After the detox: 1 week later

     So in the days that followed, I started going back to my normal diet but some things have changed. I still start each day with a glass of lukewarm lemon water but instead of my morning coffee, I have successfully switched to tea. I also still make smoothies for breakfast almost every morning. I am back to eating cheese and bread. I had a few drinks this week. 

     Am I noticing a difference after the detox? Yes and no. I do look at food in a different way. I'm much more inclined to make something healthy to eat over a grilled cheese sandwich. My body is still my body. I still have allergies, I still have a whack digestion system. I think what I learned more than anything was portion size and being careful not to overdo it. I am in fact, a little lady that has eyes bigger than her belly. 

     That being said, I truly enjoy food and will continue to eat anything I want in moderation (except meat of course, but I don't want that). Thanks to everyone who read this blog series. I plan on doing this type of thing again in the future. For now however, I gotta go back to making skincare. 

Day 7: Solid Food

     I woke up this morning and had my first real "movement" in a while, so that was great. Must have been those tortilla chips! I then had a glass of lemon water followed by a cup of Yogi tea. This one was called "Positive Energy" and has caffeine. I made a green smoothie, and then went hours before eating after that, since I was busy doing errands. 

     When I got home at 4pm, I was ready to put some real food in my stomach. I was going to a birthday party that evening and knew the temptations would be too great to handle on a detox. I decided it was time to introduce gluten back into my diet. 

     I made a sandwich. It was on 7-grain bread I buy from the Polish bakery in my neighborhood. The sandwich was a smashed chickpea salad with lots of veggies (recipe below). It was a small sandwich and it was perfect. I felt full and my body wasn't hating me for it, success! I even went to the bathroom for a second time in a day, about an hour after eating. I felt more regular than I ever been.

     That night, Pete and I went to the birthday party where I immediately noticed a full cheeseboard. Folks, this is the end of the story. I ate cheese, I drank a glass of wine, and I had a big slice of Tiramisu (which surprisingly, was gluten-free). 

     I originally wrote this the morning after, and I actually felt pretty great. I went to the bathroom again (still soft but I think my body was still learning how to poop again) and instead of having coffee, I made a cup of caffeinated tea. I'm going to try it out for a while and see if I can make the switch. 

     Tomorrow will be my last post of this series, written 1 week post detox, explaining my thoughts on the detox and how I'm feeling now. Below is my recipe for chickpea salad.

 

Chickpea Salad

-1 can chickpeas, smashed

-1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

-1 Tbsp red onion, chopped

-1 Tbsp dried cranberries

- 1/4 tsp Herbs De Province

-1/4 tsp celery salt

-1/4 tsp ground pepper

1 Tbsp Mayonaise

-Combine all ingredients in a box and mix them together like tuna salad. That's it! I ate mine on 9-grain bread with sliced cucumber, avocado, and tomato. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6: Soups + Smoothies

     It was nice to start a day without drinking two tall glasses of saltwater. After drinking lemon water, I had a cup of ginger tea and made a smoothie. For lunch I ate the first of solid food, an avocado. I wasn't home all day so I was pretty hungry by 8pm when I did finally walk in the door, and had a heaping bowl of green soup (recipe in last post). 

     After that, I just broke and had a few "Red Hot + Blue" tortilla chips. Hey, can I remind you that cleansing ain't easy? Here's the recipe for the smoothie I had that day. 

 

Banana Mango Spinach Smoothie

 

- 1/2 a mango, skin removed

-1/2 frozen banana

-1 handful baby spinach leaves

- a few springs of parsley leaves

- 1 tsp coconut oil

- 1 tsp flaxseed, ground

-1/4 tsp Moringa powder

-1/4 tsp Turmeric

-1/4 tsp Bee Pollen

-1/4 tsp Ashwagandha powder

-hemp milk to fill blender cup

-add all ingredients to blender, starting with larger stuff, then leaves, powders, and milk. Blend until smooth. Drink immediately. 

 

 

Day 5: Soups + Smoothies

     Today I get to eat, how excited am I? Even after more "stuff" came out of my bottom this morning, I have decided it was time to introduce food back into my body. The stuff that came out wasn't much. After two days of not eating, I'm pretty sure my colon is clean enough and I didn't think I could handle even one more foodless day. To think in my 20s I did the Masterclease for 7 days straight!

