Adapt Your Skincare Routine: The Beauty Update You Need To Be Aware Of This Winter

Especially now that the leaves have started changing colors and are falling to the ground, it has become a reality that summer has passed and the colder months are on their way.

This shift in seasons is one that our bodies do not take lightly. The change in weather causes people to suffer from allergies, Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as S.A.D., and other strains of seasonal illness. Physically, the seasonal shift takes a toll on our wellbeing as well. During the colder months people tend to exercise less and eat more, delving into comfort food cravings at an increasing rate. Not only does this take a toll on our wellbeing, but also on our skin.

Lack of exercise and a non-structured diet, combined with the harshness of the colder weather equates to increased sick days and unhealthy skin. Sue Magou, consultant dermatologist told The Telegraph, “there is less moisture in the air and what natural oil you do have in your skin can be blown away by the wind. Once inside, central heating is also very drying.”

Fortunately, there are ways that you can tackle the issue of keeping your skin healthy this season that benefit your diet as well. Eating healthily and munching on certain foods can actually be beneficial to both your body and skin during these next few months.

During the colder months, your skin needs some extra pampering. According to the American Skin Association, “dry skin, or Xerosis, often worsens in the winter, when several factors contribute to skin dryness: low temperature and low humidity caused decreased amounts of water in the stratum corneum.”

It is because of the lack of moisture that makes awareness of proper skincare important during these colder months. “Your skin will end up being dull and dry in the fall and winter if you don’t make an effort to keep it from being that way,” explains Katherine Goldman, celebrity esthetician/waxologist. “We help people have a great glow to their skin all year and help keep their skin both looking and feeling great all winter long. With a little bit of effort, anyone can do it.”

One natural skincare trick that helps keep your skin hydrated actually involves snacking. According to Dr. Christopher Calapi, a board certified dermatologist and doctor in family and anti-aging medicine, “beauty really does come from within.” Dr. Calapi suggests munching on certain foods in order to help preserve different elements of a healthy derma, or skin.

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One of the most common skin problems people find during the colder months is dehydration. Dr. Calapi suggests adding more honey into your diet, “honey is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts water. When it comes to your skin, consuming honey helps draw water from the mineral tissues to the surface of the skin, keeping it moisturized, supple and flake-free.”

Another simple trick is to check what type of skincare products you are using in the fall and winter. According to New York-based dermatologist, David Bank, “The biggest battle in winter versus summer is skin getting dried out and losing its luster, so you want to think about switching out oil-fighting cleansers, toners, moisturizers and treatments such as masks or peels, in favor of hydration-boosting products.”

This is something that is also recommended by the Saint Louis University Physicians Group. In a SLU Journal, dermatologist and associate professor of dermatology, Nicole Burkemper, M.D., explains that we should “use a moisturizer that contains ceramides – the main component of the natural skin barrier – it can be especially helpful in the dry months.”

Using a skin moisturizer is incredibly important to encourage healthy skin. GLAMOUR UK Beauty Director, Alessandra Steinherr explains, “the function of moisturizer is to reinforce the skin’s barrier. This matters because it keeps moisture in the skin, resulting in a fresh, dewy complexion. But just as importantly it prevents bacterias and irritants from penetrating into the skin.”

Once you have found the perfect moisturizer to aid your skin, the next step will be to switch up your skincare routine. The New York Presbyterian Hospital suggests “immediately apply moisturizers after bathing or showering. While your skin is still wet it will better trap and absorb moisture.” After a quick warm shower – be careful, according to the British Skin Foundation, “a long hot bath can strip away much needed natural oil from the skin. Try and shorten the length of time and remember to keep the temperature warm, not hot” – get ready for bed a bit earlier than usual schedule.

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According to Dr. Kaleroy Papantoniou, a board certified NYC dermatologist, “During sleep we heal, restore and eliminate toxins from the skin. If sleep is compromised, so is the body’s ability to carry out these essential skin functions.” Sleep is so important to all aspects of your physical and emotional health, in addition to it being an essential part of your skincare regimen. Papantoniou explains, “During the first three hours of sleep your body will start producing the human growth hormone from the pituitary gland. As we age, this hormone is necessary for the maintenance of youthful and radiant skin.  Without this hormone release, skin is not repaired from daily damage and thus induces the aging process.”

Have trouble sleeping? According to Dr. Calapai, the answer is in a glass of tart cherry juice. “Who knew that this tangy drink naturally contains melatonin? Well, it does and melatonin promotes sleep,” he explains.

As you start breaking out your sweaters and fuzzy socks – all the fuzzy socks – remember to follow these tips and revamp your skincare regimen in a way that adapts to the season. Stock up on moisturizer and healthy foods, and remember to try to start going to bed a little bit earlier. Once you get into this routine, you’ll reap the benefits of using sleep and moisturizer as your protective armor this season.

Stay tuned for an upcoming roundup of the best new cold weather skincare products!

Stay Classy! x

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NYFW X KYBOE

If you guys have been following along with me on social media the past few weeks you’ve seen a preview of how awesome NYFW is. It’s a fun and trendy expression of art, philosophy and style that brings together stylish influencers and celebrities from all over the world. It really did feel like an honor to be part of it for the first time this year!

