The Beauty Beat: 11/20-11/26

This week, give thanks, then fade to black.

Whether you’re looking forward to the annual family feast, anticipating mobs of crazed shoppers or eagerly counting down those two extra days off work, we’ve got the goods to get you through this hectic week. And we know how thankful that makes you.

BEAUTY: From muffins and lattes to breads, pies and cookies, pumpkin is the flavor cornerstone of season. Not only is it a delicious ingredient, turns out it makes an effective facial scrub, too. Packed with enzymes that bring out the best in skin, this Peter Lamas Pumpkin Spice Polish is as seasonally perfect as it is effective. Exfoliate dead skin, then bring your luster back to life with a blend of pumpkin oil, soy protein, aloe vera and vitamin E. Plus, with the Peter Lamas name, you know you’re getting natural and certified organic products. That spray can whipped cream on your pie, not so much. GET IT: GBS The Beauty Store, 18545 W. Dixie Hwy., Aventura; 305.931.5291.

SPA: You’ve survived Thanksgiving dinner with the fam. Now it’s time to Exhale. Skip the Black Friday madness for a slower paced shopping experience and combined spa day. In addition to personal treats, like mini spa treatments and snacks, snatch up finds from a trunk show and score holiday spa packages, gift cards and more (one for you, one for your sis). There’s even a children’s yoga class to keep the kiddies occupied while you peruse and partake. Wow, Black Friday never felt so serene. GET IT: Exhale at Epic, 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami; 305.423.3900.   

GYM: Oh, your Thanksgiving transgressions. A second serving here. A third there. Four dessert samplings. You really shouldn’t have. But we know you will. In fact, the average person consumes anywhere from 3,700 to 6,000 calories on Thanksgiving day alone. Yikes. So, before you binge, get yourself to the gym for a serious workout. On Nov. 24, DavidBartonGym is offering a special intense class called Carved. It’s guaranteed to keep you looking trim even after you over-do dinner. The hour-long class uses heavy weights and multiple sets to get you in shape. In just two hours, your body will reach a state that will prevent you from storing fat, allowing you to feast without your pants feeling like they’ve magically shrunk a size. Now that’s something to give thanks for. GET IT: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friends and families of members receive complimentary workouts. 2323 Collins at Gansevoort, Miami Beach; 305.534.1660.

Still feeling heavy the day after your feast? Head to Green Monkey for Green Friday. Offering 20 percent off 12, six and one-month memberships, you can do a little Black Friday shopping and then squeeze in a workout session with classes being offered at just $10 for one day only. Besides, it’s good to distance yourself from the leftovers. GET IT: Miami Beach Tree House, 1827 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 305.397.8566.


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