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9 Effortless Ways to Get Your Best Skin Back After The Holiday Season

9 Effortless Ways to Get Your Best Skin Back After The Holiday Season

When the snow starts falling, it normally signals the time to say goodbye to your smooth summer skin. With dry air, layers of clothing, and drastic temperature change usually comes the dreaded “winter skin.”

What if this winter could be different, though? What if your skin could be just as smooth under your sweaters as it was in your swimsuits?

Here are a few ways to keep your skin supple and glowing, even when the weather is going against you.

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1. Drink Water

    Drinking eight glasses of water a day took TEN YEARS off your dace. Don’t you believe it? Down a nice tall glass of water before you hit the coffee in the morning, and keep it flowing all day long. The easiest way to make sure your skin is hydrated is to take your weight, and divide it by two. That number in ounces is how much water you should drink at a minimum each day. Like meal planning, getting enough water is a matter of preparation. Buy a reusable water bottle and keep it near you all day long.

    2. Moisturize, All Day Long

    Your face is not the only spot that needs moisture. Your entire body needs the extra boost of hydration to combat the dry air and temperature change from inside to outside. Keep a bottle of your favorite moisturizer at your desk and in your purse/bag and reapply throughout the day.

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    3. Wash Your Hands

    You touch thousands of items in a day and your hands carry germs, bacteria and dirt. Those irritants can wreak havoc on your skin so make sure you are washing your hands several times throughout the day.

    4. Stop Touching Your Face

    As mentioned in the previous point, your hands are dirt and germ havens. If you want to avoid winter breakouts, make a conscious effort to stop touching your face. The less irritants you introduce to the skin on your face, the clearer and smoother your winter skin will look.

    5. Use Cold Water

    Hot water is your skin’s mortal enemy in the winter months. The combination of warmth and dry air is a recipe for itchy, scaly skin. Use cool water when washing your hands and opt for a lukewarm shower instead of one that is super-hot. This not only saves your skin from dryness but keeps your energy costs lower, too.

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    6. Skip the Alcohol

    When the weather goes downhill, all you may want to do is sit inside and drink a glass of beer or wine. Everything in moderation, of course, but keep in mind that alcohol will dehydrate your skin and make it look dry and tired. If you must have that evening glass of wine or beer after work, combat it with a glass of water. The same is true for caffeine – offset each cup of coffee or tea with an equal amount of water.

    7. Eat Salads

    Great skin is not just about topical treatments and environment. The fuel you put inside your body matters too. Fresh foods are known health-boosters, and they boost your skin’s natural glow. The antioxidant carotenoid is found in colorful vegetables and it contributes to healthy, vibrant skin that starts on the inside. These vegetables, like carrots and tomatoes, can also prevent wrinkles and other aging elements that impact skin.

    The flip side is this: processed foods have been scientifically linked to acne and fine lines on your face. Your summer garden may be long gone, but seek out fresh fruits and vegetables to keep your skin looking its best.

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    8. Exfoliate

    Get rid of the dead skin that will make your skin look dull and dry with a winter restorative facial treatment. Pick an exfoliant that works best for your face and then use a loofa or exfoliation tool on the rest of your body. You’ll want to exfoliate your face just one to three times per week to avoid actually damaging your skin. You don’t need to scrub your skin off, either. Allow the exfoliating properties of the products you use to do their jobs.

    9. Powder Yourself

    Skin tends to get irritated and crack in areas where sweat collects, like between the thighs or behind the knees. Keep some unscented baby powder with you to dab these areas throughout the day.

    How do you keep your skin looking fresh and bright during the dreary months?

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    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

    The result: no more mental stress.

    2. Unplug

    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

    3. Easy on the Caffeine

    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

    The result: mental stress will be gone!

    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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