Bundle up this holiday season and take into consideration these 10 tips. We connected with our friends at Web MD to get a doctor’s approach on some excellent skin care!
1. Seek a Specialist
If you go to your local drugstore, you’ll be hard put to find a salesperson who can give you good advice. That’s why going to an esthetician or dermatologist even once is a good investment. Such a specialist can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using.
But that doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck buying high-end products. “Inexpensive products work just as well as high-end ones,” says David Voron, MD, a dermatologist in Arcadia, Calif. “In fact, the extra price you pay for the expensive stuff is often just for packaging and marketing. What’s most important is how your skin responds to the product — and how you like its feel, not how much money you paid for it.”
2. Moisturize More
You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine. Find an “ointment” moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. (Hint: Many lotions labeled as “night creams” are oil-based.)
3. Slather on the Sunscreen
No, sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Winter sun — combined with snow glare — can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.
4. Give Your Hands a Hand
The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Wear gloves when you go outside; if you need to wear wool to keep your hands warm, slip on a thin cotton glove first, to avoid any irritation the wool might cause.
5. Avoid Wet Gloves and Socks
Wet socks and gloves can irritate your skin and cause itching, cracking, sores, or even a flare-up of eczema.
6. Hook Up the Humidifier
Central heating systems (as well as space heaters) blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly.
7. Hydrate for Your Health, Not for Your Skin
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Drinking water helps your skin stay young looking. In fact, it’s a myth. Water is good for your overall health and “the skin of someone who is severely dehydrated will benefit from fluids. But the average person’s skin does not reflect the amount of water being drunk,” Kenneth Bielinski, MD, a dermatologist in Oak Lawn, Ill., tells WebMD “It’s a very common misconception.”
LaPlante agrees. “I see clients at the spa who drink their 10 to 12 glasses of water a day and still have superdry skin. It just doesn’t do that much.”
8. Grease Up Your Feet
Yes, those minty foot lotions are lovely in the hot summer months, but during the winter, your feet need stronger stuff. Try finding lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerine instead. And use exfoliants to get the dead skin off periodically; that helps any moisturizers you use to sink in faster and deeper.
9. Pace the Peels
If your facial skin is uncomfortably dry, avoid using harsh peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners or astringents, all of which can strip vital oil from your skin. Instead, find a cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol, and masks that are “deeply hydrating,” rather than clay-based, which tends to draw moisture out of the face. And use them a little less often.
10. Ban Superhot Baths
Sure, soaking in a burning-hot bath feels great after frolicking out in the cold. But the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. “You’re better off with just warm water,” LaPlante advises, “and staying in the water a shorter amount of time.”
A lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda, can help relieve skin that is so dry it has become itchy, Bielinski notes. So, too, can periodically reapplying your moisturizer. If those techniques don’t work, go see a dermatologist. “You may need a prescription lotion to combat the dry skin,” Bielinski says. “Or you may have a condition that isn’t simply dry skin and that requires different treatment.”
Beauty Blogger Audrey from Cremes Come True writes a really in-depth article about Stem Cell Beauty. She really did her research on the science behind stem cells, very impressive! She said she saw results within two weeks!
Make sure you also check out our interview with Audrey that we did earlier this year! We asked some questions and you can see her responses. We love her way of blogging. She prides herself on real reviews for real people, nothing sugar-coated or unrealistic like many top blogs! We know you will love Audrey and Cremes Come True.
Kendall Jenner shows off her figure in today’s Love Magazine advent calendar. She is seen dancing around with Santa stunning in suspenders and black lingerie. This is not the only time this 19 year-old model has stirred up controversy. She comes from a family that is known for racy pictures and receiving heavy media attention.
This next upcoming image is the one that is provoking the most response. In this picture, she is seen laying down, about to be spanked by Santa Claus. Do you think Kendall is being fun and sexy? Or do you feel that she is being “trashy” and should stick to more classy photo shoots?
However you about Kendall Jenner, it is clear that her career is just beginning. With her large audience on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and family connections, it seems as if her buzz won’t be dying down anytime soon. She recently announced she wanted to drop the Jenner from her name and be known as just “Kendall”. Although many news outlets have been blasting this move as egotistical, it may be more of a branding move that could prove to be efficient. Either way, if this is her at 19 year old I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more questionable pictures from her in the upcoming years. Let me know what you think!
With holiday season finally here, we thought it would be fun to bring you a list of four unique holiday gifts!
1.) Star of David Hanukkah Apron
First up we have Bed Bath & Beyond showing their Hanukkah support with this kitchen friendly gift. If you are Jewish and you love to cook this Star of David Hanukkah Apron may work for you!
