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Valentine’s Day ‘Dos You Will Love
- Herbal teas
- Cucumber and Lemon infused water
- Hair masques – like Double Action Hydrating Serum and Heavenly Hydrating Masque
- Hand scrubs and exfoliants
- Scented candles
- REALLY good towels (the thicker the better!)
- Skin moisturizers – you can’t go wrong with our REJUVENIQE® Oil Intensive
- Volunteer to make your partner’s favorite dinner. Or, even better, work together to make a memorable meal.
- Be sure to be a little extra with how you prepare the dinner – dress up a bit, light some candles, open that bottle of wine you’ve been saving.
- Clean and decorate a little ahead of time, to help clear your minds and put you in a better mood.
- Make a playlist of your favorite songs, both for the dinner and for the time you’re relaxing together after.
- Chocolates are the expected sweet gift for Valentine’s, but don’t be afraid to break the mold if your partner prefers other treats. Nuts, fruits, or hard candies can be just as delicious.
- Take those treats and arrange them in a Valentine’s Day-themed mug or red and white dish. The extra effort helps show your appreciation.
- If you really would like to craft something unique for your partner, consider taking inspiration from any of these DIY gifts. We especially like the #10 book safe, the #24 map themed coasters and the #75 flavored salts.
- There is nothing that says “I love you” more than taking your time to put your own words down on paper. A sincere letter about your true feelings will be something your partner will cherish for years.
- Not all romances are tragic, a night of laughs can be a great time. Look for local comedy shows, stand-ups, or improv troupes that you and your partner can enjoy.
- Not afraid to laugh at each other? Try finding a bar or arcade that offers karaoke. This could also be an amazing double date opportunity.
- Dinner and a movie may sound cliché, but as always, it’s the thought that counts. If nothing great is playing at the local cinema, consider taking in a college theatre production or other small venue show.
- If you and your partner enjoy alcoholic drinks, take a tour of a brewery or distillery. Local crafting is huge right now, and chances are you have a nearby location where you can enjoy a tasting menus for a wide variety of flavors.
- Up for an urban adventure? Visit local landmarks, museums, and art galleries. They tend to not be as crowded as other entertainment options and less expensive.
- Or, if you prefer the lure of the great outdoors, you could enjoy a hike, a beach picnic, or a snowshoeing adventure – depending on your local climate, of course.
- A picnic lunch (for the day) or wine and desserts (for the evening) can be a great time together either in a local park or just in your backyard.
- If the weather is really on your side, consider watching the sunset and then some comfortable stargazing from a nearby location. If the weather isn’t great, you could always go with the “night in” plan.
- Can’t find a babysitter for the kids? Plan a family game night with desserts and hot chocolate. It’ll be a great opportunity to pull them away from their mobile devices.
- If you have family members who are alone on Valentine’s, consider making plans to invite them over – especially if they’ve just lost their own partner. Just that one night could mean the world to them.
- A day of service could also make the difference for someone’s life. Volunteering for your church, shelter, food bank, or local charity may not be the traditional idea of a Valentine’s date, but it might end up being the one you’ll remember for a lifetime.
Boost Your Moisturizing Regimen
- Gel moisturizers, which are lightweight and comfortable to wear while packing a serious punch in the hydration department.
- Creams, which are heavier and moisturize more aggressively, although they can be comedogenic for some people.
- Products containing glycerin help form a barrier between the skin and the environment to help protect it against the physical threats of winter.
- Products containing ceramides are natural fats found in the skin’s outer layers. You can help fix winter-related damage and dryness by replenishing your skin with ceramides.
Why You Should Be Careful About Exfoliating
What If I Exfoliate Too Often?
- Micro-cuts and cracks in the surface of the skin
- Acne breakouts from over-irritation
1. Taking a break from exfoliating.
2. Moisturizing more often while your skin heals.
3. Using healing serums that contain ingredients such as tea tree oil.
4. Avoiding exposure to the cold, when and where possible.
Try Healing and Nourishing Masks
Take a Supplement for Skin Health
What is in a Skin Health Supplement?
- Aloe extracts, which may help boost elasticity
- Vitamin A, also known as beta-carotene, which helps address poor skin health due to deficiency
- Biotin, which provides the structural proteins that keep your hair in shape
- Zinc, which helps increase cell turnover and encourage more youthful skin
How Can I Protect My Skin From Cold?
- Use a thin layer of a boosting serum, preferably one that includes niacinamide and ceramides. These help your skin to conserve moisture.
- Apply a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid to help your skin seal in moisture.
- Wear a sunscreen at least 15 SPF: Yes, your skin is still susceptible to sun damage in winter. Even though the sun is farther from the Earth during the winter, its rays are still strong, and can still be damaging to your skin.
1. Use Skin Protection in the Sun
- Aging and sun spots
- Textural changes
What Kind of Sunscreen Should I Choose?
