Ahh … cocoa butter. It’s versatile, smells heavenly and truly loves dry, irritated skin. Better yet, it’s the go-to natural ingredient you can use to make a whole range of homemade skincare solutions – from lotions and salves, to belly balms and foot remedies.
Q: Winter is wreaking havoc on my skin—please help!
Licensed esthetician Catie Wiggy of MyChelle Dermaceuticals responds:
Whether you’re battling freezing temps, harsh winds or worse, winter is cruel to skin. Fluctuations in temperature and humidity outdoors, plus artificial heat filling our indoor spaces, can have drying and dehydrating effects. Pores become clogged with debris and skin can suffer from a buildup of dead cells, leaving it looking dull, tired and run down.
We all want it: healthy, radiant, glowing skin. But as we age, our skin can become dull, weathered and run down. There comes a time where everyone needs a little brightening. Years of sun exposure starts to reveal the detrimental effects of UV stress, which causes damage in multiple layers of the skin and ultimately diminishes our natural glow.
The skin is our largest organ and we tend to be pretty hard on it. Its job is to protect us from environmental aggressors while also regulating our heat sensations. Skin is also responsible for physical sensation- our sense of touch. These days we’re all becoming more knowledgeable about what we should be doing to protect and nourish our skin, but what about the no-nos? Let’s review those…
Q. I want to look my best for Valentine’s Day date night. What quick skin tips do you recommend?
Dr. Linda Miles D. O. M. responds:
A. Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to show your skin some love. With the right natural products, five to 10 minutes and a little TLC, you can kiss your dull, winter-weathered skin goodbye and get glowing for your special night!
We’ve all been there, scraping the bottom of a jar for that last bit of moisturizer. Making every drop count is important when you’ve spent a small fortune on beauty supplies! Whether its makeup, anti-aging serum or hair spray, you want your stuff to last. While it’s always good to have a stash, knowing how to extend the life of your products will save you a lot of money and time in the long run.
The crystal ball has dropped, the champagne has flowed and the New Year has officially begun. You survived the holidays, but the wear and tear may have taken a toll on you—in physical, mental and emotional ways. Heck, you may almost feel like you have a holiday hangover. That’s why so many people find the New Year the perfect time to make resolutions, set goals, try new things and make life improvements.
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