Skin care regime: Winter

We had a great trip up to Salt Lake City over Thanksgiving enjoying the company of family and friends. I forget whenever we go up to Utah, my skin gets super dry! Since we’ve been back, I’ve been using my favorite avocado cuticle oil to help repair the dry nail beds. I found this article interesting about skin types and what regiment works best. My skin has been a weird combination of like every skin type for as long as I can remember. It still likes to think I’m a teenager by breaking out every now and then (eye roll). I actually just stopped my subscription to Proactiv after a year of using their system because I felt my skin showed zero improvement. I’m going to try some of the items mentioned below and I’m definitely open to any skin care recommendations!

Your Ideal Skincare Regime Based on Skin Type

By Aurora McCausland

Everyone is going to have an opinion on skincare. Chances are, you know someone who spends thousands of dollars on skincare products monthly, but you also know someone who washes their face once a week with just water and somehow still has clear skin. Every single person has unique skin, and the best way to know what your personal concoction of skincare products should be, is to go to a dermatologist. They will be able to assess your skin and let you know what is causing certain problems, and prescribe products to alleviate them. However, if your skin problems are not severe, or you’re looking for new recommendations, here are some skincare tips based on skin type.

Dry

If you have dry skin you probably experience flaking, scaly skin, and in extreme cases, pain due to how dry and cracked the skin has become. With your skincare routine, it’s important that you have an exfoliant to remove any dead skin, and an intensive moisturizer to restore the balance your skin needs.

-Gentle exfoliant. Avoid anything with microbeads, as this will just tear up your skin. Try a powder with a base of rice enzyme powder.

-Gentle and creamy cleanser.

-Hyaluronic acid. You can get this straight, or you can choose a serum that contains hyaluronic acid. This will help your skin retain a considerable amount more moisture than it ordinarily would.

-Cream based moisturizer.

Oily

Oily skin is on the opposite end of the spectrum, and needs an entirely different set of weapons to combat the overactive oil glands in your face. When you apply makeup, make sure you have a matte setting spray and a great setting powder to keep your face from resembling an oil slick throughout the day. Here are a few product recommendations to get you started.

-Weekly mud mask. Be careful what product you choose, but this will help equalize the excess oil.

-Oil-free cleanser. The last thing you want is to add more oil to your face, so make sure your cleanser isn’t contributing to your problem.

-Salicylic acid. Be on the lookout for a moisturizer that contains this power ingredient, which will help promote cell turnover and control the oil.

-Rose water toner.

Combination

When you struggle with combination skin, you have to choose relatively neutral products, and then treat specific areas of your skin accordingly.

-Non-lather cleanser. You want something that will lift makeup and sunscreen, but won’t strip natural oils.

-Exfoliant that contains glycerin. You want to get rid of excess oil as well as dry skin, but then make sure you retain necessary moisture!

-Clarifying toner. Toner is a really important step if you have combination skin! Look for something with willow bark that will help tighten the pores in your T zone.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is a whole new bag, since you can break out in painful rashes and acne if you use products that aren’t gentle enough with your skin. Your best bet when it comes to sensitive skin, is to seek out a high quality skincare company that specializes in sensitive skin. This way you know that every product they put out is formulated just for skin like yours.

-Sensitive oil free cleanser.

-Rosehip oil. This will help soothe any problem areas, and is great for restoring moisture.

-Skin relief face serum. A serum should be soothing and repairing, which is just what your sensitive skin needs.

Acne Prone

Acne is something that many people deal with far into adulthood. The idea that acne is only present during hormonal teenage days is a myth, since most acne is caused by stress, and hormones. And surprise, hormones don’t leave you alone once you are finished with puberty. You need a skincare routine that targets the acne you have, and prevent more acne from sprouting up.

-Clay mask.

-Glycolic and hyaluronic acid cleansing pads.

-Micronized Benzoyl Peroxide spot treatment.

Skinmapping

One of the most important things you can do for your face is to try to understand it better. One of the best ways to do this, is by face mapping. Face mapping, or skin mapping, is a way of telling what is causing skin problems by which area of the face it is appearing in. For example, acne along your jawline is often related to hormones, whereas acne on your cheeks is related to your respiratory system. Here is a great article that goes over skin mapping and which areas of your face mean what.

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Fiesta Friday: links I love and things to celebrate

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Most of our 10 years of marriage we’ve lived in places with snow in the winter. Now that we’re back in CA, I don’t miss the snow at all! Ok, not completely true – I love looking at the snow from inside a warm house, ha, ha! I’m loving these snowy pictures from Blair:

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Ways to safely keep guns in a home. This is something I feel so strongly about! I hate reading stories of kids accidentally finding loaded guns in someone’s house and shooting and often killing another child. I hate it because it makes me incredibly sad and most of those ‘accidents’ can be prevented.

