Cold Weather Skincare

cold weather skincare: an interview with dermatologist Dr. Jeanine B. Downie

I’m plagued by skin issues—especially in the colder months. Rosacea and eczema make just about my whole body red and itchy and leave me wanting nothing more than to hibernate until buds start popping up on the trees again. Not fun.

Since October is Eczema Awareness Month, I teamed up with Aveeno to have some cold weather skincare questions answered by a widely-recognized dermatologist. Dr. Jeanine B. Downie answered some of my pressing questions… and maybe a few of yours too!

cold weather skincare: an interview with dermatologist Dr. Jeanine B. Downie

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LOVE GOODLY Giveaway!

promoting wellness and self care

promoting wellness and self care

I’m a little bit obsessive about promoting wellness and self care. Especially for busy, over-worked, trying-to-do-it-all mommas. I may stumble as much as the next girl (most notably when my best frenemy sugar is involved), but I try to live my best life—and encourage you to do the same.

For me, that means using as many natural, nontoxic products as much as possible—which is why I’m a tiny bit obsessed with green cleaning and DIY beauty products. It’s also why I love LOVE GOODLY, a cruelty-free, eco, nontoxic bimonthly subscription box service that donates 5% of each purchase to a charitable cause.

I’m a guest editor over on their blog today. To celebrate, I’m giving you guys two spoilers for what’s sure to be an awesome first anniversary box this August/September (shipping 8/15). I’m also hosting a little giveaway.

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Favorite Moisturizers for Winter Skin

must have moisturizers for winter skin

must have moisturizers for winter skinSo, I realize it’s kind of weird to talk about winter skin and how to moisturize it in late February. The temperatures are creeping up, the days are getting longer, and the idea of ditching the winter blues seems like it just might actually be possible. But at the same time, just because I can ditch the super heavy jacket doesn’t mean my hands are magically less cracked.

In fact, my hands are super dry right now. Here in New York, we’ve had some crazy highs and lows in the temperature department recently (we’re talking negative degrees one day and less than a week later it’s 60 degrees). This crazy up and down and up and down in temperature has left my skin completely confused and starting to freak out. That’s when I know it’s time to up the moisturizing routine a bit.

Here are 5 essential moisturizers for winter skin that I always have on hand (no pun intended 😉 ).

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Treat Yo Self | LOVE GOODLY Box

love goodly box

Hey girl. Treat Yo Self is a series (inspired by my beloved Parks and Rec) that focuses on inexpensive indulgences that make you feel good without feeling guilty. Because when momma’s not happy, nobody is happy.

love goodly box

OK, today’s #TREATYOSELF feature could not get any better because you’re not only treating yourself, but it’s cruelty free, socially conscious and helps out a charity partner. WHAT?!

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DIY Bath and Body Gifts

DIY skincare gifts

DIY skincare giftsCan I tell you a secret? I love making bath and body products.

Most of the time they’re insanely easy to make. We’re talking easy enough to make with your four year old and not pull out clumps of your hair easy.

Better yet, the pay off can last for weeks! The ladies in this house are suckers for things that smell amazing and make you feel all pampered. We like to make big jars full of scrubs that the girls happily glop all over themselves in the bath tub. And I’m not going to lie to you, I happily glop them all over myself too.

Since they’re so simple and relatively inexpensive to make, homemade bath and body products are perfect for making in large batches and gifting to friends and family for the holidays. I put together a list of 15 DIY skincare products that would make awesome gifts.

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