We get it. You’re running around trying to juggle a million different Christmas-related tasks (work Secret Santa, presents for family, food shopping) all while fighting flu, freezing weather, crowds and general festive chaos. And let's be honest, staying hydrated, taking off your make-up and finding time to exercise are all things that might slide to the bottom of your to-do list. With that in mind, we asked Cowshed's Educator and Training Manager Jess Sproson to share her top tips for sailing through December in a serene state (well, within reason...)
'Believe it or not, Christmas is actually a great time for eating healthily - satsumas and clementines are full of Vitamin C which you need for fighting off colds when you’re stressed out. Try to think about keeping your hormones balanced too - everything from Evening Primrose Oil, to Vitamin B12 (kale's a great source) to our Moody Cow range will keep you feeling calm at this time of year when things can get a bit manic.
Skin can also get really dry in winter so it's all about hydration. Our skin is our largest organ so it's important to protect it - it's actually waterproof so use lots of oils at night and our Stretch Mark Balm. Our Spearmint Sea Salt Scrub is also a nice pick me up.
How to recover the morning after a big night? If I’m really hungover I try to get outside and go for a run. I always drink hot water with lemon first thing in the morning to cleanse (it’s also really hydrating) and get my vitamins and greens in. My skin will be really dry and I’ve generally left my make-up on so I do a proper cleanse with my Clarisonic, then I tend to use a coconut oil as a second cleanse followed by a hydrating B mask. I also love a good sheet mask for intense hydration and then the night after a big night I use organic virgin coconut oil all over my body - eyelashes, eyelids, my hair - everything!
I’m a big bath person - I love baths, they’re my favourite things. Something about the warm water is so peaceful and calming for me, it’s the place I do a lot of my thinking and mind organisation. I am sure some people would say mediation but not me - I am not very good it but I always feel more settled after a bath, plus it's a no phone zone as I am so clumsy.
I give myself a little face massage with oil (check with Amie) Jennifer Young - oncology treatment brand who just won an award for working with cancer patients - night time oil and night time serum - they're amazing and make me sleep like a log.
For a big night out I double cleanse and use our Palmarosa Face Mask because it gives a nice even texture to skin and I always use a sugar scrub on my lips, I actually make my own from coconut oil and brown sugar then gently exfoliate my lips.'