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Winter is well and truly upon us and it can be the harshest time of year for our skin. Cold weather, dry heat and rain or snow is a recipe for disaster when it comes to keeping your skin in good condition. That’s why it’s so important to take extra care during the Winter months. So, what can you do to make sure your skin stays clear, full of moisture and glowing?

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Whipped Body Butter

Switch to Warm

When you come in from the freezing cold at the end of the day, it’s so tempting to run a hot bath or shower to warm yourself up. Of course, there will be times when that’s needed and deserved, but if you really want to take care of your skin, warm temperatures may be better. Going from cold to hot could do your skin more damage than you realize. Try washing your face in lukewarm water with a face cloth at the end of the day.

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Focus on Moisturizing

Moisturizing is never more important that it is during the Winter. You’ll probably find that your skin loses moisture even after washing, so it’s a good idea to moisturize immediately after. You can find some of the best Winter moisturizers at Moisturizers.com. Don’t be afraid to use your moisturizer liberally through the Winter. Your skin will need it!

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Choose Your Products Wisely

Many women use a number of different products on their faces every day. From cleansers and toners to makeup and face wipes. During the Winter months, it’s important to be aware of the ingredients present in your products. For example, some products containing petroleum can work to dry out your skin further. The best products you can use on your face during this time contain natural oils that aid your skin in restoration. Lavender and Chamomile are especially soothing on dry skin.

Protect Your Skin

Your skin needs a little extra help to fight against the elements during Winter. You can keep your skin protected by dressing suitably for the cold weather. Gloves will protect the sensitive skin on your hands and scarves will protect your neck from the wind. If you’re lucky enough to experience some sunshine during your Winter, it’s also important to remember to wear sunscreen. Even if there’s snow on the ground, the sun can still burn.

Stay Hydrated

It’s easy to forget about hydration in the Winter because we often switch from drinking water and other cold drinks to drinking teas, coffees and hot chocolates. However, these warmer drinks don’t often provide enough hydration for our bodies. If you notice your skin becoming dry, try switching a few of your teas for bottled water instead. Drinking water during Winter will also help you to steer clear of the flu if your colleagues are coughing and sneezing around you.

Turn Down the Heat

We survive in Winter by turning up the heat in our homes and our cars. However, this kind of dry heat is no good for your skin and you may find yourself breaking out in spots or having difficulty applying makeup smoothly. You can avoid this kind of damage to your skin by turning the heat down or using a humidifier in your home. The humidifier will work to restore the moisture in your home and effectively, your skin too.

Overnight Conditioning

There are certain parts of your body that may become drier quicker than others. These are usually the hands, feet, elbows and knees where the skin is thinner. Luckily, there are plenty of moisturizing treatments to choose from that can work overnight to lock in moisture in your skin. For example, you can buy gloves filled with deep moisturizing creams that you can wear throughout the night and take off in the morning. The same goes for socks and face masks.

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Cotton Candy Sugar Scrub

Exfoliate

Many people make the mistake of believing that exfoliating will dry out already dry skin. That isn’t the case. Without exfoliating, your dead skin cells are left to build up and create a barrier against moisture. If moisture is blocked from getting into your skin, your skin suffers. It’s important to exfoliate at least once a day during Winter so your skin is free to accept the moisture from creams and other products.

Go Makeup Free

When you get a day off, and all you want to do is stay indoors in your pajamas, forget the makeup too. Makeup can include toxins and irritants that make Winter skin much harder to manage. Giving your face a day off from the products you usually use will give it the freedom to heal and breathe. Just one day could be enough to give your skin the detox it needs.

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DIY Masks

Sometimes, your facial skin needs a little extra attention. However, that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on expensive treatments. In fact, a lot of the best ingredients for soft and smooth skin will already be in your kitchen cupboards. For example, honey is good for calming irritated skin and coconut oil is good for restoring moisture. Find some DIY recipes that suit your skin type and spend an evening pampering your skin.

Eat a Balanced Diet

You are what you eat, as they say. It’s easy to indulge in our favorite foods this time of year, but they aren’t always the best choice for your skin. Don’t forget to get a good variety of fruit and veg in your diet because they contain vital vitamins and nutrients your skin needs to stay as healthy as possible. If you find it difficult to add fruits and veg to your diet around this time of year, try taking a multivitamin supplement instead. That way, your skin is covered even if your diet isn’t.

