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Winterizing Your Beauty From The Inside Out

Winterizing Your Beauty Routine From The Inside Out

Taking care of your skin is something you should always pay close attention to, but in the winter, it might differ from your skincare routine the rest of the year. The winter weather and climate changes how your skin reacts, often leading to redness, drying, and irritation. Depending on your skin type, this might be anything from rosy red cheeks to extreme dryness and flaking around your nose and chin. Colds and flu don’t help if you’re constantly blowing your nose and rubbing this area raw with tissues.
Some slight adjustments can make all the difference.
Keep reading if you want to know how to winter-proof your beauty routine.

Hydrate Your Skin from the Inside Out

If you don’t know already, water is one of the best things you can do for your skin, on the inside and the outside. Before you start adding in more hydration and moisture directly to your skin, you should think about what you can do to get it naturally from the inside. This is when it comes down to drinking more water.
With water, you are able to hydrate your skin cells properly, which not only keeps your skin from getting too dry, but it helps to reduce lines and wrinkles as well. You can also flush out toxins from your body, which also affects your skin, so you have extra bonuses to drinking more water.
Here are some ways to hydrate your skin from the inside out:

Drink More Water

Naturally, the first thing you should do is drink as much water as you can. You can start with a basic minimum of eight glasses of water a day, but keep in mind how much you drink depends on your diet and lifestyle choices. If you eat a lot of foods with high water content, you might not need to drink as much water. Here are some factors to consider when deciding on how much water you want to drink:
Your personal thirst level
Exercising and being physically active
Your weight and doctor recommendations
At the end of the day, you just want to be hydrated and not thirsty. If you find that you are thirsty, go for a glass of water instead of juice or soft drinks, and you should be able to get enough water each day.

Try Alternative Ways to Consume Water

Drinking enough water isn’t always easy to do, especially when you don’t like plain water. But that’s okay! There are plenty of alternatives available that will allow you to get enough water, which ultimately helps your skin and youthfulness. Here are some alternative ways to get more water into your body:

Eat foods with a high water content

This is one of the easiest ways to stay hydrated from the inside out, without having to constantly think about drinking water. If you choose foods with a high water content, you will help stay hydrated. This includes foods like lettuce, celery, cucumber, and herbal teas.

Try adding flavoring to your water – There are quite a few ways to flavor your water in order to make it more interesting. You can add slices of lemon or lemon to flavor it quickly, or use liquid water flavors that don’t add in sugar or calories. It will taste like juice without all the additives.
Make infused water – You can also get flavor in other ways. If you start preparing pitchers of infused water with fruits, veggies, and herbs, you have additional vitamins and minerals along with water that tastes better. Keep the pitcher in the fridge to have cold water at all times. Cucumber water is one of my favorites.

Hydrate the Skin Directly

Hydration starts with what you eat and drink, especially with drinking more water, but that doesn’t mean you can’t also hydrate your skin. In addition to using a moisturizer to relieve dry skin, it’s helpful to exfoliate the dry flakey skin. Try a loofa or my 15% lended Body Peel first, then apply some Body Boost.

Keep Your Diet in Check

The next thing you need to focus on when you are really trying to winter-proof your beauty routine also has to do with what you put into your body. Not just with the water you drink to stay hydrated, but choosing healthy food to provide additional hydration, and foods that will really nourish you from the inside out, which can make a big difference in how healthy your skin appears. Here are some easy tips to follow when you want your diet to help improve the quality and health of your skin during the winter.

Choose Hydrating Foods

To start with, let’s expand on the foods that have a high water content, and therefore provide more hydration. This doesn’t just include celery and cucumber, though they are definitely on the list. Try to add more of the following hydrating foods to your regular diet:

Citrus fruit
Bell Peppers

Think of foods with a lot of water, moisture, and juice, and that will help you determine which ones can be the most hydrating for your body, and therefore better for your skin.

Focus on Nutrients from Your Diet

You also should think about healthy foods that provide more nutrients to your body and your skin. A good way to do this is by focusing on a colorful, well-balanced diet. Don’t restrict yourself of entire food groups unless you have a food allergy, such as a sensitivity to gluten or dairy. Otherwise, really get your nutrients from a wide range of foods.

This might include a plate filled with lean protein, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Go for more color, as that helps you to use more veggies and herbs in your cooking, which is always a good thing. Experiment during the winter and try new things.

Another way to get more nutrients from your food is to choose from the list of superfoods. Superfoods are foods that are more nutrient-dense, therefore you are getting a lot more vitamins and minerals just in your diet alone. A healthy diet really does reflect well on your skin.

