Summer is just around the corner, which means the annual search for those perfect sun-kissed locks is starting up once again. Whether you want to go golden hued like Gisele, or bright and blonde like Blake (Lively), nothing says “we’re ready for vacation” more than a warm tan and freshly-lightened locks. But how can you…
I woke up the other day and felt awful…like a Mack truck ran over me. I was clammy,runny nose,sore throat and had laryngitis.
I was forced by my body to stay in bed several days. I hadn’t felt like this in a year. What I know for sure is when you’re sick at home and stuck in bed… you need to really rest and take care of yourself! And do something nice for yourself.
And if you don’t have energy to even take a quick shower or bath 🛀 just do a few things to make yourself FEEL better.
Here are a few tips…
Don’t get dehydrated. Drink plenty of liquids.
*Fresh squeezed juice is a nice bonus. If you can’t juice 🥤 your own. Try and keep a store bought one in your freezer or refrigerator.
Refresh your skin with a cozy hot towel soaked with a dash of Vick’s vapor rub. Place over your nose and on your chest. Help those nasal passages & chest congestion.
Light a flameless 🕯 candle. Or better yet purify the air by lighting a Himalayan salt stone lamp. They light 💡 up the room with such a pretty, peaceful, ambience. And nowadays are cheap but bring so much joy!
Place your feet 🦶 in white cotton socks with your fave hand 🖐 & body lotion. Or another tip is to slather on a coat of Vick’s Vapo rub. Then place those tired feet in fresh white socks. Feels 😊 so good! Really helps with softening the feet and they say helps your cold leave faster. It also makes your feet feel good and skin softer too.
Turn on a white noise machine or listen to music in your chair or bed.
Open the curtains and let the SUN 🌞Shine in! Let the sunlight warm you up. The light will lift your spirits too.
Put on a 💄 lipstick, gloss or lip conditioner and you’ll be feeling better before you know it.
Guys you need a lip balm too! When you have a cold or the flu your lips will get dry. Very dry. Maybe even peel and flake.
Keep the skin on your face moist with a beauty oil or moisturizer. Sneezing, wiping, or blowing your nose can make your nose,face and cheeks red and raw. And dry! Keep that skin soft!
This might be a good time to put on a sunless tanner…while you’re stranded at home.It might even make you feel better. It def will make you look better.
Spray your pillow cases and sheets with a mix of 95 distilled or tap water and a few drops of lavender or Tea Tree oil.
A hydrating KBeauty sheet mask is another good thing you could do to make yourself feel better.
If you have a fever… straighten the bed. Fluff up the pillows and sprinkle your fave body powder on the sheets.
Brush your hair with a dry 🧴 shampoo. Keep it handy at your bedside.
Place your journal,prayer book,a good book,magazines or adult coloring book 📚 near you. Place a mini notepad 📝 and pen by you too . You may think of things you need to buy or to do once you’re up to it.
Keep things close so you don’t have to get up and down from the 🛌 bed.
Chicken soup or Chinese hot and sour soup work wonders.
Feel hot and clammy? Got a fever? I love to make DIY Gatorade Ice cubes. Make ice cubes and suck on them! Cooling soothing electrolytes and they keep you from dehydrating too.
Ice cream 🍨 or an ice cream float is cool and soothing on sore throat! This is no time to diet. Indulge!
You know even if you get the flu shot it does not prevent you from getting a severe cold and more.
I’m just glad it’s over for me and I’m starting to feel like myself again. Something is going around. Get ready! Take care of yourself. I hope my blog post helps.
Have you been spending time baking like croissants in the sun?
Or have you been spending time doing different things in all places in the sun this season.
If you have… perhaps a sunburn has come your way or worse yet …sunburn,red as a lobster,blistering and dreaded peeling.