Pampering skin during the Winter can seem like a full-time job, but if you want to glow your way through all those Christmas parties, it’s something you have to stay on top of. Remember, a beautiful smile is the best accessory you can wear.

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Winter is upon us and you might already be feeling the bite. We all know how much fun the holiday season can be but there are downsides and challenges that need to be fought as well. Your wellbeing and general health should be at the forefront of your mind this season because you will enjoy the festivities and fun much more if you’re feeling positive and healthy each day.

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It’s not always obvious what you should be doing in winter to look after yourself and your wellbeing and that’s why this guide has been put together to help you out and clear things up. Don’t view these ideas as hassles or chores because they’re for your benefit. Without further ado, here’s what you should do this winter if you really care about yourself and your overall wellbeing.

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Prevent the Cold Drying Out Your Skin With Face Masks

Your skin is particularly vulnerable to the cold of winter so it makes sense to take better care of it during the season ahead. Face masks are your ideal weapon against the effects the winter cold can have on your skin. They can replenish it and keep it properly moisturized; that’s exactly what you need because people often find that their facial skin dries out during the winter months.

Curb the Habits You Tend to Indulge in More Regularly During Winter

Our bad habits tend to be magnified and accentuated during the winter months. We eat more bad food, we drink more alcohol and we might even indulge in a little more social smoking than we normally would. If you want to curb your smoking habit ahead of the festivities, go to ecigwizard.com and consider using e-cigarettes. You should also pay more attention to your drinking habits. There is nothing wrong with indulging a little, but don’t let it go too far.

Start Each Winter’s Morning With Protein and Vegetables

The way you start your day is even more important during the winter because you don’t want the cold and bitterness to wear you down before you even reach your lunch break. Your body will be in a much better position to cope with the challenges of the day if you begin each winter’s morning with a breakfast of proteins and vegetables. Meat and eggs are good, and you can combine these with antioxidant-rich foods such as kale.

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Boost Your Immune System by Getting More Sleep

Your immune system needs to be stronger during winter than at any time of the year because of the number of germs and viruses flying through the air. Not many people realize this but the amount of sleep you get has a direct impact on the strength of your immune system so make sure you put a special emphasis on the amount of sleep you get this winter. It might just help you to prevent those nasty illnesses.

Keep Your Mind Stimulated With Creative Projects

Let’s face it; we often end up sitting around, eating a lot and not doing much else when the holiday season comes around each year. That’s not what you should be doing if you want to keep your mental health in good shape; mental stimulation is key to your wellbeing so give your mind a workout. You can visit www.melyssagriffin.com if you’re in need of some ideas for creative projects to take on.

Take Some Time Out in the Country

Taking some time out in the country can be a massive relief if you’re used to spending winter in the city. It allows you to step back from the busy streets and Christmas shoppers, and you can instead make the most of the natural environment and feel a little more at ease and less mentally exhausted. The country has the fresh air and the lack of people that you need when city life is getting you down.

Make the Most of Time With Your Loved Ones

This is what the festive season should be all about. It’s the time of the year when family members who might not see each other all that much during the rest of the year come together to enjoy Christmas and New Year, or whichever other religious festivals might be celebrated in your home. Make the most of that time together because it will improve your relationships and your own mental wellbeing and life fulfillment going forward.

Winter can be harsh and hard to deal with at times so don’t lose sight of what matters most: you. Each of the ideas discussed here will help you look after yourself better and keep your body and mind in top shape.

 

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I’m sorry for the things I said when I got too hot. July is here and things are heating up-literally- for the summer. If it was completely up to me, I would spend all of July down the shore in a bathing suit drinking out of the hose at my beach house and living on local shellfish. However, I’m developing a shellfish allergy, that house is gone, and adults don’t get to go away for a whole month. WOMP.

My goal is to enjoy summer locally the best I can, despite hating the heat and being swamped as heck with work. July 3rd is very big for the Downings, so Kendall and I both took the day to sit my the pool, enjoy a few beverages, and take in the fireworks a day early at Montgomery Country Club with my family. For the 4th, we went with some of my best ladies and our menfolk to Red White and Fuego 2017. I’m still in a bit of recovery mode. Not sure of any other definite plans for July yet, but hand me a shady spot and a cold glass of rosé I should be fine.

