Soothe and Heal Dry Winter Skin Before Spring!

curel heals hands

How can you even think of cheery summer colors, sandals and lightweight dresses when your skin has “WINTER” written all over them?! Start the healing process with Hand & Cuticle Therapy ($6) from Curél.

Washing my hands constantly and using hand sanitizer all winter long has really done a number on my poor little hands. They have never been this bad! I’ve tried to keep them moisturized but it’s hard to remember with everything else that is going on. I’m ready to start some intensive therapy on these puppies though and I’m going to be slathering this Hand & Cuticle Therapy on my hands 2x a day for the next few weeks to see if I can get my hands back into shape in time for Spring!

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Being pregnant and all, it’s getting challenging to reach my toes to give them the TLC they deserve. I’m going to make an effort for the next few weeks though so they will be ready for sandals by the time warmer weather gets here! Curel’s Intensive Healing Cream ($12) promises to deliver moisture quickly and efficiently. Sounds like exactly what I need. It proposes to heal even the driest and most chapped skin. Perfect for toes, ankles and heels. Sign me up!

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My other challenge has been lower back pain, which I’ve been using Topricin for. It’s a pain relief AND a healing cream that not only provides soothing relief to uncomfortable dryness of the skin on the face, hands and feet but it also provides rapid healing and relief for symptoms associated with Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriasis, Calluses and dry flaky heels and other dry/cracked skin on the body.

Topricin provides pain relief by improving circulation and attracting and stimulating the body’s healing chemistries at the site of pain. Topricin delivers reliable pain relief, improving quality-of-life, and providing a strong adjunct to professional care with no side effects or contraindications. Topricin’s 11 homeopathic medicines are proven to be safe and effective for the elderly, children, pregnant women and all skin types and will not interfere with any medication you may be taking. No odor or fragrance, no petroleum, no mineral oil, no lanolin, no capsaicin, no menthol, no parabens, non-greasy and non-staining. [Click here to learn more.]

When I was having some pregnancy related lower back pain, I started using Topricin Pain Relief & Healing Cream several times a day. I noticed an improvement in the way my back felt immediately and even moreso after several days of use. I was quite impressed so it has now become an important part of my medicine cabinet. I’m so glad I discovered Topricin!

If you are having trouble with dry, flaking skin on your face from the cold weather, check out our Editor’s Picks for Winter Skin Care to get your face ready for the sun too!

Editor’s Picks for Fall/Winter Skin Care

fall skin care picks

If you have sensitive or fussy skin, you know how hard it is to keep your skin happy, especially in the colder months. Once you get the hang of what your skin wants, the weather changes and you are back to square one, right? Well, at least that’s what I deal with here in New England, anyway. My skin has a tendency of getting over oily in the summer which causes unexpected breakouts. Then when the weather cools down, if I keep up with my same skin care routine, I end up with overly dry skin that breakouts because it’s irritated! It just can’t be pleased…

Now I try to stay one step ahead of the game by changing my beauty routine every 3 months. Starting in September, I’ve got to stop using my facial cleansers that have salicylic acid to avoid over drying my skin. I also have to start using a facial scrub at least once a week. Then I have to slowly wean off my summer moisturizers and into my Fall/winter moisturizers.

I put together my top picks for facial moisturizers, facial scrubs and lip balms to help keep your whole face feeling great, even when the weather gets colder.

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5 Ways to Pamper Yourself This Winter

Chilly temperatures and inclement weather are keeping all of us indoors this season – so why not take the time to pamper yourself?

The following must-have’s are some of our favorite products to help us relax, indulge and take care of our hair and skin – all from the comfort of our own home. If that sounds like something you’ve been waiting for, read on for our product recommendations and get ready to pamper yourself this winter.

1. Farmhouse Fresh “Red Hot Shandy” Sparkling Soak

Are you ready for some romance or want to add a little heat to the cold winter months? With Farmhouse Fresh’s new “Red Hot Shandy” Sparkling Soak, you’ll do just that! Infused with the essence of spicy, red-hot cinnamon candy and six natural oils, this nourishing bath soak will transform your skin into silk while moisturizing and hydrating even the driest skin. You can even apply it post-bath to elbows, knees and other rough patches – it’s non-greasy, quickly absorbs into skin and gives you just the right amount of pampering you need.


2. Dr. Max Powers Scar Serum

It’s a new year, so why not make an effort to create a new you? Get rid of embarrassing scars, stretch marks and other skin concerns with this powerful scar serum by Dr. Max Powers. Using an invigorating blend of rosehip oil, antioxidants, fatty acids and Vitamin E, this effective serum is proven to reduce the appearance of scars within one month of regular use. Plus, it’s non-irritating and can be safely applied to the face and body.