     After starting the day with lemon water, followed by herbal tea (Berry Detox by Yogi) I made myself a smoothie. I decided to drink it slow and it kept me full for hours. Around 3pm, I started making my green soup, an alkalizing, pureed soup that was actually very yummy and the perfect food after 2 days of not eating. I had one bowl right after making it and then another when I got back from teaching my yoga class. 

     Afterwards, I was craving something sweet, and gave into the craving. I had a scoop of peanut butter from the jar. Don't judge me! At least it was vegan and gluten-free?

Here's the recipe for my delicious green soup:

Gina's Green Soup

 

-1 container of Trader Joe's Mirapoix (onions/carrots/celery)

- 1 leak (white + light green parts only), sliced

- 1 bay leaf

- 1 Tbsp coconut oil

- 2 cloves garlic, minced

- 6 cups vegetable stock

- 1 head of broccoli, chopped

- 2 cups spinach

- 1 handful parsley

- 1 handful cilantro

- 1 cup cashews

- salt + white pepper to taste

- Saute mirapoix and leak until fragrant, around 2 minutes, then add garlic and broccoli and cook for another minute. 

- Puree cashews with 1/2 cup of the vegetable stock until smooth. Add remaining stock and bay leaf to vegetables on medium heat and cook for 15 minutes. 

- Remove pot from heat. Remove bayleaf from soup and add spinach, parsley, cilantro, and cashew mix. Puree until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

 

 

 

Day 4: Ayurvedic Mastercleanse again?

     So I woke up before dawn with that lovely tea doing its thing. Surprisingly, more stuff was exiting my body the next day. It wasn't much, and it had a strange consistency and color, so I could only assume it was stuff that was maybe stuck to the sides of my colon for a while. My dear readers, this is why I do this! 

     After day 2 of the salt water flush, I drank another cup of the berry detox tea, then made my cleanse drink for the day, which was another long day out. At around 4pm, I took a cleanse break and had a peppermint tea, then I was off to my Tuesday yoga private client's place. I had time in between seeing my client and teaching a class, so I took a class as well! It was a power yoga class, that I took at my own pace with, as in, lots of child's pose. I was feeling more lightheaded than powerful that day to be honest. 

    After I taught class in the city, I went back home where I finished the last of my daily drink, had another glass of Senna tea, and went right to bed. 

Day 3: Ayurvedic Mastercleanse

     If you've ever drank laxative tea, you know all about the stomach cramps. This is how I started day 3. Pete didn't leave for work yet, and without saying a word, I darted by him in our small apartment towards the bathroom. Once he left for work, I did the salt water flush. The salt water flush is part of a cleanse known as the Mastercleanse, which was a very trendy cleanse 10 years ago when Beyonce did it. Is that what Lemonade is about?

     The salt water flush consists of drinking a quart of purified, lukewarm salt water. Sounds awesome right? A quart is roughly two tall glasses of water, each with a teaspoon of salt. You have to chug it. I recommend holding your nose to keep the gag reflex in check. Thats when the real fun begins. After the multiple trips to the bathroom that followed, it seemed like nothing else could possibly come out of my butt but brown water. 

     Before heading out the door, I made my own variation of the Mastercleanse drink, what I like to call the "Ayurvedic Mastercleanse". I made enough of it to last me the entire day and kept it in a large reusable water bottle. When I got home, I made a berry detox tea from Yogi, then left the house yet again for my Monday night private yoga session. I continued to finish off my cleanse drink, then capped the night off with a glass of that "stimulating" Senna tea.

Gina's Ayurvedic Mastercleanse drink

-the juice of 2 lemons

-1 Tbsp Braggs apple cider vinegar

-6 Tbsp honey, preferably local

-1 tsp turmeric

-1 tsp cayenne pepper

-2 inch piece of ginger, peeled

- 32 oz filtered water

Add lemon juice and ginger to blender and blend until smooth. Add mixture to drinking container, followed by ACV, honey, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. Add water. Shake it up! This should last you all day. 

 

 

 

Day 2: vegan + gluten-free

     Today was a lot harder than yesterday. I started my morning with my usual lemon water I drink on a daily basis (lukewarm water, a half a lemon). What I did not have was coffee. I thought it would be easier after I made an energy boosting smoothie, but alas, I really could have used that caffeine. 

