle, placing it under your nose and taking a deep slow breath whenever you feel stressed or overwhelmed is a simple way to support your nervous system.

Treat yourself to a holistic facial or to a professional face massage. These are wonderful to receive during stressful/busy times and will leave you with a happier, fresher skin and a more relaxed body.

Visit your reputable health food store and purchase a selection of organic herbal teas. Rose, chamomile, turmeric are all good choices. Sipping slowly on a cup of herbal tea will encourage you to take a few minutes of relaxation and contemplation every day.

Air travel tips.

If air travel is part of your holiday plans, bring your Mist and face oil or balm on the plane with you. I have this simple routine whenever I travel by plane and it helps to keep my skin nicely hydrated. My in-flight skin care is very simple. I bring a wet cleansing cloth (I soak it in purified water while still at home and keep it in a little beeswax bag).
I wipe my face off as soon as I get on my flight. Then WD Rosewater Mist and a bit of WD Face Balm and Lip Balm go on.
You can be sure that sometime during the flight my GuaSha tool will come out to play. When I get sleepy or simply want my eyes to rest, I love to use an eye mask.

 

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Magdalena Tomczak

Magdalena Tomczak is a holistic skin and facial therapist, formulator and founder of Woman Divine Holistic Skin Care. She created Woman Divine with the mission to empower women to practice skin and beauty care mindfully and sustainably. Magdalena runs a very busy practice and creates plant-based skin medicine in Ottawa, Canada.
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