Recently I showed TV viewers simple home remedies you can do when you have had too much fun in the sun! So, I am sharing them with you. I LOVE THE SUN but got burned a few times. One was pretty bad. I also enjoyed the tan from a tanning bad. I cover up NOW and have never done it again. Really! Once you get skin cancer you never forget it. Neither does your skin. Your skin always remembers how you treat it and will show it too!
- Apple cider vinegar: Take a bath in it. It will make you feel so much better. Fill a tub with luke warm or cool water and a cup of the apple cider vinegar.
- Baking soda:Make a cooling paste with it and some water or take a refreshing bath in it with a cup of baking soda.
- Fresh aloe or Aloe Vera gel are so cooling and take down the redness and heat from the burn.
- Stay Hydrated with water,coconut water,sports drink or a skin loving drink called All Beauty Drink.
- Cool Milk compresses on a washcloth or a cotton gauze pad work wonders.
- To calm the heat of your body from the burn fill a mini spray bottle with lavender oil and water. Shake it up and spray on the burn. You’ll cool off immediately!
- You’ll FEEL BETTER and cooler in no time with my tips and easy home remedies and hopefully not blister and peel. If you do. Here’s what to do! An oatmeal and water bath will help with that itchy skin.
Word to the Wise: Wear a SHOT GLASS worth of sunscreen. You”ll still get some color. Just be SMART and more protected. You don’t want face and body sun spots and those not so pretty wrinkles!
Is so much fun!
This weekend we celebrate Memorial day weekend with barbeques,cocktails and spending time outdoors in the SUNSHINE! While Florida is not going to get a piece of that sunny pie due to the subtropical storm that’s headed our way you may get your share of fun in the sun.
SAVE that pretty face!
Use a self tanner a few days or the night before you go out in the sun.You’ll get a dash of color and feel better too.
Sunscreen! MY ANTI-AGING DREAM CREAM! A shot glass applied to your skin at least every 4 hours will cover you!
Did you know there are many other ways you can protect your skin from the sun? Powder up with Sun Powder. A light powder with sunscreen that protects and evens out your complexion a bit.
Wear a lip conditioner or a hydrating lipstick but stay away from glossy extra shiny lip gloss. They attract the sun to your face and may actually give you a sunburn.
Wear SUNNIES but buy non reflective shiny sunglasses While I love the way they look they too attract the suns rays and can give you a burn.
Wear a pretty or fun in the sun hat…any kind of hat. Did you know even your scalp and hair can get a sunburn?
If you do happen to get sunburned on your face this summer season …HELP is your refrigerator. Plain organic yogurt works wonders to calm the heat and your skin down.
Another trick is to bathe in real milk (This was Cleopatra’s beauty secret). OR pour some milk on wash cloth with cold milk. Applied to your skin it cools you down and helps with sunburn and peeling.
Nowadays…There is NO REASON why you have to get a sunburn.
You don’t want old leathery looking skin, sunspots,red splotches,wrinkles or worse yet skin cancer. Do you?
Don’t you just LOVE a sunny day?
It really makes me happier,think better and I know more productive.
How about you? What does the sun do for you?While I live in Florida. I spent more time at the beaches of New York and New Jersey shore than I do now.Crazy huh?After getting stung by skin cancer I just can’t spend a lot of time out there. Being in the beauty and spa business I really have to practice what I preach.
BUT when I do go here are a few of my fave things to take and do to make your day in the sun more fun.
- At the top of my list I have to remind all you girls who are baking like cookies on the beach…to PROTECT yourself. Apply a shot glass size of sunscreen at least a half an hour before you leave.
- Freeze fresh grapes and blueberries overnight and pack in snack bags to enjoy a refreshing treat at the beach. Watermelon (do not freeze)cubes is another cool you down treat.
- Make your own fruit or vegetable infused water and put in a travel glass or bottle for sipping.
Examples: Kiwi and Strawberry slices or watermelon and mint. Get creative. But beware of citrus as it may interfere with your skin care and you can open the door to more sensitive skin in the sun = sun spots.
- Apply a quarter size of almond oil to your hair and comb it back and up away from your face. Your hair will condition while you spend your day at the beach.