Here are some good plant based recipes

Add Foods That Are Good for Your Skin

There are some foods that are not just high in nutrients and good fats and good for a well-balanced diet, but they are good for your skin specifically. Some of these foods are also hydrating, so there is an extra bonus. If you want to follow a diet that helps you improve your skin naturally, here are some to choose from:

Fatty fish like tuna, salmon, and mackerel
Sunflower seeds – raw or cooked
Bell peppers
Sweet potatoes

Don’t Forget the Exercise

While this is not necessarily related to your diet, it is good to include in this section since it relates to how you should develop a healthier lifestyle. This will really help your skin a lot as exercise can boost circulation and will also give you more opportunities to hydrate even more. Getting your body moving helps your skin and overall beauty more than you might think.

Exfoliate, Moisturize & Protect

Once you have covered healing your skin from the inside out, it is time to add hydration and moisture protection on the outside of your skin.

Exfoliate the dead, dry skin that may be blocking your expensive moisturizer. You can use a loofa, dry brush or  light home body peel. You could even use a gentle scrub containing antioxidants like blueberries and coffee.

Once you exfoliate, moisturize to add in hydration and prevent more water loss. Try one with shea butter. It feels luxurious.

Makeup Tips for Cold, Winter Air

The last thing we want to talk to you about is wearing makeup in the winter. There is nothing wrong with continuing to use cosmetics during this time of year, but you might want to make a few adjustments. This is just to help with how your skin might be changing in the winter. This might not apply to you if you live in a mild climate and your skin has not gone through any drastic changes so far.

Use a Moisturizer with SPF

To start with, moisturizer should be a part of your daily makeup routine. While you should wear a moisturizer underneath your makeup year-round, it is even more important in the winter. After washing your face and letting it dry, apply a moisturizer that has SPF in it.
If You’re Dry, Skip the Powdered Products

Since the winter climate can cause a lot of extra dryness to your skin, you don’t want to make it worse by using powder. Try to skip over the main powdered cosmetics you would typically use.Instead, try a liquid foundation or a tinted spf to use daily to get your glow on.

Most of the powdered cosmetics come in a liquid form, including your highlighter. Your cheeks probably experience quite a bit of dryness, so you don’t want to make it worse with a powdered highlighter. Instead, get a natural glow with a liquid highlighter instead. You can also find cream blushes or even use a little lipstick as your blush as long as it is blended very well.

Make Use of Beauty Blenders and Sponges

Lastly, the application of your makeup will also change a little in the winter. Once again, you are working with dry skin, so keep that in mind. You don’t want to use your hands or a brush to rub foundation over your skin, as that can move around any flakes you have from the dryness. This creates clumps and makes your skin look even drier.
Instead, try using a damp sponge or Beauty Blender.. The moisture helps your foundation to go on smoothly in a patting motion instead of rubbing it around. This helps get the coverage you want without creating a problem with your dry skin. You could also try mixing a little moisturizer into your foundation.

If you keep these points in your mind, you will have beautiful, glowing skin all winter long.

Get Ready For Winter

Get Ready For Winter

Get ready for winter by improving your beauty naturally from the inside out, with nothing more than water! I struggle to get my daily water intake. We improve our beauty naturally in the winter with added moisture and hydration for our skin and hair, but what if we do this on the inside as well?
All we need to do is drink more water and eat foods with a high water content. Here are some different ways to do that.
Grab a Water Bottle You Love
The first way we can drink more water is by getting a water bottle we truly love. This really does make a difference. I find myself wanting to keep filling it up and being more encouraged to bring it everywhere I go. Shop around and look for something that isn’t just practical, but pretty.

Consider Adding Water Flavoring

If you are someone that doesn’t drink a lot of water because of how it tastes, why not add flavoring to it? There are a lot of ways to do this without adding in a bunch of sugar to your water. This includes:
Using liquid water flavorings found in the water section of your grocery store.
Adding lemon or lime slices directly to the water.
Making infused water with veggies, fruits, and herbs.
I love cucumber water. It’s refreshing and the added flavor makes a difference.


Try Herbal Tea

Winter is the perfect time for the warm comfort of tea. Herbal tea is mostly water, with a little tea added in, so you can still count it as part of your daily water amount.
I love the Chinese tea called Pur’erh. It’s aged in the ground giving it natural probiotics. I originally found it at a tea shop in San Fransisco. It’s earthy taste and low caffeine content make it easy to drink any time of the day. It’s good for digestion and a great way to get more water.

8 Ways To Drink More Water

8 Ways to Drink More Water

Everyone knows that water is an important part of taking good care of yourself, due to
the dangers of dehydration, and the many benefits it provides you. However, it is all too
common to not drink enough water during the day, whether because you don’t enjoy it,
you don’t think you have the time, or you simply forget.

When you get enough water during the day, it can help with:

Improving your skin, hair, and nails
Relieving headaches
Reducing muscle cramps
Helping to flush out your body
Improving weight loss efforts
Giving you more energy

This report is going to go over some of the different ways you can increase your water
intake daily, as well as how to remind yourself it is time to drink more.

