Although it is truly the most wonderful time of the year, full of cheer and all that, it can definitely wreak havoc on your health. Whilst it’s great to relax and enjoy the fun, food and festivities, it’s also good to keep that balance. Here’s our top tips to looking and feeling healthy over the holidays…
Think wine, think water!
Whatever your tipple, drinking plenty of water every day will not only keep your skin hydrated and looking healthier, it will also help keep those hangovers at bay. The hangover headache is actually due to dehydration, so if you are having a drink, enjoy water in between.
Fewer wrinkles anyone?
Ok, so we can’t promise you’ll wake up wrinkle free, but the benefits of sleep on your skin health cannot be underestimated. Your skin produces collagen (the stuff responsible for the elasticity and youthfulness of your skin) while we sleep. Your body also boosts blood flow while you sleep, contributing to a healthier glow – skimping on sleep too much can make your skin look dull. You’ll find your eyes are brighter and less puffy with good sleep too.
As well as these great benefits for your skin, sleep is vital to your overall physical and mental health, so try to get the balance between going out and having fun and getting plenty of sleep. You’ll feel much more refreshed and ready to go because of it.
Hair today gone tomorrow
You’re not going to lose your hair from a few night’s of drinking, but in the same way alcohol can dehydrate your skin, it can also damage your hair causing split ends and breakage. Remember to stay hydrated and treat your hair to a ritual or mask a couple of times a week.
The morning after the night before
Ever gone to bed late and forgot to remove your make up? If you have, you’ll know in the morning it doesn’t feel so good. Always try to remove your make up. Leaving it on will clog your pores and lead to break outs. A few years ago a Daily Mail reporter did a little experiment over a month of applying make up each day but not taking it off. By the end of the experiment she had aged about 10 years! Take it off, every night, no matter how tired you are.
Feast or famine?
Find the happy middle, where you are enjoying what you eat and drink, but are also mindful of your choices. There is nothing worse than feeling like you have overdone it and arriving into January feeling like you need to lose more weight than you arrived at December with. If you exercise try to keep it up over the holidays and if you don’t, why not start early?