Staying Beautiful All Year Round

As the seasons change, so must our beauty routines but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to look like a million bucks! When the weather changes, take some time and go through your medicine cabinet and makeup drawer. Cooler climates usually call for a more moisturizing cleanser and perhaps a richer moisturizer. To avoid breakouts in warmer weather you’ll need to re‐evaluate your products again to be sure they are not too heavy for your skin. Age and hormones play a big role in the kind of products you should use. There are so many options today in all price ranges. If you’re unsure of where to begin, take a trip to your local department store and have your skin analyzed. Most cosmetic company representatives are happy to provide you with samples to try before you buy. Drugstores also offer an extensive variety of skincare and makeup options. Be sure to check the ingredients to see what is most appropriate for your skin type. If you have special skin conditions like severe acne, eczema or roseate, a trip to the Dermatologist is advised.

Manicures, pedicures, facials and massages are a great way to relax. Go with a friend and make a day of it! These also make great birthday gifts. If your budget doesn’t allow for or you do not have access to these types of services by a professional, try hosting a “spa day” at your home. Invite some friends over and give each other facials, manicures and pedicures. You’ll have a great time, enjoy some female bonding and save some money! Like makeup and skincare, your wardrobe needs to be re‐evaluated seasonally. Stay on top of your fashion game by reading current magazines.

Take wardrobe items that are in good condition but no longer fit or that you do not care for anymore to a consignment shop. You won’t get what you paid for it, but you will get some money to put toward a new purchase. Consignment or resale shops also are a great resource for that designer bag or outfit you’ve been longing for but could not afford. Remember the Internet! The Internet has opened a whole new world for those of you who enjoy the fine art of shopping. Literally, merchandise throughout the world is just a click away. Take a look at your exercise regimen. If you’re getting bored or haven’t seen the results you hoped for, try shaking things up a bit and alternate your workouts. I love kickboxing and Pilates. Both offer great cardio and toning benefits. If you can’t find the time to go to a gym or take a class, then get moving outside. Go for a walk, run on the beach, ski or go hiking. Wherever you live, find time to enjoy and take advantage of the natural landscape around you.

On a final note, always remember to smile! Men love to see a woman smile, but more importantly, your smile is the mark of your own unique beauty and that’s something that remains constant regardless of the season.