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3 Tips to Keep Your Skin Soft in Winter and Eliminate Dryness

Hello, lovelies!

Achieving soft, smooth skin in the winter is easier than you may think. Temperature fluctuations and warm, indoor air are often the culprits of dry, dehydrated skin. Here are my top tips to eliminate dry skin!

Choose your cleansers carefully

The ingredients in your daily cleansers can contribute to dry skin. Avoid soap-based cleansers and soaps in favour of creamy cleansers. Anything that has alcohol listed as an ingredient is drying.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

This tip comes from advice that my grandmother always drilled into my brain – moisturizing is the key to youthful skin. Apply moisturizer as soon as possible after showering to lock-in moisture. Moisturizer often works well when your skin is still slightly damp.

Eat well for healthy skin

Never underestimate the power of hydrating foods. Staying hydrated during the day will benefit your skin. Eat foods with high water contents for hydrated, radiant skin.

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3 Tips to Take Better Blog Photos in the Winter

Hello, lovelies!

Blogging in the winter is tough. Shorter days bring less daylight, and reduced hours to take bright, well-lit photos for a blog post. Today I’ve gathered my top tips for taking better blog photos in the winter. If you’re in the same boat, keep on reading!

Utilize the help of apps

There are many apps available to enhance the natural light in your photos. I often brighten dark photos with the help of apps like Lightroom.

Timing is key

Whenever possible, it is better to take photos in natural light. The sun is often at its highest point by midday, and this translates to the brightest light available for the day. With this in mind, pay attention to locations that have the brightest light to achieve the best photos.

Pay attention to the backgrounds

I love using bright, white backgrounds for product photography and flat lays. White backgrounds make objects appear brighter by reflecting light.

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3 Tips to Keep Your Lips Soft All Winter and Eliminate Dryness

Hello, lovelies!

Do you suffer from dry, chapped lips during winter months? I find myself constantly reapplying lip balm and sugar scrubs to maintain soft, supple lips. Here are the top tips I use to keep my lips soft in colder weather!

Choose the right lip balm 

Not all lip balms are created equally. Some lip balms contain ingredients like menthol and camphor which can actually dry the lips further. If you’re looking for a balm that adds extra moisture to the lips, ensure that it contains ingredients like aloe, coconut oil, and shea butter.

Buff away flakiness with a sugar scrub 

You should use extra care when exfoliating your lips. If you want to eliminate extra dryness and flakiness, use a sugar scrub. Sugar crystals will gently exfoliate the lips without drying them.

Resist the urge to lick dry lips

This may seem counterintuitive, but licking dry lips may actually cause them to become further aggravated. Instead of naturally moistening the lips, try applying a moisturizing balm or mask to introduce extra moisture.

Protect your lips

It’s important to take steps to avoid dry lips in the first place. During cold winter months, try sealing moisture into your lips with a balm or lip mask. One of my favourite ways to protect my lips during the winter is by wearing a warm scarf over my mouth to prevent dryness.

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3 Winter Skin Care Tips for Glowing and Hydrated Skin

Hello, lovelies!

Winter weather can be particularly harsh on your skin. I like to begin my winter skincare routine early to keep my skin hydrated and fresh all season. Here are a few of the tips I use to prevent skin dryness, irritation, and cracking throughout the season.

Moisturize 

Using a daily moisturizer is important to supplement the skin’s natural moisture barrier. A moisturizer that contains ingredients like Vitamin E and shea butter will add moisture and hydration back into your skin.

Wear a scarf 

I like to keep my face covered with a scarf and hat combo when I’m outside in cold weather. The chill of winter can cause windburn, which will dry out your skin and cause irritation. The best way to keep your skin protected is to keep it covered.

Shield your skin from the sun 

Even during the winter, it is important to continue wearing SPF. A moisturizer containing SPF will protect your skin from damaging UV rays. I often select makeup products with a built-in SPF to protect my skin from the sun.

How do you adapt your skin care routine for the winter season? 

