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Cathie is a staff writer here at The Hudsucker. She’s been a caregiver for her dear mother, “CatMom” for 10+ years. An avid pop culture fan, her mind retains random information, making her a self professed game show ready to happen. She loves opinion and reality television, and is unashamed to be logged in somehow, some way, 24 hours a day. Close friends, Bradley Cooper, the music of Ryan Star, the San Francisco Giants, and her personal journey are some of her favorite things. Toss in some Disney magic, shake and serve.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Winter. Once the holidays pass, many of us are longing for the days of sunshine and being able to go outside without several layers. The cold weather wreaks havoc in many ways, the most noticeable may be found with your skin and hair. The sun may not be out, however bitter cold and being in rooms with dry heat circulating can really take it’s toll. Here are few tips to combat potential damage and keep your skin prepped for the warmer months ahead.

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Before I go further, I will state that I am product cursed. Yes, it’s true. If I really like something, the chances it will be discontinued are pretty high. Should you use any of the brands that I mention and they disappear, I offer my heartfelt apologies.

Hydration. Hydration. Hydration. Your summer skin care habits may not be enough when there is a change in the weather. An oil based moisturizer will help retain more moisture as opposed to one that is water based. True Blue Spa by Bath & Body Works is one of my favorite skin care lines when it’s thirsty for more. Lay It On Thick is a super rich body cream that contains shea butter, vitamin E, and Macadamia Nut Oil. While it gives the impression it may feel heavier, once applied it evens out nicely on your skin.

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Being a girl with sensitive skin, winter affects it in strange ways. My legs may itch or I’ll get a dry spot on my abdomen. I never know what brings it on, though all blame is in the direction of the heater. I am happy to have a solution. Relief Effort by mark. This is truly one of my favorite products ever. It’s made with cocoa butter, olive oil, and chamomile, and is very soothing. I’ve used it on eczema, razor burn, and many things in between.

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Saving face. We’ve got our bodies covered, let’s not forget our faces. It’s probably the one part of us that is exposed to some degree no matter how bundled up we may be. While the focus may be on moisturizing to prevent dry and flaky skin, applying a product with SPF is just as important. Winter sun and glare from the white off snow can be very damaging. For Goodness Face Antioxidant Skin Moisturizing Lotion, also by mark. is my go to facial treatment. It’s oil free and contains a combination of antioxidants including dark chocolate and blueberry extract. With an SPF of 30, it helps guard against the sun’s rays. Worn on it’s own or under makeup, it hydrates and gives you a healthy glow.

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Lip action. Chapped or burned lips, we  can all agree that they are the worst. I’m a year round lip balm girl. I have a zipper bag in my purse with a variety to fit my mood. A few years ago I was given a gift set from Fresh and discovered the wonder that is Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15. It is the most nourishing lip treatment I’ve ever used. The Sugar line has a variety of tints should you want a hint of color. The original goes on clear and has subtle sweet flavor. I’ve gifted many with these tubes of amazing.  Give it a try, I think you’ll be sold.

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Say no to bad hair days.  Like our skin, hair should have a winter regime as well. We all have our hair habits, making a few changes could help keep your tresses under control. Lose the heat. What?! Yes. Switch those blow dryers from hot to cool.  Skip the shampoo if possible. Excessive washing will strip essential oils from your scalp and hair, leaving it dry and frizzy. No one wants that. Should your scalp begin to feel dry or itchy, Organix Hydrating Teatree Mint shampoo can bring relief. The milk proteins and tea tree oils hydrate and balance without being overpowering in scent. Oil is the word. I was a bit late to get on board with the hair oil trend, however, I now know the benefits. A light spray or rub of oil between your palms and onto your hair will help moisturize and protect from root to tip. I like Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist by Alterna. It leaves my hair soft and textured without weighing it down.

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Turn it down.  Make that hot shower or bath a warm one. This goes against all that we want when it comes to getting into water during the winter. Turns out, all that hot water is really not good for our skin. Being a bath girl, I cringed when I learned that the faucet needed to stay towards the middle and not in the red. Should you not be able to lose the hot shower habit, limit it to five minutes and be sure to follow up with your moisturizing ritual.

Be scentless. Some say that during the winter unscented products should be used over those with fragrance. This includes body washes, lotions, and laundry detergents. If your skin is not how you would like it to be, this may be the simple change that makes a difference.

There you have it, a few things that I have learned and wanted to share. Like with anything, find what works best for you this winter and stick to it. My fingers are crossed that Punxsutawney Philwon’t see his shadow and spring will come along sooner than later. Have a skin care suggestion? I would love to hear from you.

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