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I was invited to the Kyboe show, held at The Arc at Skylight at Moynihan Station in Manhattan. An event space below the James A. Farley Post Office building (the big post office across from MSG and Penn Station), which opened in 1914 and is truly monumental and a gorgeous piece of architecture, The Arc’s atmosphere definitely added to the collection and overall experience.

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The way the light cast shadows on the floor was artistic and creative and the entire space created an atmosphere that got me even MORE excited about NYFW.

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Kyboe (pronounced “ki-boe”) is a luxury watch brand from the Netherlands. It made history at this NYFW show as the first watch brand to host it’s collection in a solo show. In the center of the runway was a conveyor belt that had mannequins of hands (from the wrist up) with the SS’17 Kyboe collection strapped onto them. For the first few minutes of the event I wondered if that would be the whole runway show, but it wasn’t long before the models came out with their own attire styled with Kyboe.

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The movement of the collection combined with the strong beats from the DJ and the colorful lights made my first NYFW experience quite the event. I fell in love with the story behind the collection and the lax and fun attitude of the models (plus, I got to meet them after the show and at the after party – which was SO much fun, but that’s another story)! 🙂

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After leaving the show, I went over to the lounge area to socialize and check out the 20 Years of Jimmy Choo exhibit they had set up on the walls.

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Of course, I got sidetracked and ended up stumbling upon the filming of an episode of Fashion Police. Which means I was this close to Giuliana Rancic and Tim Gunn.

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Pretty cool spontaneous turn of events and an awesome way to kick off my first *official* NYFW!

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Stay Classy! xx

 

Product of the Week: Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus

When it comes to doing chores, we all have that one responsibility that gets “accidentally” pushed back until the next week, and the next week, and well, if you really had a say in it, it would probably never get done.

It turns out that people who can definitively say they have a least favorite household chore more likely to push off completing that task for as long as possible (duh). Whether it’s scrubbing dishes, doing laundry, mowing the lawn or cleaning the bathroom, leaving these tasks undone can get gross pretty quickly. Not to mention the build up of dirt, dust or weeds will encroach on your physical health and well-being (and if you’re like me, seeing the piles of mess will make you anxious and less productive).

Now I know it’s easier said than done to just “suck it up” and do it. But what has worked for me in the past is creating a reward system that lets you treat yourself after completing the “dirty work.” So find a way to spoil yourself, set a timer and get the job done. Believe me, nothing is better than crossing it off your to-do list.

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Now luckily, if your least favorite chore is ironing, then I have the perfect solution. Recently, a co-worker was telling me how one Saturday afternoon she decided to clean out the closets in her house. She started the story by explaining how she threw out the ironing board and the iron… and that was it. She admitted to having a pile of clothes she liked but hasn’t worn in a while because she hates ironing that much. And believe me, the same thing happens in my house all the time!

What it is that makes this task so dreaded is uncertain, maybe it’s the mundane and repetitive motion of moving a hot metal plate against your wrinkled clothes reminding you of the imperfections in your life. Or maybe you simply don’t have the time or patience to wait for it to heat up and then perform the task over and over on shirts and pants that just don’t seem that worth it. Regardless, toss out your irons, the product below is about to make your life so.much.easier!

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Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus will save you a dramatic amount of time so you can be on your way with your day. All you need to do is spray your clothes, let them dry for a few minutes, and they will magically be smooth and ready-to-wear! You can have your clothes dry while brushing your teeth or putting on your makeup. It makes life convenient, smells so fresh and clean, and comes in a travel size bottle so you can take it on the go… all of which are the reasons why it gets this week’s gold star as the POTW 🙂

P.S. You can get a $1 off coupon on their website, here!

Stay Classy! xx

Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce

This past week has had the coolest weather NYC has seen in a while. The leaves are starting to change and it’s finally time to break out the sweaters, denim jackets and leggings… all the leggings!

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I’ve already seen a shift in my food cravings go from lighter and colder refreshments, to more hearty and warm meals. It’s not surprising that I’ve found a healthy way to satisfy these cravings with some leftover apples that I picked a few weeks ago upstate!

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This delicious homemade slow cooker applesauce is the perfect snack, side dish and even dessert. It uses only the freshest and minimal ingredients, but yields a creation so good that you’ll have to stop yourself from eating it all in one sitting.

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Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce

Prep Time: 15 Minutes     Cook Time: 4 hours     Total Time: 4 hours 15 Minutes

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Let’s Get Started:

6 large apples (any kind!), cored and peeled
2 cinnamon sticks (or 2 Tbsp of ground cinnamon)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp salt

Let’s Get Cooking:

Peel, core and chop apples into 1-2 inch pieces. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and close the lid. Cook the applesauce on high for 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Cool and store – it will stay up to 5 days in the refrigerator or freeze up to 3 months.

Let’s Get Creative:

This recipe makes the applesauce slightly chunky (which I prefer)! But if you’re into a more smooth texture applesauce, after it’s done cooking let it cool and then put it into a blender or food processor to get your desired texture.

Stay Classy & Enjoy! xx