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  1. You know what goes really well with rosé? Rose gold torti Forrest glasses.
  2. I’ve been really down on myself the past week or so, but luckily I have a world of amazing cheerleaders. Sometimes I just have to remember to take a step back and realize that my bad day is really nada in the scheme of things. Here ya go with the ban.do Cotton No Bad Days Graphic Sweatshirt.
  3. One of my bridesmaids sent me these Barbie Women’s Barbie Shoe Print Canvas Sneakers on Pinterest. Gimme.
  4.  It’s crazy to me that I used to hate on gingham so much because now I find myself looking for gingham. I like this unexpected embellished look on the Floerns Women’s Bell Sleeve Embroidered Tunic Dress.
  5. This pattern is kind of cray but I think this Allover Banana Print Buttoned Keyhole Top And Shorts set is super fun!
  6. Cold shoulder is how I do off the shoulder and the Tropical Print Open Shoulder Dress With Frill is perf for summer date nights.
  7. The stone in these Women’s Kendra Scott Dani Stone Drop Earrings is gorgeous~ so sparkly!
  8. The beads on this Women’s Panacea Beaded Statement Necklace look like candy and I’m kind of digging tribal-y inspired jewelry for summer.
  9. We could all stand to remember the words on this Women’s Mantraband Have Courage & Be Kind Engraved Cuff.
  10. I got pretty badly burnt on Monday… and now Kendall is gone on a business trip. Herbivore Botanicals After Sun Skin Soothing Aloe Mist would make it so I don’t have to try to rub aloe on my back right?
  11. On top of the burn, my face is feeling pretty dull and gross after sweating through my makeup and too much sun. I’m all about honey everything and would love to try the Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy.
  12. My blush is almost completely out. I like a bit of shimmer in mine so I’m down to try Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush.
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Over the last few decades our awareness of moving back to natural ingredients and organic living has increased tenfold.  We all know the importance of selecting fresh ingredients, taking care to ensure that our products aren’t tested on animals and staying clear of nasty chemicals.  However, sometimes products that tick all the right boxes from the natural front, are slightly lacking on the luxe front.  I’m a sucker for gorgeous packaging but I’m starting to really go for more natural products- like the oil I use instead of drugstore moisturizer now. Beauty comes from within, right? Treat your body well and you’ll be glowing.

Sun Potion Ashitaba Supplement

A few years ago the world went mad for Matcha green tea.  This was a powdered tea which was packed full of antioxidants and made an excellent replacement to your morning coffee.  Matcha gave you an alkaline caffeine fix which was far better to the body than the acidic kind you get from coffee and black tea.  Well, move over Matcha because there is a new tea in town.  Brand wise Ashitaba is like the Armand de Brignac of the tea world.  Beautifully packaged with a Japanese chic, you will love bringing this out when you have guests over.  However it is the ashitaba health benefits which are incredible, these include more potent antioxidants than matcha, a neuro growth factor, it rebuilds DNA and is packed with chalcones and vitamin B12.

When it comes to our skin we need to be more aware of the contents included, which is why it is a great idea to go for natural and organic products.  However there are very few truly organic products on the market.  We searched the globe and found the incredible La Creme Beaute products.  These stunning creams are made by a former British model who realized there were no 100% organic products on the market and those that were nearly there, didn’t have that luxury feel to them.  Le Creme Beaute now offer a huge range of beautiful products including Bee Venom from organic bees!

Votary Cleansing Oil

If you prefer oils to creams then the beautifully packaged range from Votary will tick all your boxes.  Unlike many natural oils the ones developed by Votary are light enough to use under your makeup.  We think the lavender pillow spray and the super seed oil are fantastic.  The packaging will look stunning in any luxury bathroom and would make a stunning present.

Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Pineapple & Gemstone Wet Mask

The brilliant guys and girls at Herbivore Botanicals have produced a must have face mask for anyone wanting to give their face a stunning natural glow without worrying about chemical or processed ingredients. The brand is absolutely flawless with a really delicate minimal feel and stunning typography.

The more we use natural and organic products the higher the demand will become, this will mean that our designer favorites will be forced to start producing ranges like this.  So maybe it won’t be long before Chanel cosmetics go au natural and give you the gentle products you need for your body!

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