The last few weeks of the year are incredibly stressful with deadlines, family events and the need to get the perfect gifts for your loved ones. It’s difficult to find time for a breather or some pampering in your schedule. Of course, with stress comes blemishes and with those pesky blemishes comes even more stress – it’s a never-ending cycle! Here are a few tips I try to squeeze in to de-stress so my skin is dewy and fresh for those holiday snaps.
The hustlin’ and bustlin’ city life is terrible for the skin. With the pollution index on the rise, it’s important to surround yourself with clean air, both at home and work. Improve the indoor air quality and reduce odors by using a humidifier. It reduces allergens leading to less itchy eyes, sneezing, and skin rashes.
As a self-confessed plant mom, I surround myself with plants such as spider plants, peace lilies and weeping figs. Having these purifying plants are incredibly beneficial as they bring the soothing nature indoors, purify air, reduce molds and serve as room décor. Stock up on aesthetically pleasing vases so you can propagate more plants in the future!
Apartments can get stuffy and after a long day, it’s important to open the doors to let out the smell of last night’s stale dinner and enjoy a nice refreshing blast of air. I find that during super stressful times, coming home to calming scents like lavender, rose and the ocean are incredibly soothing. W. DRESSROOM’s lavender and lemon scented soy candle is my go-to scented stress reliever because it has a lot of benefits. Not only does it improve the ambience but soy wax is also safe on skin as it is a natural moisturizer enriched with Vitamin E. Light a scented candle and then hop right into the bath!
After hours of holiday shopping, you need a nice hot relaxing bath. My favorite bath salts are strawberry and rose scented, filling the bathroom with a sweet but calming aroma. A bath is one of the musts in my short self-care list; it eases the muscles after a long busy day and opens up pores for a thorough cleanse. It’s also a great way to catch up on body care, which we often skip out on. Etude House’s bath bomb is infused with moisturizing oils and turns the water into a lovely pink or blue hue. If you don’t have a bath, use Pyungkang Yul’s A Therapy Cleanser; it’s formulated with relaxing natural ingredients that is sure to relieve any fatigued soul.
It’s easy to forget about masking when you’re exhausted but it’s especially important when you’re tired. Your skin needs to look as fresh as possible for those holiday Instagram snaps, and masks hydrate your skin and help you unwind. They do wonders for sleep-deprived and dehydrated skin. During my holiday travels, eye bags are my biggest carry-ons and Secret Key’s Marine Racoony Hydrogel Eye & Multi Patch is my fave for a quick way to lighten the load.
During the holidays, exercising may not be the first thing on your to-do list – it certainly isn’t on mine! However, it’s important to take a few minutes to get a little bit of sweat going or at least a stretch to release accumulated toxins in our body. You don’t have to lug yourself to the gym – just do it at the comfort of your own home. Once you have a sexy exercise set, it’s sure to motivate you. Either way, it’s never too early (or late) to start a healthy and active New Year’s resolution.
For better skin, one of the most important things to remember is to stay hydrated. It’s a must to drink a lot of water – especially after exercising – as the body loses liquids after a sweat session. Drinking water is also an easy way to keep skin clear and your body energized throughout the day.
‘Tis the season to indulge in butter cookies and everything sweet, and what goes better with them than tea? During the weekend, when you have an hour or so to yourself, it doesn’t hurt to have a nice relaxing cup of tea served using a fancy set.