Mince pies, lashings of rum butter, glass after glass of prosecco, a turkey dinner with all the trimmings at home, work and with friends - the over-indulgence that comes with Christmas isn't necessarily the kindest to our skin, wallets or waistlines.
But at Heyland & Whittle, we're all about focusing on the positives. Did you know that several components of your Christmas dinner, including sprouts, are actually really good for your skin?
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Christmas gifts don't just have to comprise of chocolate and wine, they can be items that are good for you too, and we don't just mean the clementine at the bottom of your stocking.
The three wise men in the nativity story had the right idea. They gifted gold, frankincense and myrrh to baby Jesus, with these original Christmas presents providing the inspiration for our 2017 Celebration Collection. Frankincense and myrrh are both natural essences that have multiple health and beauty benefits, and they're at the core of our Christmas range this year.
We'll tell you more about our gorgeous Frankincense and Myrrh-inspired products shortly, but first we want to focus on how eating several Christmas dinners this festive season could actually be good for you.
Christmas dinner: Good for the skin
Let's start with sprouts, as they're often the part of a Christmas dinner that people eat first, to get them out of the way.
Sprouts are a natural source of vitamin C, which has been shown to help boost collagen production in the skin. Collagen is what helps your skin to stay looking smooth and plump, so anything that contains this is something we're interested in eating!
We know that sprouts can be a divisive subject, but they're not the only element of your Christmas dinner that can give your skin a boost, leaving it looking and feeling beautifully smooth.
Protein is also a natural collagen booster, so eating up all the turkey on your plate will also benefit your skin.
Meanwhile, carrots are packed with beta-carotene, which can help to regenerate skin cells, again leaving your skin feeling gorgeously smooth.
But before the tradition of turkey and all the trimmings, there was the Christmas story.
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How the original Christmas gifts can benefit your skin
Frankincense is a resin that is naturally found in the Boswellia tree, which is native to Africa. Myrrh is also a gum-like resin, found in trees in the Near East. Both don't smell particularly pleasant on their own, but combined with essential scented oils, the essence of their fragrance can really come through, creating a beautiful fragrance.
Heyland & Whittle's handmade Soap Bars are designed to be naturally nourishing for your skin, with a touch of Christmassy scent, which is just what your skin needs in the middle of a cold winter.
Our Frankincense fragrance comprises notes of frankincense essence, floral rose and jasmine alongside warming vanilla and cinnamon and musky oud to create a stunning scent that's sweet, smoky and woody all at the same time.
The Myrrh Soap Bar is equally moisturising and has a distinct fragrance all of its own, made up of sharp bergamot, flowery jasmine, geranium, rose and patchouli, and cosy-feeling amber, musk and oud, offset with essence of myrrh itself.
And as for the prosecco?
We're afraid we can't help with making prosecco good for your skin, but you can fill your home with our Clementine & Prosecco home fragrance products so you can still get your fix of fizz without overdoing it on the alcohol.