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Body Care Is Just As Important As Facial Skin Care

In beauty, skincare on July 12, 2021 at 12:00 pm
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At this point we all know that it’s a good idea to have an appropriate skincare routine for our faces. It’s also most likely safe to say that many people have a good (or at least decent) routine in place and are experiencing some payoff from the effort. Wonderful. But then there is the rest of the skin on the body which oftentimes gets neglected.

If you are anything like me, this can be the case more than I care to admit. With a power packed schedule, I, of course, do my am/pm skin care routines but for the rest of my body I might only pay attention to what is exposed: an elbow, an ankle, a toe. Throw in the fact that I suffer from EXTREMELY dry, patchy winter skin, particularly on my legs/thighs. which leaves my skin itchy, flaky and blotchy. This is a problem for me when spring and summer rolls around because of the shorter, more revealing clothes I like to wear. My consistent body care neglect then leaves me scrambling to fix the aftermath of my neglect. If only I would take extra time to care for my body skin as much as I do my face. Anywho, in an effort to fix my skin, I have to pull out the most aggressive tactics and artillery to rid myself of this blotchy lizard skin. But sometimes no matter how many concoctions i apply to my skin, it doesn’t alleviate me of what ails me. On top of that, all that harsh and aggressive scrubbing can do more harm than good. I know – I must do better.

So what products and tools have I been using lately on a more intentional and consistent basis to help correct, smooth and even out my skin making it soft, smooth and radiant? Keep reading.

Olay Cleansing & Renewing Night Time Body Wash With Retinol.

If you know anything about me, i will always sing the praises of retinol. It is one of the most powerful anti-aging, skincare renewal ingredients that one can use on their skin. I had been seeing advertisements for this body wash but never got around to making the purchase. Then a friend gave me a bottle and I couldn’t wait to get home to use it. Now let me say that I usually try to stay away from skincare that is fragranced but this body wash smells quite exquisite. I have been using this every night for the past 3 weeks and I must say that my skin – especially on my legs/thighs – is smoother and more even in tone than it’s been in quite some time.

Bathing/Exfoliating Gloves.

I believe in the power of a good body exfoliator but many times I don’t feel like taking that extra step in the shower after cleansing. So instead I use exfoliating gloves because they cleanse and exfoliate at the same time. That in addition to using my gloves with my Olay Cleansing & Renewing Night Time Body Wash With Retinol makes for very beautiful skin that I’m always eager to show off.

Dry Brushing

I’ve read numerous articles about celebrities using this particular technique on the regular so I felt it was necessary to do some research and possibly go shopping for a new tool.

Dry brushing is a type of medicine of ayurvedic origin what has been around for centuries. It is an exfoliation technique that is believed to exfoliate dead dry skin so that the body can eliminate toxins through the pores. There isn’t much scientific evidence/research to support dry brushing HOWEVER possible benefits (with the obvious/most noticeable being the first two) (may) include:

  • exfoliate the skin
  • boost energy and circulation
  • eliminate toxins
  • help break down cellulite
  • help with lymphatic drainage (open pores/sweat)

Now I don’t know about the break down of cellulite, lymphatic drainage or even the elimination of toxins but what I do like is the invigorating and energetic feeling that I experience. Even more important is that I see the dead skin being lifted that I didn’t realize was there. This is the one thing I do in the morning on dry skin to help prep for my shower. For more info on dry brushing, tools and best practices, go here and here.

Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion Deep with Nourishing Serum and Almond Oil

When it comes to body (or hand) lotion, I always look for something unscented (for fragrance layering), rich, emollient and leaves my skin radiant and glowy (maybe slightly greasy) and this body lotion fits the bill. I use it am and pm and when used consistently, the skin on my body looks very beautiful and healthy.

Do you have any body care best practices or is that something you need to add to your current skincare routine?

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3 Ways To Make Your Shoes Fit Better

In fashion, style on July 1, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Shoes are a many splendid thing. They can make or break an entire outfit and nice looking shoes always elicit “ooohhs”, “aaahs” and sheer delight from onlookers and admirers. There is one thing however that matters more than the look of a shoe and that’s how the shoe fits. Now some people may not necessarily care about shoe size – they will sacrifice a baby toe for an amazing shoe – no matter how ill-fitting it is.

But what good is a nice looking pair of shoes when they don’t fit, cause pain and affect the way you walk? I’m not talking about shoes that you bought that were too big or too small and you had to have them anyway because they were a sale shoe by your favorite shoe designer. I’m talking about shoes that fit for the most part but the size or fit is “off a bit”.

What do I mean by “off a bit”? I’m referring to when that pair of shoes are a bit too tight or slip up and down off of your feet a little because you are “in between sizes”? You know how you are usually a 6.5 in a particular brand/style but the 6.5 is too snug and the 7 is a little bigger than you would like? Or what about the pair of shoes you own where the soles are too slippery and you fear for your life when you wear them so you walk around with a stiff walk, hoping you don’t fall? In any of these cases, what do you do? Do you take the shoes back? Thrown them away? Sell them on Poshmark? Give up on life? Not necessarily. There are solutions to these 3 commonplace shoe concerns which are usually inexpensive and easy to use.

If your shoes are too tight:

-Use liquid shoe stretch which can be purchased from a drug store, shoe repair shop or even Amazon. While wearing the shoes, spray or squeeze the solution onto the shoe where you need the stretch and walk around for a few minutes. Repeat if necessary. Be sure the solution you use is safe for the color and material of the shoes you are stretching. You can also opt to use a one way stretcher for width or a 4 way shoe expander as well.

