Caring for Winter Skin

During the winter months, dry skin can leave you feeling itchy and flaky! If you have not been taking good care of your winter skin, your skin may be suffering. This week, we have some tips to add to your skin care routine. Healthy, moisturized skin CAN survive the winter! View image | gettyimages.com #1: Use a moisturizer. It is so important to choose an oil-based moisturizer for your face, body, hands, and feet. It helps to seal the skin, preserving the moisture in the low humidity. #2: Wear sunscreen. Yes, sunscreen is still a must in the winter! Protecting your face is especially important when you are out and about. Make sure you choose a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. #3: Shower like a skin care pro. Did you know that showering/bathing everyday can strip your body from its natural oils? In the winter, you may want to wash up every other day. If you can’t do that, use warm water (hot will dry out your skin faster!) and limit your session to 10 minutes or less. When you get out, moisturize while you are still damp to preserve the moisture. #4: Cure cracked hands and feet. Hands and feet are usually the first to suffer from the cold! Aside from using your oil-based moisturizer, you should also protect your hands with mittens while out and wear warm, comfortable socks and shoes to keep your feet toasty. We’ve got a few more weeks of winter ahead. Use these tips to your advantage now and your skin will be feeling healthier in no...

Prevention Tips: Makeup & Acne

Who’s excited for the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1? The much anticipated film has everyone buzzing about it! We’re excited to see our favorites, especially Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, and the wonderfully eccentric Effie Trinket. Which got us thinking… How does Effie’s skin stay blemish-free with all that crazy colorful make-up? Seriously, that stuff is caked on! While make-up can help cover blemish and make us feel confident, it is not always a friend to skin. The wrong make-up can clog pores and lead to even more acne. This week, let’s take a closer look at how you can prevent acne caused by your make-up. Here are six tips: #1: Opt for make-up products that list the following: non-greasy, non-comedogenic (or non-acnegenic), hypoallergenic, non-irritating, and oil-free. #2: Certain ingredients may cause irritation and may clog pores easier than others. Fortunately, Acne.org shares a great list of ingredients to avoid. Familiarize yourself with this list and be sure to read labels when choosing products! #3: Avoid products that have fragrance. This may irritate some skin types, especially sensitive skin. #4: If you notice that your skin is itchy and/or irritated after using a product, stop use immediately. #5: Stay clear of concealers and cover-ups that are heavy on the skin. #6: Clean your make-up brushes! These bad boys are loaded with dead skin, dust, and who knows what else. If you are not going to clean them, replace them! Did you get all this down, Effie? We’re ready to take a page out of your skin care guide, anyways! We hope that this information has been helpful, and we hope that...

Skin Care in a Cup: Chamomile Tea

Kicking off your day with a quality cup of tea may be one of the best ways to wake- up, not to mention the healthiest. There are hundreds of types of tea out there, each one with its own set of amazing health benefits. One type of tea that is exceptionally great for skin care is chamomile tea. You could call it “skin care in a cup!” View image | gettyimages.com   Check out these skin benefits: Instilled with healing, anti-oxidant, and cleansing moisturizing properties Can be used as an all-natural skin bleach, helping to lighten complexion Can promote and accelerate the healing process of minor wounds Antioxidants found in chamomile tea can help fight acne Soothes skin irritations and sunburns Tea bags can help reduce under-eye circles and puffiness Retains youth by protecting skin from free radical damage May help to reduce swelling and fight bacteria (for example, eczema) Aside from skin, there are a number of other benefits to reap: Treat the common cold by mixing chamomile oil with water to make a vapor Mild sedating properties for a good night’s sleep Muscle-relaxing properties (relief from menstrual cramps, upset stomach, etc.) Can help sooth pain associated with stomach ulcers (regular consumption) Has anti-bacterial properties, boosting the immune system Can be used to soothe and treat hemorrhoids (using cooled tea) Can reduce gas formation in the body May help rid of migraines So what are you waiting for? Pour yourself a hot mug of tea and enjoy these benefits today. Are you a tea drinker? Share your favorite cup with us – tweet...

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