A few simple ways to be more happy 🙂

 

5 Favorite Winter Essentials for Dry Skin

Even though Southern California isn’t the driest of winter airs, we’ve lived in some low humidity cities where winter is really harsh on your skin (especially when we lived in Utah!) I feel like my skin is naturally dry but I’ve found a few things that definitely help my skin and overall health in dry weather. Here are my top 5 winter essentials:

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  1.  Humidifier– We actually have 2 of this same humidifier! I use one in my room in the winter (or if I’m sick) and we’ll use the second one in the kids’ bedrooms if they get sick. I feel like I can breathe better at night and feel more rested in the morning. I like this one because it’s small, the cord is a good length (it’s about 5 feet long), it’s easy to fill and clean and you can adjust the level of humidity.
  2. Gold Bond Rough & Bumpy lotion – this lotion is awesome. It’s made for skin that is extra dry and I use it daily on my upper arms which for some reason are more dry than the rest of my skin. I saw good results in the first week of using it! My skin is much less bumpy and dry.
  3.  Saline salt nasal spray – this helps with dry nasal membranes. It’s not by prescription, non habit-forming and great to use for nasal congestion. It’s not medicated and easy to spray in your nose. It also doesn’t taste weird like how some medicated nasal sprays can drip into your throat. I buy this at any grocery or drug store and it’s only a few dollars.
  4.  Vicks Vaporub –  I’ve written about this product before and how great it is for a sore throat! There are actually lots of uses for Vicks Rub but my primary use is if I feel a sore throat coming, I’ll rub it on (the outside) of my throat before going to bed. It doesn’t cure an illness but alleviates the symptoms.
  5.  Hydro Flask– I’ve also talked a lot about this bottle because it’s honestly one of my favorite things to have cold water all day! I especially love this bottle because it doesn’t collect condensation so I can bring it in a bag and not worry about other items getting wet. I have the wide mouth spout version which I prefer, they make a variety of sizes and mouth openings. Hydration is super important all the time but especially in the winter and can help with dry skin, illness, etc.

*related: 7 Ways to Fight a Cold , more on my Hydro Flask love

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Winter outings with kids

This winter is the warmest winter we’ve had in the 10 years we’ve been married! 10 years! The kids’ and my favorite thing to do in the summer is the splash pad but our favorite cold weather activity is the library.  When we lived in Utah, Brent and I went to the toddler story/sing time every week. Our library in Texas had tons of puzzles and puppets (in addition to books obviously) that the kids loved. Our new library here in CA only has computers as an extra ‘activity’ to books which I don’t love since we try and limit the screen time the kids get. However, it’s still fun to read new books!

library winter activities with kids

library winter activities with kids

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Linking up for Mommy Style Monday for other Winter activity ideas check out:

Kiana at Glitter & Donuts

Madeline at CaseyLand

Shani at Sunshine & Munchkins

Britt at My Little Sunshine

Rachel at Tutus and Heels

Noelia at You Can Call Me Noe

Jessica at Mason Jars and Lemon Bars

Michelle at The Mumsy Blog

Kahana at A Beautiful Life

Monica at It’s All About

ankle boots // moto leggings // cardigan and long sleeved tunic from Target

7 ways to fight a cold: winter survival tips

We’ve lived in some cold places throughout our 10 years of marriage like DC, Utah and Scotland and this winter in LA should be pleasant! Even though it’s warmer it doesn’t prevent sickness and colds from spreading. Here are some of my favorite things in the winter to fight a cold (not sponsored, just some things I loved that have worked for me!)

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Vitamin C –  I like to use Emergen-C drink mix that you mix into water to boost your immunity. It’s similar to drinking a glass of orange juice but convenient if you don’t have juice on hand (we usually don’t because it’s a lot of sugar and the kids will drink it all, ha, ha). Vitamin C doesn’t get rid of a cold but it can help reduce the symptoms of the illness. I’d also add hand sanitizer. I always carry a travel size bottle – it wont get rid of a cold but can help prevent catching a cold.

Vicks VapoRub – If I feel a sore throat, cold or congestion coming on, I’ll use Vick’s rub on my throat. It contains menthol and eucalyptus oil which help soothe a cough, congestion and also sore muscles.

Humidifier – increased humidity can help with a cough, cold, dry skin, etc. I like to use my humidifier at night next to my bed.

Water and hydration – I always carry my Hydro Flask with me and try to increase my water intake when a feel like I might be getting sick. Increased hydration helps with so many bodily functions!

Saline salt nose spray – If I’m congested I’ll use a non-habit forming generic nasal spray from any drugstore and find it helps a lot with dry nasal membranes.

Gargling with warm salt water – This old wives tale actually has some truth, gargling with warm salt water helps flush out a virus and sooth a sore throat. The Mayo Clinic recommends 1/2 tablespoon of salt to 8 ounces of warm water.

Peppermint Oil – I get this from any drugstore and like this roller style because it’s already diluted oil (so ready to use). Peppermint oil is awesome for so many things including sore, aching muscles, clearing sinuses (by breathing, not applying in a nostril), headaches, cramps, stomach pain. I’ll usually roll on some peppermint oil before bed to relieve any sore muscles (from an impending sickness or exercise).

Fiesta Friday: links I love and things to celebrate

It’s kind of the time of year when so many people get sick! Knock on wood our household has avoided getting sick so far.  I’ve used VicksVapoRub for various ailments such as a sore throat or cough, but did not know about some of these ways you can use it!

The hot Texas summer was so worth not having snow this fall/winter! Snow is beautiful to look at but not to drive around!

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We received an offer on our home and hoping to close on December 20 (!) so we’ve been busy looking at rental homes in the LA area. Feels like deja vu because we were just in this process in April!