How to Survive the Holidays and Still Look Your Best

How to Survive the Holidays and Still Look Your Best

For many of us, the holidays are a special time of year when we connect with friends and family, attend gatherings, share food and drinks, and exchange gifts.
But all of this excitement can easily create a lot of stress and anxiety. I ate too much! Am I wearing the right dress? Is this the right present? It can be challenging to remember the true meaning of the holiday season—being present in the moment with peace and love.
“I think the biggest obstacles people face during the holidays are the pace and the many different influences that create changes to a ‘normal’ schedule,” says Brent Agin, M.D., MONAT Scientific Board Member. “I personally survive the holidays by keeping my focus. Although my schedule undoubtedly changes, I do not let it interfere with my key health habits that keep me feeling good. If I want to eat some delicious foods that are not in my normal diet I make sure I exercise to earn and burn!
“The holidays are always stressful with both good and bad stress,” Dr. Agin continues, “so dropping your health habits will just worsen your body’s response to these stresses. Staying as close to your regimen as possible is the best way to get through this time looking and feeling your best.”
Tips for Making It Through!
  • This is important! Don’t skip meals on the big party day. Instead, eat early and eat often. Keep the fire of your metabolism burning all day rather than slowing it down during periods of “mini-starvation.” Your metabolism will work faster and more efficiently.
  • Eat a small, nutritious snack before the party. This cuts your appetite and will help you resist hors d’oeuvres and save your calories for the main meal. And let’s face it: a hungry girl is a hangry one.
  • Use a smaller plate to help you cut down on the total amount you eat. And don’t go back for seconds!
  • Watch your alcohol which makes you uninhibited around food. If you drink at parties, stay hydrated during the event. As we like to say, go one for one. Drinking plenty of agua at the bar will likely reduce the chance of waking up with a hangover. Trust us on this one.
  • Focus on family and friends, not food. Shift your attention to what really matters rather than making a dive for the buffet.
  • Keep up your regular physical activity schedule and make sure to get in a good workout on the day of a party or event. NO excuses! You’ll thank yourself later.
  • Don’t overlook sleep. As Dr. Agin says, “Sleep is tough during the holidays but try to keep on a good regimen when can.” Your body needs time to recuperate.

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When the Days Are Overwhelming
No matter what you do, sometimes the holidays are all just too much. If that happens, just do you.

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  • Treat yourself to some alone time to rejuvenate your spirit. Perhaps read a great book, get a mani/pedi, take a yoga class or get a massage.
  • Reach out to a friend or family member who lives too far away to travel to. You’ll both get a positive benefit from the connection!
  • Carve out at least five minutes a day to sit quietly, meditate, relieve stress and use your breath to calm your body and mind. Namaste!

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Remember that love and sharing are the best parts of the holidays. Focus your efforts toward maintaining a healthy mind and body so you can really appreciate the festivities.
winterproof your hair and skin with these easy hacks

Winterproof Your Hair and Skin with These Easy Hacks!

While winter weather is a great time to get cozy with a cup of hot chocolate, you can’t forget that the dry and dreary weather can be brutal for your hair and skin. It’s harder to retain moisture in your hair so it can become brittle and prone to breaking. Frizz and static also occur with your winter clothes. And your skin also can become drier and itchy to the point of flaking.
Avoid steaming hot showers
While hot, steaming water may feel good when it’s brrrrr outside, it isn’t good for your hair or skin since it strips away natural oils. Shower in lukewarm water instead. Limit yourself to one five or 10-minute bath or shower daily.

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Alternate Dry Shampoo with Wet Shampoo
Winter temperatures can make your hair and scalp become dry and damaged. Instead of using wet shampoo every day, take a break every few days and use dry shampoo like THE CHAMP™ Conditioning Dry Shampoo which will get your hair clean and give it bounce. When you do wash your hair, don’t use very hot water since it will strip away your hair’s natural oils. Lukewarm water gets the job done by helping hair keep in its natural moisture. Also use a hydrating shampoo like Renew Shampoo that adds essential moisture back into the hair.

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Don’t Forget to Condition Hair
Protect your hair from the winter cold by applying a great conditioner after every shampoo. A leave-in conditioner like Restore Leave-In Conditioner will not only restore essential nutrients but it also tames frizz and flyaways that come from hoodies, sweaters, scarves and beanies! To give you hair the one-two nourishing punch, massage your hair and scalp with REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive and leave it on for an hour to really soak in. Your hair will come out silky and shiny!
Dry Hair Carefully
While it’s best to let your hair dry naturally, not all of us have the time. Squeeze out the excess water to shorten your drying time. Rubbing vigorously can cause fragile wet hair break; it also can cause frizz. Gently blot moisture from your hair with an absorbent towel and try, if you can, not to dry it completely; stop while your hair is slightly damp and let it air dry the rest of the way. Your hair will thank you.

