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Biking in December

IMG_0382Living in the Mid- Atlantic region means temperatures are in the 30’s and 40’s in December. Everyone I talk to puts their bikes in the shed and looks for indoor exercise venues. My advice, don’t be so quick to table biking outdoors. There are always days when the temperature moderates and warm biking gear works well. I even found a pair of heavy weight biking pants at WalMart. Old school lined leather gloves with tapered fingers are great for changing gears and keeping hands warm. If you are prepared you can still bike until Christmas.

Pampering Instead of Chocolate

When you come home from a tiring day and need a reward, instead of reaching for the Hershey’s kisses in the freezer, continue on into the bath and give your dry winter skin a prize.  Whether you are a shower person or bathe in a tub, you can take at least 30 minutes for a face peel, hydrating masque, sugar scrub and body butter.  Your skin will feel wonderful and the chocolate will be forgotten.  My favorites, Artistry brand of course, Essentials Hydrating Botanical Spa Collection.

Immunity Boost For Rebooters and Toddlers

Carmen, my granddaughter, and I came up with a new juice recipe this morning.  She is a toddler and cannot crunch up raw vegetables and fruit, however, with a juicer she can still consume all the nutrients.   This time of year we all need a boost for our immune system, so whether you have todds at home or not, here is a great recipe for a winter reboot.

Winter Booster

3 Valencia Oranges, direct from Florida if you can get them

2 Gala Apples

2 Large Raw Carrots washed well, not peeled

2 fresh Lime Wedges, peeled

2 to 3 fresh Basil Leaves, found in grocery if you don’t live in southern climes.

Peel and segment the oranges, wash and segment the apples, wash the carrots well but do not peel, cut the limes remove the peel from the segments and thoroughly wash the basil leaves.  Then juice, stir and drink.  Don’t store because the water-soluble vitamins break down over time.

Conquering Dry Skin, My Favorites Part 2

This post continues the series on dry skin and how to conquer it.  The Winter of 2012 is my first after menopause so I’ve had to make changes in how I care for my skin.  Preventing and treating dryness is now the priority. Part 1 focused on my face and Part 2 outlines my favorite products for  lips, hands, and heels.*

The product for dry hands that I take with me everywhere is  Artistry Creme Caramel Hand Creme.  It comes in a 2 fl.oz. size tube which fits well in pockets and purses.  The scent is out of this world and it stays on my hands through 2 -3 washings.

For the rest of my skin, especially legs and heels I’ve discovered the new Artistry Essentials Hydrating Botanical Spa Collection.  These three products remove dry skin and moisturize like the treatments I get at the nail spa.  Also, the fragrance is so relaxing.

Finally, for chapped lips  I like the Artistry Lavish in Cashmere Lipcolor with Vitamin E and Macadamia Oil.  This is a super moisturizing formula that heals my chapped lips.   However, it’s available  for a limited time so I’m stocking up.  Go to and click on the Our Store>Beauty tabs to find my favorite products and contact me through this blog if you have any questions.

*My Five Favorites for Conquering Dry Skin posted Jan. 6, 2012

My Five Favorites for Conquering Dry Skin

Who is fighting dry skin this Winter?   Have you noticed that your skin is producing less moisture and the cold and heating systems are stealing what’s left?  Or have you noticed that as you age your skin is becoming dryer and Winter makes it worse?  Dry skin is so uncomfortable and will get worse if it’s not conquered.  So, here are five of my favorite weapons for capturing moisture and conquering dry skin.

All five are manufactured by Artistry.  The  Artistry brand is the one that I trust because I’ve seen the care and high standards they put into their product. They hold a top five global brand rating from Euromonitor International, plus I’ve been using and promoting Artistry skin care for almost 30 years.

The first step is to cleanse and protect your face.  A basic skin care system is a requirement in any season.  Those of us who have oily or balanced skin types in Summer use the Artistry Essentials Balancing System and during Winter we switch to the Artistry Essentials Hydrating System.  At less than 50 dollars for a 4 – 6 month supply this is a bargain.  For more mature skin the Artistry Time Defiance Skin Care System gives you rejuvenation and peace of mind.  For a limited time this system is on sale, go to to check it out.

The next step is to find some special treatments to deal with the extra dryness.  I love the Artistry Intensive Skin Care Renewing Peel.  In just 8 minutes this product works like a professional peel and it turns itself off so that you don’t have to worry about overdoing it.  It clears the top layers of dead skin cells so that the hydrating products are more easily absorbed into your skin.  Use it twice per week for a softer, smoother face.

After the peel, apply the Artistry Moisture Intense Masque and feel your dry skin come back to life.  All day your skin will feel buttery soft and it prevents future drying.  This masque also works well on cracked and battered hands.  Rub it on after a shower and leave it on overnight.  You will be amazed at the results.

For dry spots the Artistry Essentials Moisture Plus gives you instant hydration where you need it most.  It’s a light, vitamin-rich oil which improves your skins ability to seal in moisture.  Just a drop on the extra dry spots provides added moisture and can also be applied over makeup throughout the day.

Finally, for all of us who have skin allergies ( mine happens to be a reaction to wool), the Artistry Essentials Soothing Creme quiets and sooths upset skin.  Apply it on clean skin before bed and the red, scaley patches disappear overnite.  My Mom has also found relief from redness and itching.  This creme is  recommended for sensitive skin.

So ladies,  these are your weapons for battling dry skin and I think they will become your favorites too.   None of these products are what I would call big ticket items so they should fit well into your budget.  The Artistry brand is found on our website, >shop our store>Beauty tab.

The next article, Pt 2, will discuss body butters and lotions for those  cracked hands, and flakey arms and legs.   Part 3 is for the men, especially those of you who work outside or your hands are in water all day.  Check back next week and as always your comments and questions are welcome.