Winter is never kind to my skin. The dry, cold air is not a good thing for me, and frankly, I can’t afford spa skin treatments or expensive skin products. So, does that mean that I’m doomed to ugliness and discomfort all winter? Not at all! Not in the winter or any time of the year, because there are lots of ingredients I always have in my house that make some really great skin pampering products. Good to know, right? Here are some of them:
Olive oil: Olive oil makes a wonderful moisturizer when your skin needs a little TLC. Apply to dry areas- or really anywhere- 10 minutes before a shower and you’ll love how soft your skin feels after. You can also apply a thin layer under you regular moisturizer for some extra softening.
Oatmeal: Put a cup of oatmeal in your bath to soothe itchy, irritated skin. Oatmeal brightens and regenerates dull, tired skin, so you can make a paste and use it as a mask.
Avocado: Make an avocado mask, leave on for 15-20 minutes, and rinse.
Coconut oil: Mix coconut oil and sugar for a fabulous moisturizing body scrub.
Honey: Honey is an excellent gentle cleanser, so apply and rinse. Honey also will plump up your skin, making it look young and fresh.
Yogurt: Yogurt moisturizes, and its antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory properties exfoliate and relieve dry, itchy skin. Apply and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing.
You can pamper your skin with these at home treatments that won’t cost you anything. But who am I to knock a fabulous spa experience? Save those pennies and treat yourself one day!
I hope you got your flu shot this season. It’s the best way to prevent catching the flu, but it won’t help with colds and other winter viruses, and that’s where your immune system comes in. Here are the things that you can do to keep your immune system strong, and you can start right now!
Wash your hands. This is probably the single most important thing you can do to avoid getting sick. Use warm water and soap- and scrub!
Eat well. Nutrition is an extremely important part of staying healthy.
Get enough sleep. A tired body has a harder time fighting off germs.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Be sociable. Human connection helps fight illness.
Be positive. A healthy attitude can help keep your body healthy, too.
Avoid stress: Too much stress can actually make you prone to getting sick.
Drink alcohol in moderation.
Take probiotics. Probiotics are the good bacteria that promote good health. Yogurt is one of the best sources of probiotic you can eat, and there are plenty of probiotic supplements you can get in any health food store or pharmacy.
Sticking to these guidelines should help keep you from getting sick too often. Unfortunately, nothing is foolproof and no matter how careful you are you could still get sick, but with a strong immune system you’re body is ready to fight those germs and get you feeling better quickly!
When we’re happy, we smile- well, most of us, anyway. It’s just a natural, almost involuntary response to feeling good. That’s why I was surprised to learn that smiling can actually make you feel good, if you weren’t already! In fact, there are a lot of ways that smiling is good for you, and here they are:
Releases endorphins: Yes, those endorphins! The hormones that make you feel good are released when you smile, even when you’re faking, a good reason to fake it til you make it.
Reduces pain: Endorphins also act as a natural pain killer.
Reduces stress and anxiety: Smiling also reduces production of cortisol, the stress hormone.
Get more oxygen: Laughing is related to smiling and it’s also really good for you. Laughing expands your lungs and gets more oxygen to your brain.
Strengthens your immune system: Smiling makes you produce more white blood cells.
Makes you more attractive: Studies show that people who smile are more attractive. They also appear more confident.
Makes you look approachable and trustworthy: This is important in relationships and for advancing in your career. Basically for success in almost anything.
It’s a good leadership technique: Another key to success.
Increases productivity and motivation: Important for getting your stuff done.
It’s contagious: When you smile you’ll make others happy, too.
Retrains your brain: As a defense mechanism, our brains are wired to see negativity. By smiling often you can retrain your brain to be positive.
Makes you look younger: And who doesn’t want that?
Makes you live longer: Studies show that people who smile live longer.
Amazing, isn’t it? Kind of makes you want to smile!
Feeling a bit down after all the holiday excitement? Think all the great shopping deals are over? Get happy, my friends, because there’s a season for everything. Retailers also want to avoid a slump after the holiday shopping frenzy, so there are some great deals to be had in January! Here are the smart things to buy this month:
Gym membership: Gyms are banking on everyone’s weight loss and fitness resolutions this time of year, so you can score some really great membership packages. If you can’t find a deal you like, try bargaining a little- hey, you never know!
Fitness equipment: Same as gym membership, so if you’ve been waiting for the right time to buy that elliptical, it might just be now! And make sure you use it!
Winter outerwear: The height of this shopping season is over and retailers want to make room for spring merchandise, which means you can get a great deal on a coat. If you’re shopping for kids, buy a bigger size and put it away for next winter.
Credit card promos: There are lots of offers out there with low interest rates or extra rewards points for joining.
Tax filing software/tax filing services: April 15 will be here before you know it!
Furniture: You’ll find good sales on furniture and home improvement items.
White sale: Save on bedding, linens, and towels. The January white sale was originally implemented as a way to avoid a post-holiday retail dip.
TVs: New models get to stores in February and March, so they’ll want to clear out current inventory.
Flooring and carpeting: Retailers offer motivation in this slow season. It’s probably a great time to spruce up if you’ve done any heavy holiday entertaining.
Calendars: They go on sale after New Year’s Day.
Jewelry: Retailers are getting you ready for Valentine’s Day.