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Holiday Beauty Tips

November 30, 2017 · Posted in: Hair, Inspiration

The holidays can be a stressful time. Between the end of October to the beginning of January, we’re all running around prepping, attending holiday parties and shopping all while trying to get our beauty sleep. There’s no reason why your skin should begin to suffer as we triumph through yet another year. Read on to find out how you can give yourself the gift of fresh, rejuvenated skin this holiday season.

Cleanse before you Sleep

There are a lot of events going on the last few months of the year and most of us are probably sporting a little extra makeup than our everyday look. Even though removing your makeup before bed is a must, it’s important to cleanse your skin before you sleep as well. Taking your makeup off can still leave behind trapped dirt and oils in your pores. This can rub all over your pillow case and stay there for the next time you rest your head.

To avoid break outs, you should develop a nighttime skin routine to refresh your face. For a basic routine that’s quick and easy, start with a face cleanser like Aveda’s Outer Peace Foaming Cleanser. This helps remove dirt and oil from the surface of the skin. Follow by Aveda’s Toning Mist to even out the PH balance in your skin and finish up with Hydrating Lotion to seal in moisture and keep your face from getting dry.

Hydrate Once a Week

Between blistery winds and a face full of makeup, your skin is bound to dry out. You should moisturize your face daily to keep it soft and supple; however, it won’t be enough against all that extra drying. During this time of year, it’s a good idea to use a hydrating mask once a week such as Aveda’s Intensive Hydrating Mask. This will allow your skin a little extra hydrating boost and prevent any over dryness or cracking that may occur. Just apply the mask after your toner, then moisturize after! It’s that easy.
Help those Tired Eyes

Scheduling, holiday shopping, cooking, these things are endless and tiring during the holidays. Even though we’re losing sleep, we’re still trying to put our best face forward. To help you with those under eye circles you may develop, invest in an under eye cream such as Aveda’s Eye Firming Cream. Products like this help tighten and brighten the area underneath where dark spots form resulting in a more awake appearance. Apply the eye cream after your moisturizer and let it set before you move onto makeup. You can also apply this product at night before bed to help your under eye bags as you rest.

Don’t Forget to Exfoliate

To make sure that you’re really diving deep into your pores and getting out any dirt that may be trapped, you have to exfoliate. Depending on your skin type, you should exfoliate once a week to scrub away any extra dirt and dead skin cells your cleanser doesn’t clean away. For those with dryer skin, once every other week will be enough and those with oilier skin can exfoliate twice a week. It all depends on what you deem necessary. When it comes to wearing a ton of makeup, stress or what have you- exfoliating can help your skin stay clear while you’re juggling between family and friends on your shopping list.

If you’re a big fan of lipstick, make sure you don’t skimp out on exfoliating your lips too! During the winter, we all know how dry and cracked our lips get. Exfoliating your lips should be a daily ordeal. When you’re done brushing your teeth, use your toothbrush and some lukewarm water to gently scrub away any dead skin and reveal soft, plump lips underneath. Then, moisturize with your favorite lip balm like Aveda’s Lip Saver and apply the lipstick of your choice.

Now that you’re fresh-faced, you’re ready to take on the holidays! Don’t forget to be thankful for the life you have and let everyone know how much you appreciate them. Oh, and don’t forget to tell them how your skin looks so perfect after the fifth corporate event this month.

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