Katie Frazier: Tips for treating stress of seasonal body woes
It is extremely common for your body to act up around the holiday season. This time of the year, it is not unusual to get dry skin because of the weather or even because of the stress of the holiday season. Another problem includes foot pain from working holiday hours — I have you covered for these holiday woes. Today, we are going to talk about some remedies for some common holiday beauty related issues.
I’m going to go ahead and say that one of the most common holiday skin issues is chapped lips. But, that’s an easy fix. Lip scrubs and moisturizing balms are your best friend this season. There have been many stories and articles about how some Chapsticks are not good for you, as they have some questionable ingredients in them, but, no worries — I have found a brand that constantly keeps my lips so soft and hydrated — Kiss Me Now Products.
The brand offers multiple flavors of all natural lip scrubs (it’s a big deal when I can pronounce and recognize every single ingredient) such as birthday cake, Skittles, watermelon, peppermint and a collaborative scrub with one of my favorite beauty vloggers, Raw Beauty by Natalie, a peaches and cream flavor.
KMN Products also offers a smoothing lip balm with all natural ingredients that include hyaluronic acid, shea butter and jojoba seed oil that smells like vanilla cupcakes. KMN has become one of my favorite brands over the last few months, especially for lip care! You can pick up some KMN lip goodies at kissmenowgifts.com, and be sure to use my coupon code “katiee” to save some money.
Working more hours this holiday season? I’m sure so many of you are, and your feet have to be killing you. I have some all natural remedies that can help. Eucalyptus or peppermint oil foot soaks are really good for your sore, tired feet.
Take a large bowl or bucket and add some hot water, and about 10 drops of either the eucalyptus or peppermint oil (your choice, they do the same thing). Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes and repeat 1-2 times daily for the best results.
Eucalyptus and peppermint oil both have a strong anti-inflammatory compound called menthol and is not only used for treating pains, but also helps overcome other symptoms like redness and swelling.
If you are also having trouble with cracked, dry skin on your feet, my favorite tip for that is to take 2-3 teaspoons of coconut oil with a few drops of your favorite essential oil right before bed, and gently massage it onto your foot. After you got it rubbed in really well, put on a pair of socks and sleep in it. You could also do this during a day at home and wear the socks throughout the day. This can also help out with foot pain because coconut oil has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and analgesic properties that treats foot pain, moisturizes and keeps feet infection free.
Dry skin is an extremely common problem in the winter season that I, myself, suffer with. I have to stay extremely consistent with my skincare routine not only for my face, but for my entire body.
My favorite products to use for my body and keeping it plump and hydrated are my body scrubs, moisturizing soap, lotions and oils. My husband and I both use and love the Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub body scrub, but warning: it smells so much like waffles and pancakes you may leave your shower hungry. We also enjoy multiple scents from Tea Tree body scrubs, which is a more affordable option.
Using a body scrub is an extremely important step that should be added to your routine. Body scrubs exfoliate the skin and remove all the dry, dead and flaky skin on the body, leaving your skin feeling smoother than ever.
After the scrub, I like to take a moisturizing body wash, such as Dove or Aveeno, and wash up. Directly after drying off from the shower, I use my favorite lotion, which changes by season, but right now is Bath and Body Works “Cinnamon Pumpkin.” Right after that, I take a body oil (that also changes a lot), and I put that in my most dry areas, like my elbows, my knees and my feet. Keeping up with a similar routine to this will guarantee smoother, more hydrated skin throughout this dry winter season.
Last, but most certainly not least, a common thing that happens this time of the year is stress breakouts. I get these around Christmas every single year because I am stressing about buying my friends and family the perfect gift and meeting the deadline to do it. I have the best thing for it - the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion.
This product has helped me out so much with my random stress breakouts not just in the holiday season, but year round. This drying lotion is fast acting and really works. I just dip a q-tip into the bottle (without shaking it, there is a clear liquid on top and lotion on the bottom of the bottle.) Don’t shake it), and put it on the whitehead (don’t rub it in, just let it dry), just enough to completely cover it right before I go to bed. By the time morning comes and I have washed my face, I barely notice that it is even there. I highly recommend, I have been using it for a few months, and it has helped my whiteheads every single time.
I hope some of these tips will help you with some of your holiday beauty issues, I know our skin and bodies tend to freak out during a stressful time of the year like the holidays, so I wanted to help out and give you some of my best tips. Happy holidays, I hope these tips help make it a little less stressful and more relaxing!
Katie Frazier is a freelance makeup artist from Genoa, W.Va. She operates a social media account for both her makeup looks “Katelynne Frazier MUA” and a group called “Vanity Insanity.”