     After that, my boyfriend and I were meeting up with a couple of his friends to see a movie. Afterwards, they wanted to grab dinner with us, then quickly apologized remembering I was on a detox. I felt cranky. The two of us went home where I heated up some Kitchari. Pete made a grilled cheese, my favorite. The sound of the "crunch" was driving me mad. I then had 2 cups of tea, first a ginger tea by Yogi followed by the Senna tea, which is a laxative tea. Then I went to bed, just in time for the caffeine withdrawal headache kicking in. 

Here's the smoothie I made that day:

 

Photo: vanelja.com

Photo: vanelja.com

 

Pear-Kale-Banana Smoothie

-1/2 banana, frozen

-1/2 a pear, chopped

-handful of kale

-palmful of walnuts

-1/4 tsp bee pollen

-1/4 tsp chaga mushroom powder

1/2 tsp flaxseed powder

-1/4 tsp Ashwagandha powder

- hemp milk up to blender line

Put all ingredients except hemp milk in blender or blender cup with kale, walnuts, and powders at top. Fill with hemp milk. Blend until smooth. 

 

 

Day 1: vegan + gluten-free

     Today was not so much of a hard start. Since I had to wake up at 7:30am, I had coffee. I had to. I ate a banana for breakfast. 

     The reason I was up so early was that I had an all-day Reiki training. Lunch ended up being easy because the entire class went to a vegan restaurant, where I ate a kale salad, a beet salad, and curried sweet potato and lentils. 

     Dinner was not as I hoped. I made a big batch of the Ayurvedic meal Kitchari for the week. I actually thought it was going to turn out great until I realized I added the vegetables too soon. WAY too soon. Fun fact, did you know vegetables can just, dissolve? By the end of it, I was left with this congealed, mushy porridge. Pete said it wasn't bad. Pete's a nice boyfriend. 

Below is the recipe for the Kitchari, which is delicious when cooked right!

 

Photo: Ashleyneese.com

Photo: Ashleyneese.com

Winter Kitchari

1 cup basmati rice

1/2 cup mung beans

1 Tbsp kitchari spice mix (Banyan Botanicals)

2 Tbsp ghee or coconut oil

6 cups water

2 cups seasonal veggies, chopped

bunch Parsley + Cilantro, chopped

 

In medium saucepan, warm the coconut oil or ghee. Add kitchari spice mix and saute for one to two minutes. Add rice and mung beans and saute for another couple of minutes. Then add 6 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Once it's boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Cook for 30-45 mins. I will suggest adding vegetables in the last 10 minutes so they don't turn out like mine and cook until veggies are tender (I used sweet potato, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, and onion.) Remove from heat and finish with chopped herbs. 

Makes 2 servings 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Detox Journal: about the detox

     This is the introduction to a 7 day blog series I'm doing. Last week I did a 7 day detox. What kind of detox did I do exactly? You can say it was a combination of several, what makes sense to me and what doesn't. 

     Over the last 10 years, I've tried a lot of different ways to detox the body. I'm a firm believer that every once in a while, you gotta "clean the pipes", so to speak. I did the Mastercleanse in the past and believed that it went on for far too long. How can anyone just drink spicy lemonade for 30 days, let alone 7?! Nothing even comes out of you after the first few days! I've also done juice cleanses, which are great, but they literally stop the system from operating. My former student who worked for a popular NYC juicery explained that it was "giving your system a rest". By system Im talking about my bowels. Did I mention I'm going to talk a lot about my bowels and poop in this blog series? Just warning you.

     As an esthetician, I have suggested cleanses dozens of times to my clients with skin conditions. With skin being your largest organ, you are what you eat. So many people break out or have inflammatory conditions from foods like sugar, gluten, dairy, soy, alcohol, and meat. Yes, meat. Screw the popular Whole30 diet. Yeah, I said it! If you're doing a cleanse that offers you a "breadless BLT" recipe, there is something wrong with that cleanse. Pork can stay stuck in your colon for months! Nobody should be able to eat bacon on a cleanse. Nobody. 

     I myself stopped eating most meat 4 years ago, and I did it for a number of reasons. Ethical, environmental, but mostly because my body hates me when I do. This is the thing about me, I have a very weak digestive system. If I ate a hamburger my gas literally smells like a dead body. I still eat seafood once in a while because it doesn't effect me and there's that comfort factor for me (I'm from New England, I grew up with it). Long story short, there are other people like me out there who can't digest meat. There are also people with Anemia that have to eat it. I am not here to preach or judge anyone. What it comes down to is, we're all different in the way our bodies function. 

