It’s winter and although in Southwest Florida the temperature is nowhere near frightful, mild changes in temperatures and cooler winds go hand-in-hand with dryer, less supple skin, frizzy hair and dehydrated tresses. So, don’t miss out on some easy winter beauty tips that will make you glow this Holiday season.
TAKE IT IN
The idea that what you are on the inside is what you’ll see on the outside rings true during the winter season. But all you have to remember is drink up, eat up and take your vitamins.
During the winter months, your body tends to be less thirsty, but it’s crucial that you hydrate your skin — inside and out. Drinking water, clear soups and herbal teas flushes out toxins, adds moisture to your skin and clears sinuses in the cold weather.
Certain foods can also help your skin glow from the inside out. Steer clear from the sugar. Eat plenty of oily fish, high in omega-3 which helps plump up the skin’s collagen production. Enjoy a balanced diet with spinach and avocadoes that are high in Vitamin E to protect the skin from UV rays and cell damage. Load up on Vitamin C-rich foods like citrus and tomatoes to help fight off wrinkles. And remember to snack on nuts and seeds for a zinc boost, which can help prevent rashes and unwanted skin irritations.
Lastly, take supplements like Krill Oil, which is the king of omega-3 supplements to help battle dry and lackluster skin. And try Chlorella, a green algae supplement boasting folic acid, iron, Vitamins A, B12, B6 and D all the essential amino acids.
TURN DOWN THE HEAT
When its cold outside, hot shower’s seem to call your name. But understand that after about 15 minutes, all the heat and steam begin to compromise your skin’s lipid layer. The lipid layer is a complex of fatty acids that holds in precious moisture. Too much heat is a sure-fire way of drying out your skin even faster. Then, always remember not to rub your skin off with a towel, pat dry and apply moisturizer while the skin is still damp for maximum saturation.
KEEP IT CLEAN
Hot water is bad on the skin’s lipid barrier, but dry soap is even worse. Avoid soap-based facial cleansers. In the winter, there is a lot less moisture in the air; therefore, everyone needs a non-foaming cleanser with skin resurgence formulas. For oily and acne-prone skin, seek out facial cleansers that are gentle and do not strip, irritate or leave a greasy residue.
DON’T SKIP SPF
It might be cooler outside, but the sun’s rays are still out there. UV rays are still potent through the clouds and protection is essential in order to not damage your skin. Look for a daytime moisturizer with broad-spectrum protection (UVA and UVB) and at least SPF 30.
ADD FOUNDATION ON FLAKY SKIN
If the harsh weather has caused your skin to flake, skip foundation in your makeup routine until you’ve exfoliated. Understand that no matter how great the formula, foundation will highlight the trouble on your flaky skin. Make sure to keep skin smooth by exfoliating regularly with a scrub containing gentle beads. And for a natural brightening power, squirt a little lemon juice because thanks to the citric acid, the glue that keeps dead cells stuck to your skin will dissolve away. Remember to avoid any powdery foundation at all cost! If you are going to use foundation, look for a product with a dewy, satin or moisturizing finish. This will leave skin healthy-looking and with a lifting effect. Finally, switch to a richer night cream.
SAVE THE PUCKER
Chapped lips are nothing to be desired. So, before layering on some fabulous dark lipstick, treat your pucker to viscous penetrating lip balm. Stay clear from waxy products with lanolin and anything with fragrance that will worsen an inflamed pout and will dry it out even more.
LATHER UP WITH HAND LOTION
Winter can be most damaging on your hands. Cracked fingertips, peeling nails and dry cuticles are nothing to write home about. Steer clear from overusing antibacterial hand soap. Use a mild, creamy soap in lukewarm water instead and then apply hand cream as often as possible. Finally, once a week, rub some cuticle oil into and around nails to keep them hydrated.
Winter season can take a toll on your feet. And since the weather just makes you want to cuddle, make sure your tootsies don’t feel like sandpaper. Get a pedicure at least every six weeks. In between, soak your feet in warm, soapy water for 15 minutes. Then, buff the soles with a foot file or callus stone. And finish feet off with a healing ointment to help seal cracks and keep them soft.
The 3rd Annual “Art Walks the Runway: Weekend of Fashion” hits the stage of Downtown Fort Myers at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on December 13 and 14.
Friday, December 13th, experience Art Walks The Runway Fashion Show: Local Edition! featuring this season’s local fashions from some of the Downtown River District boutiques, including styles and accessories from Enjewel, and fashionable looks from @Black along with Forever Yours Boutique out of the Franklin Shops. Other local fashions will be presented from Marzela Boutique off McGregor and from Petunia of Naples.
The evening will also feature a performance installation by artist Lily Hatchett. Last year, Hatchett wowed the audience with her incredible performance piece “Paper Grotto.”
“It was an interesting and unique way to reveal her fashion,” says organizer, Melissa Tschari DeHaven. “Visually stimulating groovy images were projected onto the wall, interesting music played, beautiful models and dancers exotically danced their way down the runway wrapped in paper, they danced breaking through the paper and then Hatchett’s fashions were revealed. It was a beautiful combination of art meeting fashion. It’s also always great to see the new trends of the season that will be showcased by the local boutiques.”
Haute couture fashion and art collide on Saturday, December 14th, at the Art Walks the Runway: Couture Edition. This year›s couture night will feature Helen Gerro’s Art Couture and Day Glow Collections, Mariapia Malerba’s Couture Recycled Fashion Collection, Paionia Couture’s “Evolution of Fashion Performance and Fashion Show.”
There will also be special art performance pieces by John Dedo, Cristina Art to Wear and Babs Couture Accessories and Handbags, partnering with the Dance Alliance.
Body art will also be featured in this year’s couture show. Adriana Gomez, who participated last year, has partnered up with artistic genius Jeff Simon of 917ink.com and will be creating artwork that lives, breathes and walks the runway…literally, turning the human form into artistic canvas.
Tickets are available on the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center’s website. Admission prices for Friday’s Runway show is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets for the Saturday night show are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are also available for the VIP Glow after party following Saturday’s Runway Show, where guests will mingle with the designers, stylists and models. Tickets to Saturday’s VIP Glow after party are $10.
- Doors open at 7 pm; show starts at 8 pm. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street, in the historic Downtown Fort Myers River District. For tickets or information, call (239) 333-1933 or visit www.sbdac.com.
The need to find that dream Holiday gift is intoxicating. Being all too familiar with the search for the perfect gift, Dunkin’s Diamonds sought out the solution.
Seamlessly uniting quality and craftsmanship, The Contessa opens the door to ringing in the Holiday’s with beautiful rubies and diamonds. Designed to make this Christmas a shining moment for that special woman, The Contessa ruby pendant ($119) and ring ($129) are regal and romantic…just the gift to take her breath away. Expertly crafted in fine sterling silver, the pendant and ring showcase a stunning red ruby center stone. The gemstone is then bordered with diamond accents and polished to a brilliant shine for an elegant and eye-catching treasure of a piece.
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- Ring in the Holiday’s with some eye-candy from Dunkin’s Diamonds, located at 11500 S. Cleveland Avenue, 9918 Gulf Coast Main Street and 10801 Corkscrew Road, Ste. 309 in Fort Myers, FL. For more information visit www.dunkinsdiamonds.com!