Winter Skin Revamp

Let’s face it, our skin hibernates a bit in the winter. Covered in long pants and sweaters, we can forget to really take care of it the way we should. Not to mention how the cold weather and central heating dry it out.

These are my steps to waking up winter skin and getting it back into good condition.

1) Basic Exfoliation: You need the right tools to get started. A loofah, a good razor and a body brush for the rougher bits are my necessities. I like the Schick Intuition razor because you don’t have to be bothered with shaving foam. Any body brush will do, but I’m a fan of The Body Shop’s Cactus Body Brush.

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2) Intense Exfoliation: When you’ve been neglecting the skin a bit, it might need some extra help. There are some fantastic body scrubs out there, but they can be pretty expensive. This DIY one is super simple and cheap. Just mix olive oil and a little lemon juice into normal granulated sugar until it forms a nice paste consistency. You can also simply mix sugar or table salt with some shower gel. I suggest doing this a couple of times a week until your skin gets back into shape.

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3) Moisturize! The Kiehl’s skin softening body lotions are really amazing. They are super hydrating and sink into skin very well. I love the scent of the Fig Leaf & Sage lotion. I also like to double up on moisturizer sometimes and use the Ro’s Argan body conditioner from Lush in the shower and then apply a lotion once I get out as well. This body conditioner smells heavenly too. A couple of budget lotions that I absolutely adore are the Aveeno Creamy Moisturizing oil (which smells like sweet almonds and absorbs very well), and the Vaseline Intensive Rescue. I have the unscented version of this, but it does still have a subtle pleasant scent and it WORKS. It’s a great moisturizer.

4) Don’t forget the feet! Just because they won’t be in sandals for while, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get some love too. I like to use more intensive, thick lotions on my feet. The Peppermint Foot Lotion from The Body Shop is very nice, and I also find the The Body Shop’s body butters are great for the feet, because they are so thick (and they smell awesome!).

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What are your best tips for getting winter skin back into shape?

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My New Year’s Resolutions

I’m not usually one for resolutions, but there are some specific main things I want to accomplish this year, some easier, some very difficult, but I’m determined to make the effort for the WHOLE year, not just January. Also, I don’t usually share my goals with people, so posting this makes me a bit nervous, but here we go.

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1. Use a face or hair mask at least once a week. 

This one of those little beauty tasks that is easy, but somehow I always put it off.

2. Write at least 3 pages a week.

I used to love creative writing in high school, but during university I fell out of the habit and I would love to get back into it. The pages can be on the computer, or just in a journal, on any topic or project.

3. Read one book a month

I already read a lot, but I’d just like to be more consistent about it.

4. Lose 100 pounds.

Here’s the big one. Now, I know losing weight is one of the most popular and also most commonly failed resolutions, and it’s not as though I haven’t tried before, but I realized a couple weeks ago that it is now or never for me. I’m not getting any younger, and I’m not getting any healthier and I need to establish better habits now before my bad ones become lifelong bad habits. I won’t go too much into what led me to this point, but I will say that I know enough of nutrition and fitness to know that crash diets and extreme exercise are not the way for me. The following list isn’t exhaustive, but these are some of the guidelines I will be following to help me and they will evolve over the year. But this is where I’m starting:

  • Walk every day for at least 25 min
  • Eat (mostly) unprocessed, home cooked dinner every night including 2 vegetarian dinners per week.
  • Try not to eat processed/preserved meat
  • Only one slice of bread a day (or 1 english muffin, 1 pita, 1/2 bagel, etc.)
  • Eat more whole, unprocessed grains (oatmeal, barley, spelt, quinoa, etc.)
  • Only 1 oz of cheese a day / Always weigh cheese with food scale / Only buy light cheese
  • Don’t eat fast food (except subway or sushi on occasion)
  • Weigh once a week
  • Don’t eat in front of the computer unless its fruit/vegetables (i.e. eat meals and snacks at the table, if something must be munched on whilst watching a show – make it fruit or veg)
  • Don’t keep chips, candy or sweets in the house and don’t go looking for them (i.e. if I know the bf has bought some snacks and put them away, don’t search them out.)

If I stick to this list, and put my knowledge of nutrition, calories and cooking to work, I will defeat my worst food and inactivity habits.

5. Make a monthly blog post about how my resolutions are going and what I have done to work towards them.

So you all can keep me accountable 🙂

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? If so, what are they?

Favourite Fall Lip Saviours

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No one wants the dry, flaky lips that seem to happen when the weather gets a bit colder and sometimes it’s nice to treat your lips to something that feels really rich and lovely. These lip balms (and a gloss) are not overly expensive, but have some good quality ingredients that defend lips against winter chapping. The balms give the lips a bit of sheen (a lot of sheen from the gloss) which I think looks lovely and natural. (more…)