     Bringing it back to the matter at hand, my cleanse is an elimination diet of sorts, gradually eliminating certain foods reaching a peak of fasting, then introducing the foods back in. Here's how it's set up:

Day 1 +2: vegan + gluten-free (no alcohol or caffeine)

Day 3 +4: Auyurvedic Mastercleanse

Day 5 + 6: Smoothies + pureed soups (nuts + veggies only)

Day 7:  whole foods

So please join me for the next 7 days as I talk about food, recipes, and did I mention poop? I hope you enjoy it. 

 

 

 

 

Your top 3 holiday skin problems, SOLVED!

The Holidays are a magical time representing love, togetherness, and of course, family. They also can represent stress, arguments, and eating way too much pie. Surprise! All of these things can effect our skin! Below are my top 3 contributors to unsightly skin problems, and how you can avoid them. 

Dry Skin from Traveling

Whether its on a plane or in a car, our skin gets super dehydrated when we travel. My solution? As hectic as these times can be, stick to your skincare routine. Make sure you slather your skin in hydration ( like my Pumpkin & Carrot Antioxidant Oil) before you go and on the trip, regularly using a toning mist (like my Rose Essential Toning Mist) is a fantastic solution to staying hydrated throughout your day. 


Breakouts caused by Holiday Eating/Drinking

With the holidays gatherings comes the holiday meals, mostly consisting of rich foods we would not normally eat in day to day life. There's also a chance that good ol' uncle Morty's political views might encourage you to pour that 3rd glass of wine. My best advice to you is time leading up to these holiday gatherings and after, eat super healthy (think dark, leafy greens), as well as drinking smoothies and fresh green juices. 


Inflammation caused by Holiday Stress

The holidays are a joyous time, but they can also be a stressful time too. Each day during this time, set aside at least 10 minutes for a mindful practice. That can mean meditation, yoga, going for a run, or reading a book. I'm also a big fan of taking Ashwagandha daily, an Ayurvedic herb used to reduce stress and anxiety. Couldn't avoid it? My Lavender Tea Tree Clarifying Toner is loaded with Lavender, also known to calm redness and inflammation. 
 

DIY: Pumpkin Pie Complexion Mask

A nutrient rich, exfoliating mask that's good enough to eat!

A nutrient rich, exfoliating mask that's good enough to eat!

It's finally starting to feel like fall here in New York, which makes me think of everybody's favorite fall food, pumpkin. 

As you may already know from my previous posts, pumpkin is a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. As like most healthy foods, pumpkin is a vegetable that is good for us from the inside out.

Here's more regarding the what and the why of the ingredients in this super easy, super yummy mask:

PUMPKIN: high in vitamins Beta Carotene, A, C, & E, all antioxidants that boost the cell turnover of our skin, preventing premature aging. Pumpkin also contains the enzyme "papain" which helps aid in digestion when eating it, but when used in skincare acts as a powerful exfoliant. 

HONEY: packed in antioxidants, honey is antibacterial, hydrating, soothing, and great for both preventing and treating acne as well as premature aging. 

CINNAMON: A natural antioxidant and antiseptic that helps prevent and treat acne, hydrates, exfoliants, and plumps skin for an overall improved complexion. 

NUTMEG: Like cinnamon, a natural antioxidant that prevents and treats acne improving overall complexion. 

Pumpkin Pie Complexion mask

-1/2 cup pumpkin puree

-1 Tbsp honey

-1/4 tsp cinnamon

-1/4 tsp nutmeg

 

  1. Mix ingredients together in a bowl and apply to clean skin.
  2. Leave on 10-15 minutes, rinse or remove with gentle face cloth.
  3. Follow up with our Pumpkin & Carrot Antioxidant Oil!

 

 

The Do's and Don'ts of Exfoliation

Many people ask me about exfoliation. When should I exfoliate? How many times a week should I exfoliate? What's best, a scrub or a peel? How “scrubby” should my scrub be? Here's the thing about it exfoliation, how and when you should exfoliate varies from person to person, as does the type of exfoliant you use. Let me break down the basics for you.

There are three different ways you can exfoliate your skin: a scrub or “manual exfoliant”, a peel or “chemical exfoliant”, and a clay mask.

