DIY: Icy Facials at Home

Happy 2021! Still bored in the house, and you’re in the house bored?! So are we.

We will get through this…eventually! And you’ll want to look your best once we all emerge back out into the public setting. SO – why not try the benefits of a product we ALL have at home? ICE.

According to Healthline – there are many benefits to icing your face, aka “skin icing”.

  • eliminate puffiness around the eyes 
    • this technique is pretty well known! you can also use a cold spoon or cucumbers.
  • reduce oiliness
  • ease acne
    • love this! Hold the ice cube on the large, red pimple to reduce the size and inflammation – ultimately make it less visible/noticeable
  • soothe sunburn
    • depending on how much of  your body is burned… this could be pretty intense! If your ENTIRE body is suffering, maybe stick to aloe..unless you can bare an ice bath!
  • reduce signs of aging, such as wrinkles
    • who ISN’T on board with this one?


Step #1: Wash your face. It’s important to start by getting rid of the oiliness and dirt on your face.

Step #2: Wrap a few ice cubs in a soft fabric:`

The ice will being to melt, wetting the cloth.

Step #3: Hold the ice pack on different sections of your face for 1 or 2 minutes. You can also use gentle, circular motions — going upwards from your jaw, cheeks, the nose and forehead. This motion gives your face a ‘lifting’ effect.

Step #4: Apply your favorite toner and moisturizer!

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Hands in Covid Conditions


Having dry, scaly hands is painful! Why is this happening to me?

Of course, weather is usually the #1 suspect in these cases. However, it may mean you’ve been washing your hands frequently and using copious amounts of hand sanitizer! ……for no particular reason I can think of.


  • wash your hands with lukewarm water (hot water dries out your skin!)
  • invest in cloth gloves! lather on your vaseline or lotion at night, wear the gloves on your hands so you don’t make a mess!

Here are some of our favorite products to sooth your hands in Covid conditions:

Dermalogica – moisture shielding hand sanitizer

“Non-alcohol antibacterial hand sanitizer kills 99.9% of germs while keeping skin hydrated. Light, creamy lotion forms a protective barrier against moisture loss to support skin’s natural defenses. Bio-fermented technology and essential fatty acids help restore skin’s moisture barrier. Infused with antioxidant Moringa Seed, Sage, Calendula and Red Ginseng extracts.”

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

You can find Aveeno anywhere – drug stores, grocery stores, Amazon. Great for those who don’t like strong scented lotions/perfumes.


Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Essential Healing Lotion 

“Clinically proven to moisturize deeply with the first application. Keeps dry skin healed for 3 weeks* *Proven after 4 weeks daily use in a clinical study”

Also can be found anywhere, Vaseline is another great product for those not about the potent fragrance life!

L’Occitane – Almond Supple Skin Oil 

Love this! The fragrance is light and although it’s “oil”, it does not feel greasy on my hands. Highly recommend!

“Spray on and let the light oil melt into your skin, enveloping it in a subtle yet mouthwatering scent of warm almonds and delicious vanilla.

The almond nut, which grows protected in a beautifully soft and green velvet shell, is renowned for its ability to soften and smooth the skin.”

EltaMD Lotion

“Dry, itchy skin becomes silky-soft with this long-lasting therapeutic lotion that helps skin retain moisture.

Use EltaMD Lotion every day to soothe and strengthen the skin’s protective barrier. It is an ideal all-over moisturizer for use after showering and bathing.”

• Rehydrates dry, itchy skin, leaving it feeling silky-soft

• Strengthens skin against damage from frequent hand washing, swimming and cold, dry air

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Tricks and treats!

Can’t go trick-or-treating for Halloween this year? Try adding these tricks and treats to your skin care routine (at home)…all year round! 

TRICKS to maintain healthy skin

TREATS – treat your skin with these tips

  • Shorter, cooler showers! Taking long, hot showers is not always beneficial for your skin. It can remove your natural oils and cause irritation. Treat your skin to warm, not hot bath times!
  • Be gentle! After you wash your face, don’t scrub as hard as possible with your towel in attempt to dry faster. Simply, pat the towel on your face to avoid irritation – and potentially leave a little moisture – this is a good thing!
  • Relax. Yes, that’s right! On a daily basis, try to find peace throughout your day. Your body reacts in many different ways to stress, anxiety, lack of sleep – it shows on your face, literally.
  • Quit SMOKING. If you are a smoker, you’ve probably heard this enough…but, seriously. The amount of damage smoking causes to your skin, and body in general, is intense. Unfortunately, not all damage is reversible.
  • Wear Sunscreen. Another point I repeat often, and #1 on The Mayo Clinics Skincare List. When I see people with a bad sunburn, I imagine their skin cells screaming out in pain..a little graphic, but hey! TREAT your skin to some protection! SPF 30 (at the very least).
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