2.) Christmas Tree Hat
Do you love Christmas? Do you love Christmas Trees? Do you want one on your head? If you answered yes to all of these, then I have the perfect gift for you! This Christmas Tree Hat will surely get the attention of your house, office or party.
3.) Reindeer Onesie
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. But do you know any full-sized adults who may want to join Santa’s squad? If so them make sure you get them this Reindeer Onsie. It’s the next best thing to being an actual reindeer (so I’ve heard).
4.) Mickey Mouse Kwanzaa Pin
Mickey Mouse is known for a lot of things. However, most don’t know he celebrates Kwanzaa! This rare 2006 pin shows that Disney has love for the holiday season.
Everybody’s got em, but not everybody knows these interesting facts! Next time someone licks there lips or gives you a kiss, let them know exactly what they are messing with!
1. They can never get a pimple and they can never sweat! Your lips do not have any sweat or oil glands! (Everywhere else on your skin—except for the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet—has oil glands.) This is also why lips can get chapped easily and often become irritated. They lack the protective benefits of natural oils!
2. They’re made of muscle and the thinnest skin on your body! Lips are actually more susceptible to sun damage than any other part of your body! This make complete sense due to the thin nature of it’s skin. Make sure you protect your lips as well as your skin!
3. Lips have the highest density of nerve endings of any area on the body! The only other part of the body with equal density of nerve endings is your nipples. Very interesting.
4.) Use your lips to SMILE! It WILL make your life better.
It’s important to smile and have a positive attitude throughout the day. It will decrease your stress, which will help you to look younger throughout the years. The age old saying says that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. While this has not been confirmed, it sure cant hurt. Appreciate what you have and give a grin every now and then!
The Duchess of Cambridge stuns again! Kate Middleton was seen in Norwich, England—spotted donning a bright-red frock. The pregnant Royal shined in a scarlet Katherine Hooker shift dress that she accessorized with a black clutch and matching suede pumps. She always looks great! What do you think?
Victoria’s Secret releases the full list of models who will be showing their stuff tomorrow on December 2nd. Below is the full list of models and how experienced they are. Should be a great show!
Josephine Skriver – 2nd Show
Candice Swanepoel – 8th Show
Grace Mahary – Debut Show
Izabel Goulart – 10th Show
Eniko Mihalik – 2nd Show
Constance Jablonski – 5th Show
Taylor Hill – Debut Show
Behati Prinsloo – 8th Show
Kate Grigorieva – Debut Show
Lindsay Ellingson – 8th Show
Devon Windsor – 2nd Show
Kasia Struss – 2nd Show
Lily Aldridge – 6th Show
Magdalena Frackowiak – 4th Show
Sara Sampaio – 2nd Show
Martha Hunt – 2nd Show
Ieva Laguna – 4th Show
Sigrid Agren – 2nd Show
Lily Donaldson – 5th Show
Kelly Gale – 2nd Show
Jac Jagaciak – 2nd Show
Daniela Braga – Debut Show
Karlie Kloss – 4th Show
Cindy Bruna – 2nd Show
Yumi Lambert – Debut Show
Adriana Lima – 15th Show
Shanina Shaik – 3rd Show
Barbara Fialho – 3rd Show
Imaan Hammam – Debut Show
Bregje Heinen – 3rd Show
Romee Strjid – Debut Show
Lais Ribeiro – 4th Show
Jourdan Dunn – 3rd Show
Blanca Padilla – Debut Show
Isabeli Fontana – 8th Show
Jasmine Tookes – 3rd Show
Alessandro Ambrosio – 15th Show
Stella Maxwell – Debut Show
Ming Xi – 2nd Show
Jacquelyn Jablonski – 5th Show
Maud Welzen – 2nd Show
Elsa Hosk – 4th Show
Joan Smalls – 4th Show
Doutzen Kroes – 8th Show
Irina Sharapova – Debut Show
Maria Borges – 2nd Show
Sui He – 4th Show
Saving on a single item is nice, but this is the time of year for bulk deals. If they only have certain items on sale, they are most likely trying to get you to buy that item along with others at full price. With Christmas coming up, don’t hesitate to go with the “% off entire order” deals. These are the best!
Stores know that the masses are flocking to them around this time of the year. They are fully prepared and manipulate prices accordingly. Many times, they are not even great savings! The internet is always the place to find the best bargains and on Black Friday, it’s no different. Save yourself the hassle of getting elbowed in the jaw and shop comfortably!
This should be a rule every day, but enjoy yourself and don’t get caught up in the Black Friday hassle. Have fun and treat yourself! You deserve it.