STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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flush and will not aggravate dried-out skin. Look for a bright, sheer color that blends well for best results.


Drink lots of water.

People tend to drink more alcohol during the holidays. Waking up the next day dehydrated affects your body and skin. Try to reduce your alcohol intake and drink more than the recommended eight glasses of water a day. If you are having a drink, choose red wine, which has an antioxidant effect on the heart. It’s said if something is good for the heart, it’s good for the skin, too. While over-drinking is never a good idea and may make your skin look worse in the long run, a glass or two of red wine may help keep you looking younger.


Exfoliate at least once a week.

Women tend to apply more makeup than usual during the holidays to look fabulous. Many opt for a 12-hour foundation to keep their makeup in place throughout the night. Exfoliating the skin prepares it for a smooth foundation application and removes all the dead skin cells and impurities that can lead to breakouts. You can opt for physical exfoliation with a scrub or chemical exfoliation with enzymes or alpha-hydroxy acids.

HOLIDAY SKIN CARE TIPS

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Remove makeup before going to bed.

Leaving it on overnight can clog pores and oil glands and end up causing irritation and blemishes.


Exercise every day.

Not only is exercise a good stress reliever, it helps increase oxygen to your skin and can keep you looking younger. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, moderate exercise can improve circulation, which in turn can give your skin a more youthful appearance.


Get rid of old cosmetics.

Bacteria can grow on these products, which is a concern especially in those that are used around the eyes. Generally, you should throw out mascara after about three to four months and foundations after a year (oil-based may last longer). You can get rid of eyeliner and lipstick after two years.


Choose healthy foods.

Instead of reaching for that extra piece of candy or cake, grab some fruit or salad to help keep your skin looking healthy. What you eat affects your overall health.

The holiday season can take a toll on your skin. From non-stop eating to late-night partying on New Year’s Eve, skin does freak out a little. You may find yourself overwhelmed with stress, party planning and shopping for that perfect outfit. The following tips will help keep your skin looking and feeling its best this holiday season and beyond.


Keep your skin clean and moisturized.

Before applying foundation, apply an oil-free moisturizer, then apply makeup primer. Remember to keep your foundation brush, beauty blender, contouring brush, eyeshadow brush and other equipment clean. Germs, oil and bacteria accumulate in makeup brushes if they are not cleaned, and that can lead to acne breakouts.


Add some shimmer.

According to Joyce Carboni, founder and director of Skinsational Skin and Body Spa in San Diego, you can perk up a tired or sallow complexion with a soft shimmer powder or cream. Stroke it lightly on the tops of your cheeks, bridge of the nose and lips for an instant pick-me-up no matter how tired you feel. Alternatively, use a combination of cream blush and lip balm to add color and moisture.


Skip the powder.

Even if you usually use powder blush, ditch it in favor of a cream-based blush for the holiday season. Cream blushes create a more natural