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Face forward: 5 tips for healthy skin

YBY Day 8 Healthy Skin

It’s interesting how as we go through life our skin changes with us. In my teens I suffered from terrible acne and have essentially blocked those years out of my mind forever. Fast forward to my late thirties and, hello mean old terrible friend, acne walked right back in to my life. Sigh. Aging is lovely, right?! Some days I feel like that pimply teenager all over again.

We all know beauty is far more than skin deep but we were given our amazing bodies and faces by a Creator God to love and care for and steward well.

The posts this week on beauty are not to make you feel like you are supposed to be any different than you are. Believe me, I love products and facials and shimmer and shine as much as the next girl. But it’s important to remember that happiness, confidence and contentment is the best makeup you could ever find. Bar none.

Just last week I read a story from another blogger who went to the makeup counter with her daughter shopping for some under-eye concealer. The saleswoman asked her daughter to look at her. She looked down toward the floor and said, when I do this can you see the dark circles under my eyes? Mother and daughter both said yes. Then she lifted her chin and smiled. Now what do you see? They responded, the circles are gone. Exactly, she said. Then she looked right into this young girl’s face and said: “You are beautiful. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. And the more you carry yourself with your head up, the less people will ever notice circles under your eyes. I want you to know you are beautiful.”

Angels are everywhere. Even at the makeup counters.

I want you to know you are beautiful. When we stop believing in ourself and our beauty – the beauty intrinsic to who we already are – we lose what makes us the most beautiful of all. Our confidence. Our ability to hold our head up and smile. Don’t let anyone take it away. And if you already have, then I think it’s time you take it back!

This week, just like the others, is about how we can be the best version of ourselves. Not perfect, not unblemished, but YOUR BEST YOU. Today is about putting your best face forward. 

I am so excited to introduce you to one of my very dearest friends, Annie. Not only is she an absolutely amazing friend, but she’s an incredible esthetician too! Today she is sharing her best advice for taking care of winter skin AND on Friday you can download a free printable with her advice on long term skin care. So without further ado, please welcome my friend Annie!

The changing of the seasons can wreak havoc on our skin. Just as we take time daily to carefully dress appropriately for current weather conditions, so should we also take great care in protecting our skin. After all, it is our largest organ and we should give it the respect it deserves.

Here are 5 tips for healthy skin in the winter months:

  1. As appealing as it is to spend long periods of time in a hot shower or bath to warm up on a cold day, high water temperature is very damaging to the skin. Hot water can severely dry out even the most healthy skin among us. Make sure to bathe in warm water, get down to business, get out, and pat dry quickly. Vigorous towel drying can further irritate the skin.
  1. Cleanse with a mild cleanser that is free of artificial ingredients such as color and/or fragrance. Products that contain artificial ingredients can cause mild to severe irritation to the skin. And never, EVER end your day without cleansing away make-up and daily grime before bed.
  1. Men and women alike can relate to shaving inflammation. The easiest ways to circumvent this problem are to change your razor blades often, use a shaving lotion or gel, and to shave in the direction of hair growth.
  1. One of the best preventive measures to take when protecting the skin from cold weather elements is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. As with your cleanser, your moisturizer should be free of artificial ingredients as much as possible. Don’t be afraid to use a heavier moisturizer at night if necessary. Nighttime is a great time to really heal and treat the skin. Don’t forget your lips either. Resist the urge to lick your lips and be diligent in applying a natural lip balm or Vitamin E.
  1. Lastly, let’s not forget sunscreen. Sun protection is just as important in the fall/winter as it is during the spring/summer. Apply sunscreen daily to exposed areas such as face, neck, and hands. Reapply throughout the day as needed according to outdoor exposure.

And remember…Hydration is just as important in the winter months as it is during the heat of summer. So drink your water!

Thank you Annie! Annie is the owner of simplicity esthetics located in the pedi and polish salon in Hayden, Idaho. Later this week we’ll have your must-have wardrobe essentials and accessories from my favorite fashionista friend Amy, my favorite products from skin to hair to body, and on Friday we will learn more from Annie on long-term skin care! This week is all about making the outside just as pretty as our inside.

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