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If you’re a farm girl or a keen homesteader then you’ve probably realized by now that winter wreaks havoc on your skin. The cold weather, harsh wind, and snowfall can quickly dry out your skin and lead to redness and discoloration in your face. If you’re really lucky then you’ll also get the trademark chapped skin that turns your hands and face into a painful, unsightly mess. It would be nice to wrap up warm and stay inside all winter, but that’s not an option when you have to trek around gardens, barns, and fields every day. However, there are some ways to minimize the damage that winter does to your delicate skin.

Use Oil-Rich Moisturizers

Your skin needs extra moisture in winter so it’s important to lather on the lotion more often when the weather goes south. Dermatologists recommend that you use moisturizing creams that contains oils like olive oil, argan oil, and jojoba oil to give your skin an extra moisture boost during the winter months.

Cut Down On Hot Showers

I know, I know, this one sucks. Steamy showers feel so good after a long day in the cold outdoors. Unfortunately, hot showers dehydrate your skin by stripping it of its natural oils – this makes flaky, chapped winter skin even worse. Go for shorter, medium-warm showers instead and save long, steamy soaks for days when you really need them.

Shave Carefully

If you don’t ever shave or you take winter as a time to let your hair grow wild and free, then you don’t need to worry about this one! However, if you do want to shave, use a good shaving cream and moisturize well afterwards. Shaving can be rough on sensitive winter skin so you need to be extra careful to avoid cuts and rashes.

Stock Up On Aquaphor

Aquaphor is a lifesaver for dry, cracked skin and you can use it all over your body, so pick some up in shops or online for winter. Rubbing a layer on your nose, cheeks, and lips before you head out onto the farm will stop your face from getting wind burned. If you can’t find Aquaphor, then any product that’s rich in petrolatum (like Vaseline) will do the job.

Stay Hydrated

It’s easy to remember to drink lots of water when the sun is blazing in the sky, but most of us significantly lower our water intake during the winter months. Your skin still needs the extra moisture during winter, so stick to drinking eight glasses a day even when it’s getting cooler outside.

Avoid Scented Products

Try to stock up on unscented or fragrance-free skincare products during winter. Perfumed soaps, moisturizers, and lip balms can be too harsh on dry skin, so unscented products are the way to go. This also counts for laundry detergents – try to find something hypoallergenic to soothe your delicate skin once winter hits.

Wind-burned red skin and dry, flaky patches aren’t a good look for anyone. Winter skincare is particularly important for country girls, so try these tips if you’re regularly out on the farm. Your skin will thank you for it!

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Aging Gracefully: Top Beauty Tips for Women Over Forty

Mature women are sexy as well as wise due to their years and confidence. But sometimes the changes that we see on our faces and skin make us lose sight of how awesome we are. Physical changes in hair color, skin texture and tone make us feel like we’re getting old ungracefully. It doesn’t have to be that way! Your skincare regimen and style does need to change, though, to accommodate your beautiful, changing form. To that end here are a few top beauty tips for women over forty.

Change Your Wardrobe Color Palette

Your skin and hair are probably changing. As such, clothing colors that suited you before may not look as good now. Try adding a little warmth to the color scheme of your wardrobe. Women over forty often play it safe, selecting beige and cream garments. Unfortunately, pale colors detract from mature beauty, leaving you looking washed out. Bring back that healthy glow with rich, warm shades. If you have silver hair, then warm reds like mulberry, burgundy, or auburn often accent well with your “new” hair color.

You can wear a wide array of colors, but go for high pigments and richly colored fabrics. Don’t feel like you’re stuck with autumn colors either. There are plenty of bright colors that look fantastic on women of your age. Turquoise, sunflower yellow, and lavender are examples of energizing colors that enhance your appearance.

Beauty Tips For Older Skin

As you know, your skin becomes drier as you get older and requires extra moisture to stay supple. However, don’t forget to exfoliate dry skin to aid absorption and get rid of flaky dry patches. A dab of bicarbonate of soda mixed with water will do the trick. Or, you can opt for a luxury scrub from a beauty shop.

Once flaky areas are gone, your skin will be ready to soak up moisturizer. There are many commercial varieties, but you’ve probably been exposed to their chemical content over the years. Perhaps you’ll enjoy natural ways of adding moisture.

Remember to hydrate by drinking water, and consider using natural oils to keep your skin smooth and supple. Add essential oils to argan oil or sweet almond oil for a great natural moisturizer. Rose geranium or lavender are good choices. Otherwise use them alone, and they will still be effective.

Hair Care Tips for Aging or Damaged Hair

Your hair is dry, and perhaps brittle if you’ve not added moisture or had trims. As a rule of thumb cut off split ends every four to six weeks. Otherwise, they spoil your appearance. Regular shampoo and conditioner might not repair your hair’s condition. Use a deep oil treatment monthly. Alternatively, add a tablespoonful of coconut oil to your regular conditioner or, before drying, rub it into the ends of your hair. Next, smooth the surplus of the oil, left on your hands, from the top of your hair downward.

You’re over forty, and it’s your turn to shine. You can look better than ever by following some of these beauty tips, and restoring the lost moisture of your hair and skin. Also select rich, or highly pigmented bright colors when deciding what to wear for an attractive appearance.


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