2. Quit Smoking
- It causes eye bags: Studies have shown that smokers typically sleep less than non-smokers. This could be due to periodic nicotine withdrawals that occur during the night. The result? Bags under the eyes.
- It makes you age prematurely: Smoking narrows the tiny capillaries that keep your facial skin fresh and rejuvenated. When these capillaries are too narrow, your skin becomes less oxygenated. Then, your skin has a harder time recovering from the day-to-day environmental exposure and damage.
As a result, premature textural skin changes that can make you look older than your years, including roughness on your face, and a “chicken-skin” appearance on your neck and arms.
- It damages collagen levels: Collagen is what gives your skin its elasticity and prevents sagging and wrinkles. There are over 4,000 chemicals found in tobacco smoke. These chemicals work together to sabotage your skin’s collagen fibers, giving you premature wrinkles such as crow’s feet (and smoker’s lines, as expected).
- It causes hyperpigmentation: Smoking also causes hyperpigmentation, which is caused by your body producing more melanocytes (pigmented skin cells) than it normally should. The result can be flat, brown “age spots” on vulnerable areas such as your arms, neck, and face; or a blotchy, red pigmentation on the face.
Can You Undo Skin Damage Caused by Smoking?
3. Choose Gentle Products and Routines
What Skin Care Ingredients Should You Avoid?
- Sodium lauryl sulfate
- Artificial or unnamed fragrances
What Are Some Gentle Skin Care Ingredients?
- Hyaluronic acid
- Fatty acids
- Give Your Skin a Break! Constant chemical exfoliation can cause redness, irritation, dehydration, and even scarring if you over-irritate your skin. Exfoliating your skin once per day is more than enough. In fact, many people exfoliate two or three times weekly instead.
Ultimately, your exfoliation routine should depend on your skin type and sensitivity levels, but avoid over-exfoliating at all costs.
- Minimize physical exfoliation. What’s the problem with physical exfoliation? Well, physical exfoliation causes micro cuts on the surface of your skin. These micro cuts are essentially tiny wounds that are constantly healing and re-opening every time you exfoliate.
Common methods of physical exfoliation can be too harsh, such as scrubs with apricot pits, and rough loofahs. Instead, choose a gentle exfoliator (such as a microfiber cloth) and keep it on an as-needed basis.
- Use cool water. Hot water is damaging and drying to the skin, and it can strip away your natural oil barrier. The result? More bacteria penetrates your skin, which means more acne.
On the other hand, cool water causes your skin to tighten up and retract temporarily, giving you a brighter look to start the day—without causing any damage.
4: Exfoliate on a Schedule
How Often Should You Exfoliate?
5. Use Skin Supplements
What is a Good Skin Supplement?
- Vitamin A (also known as beta-carotene)
How to Take Care of Your Skin—The Right Way
- Make a piñata ball the looks like the glittery ball that drops at midnight. Make this on New Year’s Eve day to increase their excitement. Be sure to decorate it with sparkles, beads, anything to make it stand out. At midnight, let the kids bang it open. Sure will be a lot less noisy than banging pots and pans in the street, which was the old-fashioned way to ring in the New Year.
- Forget the bar. Set up a fun ice cream station with different flavors ice cream and all sorts of toppings. Decorate the table with a paper tablecloth and New Year’s Eve napkins and plastic utensils. Put a New Year’s Eve centerpiece in the middle. Keep the ice cream in the fridge until 11 pm, then “open” the ice cream station with a flourish of tooting horns. This will be your pre-midnight countdown “appetizers.”
- Play dress up! Pull out your high heels and old party dresses. Bring out some ties and suit jackets for the boys. Pull out your lipstick if you dare! You can even go to a party store and buy top hats, feather boas and child-size sparkling clothes. Make sure you take lots of pictures! If you’re up for it, rent a Polaroid, take snapshots and tape the photos up on a New Year’s Eve wall.
- If you’re up for it, let your children have a slumber party too! Fabricate a tent out of old sheets. For once, let them run around the house and scream. But be sure to keep it an at manageable level. Remember, this is all about celebrating and having fun.
- Play New Year’s Eve bingo. There actually is such a game. Get the free printables from Capturing Joy. Don’t forget prizes!
- Balloon pop may be loud but it sure is fun. If you have older kids, tie a balloon around each one’s ankle and then let them loose around the house as they try to pop each other’s balloons. The last one with an unpopped balloon wins. If you have younger kids, blow up balloons and let everyone run around trying to pop as many as they can in a specific time period. So no one feels left out, reward everyone at the end with a piece of cake or some sort of dessert.
- If your children are older, have a board game marathon, with prizes for those who win milestones in the game. Think glow sticks, noisemakers for prizes. Have everyone wear a New Year’s Eve hat while they play.
- Be sure to watch the ball drop at midnight. Give each child a small plastic cup of sparkling cider to celebrate. Do the countdown starting at 30 seconds. When the ball drops, make sure everyone kisses everyone. Jump up and down. Act like a kid yourself! You’ll never have more fun!