With so much going on in the world today, it’s hard to take a step back and focus on ourselves. Whether you’re looking for ways to maintain your health or looking to start adding some tips to your routine, here are just a few easy ideas to consider.
Hair:With cold, dry air in the winter months your hair can become dull, brittle, and dry which can cause breakage and split ends. Switch to a moisturizing conditioner like Coconut Oil Moisture and Nourish Conditioner from Soapbox. Or for a full dose of moisture, try a hair mask like Maui Moisture Shea Butter Hair Mask. A homemade hair mask works great as well! Try mixing avocado, olive oil, and honey for a mask to rejuvenate damaged hair. Leave on for 15 min and rinse!
Eyes:Dry eyes got you down? Eye drops can provide quick relief, but studies show that eating your Omega-3 fatty acids can assist with dry eyes, whether that’s by eating more fish or taking a supplement. Have a tendency to spend a lot of time on your smartphone or computer? This can make your dry eyes worse and lead to computer vision syndrome. Take eye breaks during your work day, and make sure to position your screens below eye level.
Skin:Hands up if you suffer from dry skin in the winter! Dry skin can make you uncomfortably itchy, or even become cracked and bleed, especially around knuckles. To help combat, use a lotion for extra dry skin such as Shea Moisture’s Extra Dry Skin Body Lotion. Pure coconut oil also works well, but can take a while to soak in. As we step into spring, protect your face with moisturizers that contain SPF like Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturize SPF 15. If you’re experiencing achy muscles and joints, try our new Kneipp Joint & Muscle active gel or bath oil. The essential oils seep into your skin for a soothing and revitalizing effect.
Lips:Keep your lips soft and moisturized with lip balms. Bartell’s carries tons of different options, but a few of our favorites are Pacifica Naked Quench Lip Balm for a great every-day balm, Blistex Medicated Lip Balm for super chapped lips, and Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm for just a hint of color!
Heart:Dark chocolate lovers rejoice! Turns out it’s rich in heart-friendly antioxidants. Tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, avocados, berries, and leafy greens are all excellent choices for a heart-healthy diet. And of course the biggest, sometimes toughest part of the routine – exercise. Finding time to squeeze it in can be hard for anyone. What’s even harder during the winter gloom is maintaining motivation. If you’re an office worker, try using your lunch break to walk around the neighborhood. Don’t let the rain stop you! Grab your umbrella, jacket & go! And make sure you get enough sleep. Poor sleep habits put you at high risk for cardiovascular disease. Trouble falling or staying asleep? Try taking a warm bath at night with Kneipp’s Mineral Bath Salt Dream Away made with valerian and hops.
Bell:Digestive health is SO important to your well-being. Studies have shown that the brain and belly are interconnected – if you are experiencing anxiety and depression, it’s not uncommon to have digestive issues and vice versa! Poor digestive health can contribute to obesity, fatigue, and wreak havoc on your immune system. Physicians recommend regular exercise, staying well-hydrated, keeping up on your fiber, reduce stress levels (when possible), and by taking a probiotic such as Culturelle Digestive Health Probiotic Supplement. Your body will thank you in so many ways!
Feet:Give your feet a little love with Naturulz Total Foot Repair Cream, or try a foot mask like Aveeno Repairing Cica Moisturizing Foot Mask with Prebiotic Oat and Shea Butter. Feet aching? Make your feet cozy by adding Dr. Scholl’s Comfort Insoles.
What other tips would you add for our readers?