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Your Skin Needs Help Too
  • Choose oils since they are more hydrating. Moisturize with an oil like REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive immediately after showering and again before bed to help relieve chapped skin.
  • Dermatologist Dr. Amy Ross, MONAT Scientific Board Member, advises to avoid deodorant soaps, perfumed soaps and alcohol-based products. All have a drying effect, which you want to stay away from when you are already surrounded by dry winter heat.
  • Make sure you hydrate from the inside out, Dr. Ross also emphasizes. That means you should increase your intake of foods rich in omega oils and drink plenty of water!
  • Use a humidifier, Dr. Ross adds. Inside winter heat is very drying and a humidifier will help both your skin and your hair stay moist.
Remember, moisture is the name of the game!

SUMMER-IZE YOUR HAIR 2

Many people go au naturel with their hair in the summer. They give up on perfect, sleek hairdos and turn to a looser, slightly-but-purposely messy look. That’s good news because shaggy hair is back! And trendy, slightly messy looks are so easy to do.

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  • 1— Second Day Hair, Don’t Care! Add texture applying The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo on the roots and Moxie Magnifying Mousse on the rest of your hair, then flip up the ends with a flat iron.
  • 2— The Braded Bunch. Braids are an easy way to make your hair look done. No matter where you put them on your hair, they give a finished look. But let the flyaways have their day. They keep the style looking effortless and not too “done.”
  • 3— Back with a Bang. Try side swept bangs, which give you versatility. You can push them off to the side or pin them off your face. Prep hair with a styling sculptor like Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy for hold and flexibility, point the hairdryer nozzle down and away from your face and then mist the fringe with hairspray, like Refinish Control Hairspray to keep the bangs in place.
  • 4— Groovy Waves. Use Tousled Texturizing Mist to achieve a desirable wavy beach look. Spray it on and scrunch your hair while lightly drying with a diffuser.
Are you more into shiny and smooth hair in the summer? MONAT has you covered!

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  • 5— High-High. Try the high ponytail to keep your hair off your neck. Spray Tousled Texturizing Mist at the roots and then brush hair up toward the top back of your crown. Secure the ponytail with two elastics—one on top of the other—to create volume and height. Flat iron the ponytail (remember, at a low temperature!), hide the elastic with a leather ribbon and finish with a mist of hair spray.
  • Low-Low. You also can go with a low ponytail. Slick back wayward hair with Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy, gathering the hair at the nape of the neck with two elastics for extra support. Divide the ponytail into three sections and wind each around a curling iron. Finish the look off by combing your fingers through the ringlets for a casual, slightly off-beat look.
LOVE YOUR HAIR
Regardless of the look you want, your hair needs some serious TLC in the summer because the season’s heat, humidity and dry wind can make hair frizzy, dehydrated and weathered.
  • Apply conditioners and oils starting midway on your hair down to the ends to prevent your roots from getting oily.
  • Go for a deep treatment, such as REJUVABEADS™, to bring your hair back to health.
  • Wear scarves, hats or funky hair accessories to provide extra UV protection, help your scalp retain moisture and protect your hair from sun, dust and pollution.
  • Embrace and celebrate the natural texture of your hair!

4 Fabulous Hairstyles You Want to Steal For Your 2017 Holiday Parties

The big holiday parties are this weekend. How are you wearing your hair, which is after all, any woman’s masterpiece? We have three great styles and three tutorials for you so you can watch step by step how to do these tresses without having to rush out to the hairdresser!

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Dutch Braid Updo
Combine elegance and old world beauty in this breathtaking updo. While it may look like you spent all day at the salon, you can do this magical style yourself in less than 10 minutes. Then watch how the room stops when you walk in! Watch and learn how from Missy Sue at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YyUnnxUpx4

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High Pony Tail
High and full pony tails are put the edge on sophistication! If you have long curly or straight hair, they’ll work for you and let you make a party entrance with a sashay in your step. Learn from Kayley Melissa, Youtube hair expert, how she makes a high ponytail in just over four minutes. Watch here!

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Braided “Updo” for Medium Length Hair
What do you do when you want to make a smashing entrance but you don’t have long, flowing locks? Try this gorgeous “updo” which rests on your neck and is made of beautiful braids. You’ll look stunning! Find out how to make this look yours from Abby Smith at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGObla0gfm4&t=22s

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Super Curly Hair Updo
There’s nothing like an updo that says glamour! But what if you have super curly, almost kinky, hair? What to do? Learn from GLAMOUR Magazine how to make a totally ab fab braided updo that makes the most of your curls and you really can do yourself! Click here to watch!