After too many holiday treats or late-nights catching up with friends and family at holiday gatherings, you may be left feeling more frazzled than fresh! The good news is that it’s relatively easy to get back on track. January is the perfect time to commit to new healthy skin tips to help you look and feel great, on a budget ;).
*This is a sponsored post but all opinions are mine.
Healthy Skin Tips To Help With Dryness
We all know the credit card bills are coming in now to pay off the Christmas spendings. Saving a few dollars on getting our skin glowing is a great idea this time of year.
One of the simplest fixes you can make to start implementing healthy skin tips into your beauty routine is to swap out pop for water. Experts say drinking water can help prevent dehydration-induced wrinkles.
Personally, I drink LOTS of water (like 4 litres lots). Other than your skin, it helps with weight maintenance and detoxifying your body.
Try setting reminders in your calendar to fill up your glass with water every couple hours. Give it a couple weeks, and it will become routine.
Moisturizing the Body & Hands
I’ve used the Dermal Therapy body lotion on my hands and arms for a few days and have already noticed a difference. I live in Canada, so it’s cold (very cold). Dryness is second nature here and cracked skin is nothing short of normal. To test the product, I’ve added it to the thumb area of my right hand and the inner part of my left arm to see if it works.
They include formulations that actively restore moisture to help relieve dry, cracked, and itchy skin. It contains:
- urea; important part of your skin’s natural moisturizing system and is found in healthy young skin
- silk amino acids; improve skin tone and lustre, giving skin a silky, smooth, non-greasy feel
I’ve tried all types of pharmacy brands before so I was sceptical at first. I was so glad to see after a few days the positive effects of the body lotion, even after a week of overdosing on hand washing and sanitizing as one of my kids was sick and contagious.
This photo is not my hands but this is similar to what I was experiencing before and after.
I even recommended it to my hubby for his cracked skin. The only thing I regret was not taking before and after pictures to show you the difference.
A bottle of this lotion goes for about $11. While it may be a little pricier than the drug store brand, it seriously is not that much to achieve silky smooth skin, especially when you compare it to medium end brands that charge you $30 for a small bottle of body lotion.
Moisturizing the Feet
At the same time as the body lotion, I decided to give the Dermal Therapy Heel Care a try on one foot, the left as it has eczema on it. It is dryer than the right, has cracked skin and if I try to remove it, it hurts! I don’t feel like going for pedis in the dead of winter either and spend $20 every time.
So again, sceptical as I was, I tried it. To my amazement, within a few days I noticed a difference. Goodbye to all those years of wearing socks with vaseline slathered on my feet. A tube of this stuff can cost you a little less than $10, but if you’ve been suffering of dry, cracked heels, the price is worth it. You don’t have to add that much so tube will last you a while. The recommendation was to use it 3 times a day but in all honesty I did it once a day and have seen instant results.
Again these are not my feet but I had a similar start and outcome (the result isn’t as good as the picture below but it’s getting there as it’s only been a week I’ve been using it).
Moisturizing the Face & Eyes
Studies haven’t always proved that coconut oil works for everyone, however, it is effective for the face. I’ve personally used it on the dryer areas of my face and daily under my eyes. Since it has the ability to heal wounds by increasing collagen cross-linking and antioxidant enzyme activity, coconut oil can improve skin hydration and reduce skin infections. Studies have also shown that coconut oil can reduce wrinkles. So it is no surprise that when I started using it, a few weeks later I noticed a decrease in the wrinkles under my eyes. It wasn’t something I purposely did, I was just applying it as a moisturizer and the after effects were magic (including lengthening your lashes)!
These are not my eyes but that’s what the improvement did (I know the makeup is different here but please only focus on the wrinkles).
While some may worry about oil build up from it, research suggests that it can be an effective treatment for certain types of acne because of its antimicrobial properties. It was also determined that coconut oil can reduce acne caused inflammation and swelling thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. It may not be the end all be all solution, but it surely is worth a shot. I invite you to read this article for further insight on coconut oil.
Get Some Sleep
If you get less than six hours sleep, it’s likely affecting your appearance and you may notice wrinkles, dark circles or puffy eyes. It even changes your facial expressions; you tend to furrow your brow and frown more when you’re tired.
Set an alarm for bed time just like you do to get out of bed in the morning. Use the same approach to make sure you get to bed early enough at night!
Moisturize Your Hair
We all know of the effects of hot and humid weather conditions on our hair but cold and dry air can cause the cuticle of the hair strand to lift slightly taking the moisture out of your hair. You may experience breakage and frizz. That’s not all….High winds that are pretty common this time of year), can tangle your hair. So when you brush and de-tangle your hair, it further breaks and splits ends. All this makes it ever so difficult to keep your hair nourished to grow it.
To solve it, one of my healthy skin tips can be applied to your hair, coconut oil. It penetrates deeply into the hair, reducing protein loss. It can also improve dandruff and dry scalp because of its antimicrobial properties.
Grow You Hair
To get your hair growing again, try PRIORIN®. It’s a supplement that supplies the hair with millet extract, the amino acid L-cystine and calcium pantothenate. In combination, it has been clinically shown to promote hair growth and hair re-growth. It also contains the nutrient biotin, which helps to maintain healthy hair.
It takes some time to take effect. Take 2 capsules daily with food for 3-6 months. Don’t worry, it won’t make hair on other parts of your body increase, as those are controlled by different growth factor.
Make it a part of your breakfast or lunch routine so you remember to take supplements daily.
The Gist of it
Follow these budget-friendly healthy skin tips (and the ones for the hair) to glow come this spring. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.
In addition to the examples listed above, what other healthy skin tips or tricks do you have to kick-start your beauty routine for the New Year?
*This is a sponsored post but all opinions are mine.
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I leave you with one of my skincare situation shots from my Instagram feed that I am in the midst of solving. Will let you know what I did to get rid of it once I am done the testing phase. Check it out and Instagram and let me know what you of it.
These last few weeks have been a little stressful on my skin and it showed. It’s not my eating because that’s always been good and it’s likely not the products I use on my face. It’s The sauna. as good as it may be for your blood cells, if you go in regularly with makeup on, you’ll learn the hard way that it clogs your pores. Sounds like common sense to remove my makeup before going in, but in the interest of time saving, i took the shorts d harmful route of not removing it before, as little as I had on (concealer under my eyes). While heat and sweat nEver affected my skin in the past, our bodies and hormones shift, and what didn’t happen before starting happening now. This is a series where I’m documenting what I’m doing to get rid of my new found foe and the #blemishes they create. I already started and it’s a lot. Enter than the image you see here. I did lighten the picture here but you can still see the mark. I never suffered from acne and only had the odd pimple here and there. I could run in 40 degree Celsius heat with makeup on and I would not have skin issues. I have very dry skin, so I’m not prone to pores, but I was not entirely immune as I thought I was. Stay tuned to the-Wardrobe-stylist.com to see what I’m doing to reduce them and zap the blemishes naturally. naturally. #fashionblogger #beautyblogger #skincondition #pimples #pimpleproblems #sauna #makeup #naturalremedies
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