3 Must Have Winter Beauty Items

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Winter is tough on skin. Here are 3 must-have products for winter to keep you looking your best in the cold weather.

In the summer we can just stick your hair in a ponytail, put on some sunscreen, and head out the door. In the winter, our hair and skin need some extra-special care to stay looking their best. Here are my 6 favorite products to keep you looking beautiful through the long cold winter.Image result for lip balm with a bee on the side

1 – Lip balm. My current favorite lip balm is called Lypsyl. It’s extremely soothing and has a light minty smell. The most unique part of this lip balm is the way you dispense it – it has a cute little bee on the side that you push up to expose the product. It’s less than $5 at CVS, Target, Wal*Mart, or any similar store.

Here are the ingredients in Lypsyl:

Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Petrolatum, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Ceresin, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Flavor, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Bixa Orellana (Annatto) Seed Extract

Remember, lip balm is very important in the winter. Lip balm is just like lotion…for your lips! Remember, just like the rest of your skin, your lips and the skin around your lips can also get tiny micro-tears that are painful and slow to heal.Click the picture to see this on Amazon

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2 – Moisturizer. Moisturizer for your face is an absolute must for the winter weather. I am currently using is Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar SPF 30. It’s a lovely thicker moisturizer that is effective and makes my skin feel great. It’s around $45 at Ulta, Sephora, or a similar store.

In addition to moisturizer for your face, I would also suggest a thicker lotion than you use in the summer for your body. If you don’t use moisturizer on your face and a thick lotion on your body in the winter your skin will get dry, itchy, and flaky. You can even get tiny micro-tears in your skin that are painful and slow to heal. Do your skin a favor and use moisturizer on your face and thick lotion on your body. Remember, even though it’s winter, be sure to buy moisturizer with SPF in it to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

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3 – Hair dryer. Your hair dryer is very important in the winter. In the summer it’s fine to let your hair air dry – it’s healthier for your hair, saves time, and also saves electricity. However, in the winter it’s important to dry your hair before you go outside so you don’t get sick. I know, I know, germs make you sick, not cold air – but if you go outside with wet hair your defenses are down and you’re more likely to fall prey to a winter bug.

I recently got a new hair dryer after my old Conair died after many years of faithful service. I decided to splurge and picked up a T3 Featherweight 2i Luxe. It dries my hair a lot faster, and supposedly it causes less damage than a traditional hair dryer since it dries the hair so much faster. Not really sure about that, but if so, that’s great! It’s a little pricey at $250 at Sephora.

I hope that you found this article on my 3 must haves for winter helpful. If you have a suggestion for a winter must have please feel free to comment down below, I’m always in the market for new products!

Taking Care of You

selfcareHave you been taking care of you in this new year? Time to start the year out right and pamper yourself!

It’s 2017 now, it’s time to take some extra-special care of you. If you’ve been taking care of your family, your pets, your house, and everything else, you’re next! It’s hard to care for other people when you don’t take good care of yourself. Pampering yourself doesn’t need to take a lot of time or money. Think about what would make you happy if someone gave you a surprise, and do it for yourself!

fun ways that you can take care of you

  • Buy yourself a fun new scarf for the winter season
  • Make a fairy garden, go to the nursery and get some succulent plants
  • Take yourself out for a coffee…or ice cream. Or both!
  • Try a new moisturizer
  • Find 10 things to donate to the thrift store – and buy yourself 1 new thing
  • Window shop at a “fancy” store
  • Get out an assortment of scented candles and take a bubble bath
  • Make yourself a cup of tea and watch the sun rise/set
  • Call (not text!) a friend and have a chat
  • Get yourself some new shampoo and conditioner. I like OGX, it’s sulfate-free!
  • Try a new restaurant for lunch
  • Write a note to your future (or past) self
  • Get a Brazillian hair straightening treatment. It’ll cut your dry time in half. Truth.
  • Try a new color of nail polish
  • Call your sister and talk about your childhood
  • Send a “just cause” card to your BFF in the mail

See how many fun ways there are to take care of yourself and make yourself feel great? And even better, most of the items on this list, except the Brazillian hair straightening treatment, are under $25. Once you get one of those Brazillian hair straightening treatment, though, you’ll be hooked. I get them every 2 months. Hey, you’re worth it! If you need some more ideas for taking care of you, check out my article Time to Relax.

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