Scrub:

A scrub is a granular exfoliant that you use to well, scrub away dead skin and debris. Various ingredients are used in scrubs such as ground nuts, seeds, baking soda, coffee grounds, salt and sugar. Polyethylene beads, or “micro-beads” are set to be completely banned in skincare products by 2018. Being that these little plastic spheres are ruining our oceans, rivers, and streams, you can imagine this is very good news to our ecosystem and the animals that inhabit it. Another thing to note on scrubs is that you want your scrub to be scrubby, but not too scrubby! Certain exfoliants on the market have large, jaggedy pieces of seeds, such as a certain apricot scrub you may be familiar with. Scrubs like this can do more harm than good, causing tiny micro-tears in our pores. Lastly, scrubs are not recommended for anyone with active acne, Type 2 or above.

Peel:

Peels do not have to be as harsh as they sound. Chemical exfoliants can range anywhere from medical strength acid peels only a dermatologist can administer, to witch hazel. What a peel does is gently (or not so gently) dissolves dead skin and debris, unclogging our pores allowing for better penetration for toners, serums, and moisturizers. Chemical exfoliants can be left on like a mask or swiped on like astringent. Fruit enzyme peels are growing in popularity, using Tartaric acid found in grapes, Malic acid from apples, citric acid from various citrus fruits, Bromelain from Pineapple, or Papain, which can be found in both pumpkins and papaya. Chemical exfoliants are great for people with acne or with ingrown hairs.

Clay:

Clay masks are considered to be the most gentle way of exfoliating, but it's important to understand your skin type when choosing the right clay for you. Bentonite clay is the strongest, perfect for oily/acneic types, kaolin is recommended for normal skin, while rose clay or green clay are great for sensitive skin. There are also lots of other varieties of detoxifying clays out there on the market so read up on what's best for your skin type!

Basic exfoliating tips for everyone:

• Exfoliate 1-3 times a week depending on your skin type, and always at night. Dry, thin skin can stand to exfoliate the least. Exfoliating during the day can expose your skin to debris, as well as environmental stressors, and UV rays.

• You can exfoliate less in the summer. Especially if you're a sun worshiper like myself! I would recommend once a week max but maybe even less, depending on what you exfoliate with.

• Always follow up exfoliating with toner & serum/moisturizer.

Many exfoliants can also be a combination of types. For example, my cleansing clay face exfoliant combines both the scrub (ground Soapwort Root) and the clay (Rhassoul clay), making it versatile to use as well as gentle enough for all skin types, including acneic skin! Whatever exfoliant you choose, do understand that exfoliating is important. Not only does it help to unclog the pores and make our moisturizers work better, it also helps speed up our cell turnover, keeping us looking younger, longer! Now who wouldn’t want that?

The not-so-sweet connection between sugar and aging

From a young age we have been told that too much sugar was bad for us. Overloading on sugary sweets will not only cause the obvious weight gain, it can also make you more vulnerable to Type 2 Diabetes, as well as other serious health problems.

Recent research has also shown a large part of aging is due from elevated blood sugar, or Glycation, a destructive process that damages cell tissue, causing not only physical signs of aging such as wrinkles and hyperpigmation, but also age related diseases including arterial stiffening, cataracts, and has even been linked to certain neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and strokes. 

It seems obvious that the best way to avoid Glycation would be to cut back on the sugary stuff. However, food manufacturers do not make this so simple. Watch out for words such as "high fructose corn syrup" or the new simple word for it, "fructose", "sucrose", and "glucose". It's always best to try to avoid processed foods all together, and sticking to whole foods (cook, don't be lazy!) I'm not saying that eating a cookie or a piece of cake once in a while is going to make you look like the old lady from Titanic, just try to not to overdo it, and when you do, go for the homeade stuff over prepackaged. Sugar may not be good for you, but processed sugar is by far worse. 

Alchemy Holistics proudly uses Lavender by the Bay lavender

I originally stumbled upon Lavender by the Bay at the Union Square Market here in NYC. Located on the North Fork of Long Island, Lavender by the Bay is a family run farm and one of the biggest lavender farms in the United States. Aside from their gorgeous lavender fields, they also have bee hives and make their own honey! 

We use Lavender by the Bay's lavender flowers in our Lavender Tea Tree Clarifying Toner. Every batch is made from steeping the lavender in organic witch hazel for at least 2 weeks before using. The result is the a toner thats amber in color, with a beautiful lavender (and tea tree) scent that couldn't be more natural. Because of how homemade this product is, lavender sediment will gather at the bottom of the bottle so it is recommended to shake before using.