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How to Winterize Your Makeup Routine


Winter is often harsh on your skin. The colder temperatures and snow lead to chapped lips, duller skin, and dryness. Changing seasons means adapting your makeup routine to suit the variations in weather. Today I share my tops tips to transition your makeup routine into winter.
 

1. Moisturize 

Even if you moisturize year-round, it is especially vital in the winter. Moisturizing replenishes moisture in the skin. While the sunlight is not as prominent, moisturizer should still contain an SPF.

2. Brighten

Cream blush is a great substitute for bronzer. The rosy colour adds a healthy flush to your cheeks. A pop of colour brightens up a pale complexion. If you are not a blush wearer, a bright lipstick adds colour and dimension to your makeup.

3. Exfoliate

Exfoliating often keeps both lips and skin soft. A lip scrub or a toothbrush excess skin cells and leaves lips soft and subtle. Gently brush the scrub or brush across the lips. Exfoliation should be followed with a lip balm to keep lips smooth. You should exfoliate 1-2 times a week to keep skin smooth and soft.

4. Stay hydrated

Hydration is a must all year-round. Stay hydrated by consuming adequate amounts of water and other liquids. A humidifier also works to retain hydration. A DIY trick: Hang a wet towel from your doorknob overnight – the towel will dry, releasing moisture into the air and your skin!

5. Waterproof & Set Makeup

Unfortunately, snow is still wet. The second I step outside, my eyeliner and foundation tend to melt. On dreary winter days, I keep my makeup weather-proof by using waterproof products. Setting foundation and concealer with a setting powder or spray ensures it stays in place when the snow hits it.

What are your top tips for winterizing your makeup routine? I would love to hear about them! 

 

 

 

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Tips to Protect Yourself During Cold & Flu Season 

Cold and flu season is right around the corner. Today’s blog post shares tips to stay healthy during this season.
Wash up

Both the cold and flu are contagious. Coming in contact with an infected person poses risk for you to catch the virus. A good method to protect yourself is by washing your hands. You should scrub for at least 20 seconds using hot, soapy water. If water is not an option, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer will do the trick!
Get enough sleep

Sleep is essential to maintain health and wellness. Getting adequate sleep maintains your immune system’s ability to fight a cold. A good rule of thumb is to aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
Get your yearly flu shot

Your yearly flu shot protects against pathogens that cause influenza (aka: the flu). Getting the flu shot decreases your risk of contracting the flu. A flu shot may not prevent the flu completely, but it can lessen the duration and severity of symptoms.
Maintain a healthy diet

Eating healthy ensures that your immune system remains in top shape. A well-balanced diet protects your immune system against illness. Your diet should include fruits, vegetables, proteins and milk products.
Manage stress

Emotional stress weakens the immune system. Elevated stress levels activates your fight-or-flight response, suppressing body processes.  Taking time to engage in self-care is important.
Take in extra fluids

Drinking plenty of water is helpful to maintain overall health, but it also enables the body to fend off viruses that cause the cold/flu. Avoiding dehydration allows the immune system to maintain peak function. General guidelines recommend 6-8 glasses per day.
Exercise 

Exercising is a good way to increase your immunity. Exercise not only helps you stay fit, but it also increases immunity against cold/flu viruses.
Keep your hands away from your face

Touching an infected surface, then touching your face can transmit any cold/flu viruses. Disinfecting surfaces often, or avoiding touching them, ensures you are not contacting any infected surfaces.
Avoid smoking

Smoking hinders our respiratory system, and this can decrease immune system response. Avoiding smoking and smoke exposure decreases your risk of becoming sick with a cold or flu.
Keep warm

Wearing extra layers in the winter maintains our body temperature, but it also helps us avoid the cold/flu. Maintaining extra body heat reduces the risk of shivering, which causes the body to lose heat and decrease the immune system. Wearing hats, scarves, or other layers is a great way to achieve this.
What are tricks you use to protect yourself during flu season? 


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