Th Daily Scrub is so happy to introduce our feautred guest blogger this week, Nicole Dantzler, from Lipstick and Luxury! We are so honored to have her cover her top picks on staying beautiful this holiday season! Thank you, Nicole!

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We are well into the holiday season filled with lots of family gatherings, office parties and festivities. The season can literally leave us drained and not just of your holiday spirit! Exhaustion around the holiday season is common. But with a few tips, you can make it though the season looking and feeling your best. And your guests will appreciate it too!

Dry skin can make us look tired and older than we really are. So it’s important to exfoliate our skin so that we can gently remove the dead skin to reveal a more polished and youthful looking skin underneath. One of my favorite, more glamorous scrubs is the GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub which contains Ruby Crystals and is almost as effective as microdermabrasion. I don’t just use this scrub on my face, I love it on my legs, its leaves them glowing!

Nail Art is perfect for the holiday season and even if you’re not a fan of this huge trend you can still join in the fun. If nail art is not something that fits your style then perhaps a nice glittery shade might suit your tastes a bit more. A fun shade like Scallywag from Butter London is the perfect way to add a pop of festive color.

Bronzer is not just for the summer. During the winter months your skin begins to lose that warm summer glow but there are safer alternatives like bronzers. For some simple winter shimmer that won’t leave you feeling like you spent the weekend at the Jersey Shore, I love Stila’s One Step Bronzer, its primer, moisturizer and bronzer all in one and it delivers just enough shimmer for a sun-kissed glow.

Water not only keeps you hydrated but it keeps your skin nourished and supple. Since some of us (like me!) tend to indulge a bit more during the holidays, it’s the perfect time to drink a little more water. Not only does water assists in removing harmful toxins from our body but it also gives us a much needed energy boost which is what everyone needs around the holidays.

With just a few simple tips, you can maintain your holiday beautiful. What steps do you take to stay glamorous during the holiday season?

About Nicole and Lipstick and Luxury:

Lipstick and Luxury is my journey to finding the right beauty products while nourishing my body and soul. To me beauty should be equal parts great beauty products and great nutrition. I love mixing natural beauty tips with good nutrition and great beauty products to take the best care of myself possible. Lipstick and Luxury focuses on products that are natural, organic and cruelty-free! I think that every woman should Live Life Luxuriously! Join Nicole’s virtual friendship and follow her today on Twitter @LipstickNYC, Facebook and Pinterest!

 

Dr. Gary Goldfaden, MD, reports:

There is a key ingredient to healthy skin that is one of the most dynamic substances that the human body produces. It controls everything from normal bone growth and immune system response to healthy eyesight and neuromuscular function. It is absolutely essential to the long-lasting health and beauty of the skin through its crucial involvement in skin cell metabolism, growth, repair and protection. This amazing and largely overlooked nutrient is none other than vitamin D.

A True Skin Saver 

Every skin cell begins its life deep in the base layer of the epidermis. As these immature cells detach and migrate upward on their 2 week journey to the surface, they go through a series of complex changes in both form and function. The rate at which these cells divide, the nature and timing of their changes, as well as their transit time to the surface, are all controlled by growth factors and other molecules that are triggered by the presence of vitamin D.

The skin loses and must replace about 40,000 cells every minute. If enough vitamin D is not available to fuel this process, replacement cells won’t be manufactured quickly enough. Inevitably, the outer layer of skin becomes thinner and more fragile. It begins to sag from lack of adequate support. Dryness and wrinkles eventually set in as moisture is lost to the outside.

A Modern Epidemic

The skin can synthesize approximately 10,000 IU of vitamin D after just 20–30 minutes of summer sun exposure. Unfortunately, between the ages of 20 and 70, about 75% of this ability to produce vitamin D is lost. In addition, today’s predominantly indoor lifestyle and widespread use of UV-blocking sunscreens have severely decreased the amount of vitamin D the average person produces.

Other limiting factors play a part as well. Darker skinned people need 5-10 times more exposure to synthesize the same amount of vitamin D as lighter skinned people. Those who live in latitudes beyond 37 degrees north or south of the equator are also at greater risk of lacking vitamin D. It is now estimated that roughly 75% of all teens and adults in the United States are vitamin D deficient. To make matters worse, most of the active vitamin D the body is able to produce is used to help build and maintain strong bones and not to nurture the skin. Woman’s Health Magazine reports on the additional health benefits of Vitamin D + suggests that it is the ultimate D-fense against diseases. 

A Skin Solution 

Skin care products containing vitamin D are the most effective means of addressing this growing problem. Topical creams and lotions featuring highly bioavailable forms of vitamin D can specifically target the skin,  effectively replenishing this vital nutrient directly at the source. Boosting levels of vitamin D promotes healthy skin by stimulating cell growth, repair and metabolism, enhancing your skin’s immune system, and quenching free radicals that cause premature aging.