3. Coral Actives Acne Products

If you’ve tried every acne product on the market and aren’t pleased with the results, Coral Actives may be the answer you are looking for! They sell a variety of products, including the Cleanser & Serum combination kit as well as Acne Cleansing Bar for your body. Our resident housewife, Sarah, says that a shampoo made her back breakout – she used the bar, and within two uses it completely cleared up!


4. Nioxin Hair Care

Pamper and protect your tresses this year with the Nioxin hair care product line. Whether you’re embarrassed about your thinning locks or need intense scalp hydration and moisture, Nioxin has a product that’s formulated specifically for your needs. Our favorite is the Deep Hair Repair Masque, which transforms even the driest locks into silky smooth tresses you’ll love to show off.

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5. Joey New York Bye Bye Blackheads

No one likes dealing with annoying blackheads, but this treatment gel promises to banish blackheads, minimize the appearance of pores and transform your skin like nothing else. With a potent blend of spa-like ingredients, this unique formula will treat your blackheads while helping your skin look its best all season long.

($25, HSN)

Keep Skin Feeling GUD This Winter

Temperatures are cooling down across the globe, and winter will be upon us before we know it. To keep your skin looking and feeling its best all season long, turn to gud hand and body care products. All of their hand wash, hand cream and body butters are designed to protect against cracking, dryness and chapping and will uplift you with fruity, floral and fresh scents that are – well, can we say addicting?

Hand Wash

This foamy formula will leave hands clean and fresh while banishing pesky bugs to limit the occurrence of winter colds. Available in 4 uplifting fragrances:

Each 8 oz. bottle is $4.99, making this a budget-friendly buy for the winter season.

Hand Cream

After washing with a matching gud soap, moisturize dry, chapped hands with their deeply nourishing hand cream. This exceptional formula instantly relieves dry, chapped skin while restoring softness and smoothness to even the driest digits.

Each 3 oz. tube retails for $6.99, and is available at national chains, drugstores and select beauty supply stores.

Body Butter

Gud’s natural body butters are deeply moisturizing and contain no parabens, petrochemicals or phthalates – plus, they’re never tested on animals. Choose from four scent-sational fragrances:

Each 6 oz. container of body butter sells for $11.99.

To purchase any of these products, just click the link – which fragrance will you be choosing this season?

Combat the Cold with These Great Products for Skin and Hair

The cold weather can wreak havoc on our skin and hair. Luckily, the great products featured below will help protect you from the elements while restoring moisture from head to toe.


Davines NaturalTech Nourishing Vegetarian Miracle Conditioner will help replenish moisture to even the most dry, brittle hair, with a combination of Rice, Acai, and Passiflora oils.





Clark’s Botanicals Intense Radiance Mask is formulated with four powerful ingredients designed to boost radiance, increase collagen production and transform even the dullest skin into smooth, bright skin.





Atopalm Moisturizing Body Lotion is perfect for sensitive or eczema-prone skin, and combines Vitamin E, olive and grape seed oils for visibly luminous, hydrated skin.





Atopalm Moisturizing Hand Treatment delivers lasting results, and combines powerful antioxidants to promote younger-looking, softer hands.





Atopalm Moisturizing Heel & Foot Balm will soften and moisturize feet and heels within 5 to 10 days of continuous use. Plus, you’ll instantly feel the moisture sinking in the moment you use it!




Winterize Your Beauty Routine with DNA EGF Renewal™

We were very fortunate to be invited to attend a webinar with Dr. Ronald Moy, one of the country’s leading dermatologists and plastic surgeons in regards to our Winter skin health. It is not getting any warmer, especially here in the Northeast soooooo, what should we do to help keep our skin soft and supple? What should we avoid doing? What is the best for our skin? Dr. Moy covered it all and introduced us to DNA EGF Renewal™, his new line that helps keep our skin looking young with real science and thoughtfulness behind it. First let’s check out some basic facts from Dr. Moy:


•Dry skin occurs naturally as skin ages for most women as natural oils diminish; cold dry winter weather can dramatically increase skin’s dryness.
•Lower humidity increases dryness, especially indoor heating.
•Dryness decreases the skins natural lipids that keep skin cells together and prevent water loss. This natural lipid barrier is the essential first line of defense for your skin.
• Skin can become itchy, flaky, chapped and flushed as  you go between temperature extremes inside and outside.
• Frequent hand washing is crucial to controlling cold and flu germs, but it also increases dryness. Every time you apply night treatments to your face, apply any excess to your hands.
•Avoid hot water on the face and body.
•Excessive exposure to hot water can strip the skins natural oils.
•Use a gentle, sulfate free, fragrance free cleanser and warm water.
•Apply moisturizers after cleansing while skin is moist.
•Stay hydrated.
•Eat a diet rich in Omega 3’s.
•Layer products to protect exposed skin.
•Don’t forget SPF.
•If itching, scaling or inflammation persist, contact your dermatologist.

