My Beauty Must Haves for January:

 

Dr. Hauschka Spruce Bath Harmonizing and warming

Lush Fresh Made Cosmetics Dream Cream Soothing for sensitive or sore skin. Calming blend of oat milk, lavender and chamomile.

Lush Cosmetics Butterball Bath Bomb Vanilla-scented bath fizz with chunks of creamy cocoa butter; it’s fantastic for rehydrating dry skin.

 

Tarte Maracuja Lip Exfoliant A skin-softening scrub that sloughs away dryness with raw sugar and replenishes with pure maracuja oil for soft, smooth lips.

DIY | You asked for an answer to your lackluster winter skin, and here it is!

Reblogged from Jake Sauvage

Originally posted January 2012: Dull, dehydrated winter skin is once again a concern for a lot of my readers, so I thought I’d repost a pretty popular DIY tutorial from last year – enjoy guys!

   So a few people have e-mailed me asking for advice on treating problematic winter skin…and here’s a really easy DIY treatment to get the ball rolling! This scrub is perfect because the lemon is chock full of vitamin C (which helps to increase collagen production and even out skin tone) and fruit acids – this means it’s going to help smooth out unevenness in texture, tone and help to reduce the size of enlarged pores. That being said – let’s get right into the tutorial!

Important Note: I know it’s a completely different seasonal worry…but if you’re a fan of fake tanners (much like myself) then this scrub is also fantastic at removing self tanner buildup and fading the appearance of “mishaps”.

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Brightening Lemon  Body Scrub

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup of finely milled sea salt (or sugar). (The sea salt will really help to slough away dead skin cells and assist the lemon zest in brightening the skin.)
  • 3 tablespoons of honey. (The honey works to kill surface bacteria – and also works against inflammation.)
  • 1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest. (The lemon zest is naturally high in vitamin C which will help to increase elasticity and even out skin tone.)

Directions:

  • Stir all of the ingredients until well-blended.
  • Rub the mixture vigorously over any dull or dry areas on body.
  • Rinse the mixture with lukewarm water.

   See – wasn’t that easy!? I love the smell of this scrub in the morning (and if you use it in the morning you’ll notice that your makeup goes on much smoother too)! Instantly, your skin should have a boost in radiance and feel incredibly smooth – isn’t it amazing what we can whip together with just a few household ingredients?

Beauty Product Review: DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub!

I absolutely love this body scrub, DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub!  It contains synthetic beads so they are uniform and won’t make microscopic scratches to your skin.  Glycolic, Lactic, and Azelaic acids help to smooth, exfoliate, cause cell renewal, treat body acne, and reduce pigmentation with repeat use.  Green Tea, Willow Bark and Algae Extracts help to calm the skin and prevent irritation.

When applying I use my whole hand that I have dampened and using only the weight of hand, no more pressure than that is required, glide upwards toward the heart in long strokes for about two minutes per body part.  Go clockwise in a circular motion on the stomach.  I like to leave the product on the skin for a few minutes to allow the Glycolic, Lactic, and Azelaic acids to work.

Avoid this product on your face and if you have very sensitive skin.

Follow with a moisturizer, applied while the skin is still damp.

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How to keep your hands looking youthful.

Protect and moisturize!

English: Female hands.

The two most important rules to youthful looking hands, so many peopleconcentrate on making their face look youthful, failing to take the time to care for their hands.

  Protect your hands by wearing gloves when doing dishes, working outdoors, keep your hands exposure to chemicals and water to a minimum and always moisturize them once clean.  Keep hand cream in convenient places so that you are sure to use it.  The kitchen and bathroom sink, your car, purse, and your desk at work are all great places.  Your daily daytime hand cream should have sun block for sun protection and lactic or glycolic acids, to protect and revitalize the skin.  At night apply a heavier hand cream.  You don’t need a hand cream with sun block at night.  For better penetration of the product wear cotton gloves to bed, this also helps if you touch your face or sleep on your hands at night to keep from transferring the heavy cream to your face causing break outs.

Use a face or body scrub to exfoliate your hands once to twice a week.  Don’t use pressure when using a scrub on any part of the body all you need is the light movement of your hand to have the scrub do its job.

Pay attention to your cuticles and nails.  You may want to buy cuticle/nail oil if they are very dry and peeling.  Apply a drop of oil to each nail and work into the cuticle and nail.

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