By Julie Jorgensen
Okay, everyone – take a deep breath. Yes, the holidays are upon us. Yes, everyone is running ninety-to-nothin’ this time of year. Yes, many (if not all) of us end up feeling frazzled and caught between the do-everything-for-everyone holiday season and the reinvent-yourself resolution frenzy that accompanies the start of a new year. Well, guess what, friends? I’m giving you permission to drop out of that tired old scenario. The close of one year and the start of the next is always a great opportunity for a fresh start, but I’m completely over the whole “new year, new you” concept. You’re just perfectly fine as you are, you beautiful thing. I prefer to approach this time of year not as a reminder that I need to indulge and then punish myself, but rather to educate myself and edit my choices along the way – the holiday season notwithstanding. Ready to feel more enlightened and less frazzled? Good. Here we go.
Taking time for ourselves during the seasonal hubbub is essential, and there’s no need to wait until after the holidays. So let’s first and foremost resolve to take the periodical time-out to recharge and rest. Some of my favorite ways to do just that include getting a fabulous manicure, indulging in a great massage, and dropping into a soothing and reflective yoga class. A perennial favorite for my tips and toes is the upbeat yet no-televisions-allowed Nail Bar, and Massage Envy is my go-to for whatever massage I need at the moment. I always ask for deep-tissue or a pressure-point massage, and the sweet receptionists can always accommodate my request. Also – and hooray for the local yoga community – a myriad of amazing yoga teachers and classes await to accommodate our holiday-season stress! There are numerous yoga studios in the area that offer a full gamut of amazing classes of all levels. If y’all would rather throw around some heavy stuff and have one heck of a sweaty good time in the process, check out some of the high intensity and strength workout studios in the area. As the cold weather settles in for the season, it’s essential to “resolve” to care for your skin, regardless of how exhausted you are at bedtime. First and foremost: wash your face at night. No excuses. Find a gentle cleanser that will take the day off without stripping vital moisture. YonKa and Beautycounter both rock. Shoot, even coconut oil will work in a pinch. Products with hyaluronic acid are also a beauty junkie’s best friend this time of year. Naturally existing in the human body, hyaluronic acid attracts and holds an exponential amount of water compared to its molecular weight. Translation: soothing hydration without irritation. Look for a serum containing this powerhouse ingredient, like Perricone MD Blue Plasma Gentle Daily Peel or e-dermis H2O-Peptide Serum. But brace yourself if you choose the Blue Plasma. The smell is, well, off-putting, to put it nicely. And don’t forget: serum is applied after cleanser, onto a damp face, and before your moisturizer or sunscreen.
Finally, friends, promise me you’ll “resolve” to let it go and be nice to yourself. No time for a spray tan before the big office party? Throw on some shimmer powder and let it go. A late meeting or the kids’ schedules kept you from hitting the salon for a blowout? Boost up on some dry shampoo and let it go. Feeling like you have to be all things to all people? Trust that you’re doing your best and let it go. The kinder we are to ourselves, the more we’re able to fully enjoy the season, instead of holding ourselves to an unattainable standard. And that is just as beautiful as can be. Happy Holidays!
Love, The Beauty Junkie
YonKa: Artistry Spa and Salon, Franklin; Wax Nashville, East Nashville
Perricone MD: Sephora
e-dermis: Skin MB, Nashville