So what is Dr. Moy and the DNA EGF team’s philosophy? REPAIR THE PAST. PROTECT THE FUTURE

Skin is compelled to act younger with the help of two scientific breakthroughs: Enzymes that speed the DNA recovery process. Epidermal Growth Factor extracted from barley that triggers cellular renewal. So how does that translate to something we can use in our daily lives? Check it.Growth Factor Serum was developed to help bring back the vitality to your skin. Skin glows, texture is refined, pores look visibly smaller, and younger, fresher skin emerges.

  • Barley EGF is the first and only plant-based Epidermal Growth Factor. It is the subject of a clinical study conducted by Dr. Moy
  • Most advanced serum to self correct the negative effects of skin aging and reprogram skin to act young again
  • Dramatic & rapid improvement of skin exhibiting advanced signs of photodamage to help diminish the appearance of age spots, pronounced wrinkling, and uneven coloration
  • Revolutionary plant-based (non-bacterial) growth factor is proven more stable and effective than standard EGFs
  • Ideal for all skin types
The Renewal Foaming Cleanser is a gentle, foaming formula that provides an innovative, non-irritaring version of glycolic acid delivering gentle exfoliating action. Removes old, dull, surface dead skin to reveal clean, vibrant skin. What is not to like about that combination?

  • Unique amino acid glycolic complex stimulates cell turnover and washes away surface impurities to prime skin for maximum regeneration
  • Encourages optimum absorption of Dr. Moy’s advanced anti-aging actives for highly efficacious results
  • FREE of artificial fragrances, sulfates, and parabens
  • Ideal for all skin types
  • Formulated for daily use

The DNA Night Renewal is a rich lotion featuring and advanced liposome deliver system that maximizes cell repair activity during the body’s sleep cycle to recover skin’s youth.

  • Induces cell regeneration and counters photo-aging damage to restore skin vitality
  • High levels of bio-advanced DNA Repair Enzymes, peptides, and botanical actives boost youthful cell turn over
  • Builds and fortifies a healthy lipid barrier
  • Ideal for dry or stressed skin
  • For night-time use

…and those are just a few of the great products that Dr. Moy and his team have developed for the DNA EGF Renewal™ line. They also offer Scar Therapy, Defense SPF 30 and oh so much more. Have you guys tried any of Dr. Moy’s products? We would love it if you shared your opinions with us!

Get Skin Winter Ready with Primavera Natural Skin Care

Colder temperatures means it’s time for a change in your skincare routine, so you can continue to have healthy and hydrated skin all winter long. With expert tips from Terese Linke, global education and spa training director for Primavera Natural Skin Care, and high quality skin care products you can reveal a glowing complexion all season long.

1. Maximize Moisture

To help prime skin for maximum moisturization, use Primavera’s Moisturizing Refreshing Mist ($24) on face and decollete to help condition skin prior to your regular moisturizer. Organic cassis plant water helps lock in moisture, while neroli essential oil and aloe vera extract combats dry, flaky and irritated skin for a balanced complexion.

2. Gently Moisturize

Once skin has been primed for moisturizer, Terese Linke says to “warm moisturizers in the hands first, then press into skin.” By pressing product into the skin, Linke says you can avoid the aging effects of rubbing. For even more anti-aging benefits, use Primavera’s Moisturizing Replenishing Cream ($42.) This powerful moisturizer contains fig oil, which works to combat the signs of aging due to dehydration, as well as organic shea butter and avocado oil to improve the firmness and clarity of your skin.


3. Apply a Mask

Using a mask once a week can have great benefits for skin; try Primavera’s Revitalizing Antioxidant Mask ($48.) This face mask feels light and airy, never heavy, and contains potent ingredients for a more youthful, healthy complexion. Organic green tea extract helps fight free radical damage, while green clay forces impurities from the skin to leave you with a radiant glow.


4. Don’t Forget the Eyes

Caring for the delicate eye area requires products that are gentle yet effective. Use Primavera’s Cooling Eye Roll-On ($44) to help reduce under-eye puffiness and dark circles; the addition of organic cassis water will also help you retain moisture and soothe irritated skin. Linke also says to use the back of a small espresso spoon and wipe under the eye three times after applying the eye roll-on. This will help revitalize the entire eye area, making them appear brighter and more youthful.

All of these products can be purchased via, and will help you put your best face forward this winter – and beyond!