-Use a hair dryer with thick socks.  It may be a bit uncomfortable at first to stuff your feet into your shoes with thick socks on but this is an inexpensive way to stretch your shoes and you most likely have all of the materials on hand to get the job done. Start with your hair dryer on a medium setting and put the nozzle where you need the stretch for a few minutes until you feel your shoes become less tight.

-Freeze your shoes with 1/4 water filled sandwich bags. While the thought of putting shoes in a space where you store your food might be off-putting, this can be a good idea if you haven’t worn the shoes outside yet. Take two sandwich bags and place your shoes. Fill the bags a quarter of the way with water and be sure to zip all of the way. Wrap your shoes up in a plastic bag for safety and put in the freezer.  As the bags freeze they will stretch the shoes out. After the bags freeze, let them thaw then take the bags out and try the shoes on. Repeat if necessary.

-Take your shoes to a cobbler.  If you are concerned about destroying your shoes, take them to a professional. Cobblers perform repair all kinds of shoes with specialized equipment. If your shoes are too wide or narrow, if the straps are too long or too short or even if the heel of your shoe is too tight, a cobbler can make the proper adjustments while maintaining the integrity of the shoe.

If your shoes slip up and down off of your foot:

Shoe inserts/ball of foot cushions. These come in various styles as some are more like full inserts and others are half the size and fit primarily under the ball of the foot to provide comfort and to take up space to make the shoe fit more snug.

Heel grippers. These fit on the inside heel of the shoe and come in a variety of materials including gel and rubber with an adhesive to stick to the inside heel of the shoe. Heel grippers provide comfort to the back of the foot as well as prevent the shoe from slipping up and down off of your foot.

Shoe tongue pads. These pads, which usually have an adhesive backing, fit on the built in tongue of the shoe and rests across the instep of the foot. These help the shoe to fit more snug and can help prevent toe nail injuries and are also great for runners.

If the sole is too slippery:

-Use super grit sand paper to rub along the sole of the shoe until the sole is not so smooth anymore, thus creating traction.

-Purchase non slip grip pads (from your local drug store or shoe repair shop) that adhere to the bottom of the shoe. Beware that eventually the grip pad may come off and may need to be replaced.

-Take them outside and scuff them on the pavement. This may sound crazy or absurd but it works.

-Use a strip of masking tape on the soles.

-Take them to the cobbler to get ribbed nylon bottoms put on the soles.

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These Morning Hacks Will Help You Start Your Day

In lifestyle, productivity on February 22, 2021 at 8:56 am

For some people, getting up early and starting the day (or week) is easy and the fresh start is something to look forward to.  For others, getting up early and starting the day is traumatizing.  There many factors that can cause one to feel that way such as not being a morning person, always feeling tired or just not looking forward to the events of the day.  Whatever the case, staying in bed seems like a better idea.

For most adults however, staying in bed all day is not an option.  So what is the fix? Planning ahead and establishing a routine, especially if you have to get up before the crack of dawn, can make your process more tolerable and your day run more smoothly.  So the next time you have to get up super early, consider the following:

Set your alarm to your favorite song.  If a traditional blaring alarm is too aggressive and anxiety inducing first thing in the morning, try music. Choose a song that will hype you up and make you want to dance first thing in the morning.  And when that song no longer gets you excited, switch to another song.

Give yourself some time.  Make sure you give yourself a few minutes before jumping out of bed so you will have time to time to do things like meditate, pray or review your schedule.  Nothing is worse than waiting until the last minute to wake up then making a scatterbrained leap out of bed.  Not the best way to start your day.

Turn on all of the lights.  This has helped me tremendously when I have to get up before sunrise (especially in the winter).  Consider getting a timer to turn on the lights a few minutes before you have to get up so you don’t have to walk through a dark house to turn on lights.

Eat a delicious breakfast.  Take the time to have a wholesome breakfast before heading out.  Doing so helps you ease into your day, puts you in a good mood, helps your concentration and improves your memory.

Drink ice cold water.  Doing this will help you wake up instantly.

Buy some new underwear.  I can’t tell you how many times I have gone shopping for new underwear and couldn’t wait to wake up the next morning to shower and put them on.  What is it about new underwear that makes one feel powerful and ready to take on the world?

Get a morning exercise routine.  It might be stretching, yoga, or a HIIT workout which can take place in a physical gym or in your living room.  Wherever you choose to workout and whatever workout you choose to do, take a few minutes to do something to get your blood flowing, burn some calories and energize yourself.

Prep meals and outfits ahead of time.   Eliminate the morning frenzy around food and clothing by preparing ahead of time.  It might be the day before or a plan for the week but whatever the case do it ahead of time so you can focus your energy on other important things during your morning.

Be realistic about your time.  Nothing is worse than rushing to get things done.  Do you find that you are late often or that you are making it to your destination by the skin of your teeth?  Oftentimes we underestimate the amount of time it takes to get ready in the morning or for any event so make sure you are giving yourself enough time to get everything done.  For instance, just walking to the car, getting in, putting on your seat belt, turning on the car and rushing to get gas take up time that counts so plan accordingly.

Don’t get caught up.  In your cell phone or laptop that is.  Email and social media can rob you of precious time.  If you aren’t in an industry like customer support where you have to answer email right away, set up a time where you will check all of that stuff or at least wait until you are done with your morning routine to check in.

What are your best morning hacks to keep you on track for a productive day?

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