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The holiday season can mean a veritable marathon of feasts and fetes. So for those overindulgers vowing to clean up their act, WWD called in an expert: Leila Fazel, a co-founder of the Meatpacking District's Aerospace High Performance Center and now a second Aerospace and Aerospa in the Gramercy Park Hotel. "I incorporate these tips into my everyday life," says the 39-year-old former ballet dancer of her recommendations below. And it's never soon enough to get started: With Fashion Week moved up to the beginning of February this year, there isn't much time to get in shape for the next party merry-go-round. — Elisa Lipsky-Karasz
- "Start your exercise program now. Work at finding something that interests you and keeps you engaged physically and mentally. Find a personal trainer that can help you reach your goals — exercise will improve your physical condition and appearance, which in turn makes one feel good. It also releases endorphins that will help with one's overall mood.
- Get a facial — they are not just a luxury. Getting your skin cleansed and treated professionally will improve its condition.
- Drink plenty of water (not just any liquid will do). Staying hydrated is a must — it helps eliminate the toxins that build up in the body, and we often confuse dehydration with hunger.
- With New York's new, warmer climate, we are seeing bare skin all year-round. Get a spa exfoliation every three months and keep a loofah at home for a weekly regimen. Apply a moisturizer right after a shower or bath while the skin is still warm and pores are still open. For extra-soft and glowing skin, opt for a light oil instead of the typical lotion.
- Regain control over your eating habits. The usual tendency is to let yourself go during the holidays. Now, watch your portions and make a conscious effort to add more fruits and vegetables to your daily diet, but don't deprive yourself. Starving to lose weight will create a negative yo-yo cycle that can become hard to break.
- Try to get eight hours of sleep a night. Sleep is still one of the best beauty secrets around. And for a bonus beauty tip, try to squeeze in a 20-minute nap when you can.