The countdown has begun, the advent calendars are ready to be opened! The festive season can be such a hectic time for some, with party invitations forthcoming, we all want to look our best whilst juggling a dozen different things, it can be close to chaos! I have to remind myself to step back, take a deep breath and do what I can to look after myself in the midst of all that is going on!
Here’s a few simple tips and some of my favourite products and natural homemade recipes to help you look and feel great all the way through to the New Year! Wishing you a sparkling and relaxed Christmas!
Feel amazing from the inside out…
Take your daily shot of high potency Coconut Kefir – health insurance in a shot, kefir is a great supplement to protect and support your digestive system, so it can cope with the extra excess at this time of year!
Take a daily cup of high grade Matcha Green Tea – Matcha burns calories, increases energy levels and endurance, relaxes mind and body, and is celebrated for its anti-ageing & detoxifying properties. A cup a day will give you great stamina and a healthy glow through the party season!
Try my favourite detoxifying Super Green Smoothie which you can enjoy in the run up to Christmas (don’t drink it on the same day as indulging in rich food as it won’t mix too well for your digestive system!) but drinking it now and making it a daily habit will help you feel amazing!
- 2 green apples or 2 chunks of pineapple as a base
- Chunk of broccoli stalk
- Small handful spinach or kale
- 2-inch piece of cucumber
- ¾ inch of celery (fennel works well too)
- Half avocado
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and mix! Or juice everything except the avocado then add to a blender with the avocado and mix…and drink!
Right about now is when the cold weather dries out skin, to get your skin tip top and smooth for its Christmas reveal in your favourite party outfit, then start now to treat it with a bit of TLC and plenty of moisturiser!
Silvan Skincare – Skin Therapy Face Oil
This gentle botanical rich face oil eases the symptoms of inflammatory skin conditions and leaves skin feeling smooth, soft and moisturised so it’s a great treatment to use on skin to achieve a calm and glowing complexion. Great for sun damaged skin, laughter lines and scars.
Take a detoxing and rejuvenating bath with Westlab’s Himalayan Body Cleanse.
This salt infused with Seaweed, Rose and Lemon is 100% naturally cleansing for the body. Use it to gently brush dead skin cells away revealing healthy looking skin which is toned and radiant. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals and will help balance body and mind so you are relaxed and ready for anything!
If you’re going to be doing lots of kissing under the mistletoe, then use Weleda’s Tinted Lip Balms for gorgeous plump kissable lips. These lip balms give lips just a hint of gloss and shimmer. Great for sensitive lips. you can even easily combine the colours to create your very own unique shade!
Africolgy Shimmer Body Butter
This gorgeous Body Butter is the perfect way to get your skin prepped and glowing for Christmas and New Year parties! Combining cocoa and shea butter to moisturise, and soften and a hint of mica for a beautiful shimmer. Use all over, head to toe, as part of your party preparation!
Refresh your party skin before and after!
A natural and simple homemade toner will remove any make-up traces, refresh skin and work as an astringent to balance skin. For normal or combination skin, try fresh cucumber juice. Peel half a cucumber, juice and immediately apply to your skin for a wonderful natural glow.
Christmas Aroma Toner with Myrrh
Lavender and Myrrh work well together (yes, Myrrh of wise men fame) and produce a healing antiseptic toner for oily or blemished skin: – 100 ml Lavender water – 10 drops Myrrh essential oil
Apply with cotton wool to clean skin or add to a spritzer bottle for a refreshing spray that will keep skin fresh all night long!
Using a natural and brightening Chocolate Face Mask /Scrub will keep you glowing
- 2 tablespoons Raw Organic Cacao Powder
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 3 teaspoons fine oatmeal or ground Almonds
- 1 tablespoon Dead Sea salt or Himalayan salt
Blend together the ingredients, apply and leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing off.
Master Beautiful Party Hair….
You can create beautiful party hair and ensure glossy locks that smell amazing with the scented hair oil from Tabitha James Kraan and a spritz of hair perfume.
Relax, unwind, and get in the mood…
We all need a little peace and harmony at this busy time, to help you along spray around your body and space some Sacred Space Mist to balance energies, helping to purify and clear your physical space to create a more relaxing atmosphere. Just what is needed at Christmas and New Year when you have lots of family and friends around. You are just a spray away from harmony and peace!
Jetting away for Christmas…
if you’re lucky enough to be jetting away for some winter or a Christmas getaway in the mountains then you’ll need some great protection from both the sun and the bugs. In colder climates, the reflection of the sun from snowy or watery surfaces can burn your skin, and at high altitudes such as ski slopes, the atmosphere is thinner and less protective.
In tropical climates bugs are around so to ensure you keep yourself protected naturally at the absolute best level you can, choose any of the great natural products from Incognito