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Taking Care of Your Dry Winter Skin: Do’s and Dont’s

Winter weather can be the skin’s worst enemy. Not only can it cause itching and scratching, winter can make it dry, flaky, cracked, and sore. Not fun for anybody! Luckily, there are things you can do to make sure that your skin doesn’t get that far, by simply following a few do’s and don’ts. A little bit of effort is all you need to put in to have lovely looking skin all year round!

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Taking Care of Your Skin in Winter: Do’s

  • Use a body brush to keep lymphatic drainage working, your blood flow pumping, and your skin soft and supple.
  • Exfoliate with a body scrub 2-3 times per week to rid your body of dead skin cells and instantly make it appear brighter.
  • Make sure you use a moisturising soap or body wash, and not one that dries out your skin. Dove is a great brand!
  • Pat yourself dry, never rub.
  • Apply a creamy body butter or moisturiser immediately after drying, or your skin could feel tight and sore.
  • Exfoliate your face twice a week with a facial exfoliator.
  • Consider switching your moisturiser for one especially made for dry skin.
  • If you have lines and wrinkles around the eyes, use an eye cream.
  • Use a hydrating face mask once a week to give your collagen and cells and extra boost for plumpness and brightness.
  • Always wear gloves to protect your hands, and apply a hand cream regularly.
  • Use a cuticle oil to moisturise and protect your nails and skin around your nails.
  • Always include your feet in your exfoliating and moisturising routine.
  • Exfoliate dry skin from your lips with a lip scrub or an old toothbrush.
  • Apply a thick lip balm every night before bed, and use one in the day when you can.

Taking Care of Your Skin in Winter: Don’ts

  • Spend longer than 10 minutes in a shower.
  • Try to keep your water warm, not too hot, as this can strip your skin of it’s natural oils.
  • Use a male’s shaving cream. Buy a shaving cream especially for women to have silky smooth legs.
  • Wait to moisturise after a bath or shower. This can really wreak havoc on your skin.
  • Use a face wash with harsh ingredients. Use a gentle cleanser in the winter months, like one from DermalSense.
  • Use the wrong products on your skin. Always use products suited to your skin type, and remember that your skin type can change with the seasons. Using a dry cleanser on oily skin can cause big problems, so make sure you pay attention to the changes.
  • Apply lipstick to chapped lips, as this can make them even worse and cause them to look old. Always exfoliate lips before applying anything.
  • Forget to buy products containing SPF. Just because it’s not summer, doesn’t mean our skin won’t get damaged from the harmful rays and free radicals in the environment.
  • Think that you’re too young for a good skin routine. You can never be too young; starting early is best to prevent wrinkles, imperfections, and other problems down the line!

Now you’re fully equipped with the knowledge to take care of your dry winter skin – go ahead and show it who’s boss!

I Wear My Sense of Humor Around My Wrist

I love wearing jewelry.  Any of my friends or family can attest to it.  I actually remember a friend of mine once asking me why I wore so much jewellery.  “Sarah, why are you wearing so much jewellery anyway?” she said.  I can’t remember what I said, most likely something standoffish or remote because I have a vague memory of feeling a bit hurt by the comment.  Now I realize at the time I was young and I didn’t have an answer because I just didn’t know myself well enough.  I’ve thought about that question from time to time over the years and if I was asked that question again I would look him or her in the eye and bravely say, “It’s because jewellery makes me feel beautiful and powerful of spirit, and it’s a chance to showcasemy inner characteristics; Like wearing your heart on your sleeve, except more like wearing your sense of humour or confidence around your neck or on your ears or wrist!”  

Of course I’m not so lucky as to get that chance again; or as well spoken to be able to pull that off in front of anybody but the page or a mirror.  That being said, I’m thankful for that awkward moment so many years ago because it made me look at myself and think about the reasons behind what came so naturally to me.

earingSomething about the metal silver speaks to me.  It’s shiny and beautiful.  It’s smooth and looks especially fantastic in its contrast with black, which I adore, but also with any colour of the rainbow.  I feel like a rock star when I put on multiple chunky silver rings and like a princess when I wear something delicate and solitary.  Silverjewelry has the power to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.  Buy handmade silver jewelry to strike any mood and for any person; it is the super metal!

If you’re like me and boarder on multiple personalities it is perfect because you can exhibit each and every different style and taste.  I am influenced all the time by the things I see everyday and I like to incorporate them into my look.  There is no easier way to do this than with my favorite material silver, and through jewelry.  Unless of course I have the chance to rock my super awesome scarf, chunky sweater, leather pants and motorcycle jacket! (But even then I would rock some silver jewelry.)

My office job would not support this individualism so I choose to assert my individuality in the bland world of financials through jewelry, because even CEO’s, accountants and bankers, (sometimes especially CEO’s, accountants and bankers), can appreciate handmade silver jewelry.  So I recommend iCraft handmade gifts when people ask me where I got my latest find.

Lady Rebecca

Lady Rebecca is a lover of fashion and beauty. She doesn't claim to be the most fashionable girl in the world and sometimes wears odd looking clothes. I wear my sunglasses at the slightest hint of sun and enjoy cocktails with friends!

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