Valentine’s Day gives us a license to love. It’s a wake-up call, a reminder that love is important and valuable. Love needs to be expressed, to be nurtured and to be cherished. Make your Valentine’s Day special by giving a gift from the heart. Men as well as women love to be pampered and spoiled. Making a special dinner, a bubble bath and massaging your mate with oils by candlelight can work wonders for any relationship. Remember, love in itself is-the greatest gift of all. If you don’t have a special someone, or friends to share the day with…plan a pamper party for yourself. Loving yourself is sometimes the greatest challenge, but it’s crucial to attracting love in your life. The best way to receive love is to give love. Make love and kindness a part of your daily life and watch it blossom. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day and let your love light shine!
A friend once took her 5 year old son to the Emergency Room because after his bath he broke out in itchy painful hives. The culprit? Dry skin.
Although most of us experience some degree of dry, itchy skin during the winter, it’s hard to believe that your skin can get that dry, so itchy and dry in fact that it becomes painful.
What is it?
Winter itch is a term for dry, itchy skin that occurs during the winter. Cold, harsh winter weather combined with dry indoor heat can cause skin to lose moisture, feel tight, irritated and itchy (and that includes your face!).
Although winter weather contributes greatly to dry skin, there are many factors that can make the problem worse, including: Soaps, shower gels and skin care products with fragrance, harsh cleaning agents or deodorants. Even body depilatories that were fine in warmer weather can suddenly become irritating… and the more you scratch, the more you itch.
If you’re a victim of winter itch, take time to investigate the cause. Cortisone crèmes are a quick fix but they aren’t recommended for long term use.
- Keep your baths and showers short and the water warm not hot–A long hot bath feels good but pulls moisture from skin
- Lower room temperature at night, crack a window and/or use a humidifier or a pan of water on radiators to keep moisture in the air.
- Use super hydrating bathing and personal care products with no fragrance, alcohol, lanolin, dyes or propylene glycol to prevent irritating already dry skin.
- Use non-greasy moisturizing crèmes after a bath or shower – especially on arms and legs where skin is thicker with fewer oil and sweat glands.
- Keep toasty in cold weather by dressing in layers and eliminate itchy wools and synthetics garnished with glitter.
- Switch to fragrance free detergent and don’t use fabric softeners on sheets, pillowcases, wash cloths and towels or anything coming in direct contact with your skin.
Keep winter skin hydrated and if you need help go to www.dermHA.com
Guest Blog by Cheryl Ann Wadlington, Style Director at Evoluer Image Consultants
Whether we want to admit it or not, appearance matters. You have just under 10 seconds to make a winning first impression—and the way you look conveys a lot to the world about how you view yourself.
So, when you look in the mirror, are you happy with what you see in the reflection? If not, the following are simple and effective tips to help you transform into the well-put-together person you were meant to be inside—and out.
Ask yourself: Am I presenting the best me to the world? And does my look represent the person I am? If not, what’s holding me back? Write down both the positive and negative aspects of your appearance and work on changing those things that don’t accurately portray the person you want the world to see.
Know and dress for your true size and shape— not the Will Smith or Halle Berry figure you pre- tend to rock. Your clothes shouldn’t be too baggy or too tight; they should drape nicely on your body. If you can’t bend or dip without flashing someone, you are probably wearing the wrong size (remember, if it doesn’t fit, you ought to quit). Also, if you’re wearing clothes that make you feel uncomfortable, you will probably feel more self-conscious.
Minimize neutral colors, which blend into your skin tone. Vibrant and warm, rich colors radiate on almost any skin tone. Plus, bright colors can command attention, put you in a good mood and make people happy.
Have you worn the same hairstyle for more than five years? Do you wear the same style regardless of the occasion? Do you envy the styles of others? If you answered yes to at least two of these questions, it may be time to try a new ’do. An updated hairstyle makes you feel confident and look more modern and chic.
Not every high-fashion look is right for you. If you are unsure about how to apply makeup, visit a makeup counter in a department store and find out what products complement your skin tone. The goal is to enhance your beauty, not to make you look like a clown.
The right style transformation keeps you marketable and desirable and can give you confidence to tackle the world. So just remember: Polish until you sparkle and sparkle until you shine inside and out!
dermHA provides “clinically formulated therapeutic care for sensitive skin”, and Mildred Bell is the woman behind the products, with over 30 years in the beauty and skincare industries. As you sample dermHA’s gentle face + body wash, included in your August COCOTIQUE Box, get a glimpse behind the brand in our Q&A with Mildred; she talks about skincare challenges facing African American women specifically, some of the causes of problem skin, and what you should be doing NOW to protect your skin from the aging process.
We were featured on Rachel Pastorella’s Blog, Rachel In Flight! Rachel reviewed our products for her readers and you can see what she thinks here: http://rachelinflight.com/?p=1168#more-1168