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Winter can be rough on your skin, hair, and nails, but there are a range of all-natural ingredients that can help. One often overlooked option is peppermint. Peppermint is seemingly everywhere in the winter – it’s in warm winter drinks, candy, chocolates and candles. It’s also an herb that many of us have growing wild in our gardens year-round.

But believe it or not, peppermint is more than just a tasty wintertime flavor. It’s also great for your skin and hair, and it can help fix many unique winter-time skin problems, like redness and itchiness.

Here are 5 excellent ways to incorporate this wonderful herb into your routine.

Soothe itchiness.

If your skin or scalp is dry and flaky due to the harsh winter air, try adding a product with peppermint oil to your routine. Peppermint has an immediate cooling effect that makes the itchiness completely go away, which makes it easy to avoid scratching your skin and making the flakes worse.

Repair chapped lips.

There’s a reason that so many lip balms contain peppermint, and it’s not just because of the minty fresh smell. Peppermint contains menthol, which helps soothe chapped, burning lips – a must in the wintertime, when chapped lips seem to happen as soon as we step outside!

Refresh and tone skin.

For those who deal with oil, sweat, or grime in the winter time, peppermint has a lovely refreshing effect on the skin. It naturally cleanses clogged pores, soaks up oil, and tones the skin.

Cool red or inflamed skin.

If your skin has become red or inflamed, a bit of peppermint can help gently cool it off. Peppermint reduces inflammation and balances the skin, so it’s great for treating redness or even acne. (And if you have aching muscles, peppermint’s cooling effect is helpful for that, too.)

Stimulate hair growth.

Ever wonder why peppermint makes your skin tingle? That’s because it’s a natural stimulant. When you apply it to your scalp, it causes more blood circulation in that area, which in turn stimulates hair growth. Magical!

For the obvious reason I left off aromatherapy. We all know it smells oh, so good. But it’s worth a mention, because it’s hard to fight off the winter blues, especially when it gets dark at 4pm. Peppermint oil wakes up the senses and reduces stress, making it easier to focus. It also helps to reduce headaches, and it can even fix a stuffy nose. Try peppermint for all the wonderful benefits!

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Enjoy the Summer Sun – But Be Kind to Your Skin

Handy Tips for Summer Skincare

After a long, cold winter, the arrival of warmer weather is a welcome excuse to throw off the layers of clothing and enjoy the feel of sunlight on your skin. However, the summer months pose challenges for skincare, and if you’re not careful you can end up with more than a healthy glow to deal with. Here are five summer skincare tips to keep your skin looking radiant.

Pay Attention to Hydration

Keeping your body properly hydrated is vital for skin health during the summer months. Not only is the temperature outdoors higher, but air conditioning makes for a drier atmosphere indoors. Both of these factors mean you need to keep up your liquid intake if you want to avoid flaking, chapped skin. Get into the habit of taking on small amounts of water throughout the day, but also be careful of overindulging in coffee or alcohol – both of these have a diuretic effect which can quickly leave you dehydrated.

Moisturizer and Face Masks

Although drinking plenty of water is extremely important, moisturizer also plays a vital role in stopping your skin from drying out in the heat. Apply it to your face and hands as part of your morning beauty routine, and also before bed to stop overnight dehydration. It’s also a good idea to top up your moisturizer levels if you feel thirsty at any point during the day, as your skin will suffer the effects of dehydration before you’re consciously aware of it through thirst.

Your daily moisturizer regimen can also be reinforced by treating yourself to a weekly facial treatment. A good choice is a mask formulation including natural yogurt, which has strong hydrating properties to promote smooth, supple skin that better withstands the summer sun.

Use Exfoliating Scrubs

Hot weather can play havoc with your skin’s pores. Dust, sweat, grime, and the build-up of pollution can all leave residues behind, no matter how carefully you wash. A regular exfoliation routine, using either a shop-bought scrub or a homemade one using your favorite essential oils, will leave your skin feeling fresher and healthier as well as reducing the risk of pimples and acne.

Take Care in the Sun

Not so long ago a suntan was seen as a sure sign of healthy skin, but today the picture is a little different. The link between sunburn and skin cancer is well established, but even lighter over-exposure to ultraviolet rays can cause the unwanted appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and a leathery texture in your complexion.

Whenever a sunny day is forecast, ensure that you wear protective sun cream as a matter of habit, even if you don’t plan to spend time soaking up the rays. As little as twenty minutes in full sun can cause mild burning, while even ambient or reflected light can be harmful if you don’t take precautions. Ordinary high-factor sun cream is a perfectly good option, but to kill two birds with one stone, why not consider using a moisturizer with built in ultraviolet protection?

Repair Sun Damage Quickly

If you do happen to catch a little too much sun, you should take action as soon as possible to minimize and repair the possible damage. Applying a moisturizer infused with aloe vera will help to soothe inflammation and swelling, while also reducing the chances of your skin flaking and peeling as it heals. It’s important not to wait for visible signs of sunburn such as blistering, but to use the moisturizer as soon as you notice the distinctive tingling feeling that comes from over-exposure to ultraviolet rays.

Your complexion is a vital part of looking healthy and youthful, and it’s the canvas on which all your beauty efforts are painted. Taking good care of it by following these tips will ensure your skin copes with the challenges of the summer weather, leaving it soft, smooth, and with a beautifully vibrant glow.


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