- Give your feet foot facial by taking a walk on the beach near the water. The WET sand is cheaper than any potion you can buy on the beauty store shelf.
- Rub in sunflower or almond oil on your cuticles (hand and feet) your skin will hydrate while you beach.
- Get some exercise and rev up that heart and walk or take a short run.
- Bring out you inner child and build a mini castle or sculpture …it will exfoliate rough fingers hands too.
- Hunt for seashells that might have a hole in them and create a necklace when you get home of it to remind you of your time. I have some from Hawaii and every time I wear or look at them I think of my awesome trip.Beautiful memories.
Have fun in the sun and protect that pretty face!
Jacksonville in a Box
Created locally …it is the PERFECT Valentine gift to show your love for Jax. or Florida
Choose from a Jacksonville Experience $54.99 or The Snack Box this $34.99 for all things Jacksonville!
Free shipping within the USA and the military.
Check out the website for more details. www.jacksonvilleinabox.co
Items in the Box:
Sweet Pete’s Taffy
Peter Brooke Chocolate covered popcorn
Fresh Jax Seasoning
Bono’s BBQ Sauce
Papa Johns Cotton Candy
Jacksonville Suns Foam Finger
Jacksonville Jaguars Pennant
Heart of Jax Poster
Vintage Jax Postcard
City of Jax Flag Postcard
Intuition Ale Koozie
Bold City Koozie
And since it is so popular he has teamed up with our local ARC to fill and pack up the boxes and help a good cause too. Employing people with developmental disabilities and special needs.
Sunshine not included… But a whole lot of yummy fun!
If you don’t want to look older before your age…START a beauty regime and use a beautiful beauty secret…
Want to lose elasticity,get more wrinkles,drier skin,sunspots,red splotches uneven skin tone and MAYBE get skin cancer…then you need to use it even more. This month is Skin Cancer Melanoma Awareness month. Be street smart! Be sun smart be careful guys and gals. As much as I love the sun and sunshine rays you need to be aware and BEWARE.
A day at the beach,riding a bike or taking a hike ALL need your TLC and skin love.
MY mantra ala Noreen Young says “Give your skin a hug with sunscreen.”
Your skin does a lot for you…LOVE it back!
When you head out to enjoy the long 4th of July holiday weekend.
Don’t forget this…SUNSCREEN!
Whether on the beach,sunbathing,walking,playing golf,active in sports,bike riding,surfing,or on a boat. You need to be protected. And by the way just because you have a medium to dark complexion doesn’t mean you don’t need it.
ALL faces,bodies and skin types can get BURNED. Even BABIES need protection!!!
Now don’t get me wrong, you can spend time outdoors and escape for a beautiful walk on the beach. However,you’ve gotta protect your skin and your health! Don’t you?
I LOVVVVVE the way the sun kisses my face daily. I love spending time in the sun.But everything in healthy moderation and the right protection.I am a skin professional who simply wants to HELP you be sun smart.
My sister was diagnosed with Squamous cell skin cancer, my other sister was diagnosed with Melanoma and they don’t even spend time in the sun.They sunbathed just a little when they were teens.They never used a tanning bed and since they live so far from a beach they don’t spend any time at the beach or outdoors except to go in and out of their house door or car. Now,after their diagnosis they stay completely out of the sun and use sunscreen.
Skin cancer is on the rise.
It should be no surprise! MOST people are not skin smart these days.
Don’t be one of the not so pretty or fatal statistics.
LOVE that skin and body you’re in. You’ll be glad you did.
LOVE is in the air today! I’m starting off the day with good deeds today. You don’t have to have a LOVER to celebrate this day.Spread a little love today in your own sweet and loving way.
Found this sunny and happy mural in a college town in sweet Gainesville Florida.Enjoy the beauty of it today.Have a happy sunny day…even if it is snowing or freezing cold your way.
Happy Valentine’s Day!