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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 February 12, 2019

    12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

    12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

    I’m a hypochondriac. Always have been since I was a child. One of my biggest fears as an adult is getting breast cancer. I visited my gynecologist a few months ago and asked what I could do to help prevent getting breast cancer. You know what she said? Nothing. According to this recommended OB/GYN doctor, besides regular check-ups to see if I already had breast cancer, there was nothing I could do to prevent a cancer that impacts 1 in 8 U.S. women.

    BS.

    After heavily researching breast cancer, I found out that I was making quite a few mistakes with my everyday activities. Here are 12 things that may cause breast cancer that you should avoid.

    Buying Deodorant Without Checking the Label

    I actually have a good friend who is more of a hypochondriac than I am, so I went to her with my concerns about breast cancer. She took me into the bathroom and thrust her deodorant at me. While at first I was confused and slightly offended, she explained that I should start using a different deodorant because the mass-produced ones at the store have ingredients (ie aluminum –based compounds) I can’t afford to put under my armpits and so close to my breasts. Luckily, she had an extra Tom’s natural deodorant to give me.

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    There might not be any “conclusive” research that links antiperspirants to breast cancer but better safe than sorry.

    Using Chemical Hair Dye

    I know so many people who dye their hair every few months using the cheap boxed dyes you can buy at the store. Sure, it can be fun but it’s like playing Russian Roulette because the dyes you use most likely contain carcinogens. The National Cancer Institute even warns against the practice of just picking out a hair dye willy-nilly. So the next time you do it, go to a health foods market and find the most naturally-based hair dye you can.

    Smoking

    Regarding my visit to the gynecologist, she did come back after our conversation a few minutes later and asked if I smoked or drank a lot of alcohol. I said no (I don’t think any true hypochondriac can do either of those things). “You’ll be fine then,” she said. But she forgot about second-hand smoke, which can be just as dangerous. Now, I won’t go near anyone if they’re lighting up, including my BFF’s boyfriend. He can get as mad as he wants; my health is more important!

    Wearing the Wrong Bra Size

    When an organization devoted to protecting women against breast cancer suggests you get fitted with the right bra, you take notice. Bras that are too small or big might pose a risk because they just aren’t supportive on the breast tissue or if they are too tight they will cut off drainage of the lymph fluid. Hey, it was a great excuse to head to Victoria’s Secret to get measured.

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    If I had my choice though, I would go all-natural and join the bra burners of the 60s (however, my mom was a bra burner, so that might make it a little awkward).

    Using Chemical Household Cleaners

    If the cabinet under your kitchen sink looks like most, there are enough chemicals to make all sorts of crazy things. And yes, as you and I suspected, those chemicals are REALLY bad. Not only are they connected with breast cancer, they are connected with other kinds of cancers, as well as chronic conditions like migraines, allergies and more. So from now on, clean with vinegar, baking soda and other materials that aren’t going to give you a medical nightmare.

    Using Mothballs

    When I was a little kid, I learned to use mothballs. They actually remind me of my grandmother, bless her heart. Little did I know that they are filled with chemicals that have been connected with breast cancer development. Looks like I’ll be looking for an alternative, like cedar chips. Sorry, Grammy!

    Putting Non-Organic Make-Up on My Face

    I won’t tell you the foundation I use, but I will tell you that after I read the ingredients, I promptly threw it away. It was chock full of all sorts of nasty things like parabens, which have been found en masse in tissue samples that came from breast cancer patients. I can still wear make-up, though. A trip to my local whole foods store was all it took to come up with organic-based, paraben-free cover-up.

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    Neglecting My Physical Health

    In my research, I discovered losing weight is a good way to ward off breast cancer since there have been indications of a link between being overweight and being diagnosed with this type of cancer. That’s all the motivation I need to get off the couch and head to the gym.

    Drinking Alcohol

    Like I mentioned above, alcohol has never been my drink of choice but basically everyone else I know highly enjoys their beer. Yet alcohol is super problematic if you want to avoid breast cancer, liver cancer and heart cancer. In a global study, over 21 percent of alcohol related deaths were because of cancer. I’m hoping for a soon-to-be revolution that swaps alcohol for tea (healthier and less expensive) when it comes to social drinking. Tea time anyone?

    De-Odorizing My House With Air Fresheners

    I love a clean-smelling house and car, but the air fresheners I’ve been using contain phthalates, a type of plasticizing chemical. Phthalates have been found in air fresheners because they help create a long-lasting fragrance. Unfortunately, that fragrance could be deadly. Looks like I’ll be boiling some water, cinnamon sticks and cloves on the stovetop to make my house smell really amazing!

    Storing Everything in Plastic Containers

    I have a habit of collecting those plastic containers. Whenever I get a coupon for them, I just go hog-wild and buy a bunch. But they have a connection to breast cancer, which I didn’t know before. It’s especially bad when you use them to reheat food in the microwave. I’m going to suck it up, throw them out and use glass containers instead.

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    Buying the Wrong Food

    I figured that pesticides were trouble from the get-go, and I was right. They get into your foods and, in some cases, seem to foster an environment where cancerous cells feel compelled to grow within the organs and tissues, including the breasts. It’s one more reason to buy from local farmers, as long as they don’t use pesticides. You’ll have to ask them, by the way; most local food market stands don’t have signs up about the whole pesticides topic.

    While everyone still makes fun of me for being a hypochondriac, I know in my heart that I’m actually just protecting myself, and maybe educating some people on the health dangers that lurk in everyday items. My wellbeing is worth being the butt of a few jokes. Yours is, too.

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