1. Drink Water Before Every Meal

The first tip for drinking more water on a regular basis is simple – just have a full glass
of water before each meal and snack you consume, including before your morning cup
of coffee. This is one of those simple reminders that allows you to drink more water,
without really having to think too much about it. Train your mind to know that if you are
going to put anything into your body, whether it is your breakfast or a late-night treat,
you have to drink 8 ounces of water first.

This provides multiple benefits. First, it of course reminds you to drink another glass of
water. It is also going to help your food digest a little better. Plus, it prevents you from
overeating since the water helps to fill you up a little. It is not uncommon to think you are
hungry, when in fact you are thirsty. If you are no longer hungry after the full glass of
water, wait a bit before eating.

You should also try to drink a glass of water before or after every other beverage you
consume. If you want a can of soda with lunch, force yourself to drink the same amount
of water as well.


2. Make Your Own Infused or Flavored Water

A common problem people have with drinking water isn’t that they don’t remember to
drink it, but they’re just not interested in it. This is when you have some other options.
You don’t necessarily have to drink just plain filtered or tap water all day, every day.
There are many ways to add flavor to your water and make it more interesting, without
piling on the sugar and calories.

The Simple Method

If you are short on time and just want a super quick way to add flavor to your water, go
with the lemon water. All you need to do is add a few lemon wedges into your water,
squeezing in the juice first, then putting the wedges in it. Lemons have a lot of tart juice,
so this will flavor your water quickly and easily. You can also try a mixture of lemon and
lime, or use other juicy fruits like grapefruit.

Fruit or Vegetable Infused Water

When you are willing to spend more time on your water, you can use other fruits,
vegetables, and even herbs to flavor this water. This is called infused water, since it is a
longer infusing process. You aren’t just flavoring your water with these ingredients, but
adding more nutrients from the produce and herbs.

To make infused water, you should have a glass pitcher and access to filtered water
preferably. Prepare your fruits, veggies, and herbs depending on what they are. Berries
should be sliced so you can access the juice inside, fruits with hard skin should be
peeled first. Veggies should also be peeled and chopped. Muddle your herbs to release
the oils and flavors.

Add the ingredients to the bottom of the pitcher, cover with ice, then add your water. Let
it sit in the refrigerator for as long as you can before drinking it, which really allows those
flavors and nutrients to come through.

3. Choose a Cup You Love to Use

Do you want to encourage yourself to drink more water? It’s all in the cup! If you use
boring water bottles you don’t like, then you probably won’t drink as much water as you
should. A good way to have fun with your water and remember to bring the bottle
everywhere with you is to choose a water bottle that works best for you.

This might mean the overall look and color of it, or the ease of holding onto it while
walking. There are so many small details in a water bottle that determine if it’s a good fit
or not. For example, if you drive a lot, you want it to fit perfectly in your cup holder. On
the other hand, if you bike for exercise, you may want it to have a tight lid, but one that
is easy to pop off when drinking while riding.

Try out a few different cups until you feel like you have found the one that is perfect for

4. Limit Other Drinks You Consume

Another little trick for drinking more water is to reduce all of the other drinks you
consume. This doesn’t mean drinking water 100 percent of the time and never having a
cup of juice or soda again. But, it does help to reduce them, so that when you are
thirsty, you go for water instead. This eventually increases your water intake simply
because you are going for water when you feel a thirst, and not other beverages.

5. Always Track Your Water Intake

This isn’t something you need to do every day for the rest of your life, but for now, it
might be hard to determine how much water to drink and if you have even reached your
goal for the day. Start by figuring out a good way to track your water. This can be an
app on your phone, a notepad, a planner you keep in your purse, or a program on your

Start by tracking your water for a few days before trying to increase how much you
drink. This lets you know how much you are currently drinking on an average day. If it is
less than 8-10 glasses of water (8 ounces each) a day, you need to start increasing it.
Once you are tracking daily, it helps you know how and when to drink a little more
throughout the day.

6. Enjoy Fruits & Veggies with High Water Content

If you find that you simply can’t drink enough water, then eat your water instead! You
should still try to drink as much as you can, but this is good for the days when you’re a
little below your water intake goal. There are fruits and veggies that have a high water
content, therefore helping to hydrate you. These include:



7. Dilute Your Juice When You Have it

During those times when you really want a glass of juice instead of water, you can dilute
it so increase your water content a bit. Just think about it – if you have a 12-ounce
glass, and you dilute it with water just by 25 percent, that cup of yummy, fruity juice has
also added 4 ounces of water. It is a super easy way to add to your water intake for the
day. This is also going to reduce your calories, carbs, and sugar.

8. Try These Water Drinking Reminders

If you enjoy water, but you often forget to drink more of it, these little reminders can be
helpful for you.

1.Drink water before every meal, snack, and other beverage
2.Drink a glass of water when you wake up
3.Drink water before or after your workouts
4.Drink a glass of water after every trip to the bathroom
5.Drink a glass of water every time you enter your office or your home
As long as you keep these reminders in the back of your mind, and follow the other tips mentioned, you should be on your way to increasing your water intake and benefiting
from it.