Take a Holiday Beauty Break

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Give yourself a holiday beauty break with these seasonal gems.

Need a time out from the high octane action of the holiday season? Rev up your engine with these three incredibly nourishing and revitalizing winter botanicals. Pomegranate wakes up fatigued skin. Pumpkin perks up your complexion. And peppermint gives your spirits a jingle.

Here are six holiday beauty finds to get you started!


While the juicy red pulp of this seasonal fruit puts the pucker in holiday cocktails, pomegranate is also fabulously high in antioxidants that work wonders on the skin.

For a radiant complexion: Slather on Skinn Cosmetics Collagenesis Essential Radiance Omega-Rich Anti-Aging Body Oil. A delicious berry blend of pomegranate and cranberry oils, this concentrated oil delivers a burst of vitamins and absorbs quickly to leave skin smooth and soft, and not slick and greasy. $49 at skinn.com.

For a rosy glow: Banish the look of dull, yellowish skin tones with Estée Lauder Nutritious Rosy Prism Radiant Essence. Formulated with their potent “Rosy Prism” technology, this pomegranate nectar and pink peony extract infusion helps neutralize irritants and replace dullness with radiance. $80 at esteelauder.com.


The darling of holiday dishes, pumpkin has a dual life as a beauty elixir. The fleshy orange pulp contains an enzyme that breaks the bonds of dead skin freeloaders while the oil from their seeds deliver an army of nourishing vitamins.

For a lush mane: Banish lackluster locks with a round of Aviva Advanced Hair Nutrition. A daily dose nurtures hair with 18 essential nutrients including pumpkin seed oil and strand savers like biotin, vitamin B5, folic acid and iron to boost strength, build length and restore balance. One-month supply is $59.99 at avivahair.com.

For perky skin: Bring fresh, plump skin to the surface with Eminence Organic Skincare Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel. Formulated with pumpkin, yam, pineapple and papaya, this mask is rich in enzymes, beta-carotene, amino acids and antioxidants that work together to slough off dead skin cells and fight the signs of aging. $46 at select spas.


The minty, aromatic oil of peppermint refreshes and invigorates the senses, alleviates stress and leaves you with visions of candy canes dancing in your head.

For fresh waves: Spritz your locks with Gnarly Whale Peppermint Beach Waves Spray. Made with pure essential oil and free of harsh chemicals, the feather-light formula tames frizz while adding definition to natural curl. Bonus: This made-from-scratch spray doesn’t leave locks stiff and crunchy — just soft and laced with a minty clean scent. $12 at thegnarlywhale.com.

For a burst of energy: Dab Aroma Apothecary Peppermint Concentrate on your pulse points. Instantly energizing, the formula features organic peppermint cultivated in Northern Italy. Keep it with you during your late-night shopping excursions and meet-ups for a non-caffeinated kick. $20 at amalabeauty.com.

Do you have a favorite holiday beauty break product or treatment? Do tell by commenting below!

Story originally appeared in the December 2014 issue of So Scottsdale magazine.

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