Perhaps the reason why so many of us vow to detox on January 1st is that we spend so much time during the holidays engaging in things that cause our body—and skin— to react. The good news is your skin wants to heal itself, so even if you’re letting loose and having a bit too much fun there are several ways to give your skin a restorative boost and reclaim your naturally healthy glow.
We know it’s impossible to pass on the fried dumplings, chocolate-filled pastries and decadent eggnog being passed around at holiday soirées. But while your taste buds are rejoicing, your skin is suffering. Studies show that a diet high in sugar, refined carbohydrates, non-organic dairy, saturated fats, high-glycemic foods, alcohol, and caffeine can increase inflammation, sensitivity, acne, dehydration, and contribute to the breakdown of collagen and elastin.
Inside Remedy: After a night full of tasty treats, give your nutrient-depleted skin a boost by loading up on fresh seasonal fruits, green, red and yellow vegetables and healthy Omega 3 & 6 oils. These foods are high in antioxidants, vitamins, and phytonutrients and have been shown to dramatically boost skin health.
Outside Remedy: Slather your skin with vitamins and phyto-nutrients, particularly the super-antioxidant vitamin C to brighten your skin. Try our SANCTUARY Vita 3 | Anti-Ox Defense Serum, which contains tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, the most stable and penetrative form of vitamin C, as well as our five super fruit complex that restores your skin with antioxidants, phytosterols, polyphenols, carotenoids, bioflavonoids, vitamins and omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids.
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After a Long and Sleepless Night
Beauty sleep is a real thing. While you’re slumbering away your skin is hard at work repairing and renewing itself, creating new skin cells and collage and increasing blood flow, bringing nutrients to the skin. After a late night dancing under the disco ball you’ll wake with dull, gray skin, puffy eyes and dark circles.
Inside Remedy: Vitamin K is best known for its ability to help stimulate blood circulation, which helps to lighten the appearance of dark circles. Eat foods high in the nutrient, like broccoli, spinach and Brussels sprouts. And if you have some down time take quick catnap. According to the National Sleep Foundation even a 20-30 minute nap can significantly improve mood, alertness and performance.
Outside Remedy: Depuff your eye area by freezing a spoon and placing the curved end on your eye area for a few minutes. You can also freeze used green or black teabags and place them on your tired eyes. The cold, caffeine and antioxidants help to tighten and refresh skin.
After Drinking or Flying
With merrymaking often comes martinis and cranberry cocktails. If you’ve imbibed a bit too much, your skin will appear dull and lax thanks to all the water and nutrient loss. Flights will also cause your skin to get dehydrated due to the dry, recycled air in plane cabins
Inside Remedy: Alcohol impedes the absorption of vital nutrients such as vitamin B1, vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin C, potassium and zinc, all of which you can get by eating green, leafy vegetables. Add a variety of greens to a smoothie, and include coconut water and bananas to add an extra boost of potassium. This is a great pre- or post-flight snack as well.
Outside Remedy: Breathe life back into your skin with moisture so it can perk up and restore its radiance. After cleansing, spritz on BLISS - NMF | Transformative Moisture Mist to drench your skin with two skin-identical natural moisturizing factors, sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid, and follow with HARMONY - Omega 3|6 Recovery Serum, which deeply hydrates, revitalizes and renews dry, distressed, sensitive skin with ceramide 3 and Omega 3 & 6 rich organic plant oils.
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When an encounter with your competitive sister-in-law or overbearing uncle causes a surge of tension and anxiety your skin will suffer too. When you’re stressed, the hormone cortisol spikes and can trigger flare-ups of sensitive skin issues like psoriasis, eczema and acne.
Inside Remedy: Find a moment for yourself. Take a walk, a yoga class or a relaxing bath. Cultivate a mindfulness practice to help manage stress. If you need help, download a meditation app like Stop, Breathe & Think or Headspace.
Outside Remedy: Your skin needs a concentrated “shot” of vitamins and minerals to detox and revive itself. In the evening, mix our PURITY - Marine | Mineral Detox Mask with calming chamomile or soothing licorice tea and apply to your face. Do a gentle tapotement (tapping with fingertips) facial massage to release the tension from your facial muscles. This non-drying powder-to-gel mask features three seaweeds that moisturize and alleviate dry, dehydrated skin and encourage microcirculation while kaolin and sea clay gently cleanse and detoxify pores.
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After Attending an Outdoor Winter Event
Although you might want to stay indoors all season long to avoid the snow and winds, there are a lot of reasons to head out and brave the cold, such as tree-lighting festivals and skiing. You can protect your body from the elements with scarves and parkas, but the extreme temperatures will dry out skin, making it flaky and ashy.
Inside Remedy: Wear clothing that doesn’t exacerbate itchiness or sensitivity. Many people do well with cotton or pure silk but find that synthetic fabrics and wool cause chafing and irritation. Some laundry detergents contain artificial fragrances and dyes and chemicals that can cause contact dermatitis—so stick with a safe, natural option that is dye and fragrance-free and doesn’t contain ingredients like phosphates.
Outside Remedy: After you shower, apply a rich moisturizer while your skin is still damp, as it can absorb better than when it’s dry. For extra hydration and healing, layer a body oil over it. Our collection of HARMONY Omega 3 | 6 Recovery Body Serums are full of organic plant oils, Ceramide 3 and Pomegranate sterols that provide exceptional moisturization and improve skin softness, elasticity, and radiance. Take your pick from exotic Jasmine Lime, grounding Lavender Geranium or pure Unscented.
Photo by Jennifer Pallian