Category: Skin Care

Get Rid of Your Chapped Lips in 4 Steps!

Chapped lips are not a big deal for some – they go through life with lips that look great whether they are wearing lip gloss or not. But for most people, chapped and dry lips are a problem. If not taken care of in time they can get worse, developing little cracks that bleed. You don’t have to let it get to that. I stumbled upon a great post on how to get rid of chapped lips. There are things that you can do every day to ensure that you lips are always soft, supple and looking gorgeous such as…

1. Apply petroleum jelly; yes, there are lots of expensive chap sticks out there that promise to do the magic trick but petroleum jelly that costs next to nothing, such as Vaseline, will do wonders. Petroleum jelly is so effective because it locks in moisture – the reason your lips are so dry in the first place is because they lose moisture faster than other areas of your skin. After applying and gently rubbing in petroleum jelly you can then follow it with a simple lip balm that contains moisturizer. Do this early in the morning before it gets hot and your lips start to dry out. For those who chap chronically applying a thin layer before bed helps.

2. The sun and the wind are not your friends when it comes to nice, soft lips. Think about it – when are your lips most chapped? Usually in the summer and winter months. In the summer, the heat is what dries them out and in the winter it is the wind. In summer, wear a lip balm that contains lots of moisturizer and that has SPF protection. In the winter, you may look dorky but cover your lips with a scarf before you step outside.

3. Start healing your lips from the inside by increasing your water intake. Yes, water, not other drinks. Many people don’t like the taste of water and they prefer to quench their thirst with other sugary drinks. This doesn’t work; if you want to have a healthier skin, including your lips, the answer is to drink at least 2 liters of water a day. Start with a glass first thing when you wake up.

4. Don’t lick your lips; this is something that we all do often when we feel our lips drying out. Because the saliva dries so fast after you lick your lips it leaves them dryer than before. Instead of licking them keep a chap stick handy that you can apply when you feel them start to dry out.

Use these tips to keep your lips moisturized at all times.

Yon-Ka Mommy Spa Day

If there’s one thing I love (besides my amazing husband and beautiful children), it’s being pampered. Every woman out there, no matter how old, loves a spa day. It is one of the few times, as a mother, you can sit back and let someone else do the work.

Earlier today I went to my favorite little spa house in Connecticut for a Yon-Ka “Hydralessence Visage” treatment.

I am a huge fan of Yon-Ka (both their services and the products they make). Yes, they are expensive but for the price you pay, you get back 100x more in your skin and wellbeing.

I had my first experience with Yon-Ka when I was in Paris, France on my honeymoon, years ago. One of our relatives got me a full day at a luxury spa. Just thinking about that day makes me melt. It was one of the most relaxing, beautiful experiences of my life. From the sound of the water coming from the fresh well outside, to the aromatherapy and essential oils they used – I was hooked. It wasn’t until I could find an english translator to help me figure out the products used that I realized who Yon-Ka is.

Apparently, they are part luxury skin care and part aromatherapy but there is something they use in their ingredients that truly invigorates all of your senses. The only thing I can compare my treatments to would be the feeling of relaxation and freshness that you get on a warm spring day, with no clouds in the sky. The sun lightly grazing your face. The wind blowing the beautiful smell of flowers into your nose… You just feel at peace.

Okay, so back to my treatment today!

Like I said earlier, I received the Hydralessence Visage treatment. This is the one I normally go with because I have very dry skin. My dry skin always acts up when the weather changes rapidly from warm to cold (like in the Fall). This treatment is absolutely perfect for smoothing out fine lines caused by dry skin too.

It is a sixty minute experience that consists of 7 stages. I wish I knew exactly what my esthetician was doing, but to be honest, I usually am somewhere in a dream state within the first five minutes.

If your esthetician or local spa offers Yon-Ka treatments (they are exclusive to certain spas), definitely treat yourself and book an experience! You will not regret it…