The start of a new year is generally a time for resolutions. Many people commit to improving their wellness. That could mean anything from working on their fitness to cleansing their post-holiday bodies with the help of water detox recipes. In that spirit, here are some simple tips on how to get your skin and hair looking their best again.
Sort out your sleep
Winter and summer are generally the seasons when it’s hardest to sleep properly at the best of times. In both cases, the issue tends to be the light. In winter, the main problem is the lack of it. Over the holiday season, however, this can be reversed as there are so many outdoor locations decorated with lights. These can be great to look at but they can also wreak your sleep.
With the holidays over, it’s time to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to get the quality sleep you need. It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason. Your body needs downtime to repair itself. If you don’t get enough high-quality sleep you will generally notice the effects on your skin and hair (and mood).
Holiday drinks can be pretty unhealthy. The holidays are often a time when people drink more alcohol than usual. Even if you didn’t increase your alcohol intake, there’s a good chance you drank more caffeine and/or drinks such as cordials and sodas. Realistically, you probably weren’t drinking as many “healthy drinks” as you usually would.
If you’ve really been overdoing it, then it might be advisable to do some kind of detox. Essentially, this will help to get all the built-up toxins out of your body as quickly as possible. If you do choose to detox, remember that, at the start, you can end up looking (and feeling) worse than you did before. This is a classic case of short-term pain for long-term gain.
Even if you don’t need to do a full detox, your body will probably thank you for paying attention to proper hydration. Try to drink water as much as possible. When you need a change, stick with healthy drinks such as milks (including plant milks), fruit and vegetable juices and fruit, green and white teas. If you must have black tea or coffee try to go caffeine-free.
Take nourishment seriously
On a similar note, if you’ve been enjoying holiday treats, your body could probably use a nutritional boost. One particular point to note is that treat foods are often very low in fiber. This lack of fiber can really slow down your digestive system. Lack of exercise can compound the problem.
If your digestive system gets out of order, you’re probably going to notice it most in your stomach. In fact, most “tummy problems” are digestive problems. Sooner or later, however, you’re going to start noticing it in other parts of your body as they won’t be getting the nutrients they need. In particular, your skin and hair will start to lose condition relatively quickly.
For most people, therefore, eating a decent amount of fiber (again) should generally be a high priority. You might also want to boost your intake of vitamins and minerals to make up for what you’ve been missing over the holiday season.
Exercise boosts your metabolism. That means good stuff gets delivered where it’s needed quicker and bad stuff gets taken away quicker. If your skin and hair are looking lackluster after the festive season, taking more exercise will help to speed up their recovery process.
Like exercise, massage helps to stimulate your metabolism. It also helps to drain your lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system is essentially your body’s sewage network. It often gets overloaded during the festive season and it can show clearly in your skin and hair. It’s easy and fun to self-massage your face and scalp and it can really help to improve their condition.
Steam clean and moisturize
Most of the repair work on your skin and hair will need to be done internally. This is because the condition of your skin and hair is largely determined by the nutrients they get from your blood. The speed with which toxins are removed by your blood (and sweat) is also a factor. It is relatively little you can do from the outside.
With that said, there’s a big difference between “relatively little” and nothing. Proper cleansing can do a lot for your skin and hair, especially after the festive season. Steam gives a deep-down, all-natural cleanse. It can literally get into places other cleansers can’t reach. Moisturizer (and sun protection) will help to protect your skin and hair from the cold weather.