Anyone else experiencing some serious winter skin blues right now? I cannot believe how unhappy my skin has been lately. My lips are peeling, I’ve got super dry spots all over my face, my cuticles are brittle, and my skin generally looks sad. Winter can clearly wreak havoc on the skin. Going from windy, cold outdoor environments to overheated apartments and offices is a complete moisture killer. Add washing your hands about 1000x a day to keep flu and colds at bay and you’ve got a recipe for disaster skin. Ready to get skin back to happy and healthy? Me too! Read on for my top 5 winter skin tips!
Layer it up.
Just like you would when heading out the door to keep your body warm, you’re going to want to layer on the moisture to keep skin hydrated. An aesthetician once gave me this advice and it’s worked wonders for me in the past. I highly recommend doing a combination of lotion, oil/serum, and then a balm daily for body and face.
Exfoliate, but not too much.
Help skin naturally rid itself of dead skin cells but don’t go overboard or you’ll just exacerbate the issue. 1-2 times a week, max! For the face, use something gentle like this or a konjac sponge (I am gaga over this one). For the body, a natural loofah sponge or an E+B scrub bar does the trick (bonus cocoa butter and shea butter will stay on the skin trapping some of that water on the skin). For the lips, try this super easy lip scrub recipe I developed.
Don’t overdo it.
I know it’s cold outside and there’s nothing like a hot shower or bath BUT that ultra hot water robs skin of its natural moisture. Which means you’re already starting off badly when you hop out of the shower. Keep the temp warm but not crazy hot.
Bring hydrating balms and lotions with you and reapply as needed, especially after washing hands or removing gloves. Spritz skin with our room + body spray, then apply some skin balm to add even more moisture to your skin on the go.
Drink a lot of water!
The heat of summer zaps skin of moisture from the inside out and so do heated homes, cars, and offices. Drinking cold water may not seem very appealing when it’s cold outside so try drinking hot/warm water with lemon or room temp water. Keep in mind that teas (yes, even herbal ones) and coffee, while warming and pretty awesome pick me ups, are also diuretics which means they cause your body to excrete more water (i.e. pee). Just up your water intake to combat dehydrating effects of those beverages.
Before E+B, I rarely made yearly goals. It just wasn’t my thing. I always thought things would just work out, or I’d focus on short-term goals (perhaps that’s because they are much much easier to accomplish…). But as my business grew, I realized that there was no possible way to keep moving forward without creating goals, both personally and professionally. So in 2010, I created my first goal list. I sadly can’t remember much about what was on that list (I’ve definitely purged a lot over the last 8 years in business which is good because I’m a notoriously sentimental pack-rat) but I do know that my goal creation process has changed dramatically thanks to fellow business owners and a better understanding of what works for me. So if you’re like me and not a goal creator OR just looking at a new way to accomplish your goals, check out my tips for checking those goals off your list.
HOW TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOALS THIS YEAR:
Brainstorm + Review. Every January, I take a day or so to review the previous year. What went well? What didn’t go well? I meditate on what I want to accomplish in the coming year. What is the overarching theme for the year? Some years it could be Balance, or Travel, or Financial. Think about what would bring me the most joy this year. And write it all down. I find this whole process incredibly helpful. Don’t know where to start? Check this out this process or some great questions to prompt yourself with here.
Refine it. Keep that list small. After the brainstorming, my list probably has about 1,000 things on it, but I know that having that many goals is incredibly overwhelming and likely will turn into a situation where I just don’t bother with goals at all (not helpful). I go through and think about what that overarching theme is and what is a priority based on that and what would be nice but can wait. If I accomplish some of the priority goals, then I can always go back to my list and start on some of the other goals.
Focus + Plan. Ever heard of the Passion Planner?! Well, it’s been one of my favorite tools to help accomplish goals and stay on track for the year. There’s a wonderful brainstorming section in the beginning that’s great for step 1 or if you have no idea where to even start! I use the planner to write down all my major goals and use it to break them up into manageable pieces with deadlines. I’ve used my google calendar in the past but there is something about having things physically written down that helps me stay with my goals.
I hope these tips will help you accomplish whatever you’re striving for this year!
Got other tips for checking those goals off the list? Please share, I’d love to hear them!
Stocking stuffers for all the food-obsessed in your life. Some of my tried and true favs along with some snazzy items I’d love if someone gifted me. I know for sure I’d be pretty excited if I found Dick Taylor chocolates in my stocking. 😉
It’s the food holiday to end all food holidays so obviously it’s my favorite day of the year (besides my birthday). I love testing new recipes but Thanksgiving is definitely a time for all the classics like stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey, etc. Here are a few of my favorite thanksgiving recipes that give those classics just the slightest update.
Cranberry Relish: This recipe is both ridiculously easy and ridiculously tasty. Of course, it comes from my food crush, Anthony Bourdain.
Duchess Baked Potatoes: These will change your life. Seriously. People go crazy over them (it’s probably all the heavy cream and eggs) and you can make them ahead and reheat. Perfect for the Thanksgiving cooking marathon.
Arugula Persimmon Salad with Avocado: This sounds delicious and a great contrast to all the heavy Turkey day classics. I may just throw in some pomegranate seeds too for good measure.
Dry Brined Roast Turkey: Dry brining sounds about 10,000 times easier than a traditional brine so you better believe I’m going to test this one out.
Apple Pandowdy: Who doesn’t love a simple dessert. Like an apple but easier.
Remember the collab I did with Woods Beer Co? Well, you can now buy some of that delicious beer soap plus we made a video of the whole dang process so you can see the making of both the soap and the beer. I’m so darn excited to share with you! Check out the video below.
The beer soap is a refreshing blend of bright citrus notes, herbal eucalyptus, slightly sweet vanilla, a touch of the Saison, and ground rye berries (one of our beer ingredients) which acts as an exfoliant so you can basically turn any shower into a spa-like beer lover dream. Putting a whole new twist on the beer in the shower concept. Sounds pretty fantastic, right? You can purchase here.
The Etta + Billie Studio will be open on October 28th for our annual sale! Come by to see the studio and check out the other artists in the building including Public Glass, Charlotte K, and Spark Ceramics (it’s Art Spans Open Studios). Highlights of the studio sale include discounted “seconds” of various soaps, lotions, oils, and other products, a small selection of mystery soap bags, and there may just be a soap demo! Treats + beverages will be available so you can sip and snack while you browse.
We’re also partnering up with the brilliant Shujan Bertrand creator of Aplat (a beautiful line of culinary totes), who will also be hosting a sample sale on Saturday, to do a giveaway! You’ll have the chance to win an Aplat tote (just in time for the holidays!) along with some luscious E+B goodies to fill it with. To participate, come to the studio sale, grab a giveaway card from either studio, visit both studios and be sure to get a signature or stamp on your card. Turn it in at either studio and don’t forget to include your contact info! We’ll pick a random card from all the entries on Tuesday, October 31!