Five Tips for GLOWING Skin During the Holidays
I swear my skin has an attitude problem. As soon as it hears somebody whisper the word “winter” or “holiday season”, havoc ensues. The texture becomes drier and duller than what’s left of the fall leaves. Then, after I desperately lather myself with moisturizer, it rebels by breaking out like the angsty teen that it is. But treating the breakouts only leads to itchy red patches scattered around my body. And what happens when I treat the red patches? It leads to more dry, inflamed skin. It’s the vicious skin cycle of winter.
(I mean, it only seems right to have patchy, inflamed, and dry skin during the holiday season, when we see literally ALL of our friends, family, and coworkers, right?!)
But alas! There are tried and true ways to BREAK the vicious winter skin cycle that don’t require breaking the bank or slathering yourself in who-knows-what chemicals. And I am here to share them with you.
1. Reverse Aging and Skin Damage with Collagen.
Collagen is about as close to the fountain of youth as we’ll come. It has incredible anti-aging benefits throughout the whole body, but in particular, for your skin (which is 80% collagen!). Taking a collagen supplement creates more elastic, moisturized, and evenly toned skin (Proksch et al., 2013). And FRIENDS, it even reduces and prevents wrinkles!
Our body’s production of collagen starts to plummet after the age of 25, when we start to break down more collagen than we create. Hi aging. Hello dark circles. How are you, fine lines?
But by taking a high-quality collagen supplement, like Naturelle Company’s marine collagen powder, you are reversing that process, and setting yourself up for youthful success. But don’t take my word for it with its clinically-effective collagen source, and a 60-day moneyback guarantee, you have no reason NOT to try Naturelle’s collagen supplement. Place your order, sit back, and watch your skin transform.
I know we associate sunscreen with summer, but it is just as important (if not MORE!!) in the winter. Snow reflects up to 80% of UV rays, which means that your exposure to UV in the winter is almost DOUBLED (World Health Association, 2002). Plus, our favorite little sun umbrella, aka the ozone layer, is thinnest in the winter, which also happens to be when the earth is closest to the sun (World Health Association, 2002). Please. Just put on your sunscreen. Every day. You’ll thank us down the road.
3. Vitamin C Serum
Look, I’m not trying to be dramatic, but investing in a Vitamin C serum will LITERALLY CHANGE YOUR LIFE (it’s weird that there wasn’t a scientific journal article to back that statement up . . . But THERE SHOULD BE BECAUSE IT WILL). The moisturizing serum is suitable for almost all skin types and works in conjunction with your body’s collagen levels to leave your skin brighter, tighter, and glowing. Yes, it’s expensive, but you really only need to use it every other day to reap its benefits and it will save you on other products in the long run.
4. Stimulate Your Lymphatic System
This is just a very fancy way of saying jade roll your face. You don’t have to go crazy on your jade roller to get amazing benefits. Rolling drains stale, lymphatic fluid which is especially present in times of stress (HELLO HOLIDAYS). It’s like a bath for your cells that only takes 5 minutes and will increase collagen production, uplift the cheekbones, and reduce inflammation. This is a great how-to cheat sheet.
5. Eat Real Foods, and Enough of Them
I know that this is far easier said than done. While it’s good to indulge mindfully and enjoy the holidays, try to continue to consume nutrient-dense food alongside your treats. Your skin will thank you.
The holidays can also be a very stressful and triggering time for people who struggle with their relationship to food. You may find that the holiday stress and the food-focus cause a desire to restrict your food intake. If your skin starts to break out like mad, check yourself for appropriate calorie intake and don’t be afraid to reach out to friends or family for support. (And remember, we are here for you at Naturelle!)
So internet friends, don’t let your skin suffer this winter. Give these 5 tricks a-go and before you know it, your brilliant skin will be putting those glowing holiday lights to shame
Proksch et al., Oral Supplementation of Specific Collagen Peptides Has Beneficial Effects on Human Skin Physiology: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study., Skin Pharmacol. Physiol. 2013: 27. 47-55.