For more information on Lavender by the Bay products or information on visiting the farm for yourself, visit their website lavenderbythebay.com

4 Tips for Flawless Skin this Fall

1. Cleanse Gently! 

Never wash your face with soap or anything with the ingredient “Sodium Lauryl Sulfate”. These tend to strip your natural oils causing irritation. Instead, look for gentler options free of soap and detergents. As the days start to get colder, you'll want your skin's oil reserves to be at their best!

 

 2. Exfoliate Regularly

Exfoliating keeps your skin clear and makes everything else you use work better. Same as your cleanser, choosing a gentle scrub that does not have large particles that can cause micro-tears in your pores.


3. Eat Seasonally and Drink Plenty of Water

In Ayurvedic tradition, eating what's in season is the key to optimal health, inside and out. Hope you like pumpkin!



4. Try a Face Oil!

Oil gets a bad rap. In all actuality, face oils are the best hydrators for our skin. In their purest form they will not only provide long lasting hydration, but over time, improve the overall look and feel of your skin, especially in these chillier months.

How not to have peeling, flaky skin this summer

Backyard BBQs. Park meet-ups. Rooftop parties. Weekends at the beach. When the weather is nice, we want to be outside, and why wouldn’t we? But as much as we love the sun, we also need to stay protected from it. Be that as it may, sometimes we forget our sunscreen, or forget to reapply. Some of us (gasp!) choose to forgo it completely.

I am not writing this to be the sunscreen police. This letter is in regards to the aftermath of a day in the sun. I’m talking about the peeling, the flaking, the pilling of our sunburned or tanned skin. What can be worse than toweling off after a shower only to be brushing away the residue of dead skin from our clean body? If this problem sounds familiar I’d like to solve it for you in just two words: body scrub.

Great to use year round, body scrubs are especially necessary in the summer to address that post tan peeling. And if you’re more of a self-tanner babe, exfoliating before your application is always recommended for a streak-free, sun-kissed glow.

My Alchemy Holistics brown sugar and coconut body scrub exfoliates dead skin cells with a blend of organic sugars while at the same time nourishing and hydrating your body with the powers of organic coconut oil.

It also smells good enough to eat, and with 100% organic ingredients, you probably could, but I don’t think your dentist would condone it.
 

How to get hydrated, and STAY hydrated, this winter

When the temperature drops to freezing, our skin pays the price. Ashy elbows and knees, cracked cuticles, and dull, flaky skin are just some of the problems we suffer through in the winter season.

But it doesnt have to be that way. Here are 6 ways to keep your body hydrated in the winter months, inside and out. 

1. Eat foods rich in Omega Fatty Acids. Omega Fatty Acids, known as the good kind of fat, have a variety of health benefits. Some of these include lowering the risks of heart disease, arthritis, memory loss and depression (see ya winter blues!), but did you know they also help to lubricate your skin cells? You can find Fatty Acids in a variety of fish, nuts, seeds, legumes, and avocados. Want an extra boost of Omegas? Try adding a spoonful of ground flaxseed to your morning cereal or oatmeal or blend it into your favorite smoothie!

2. Skip hand sanitizers. They are basically pure alcohol and will strip your already parched hands from whatever moisture they still have. While were on the subject of clean hands, I would avoid any hand wash that includes sulfates, though when we're out and about this can be a challenge. In these cases, make sure to keep some hand lotion or salve (like my Skin Saviour) with you at all times.

3. Avoid hot showers and baths. I know after a blisteringly cold day the only thing you want to do is draw a hot bath, but keep it on the warm to lukewarm side. When water is too hot, it disrupts the lipid barrier of our skin, which will dry it out. 

4. Use moisturizer everywhere. Hydrating serums and face creams, body lotions, hand salves, and lip balms. Always apply moisturizer after washing. You can never be too hydrated!

5. Hydrate internally too! Hot teas, plenty of warm soups, and drink your weight in water. Getting plenty of liquids in our systems is key to not only a healthy you, but healthy, plump skin cells, keeping us both hydrated and youthful, and who doesn't want that? If you're a coffee drinker try limiting yourself to 1 cup a day. 

6. Use a humidifier. Indoor heating can really strip our hydration from the inside out. Humidifiers work by adding moisture to the air, not only keeping skin hydrated, but also helps to prevent cracked lips, nosebleeds, and alleviates cold systems. Trust me, this is a must have in winter!

Hope this information will help you stay happy and hydrated all winter long!