Nothing heralds the holidays like the heady aromas of fir trees, warm sugar cookies, gingerbread, and pumpkin pie. This holiday season, surround yourself with all the delicious fragrances that accompany this time of joy, laughter, and giving. Here’s how you can benefit from using the best flavors of the holiday season to make the most of your winter skin care routine:
Pumpkin makes for more than just a delicious spiced latte during the holiday season. This orange squash plant contains a plethora of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that nourish skin health. A combination of fruit acids and enzymes in pumpkin are natural exfoliators that strip away dead skin, boost blood circulation, and increase cell turnover – all of which can reduce the appearance of dull, dry skin in the winter. To read more about the benefits of pumpkin for your skin, click here.
Isn’t it amazing how a pinch of cinnamon can instantly take your wintery oatmeal breakfast from bland to sweet and full-flavored? So it isn’t surprising that a sprinkling of cinnamon has magical qualities for your skin as well. This super spice has it all – antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antioxidant properties, all of which help control acne and smooth away skin blemishes. It works as a natural exfoliator and moisturizer: the gritty texture sloughs off dirt and dead cells, leaving smooth new skin in its place. Cinnamon also improves blood flow and locks in moisture on the skin’s surface. Is the cold weather giving you dry, cracked heels? A foot treatment with cinnamon as the star ingredient will exfoliate the dry skin, smooth out rough spots, and trap moisture in the heels to give you a new spring in your step.
Don’t pucker your lips at this tart fruit – cranberries are not only great for digestive health, but they provide a number of benefits for skin health as well. They have anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, which help treat acne and skin blemishes. In fact, you can dab cranberry juice directly over acne breakouts to soothe and heal inflamed skin. Cranberries are also chock full of Vitamin C, which is a key vitamin in the production of collagen – the protein responsible for your skin’s structure and elasticity. And if that wasn’t enough, these festive berries pack an antioxidant punch too. Antioxidants protect skin from free radical damage, which can cause bags, sags, wrinkles and other physical signs of premature aging.
Peppermint oil is an essential oil widely used in aromatherapy for its healing effects on anxiety, pain, and headaches. A few whiffs of this minty aroma can also boost alertness and improve memory. Peppermint contains a cooling agent – menthol – which can help cool down dry and inflamed skin. Look for peppermint flavored lip balm to ease and heal dry, chapped lips during the cold winter months. Additionally, peppermint helps control oil secretions in the skin – excess oil can lead to acne breakouts. And if you come down with a nasty cold from the dry air, breathe in a little peppermint to aid in clearing and calming nasal congestion.
Spruce and Fir Needle
Like peppermint, the benefits from spruce and fir needle come from their oils. Both have antiseptic properties, which fight skin infections, skin inflammation, and aid in faster wound healing. The essential oils help soothe inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis, which may flare up during a cold, dry winter. Both oils also relieve breathing and respiratory issues by inducing coughing to clear nasal and chest congestion. In addition, fir needle is a natural detoxifier and can eliminate bad bacteria in the body that leads to body odor.
Looking for another fragrant holiday treat? Stop by Ageless Allure Medispa and book yourself one of our December treatment specials. Try the Vanilla Bourbon Massage & Chocolate Fig Foot Treatment and wrap your tired footsies – from all that holiday shopping – in the intoxicating scents of vanilla, chocolate fig, and raspberry. Click here to read more about this month’s specials or call 863-292-2317 to book your next session.