February 27, 2014

Winter Skincare: How to Glow, Not Crack

Skin is the largest organ in the body. While most people take care of their face by washing regularly and moisturizing, the skin on the rest of the body goes largely unattended. All of your skin needs attentive care, especially in the dry months of New England’s winters, because your skin protects internal structures and helps eliminate waste from the body.

Here are some things to consider in your selfcare:
  1. Humidify
    Add moisture to the air and help soothe your dry skin. Consider using a small appliance in the main rooms of your house and in your bedroom. Alternatively, install a whole house humidification system.
  2. Hydrate
    Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day (or herbal teas if you are cold). Also eat fruits and vegetables with high water content. These include apples, pears, grapes, oranges, cucumbers and leafy vegetables.
  3. Use Warm Water
    Minimize the time you spend in hot showers or baths or lower the temperature of the water. Use a moisturizing cream or oil as soon as you dry off to add moisture to your skin before the pores close up.
  4. Exfoliate
    Gently removing the top layer of dead skin cells from your body, face and lips helps keep pores from getting clogged and allows moisturizers to penetrate more easily. Both dry brushing and scrubs are effective for exfoliating.
Pine Straw Wellness Tip: Your hands take a real beating in the winter months, especially if you don't wear dish gloves during kitchen clean-ups. It's so much easier to remember to moisturize your hands when you LOVE your hand cream. We have so many brands and scents at Pine Straw you will definitely find a favorite. Be sure to try Lollia and Tokyo Milk, both by Margot Elena. Beautiful, great scents and crazy good!

Thanks to our guest blogger Ginny Keator, Certified Health Coach, for these tips on improving our skin health in the cold winter months! For more health tips and to learn how a health coach can improve your quality of life visit Ginny's website: www.claim-yourhealth.com

RSVP to our Spring Apparel and Wellness event on Friday, March 7th from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Ginny will be on hand to talk about how to improve your general health and get yourself ready for the warm weather months. Pine Straw’s personal stylist Maria DiLorenzo will be revealing the fresh styles of spring 2014. Come by with your girlfriends for a fun and inspirational morning!

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