Valentines day is right around the corner and nobody wants crusty dusty lips, right? Winter weather and especially wind can be harsh on your lips. While you’ve heard me talk about the best things to moisturize your lips. There are times when your lips need a little extra TLC in the hydration department. If you’ve ever tried to put on lipstick on dry and peeling lips, you know it’s a recipe for disaster. There is a simple, fun and inexpensive way to get your lips kissably soft again in no time.
Check out my recipe for DIY lips scrub. Takes less than 5 minutes to make and would be an great Valentines gift for someone you think is pretty awesome.
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DIY Sugar Lip Scrub
Sugar (regular, raw, or brown) 2 tbsp
Coconut Oil 1 tsp
Almond Oil 1 tsp
Food Coloring 1 drop (optional)
… or you can just eyeball it 🙂
Small glass containers like ones found here
Mix all ingredients together until well blended. If you like a more grainy consistency use more sugar. Apply a small amount to your lips and scrub until the sugar dissolves completely. Gently wipe off. Use 3 times a week or as needed. Make sure to moisturize your lips after you exfoliate them. This will get you the best results. While this stuff is not intended to be eaten, it is very safe and perfectly edible (I definitely caught Elle dipping her little finger in these jars a few times)
Do you have a favorite store bought lip scrub? Let me know in the comments below!
I spent New Years with my family in Whitefish, MT. This is a place we’ve visited every summer for the past few years, but this was the first time we decided to visit in the winter. It was absolutely magical. While I live in a desert climate the cold weather definitely took a toll on my skin. Heaters inside our homes are one of the biggest contributors to dry skin. While turing down the heater is probably not in the cards in freezing weather, follow these tips to give your skin some relief.
1. Avoid Long Hot Showers– Hot water removes natural oils from your skin. Try to limit your showers to 5-10 minutes. Spending more time in the shower leaves your skin less hydrated than before you started. Choose a short warm shower for dry skin.
2. Apply your moisturizer right after your shower– To lock in the moisture from your shower apply your moisturizer when your skin is still slightly damp. For best results apply your moisturizer within 3 minutes of getting out of the shower.
3. Soothe Chapped Lips: Choose a lip balm with 1% hydrocortisone for maximum relief.
4. Use a Humidifier– Keeping the air moist in your home with a humidifier will also keep you skin moisturized.
5. Choose Ointments and Creams– When choosing a moisturizer for dry skin it is best to choose a cream or an ointment as opposed to a lotion. Creams are oil based where lotions are water based. For even better moisturizing choose ointments like Vaseline or Aquaphor. While ointments are not practical all the time choose them when you have some down time like watching TV or sleeping. Apply a layer of the ointment and cover the area with cotton gloves or socks for event better penetration.
6. Reapply, Reapply, Reapply!– Applying moisturizers once a day is not enough for dry skin. Apply you moisturizers multiple times a day for better results.
7. Make an appointment with your Dermatologist– Is your dry skin painful, itchy or not responding to moisturizers alone? You may have eczema. Eczema often times requires a prescription strength cortisone ointment. Your Dermatologist or Derm PA will be able to evaluate your condition and recommend the best treatment.
We’ve all been there- you trip on a crack in the sidewalk or over a toy, or maybe you’re simply clumsy then BAM! Next thing you know you’re on your hands and knees fully loaded with new scrapes, bumps and bruises. What’s your next plan of attack? Hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment or water? Do you cover the scrape or let it dry out? Will you need stitches? In this post I’m going to give you the boo-boo basics and have you fixed up in no time.
Wounds generally fall into two basic categories:
- Seek medical attention
- Take care of it yourself at home
When to head to the ER
Yikes, You’ve got a cut and it looks pretty nasty. How do you know if you can just put a bandaid on it or if you need to head to the ER for stitches? Here are some basics to follow:
Might be time for a trip to the ER:
- If you have anything stuck in the wound you can’t remove
- If you can’t stop the bleeding
- If you have a puncture wound- i.e. stepped on a nail
- If you were bit by an animal or a human
- if the cut is greater than 1/4″. If you can see fatty tissue or bone you definitely need to go to the ER.
- If the wound is wide enough for you to push together to close to cover underlying tissue.
At home boo-boo basics
So your wound doesn’t meet any of the criteria above? Good! A simple scrape or minor cut (like a paper cut) are wounds that only affect the 2 most superficial layers of skin- the epidermis and the dermis. While these have a very low risk of becoming infected, it is still important that you practice proper wound care to ensure things heal properly. Typically simple antibacterial soap and water is sufficient to clean the area. After you have cleaned the area, apply a thin layer of anti-bacterial ointment, like vaseline or Aquaphor to the area. The skin will heal better if you keep the area lubricated and covered. It may seem like it takes longer for the scrape or cut to heal, but the ultimate scar will look better if you don’t allow a thick scab to form. On the flip side don’t keep the area too gooey. Make sure you are changing any bandages that have become wet and you only need a very thin layer of the ointment. Most basic wounds heal within 1-2 weeks. If your wound is taking longer to heal or becomes more painful you should seek medical attention for an evaluation.
If you’re treating a kiddo, you know how scary getting a boo-boo can be for them. Having 3 kids of my own and seeing pediatric patients who require painful procedures I am not above a little bribery to make them feel better during their time of discomfort. Stickers and ice packs go a long way. I love these kits from Me4kidz. My mother-in-law picked up the big doctor Medibag for my kids last year. While my kids love playing doctor with the bag it’s also a fully first aid kit with every boo-boo dressing you could need including the ever important stickers. In addition to the big kit Me4kidz makes these little medibuddies that are perfect to throw in your diaper bag or purse.
I’m hosting a giveaway for all the goodies seen in the picture below. You can enter the giveaway in one of two simple ways.
- Comment on this post saying what goodie you’d be most excited to receive
- Tag a friend on my instagram @thewhitecoattreatment who would love some me4kidz goodies too.
I’ll announce the winner on Oct 31st! Good luck!
Giveaway winner wins everything above. Medibag first aid kit, medipro first aid kit pod, medibuddy first aid kit and two cool it buddy ice packs.
Travel kit perfect for your car, purse or diaper bag.
Fun stickers for your brave little patient!
If you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram, you may have seen a glimpse of my family camping trip to The Holidays in San Clemente a couple weeks back! Last year I spotted these super-cute, retro trailers on Instagram and was determined to book all 4 of them for a fun getaway. These babies are so popular that we had to book them exactly six months prior to our trip at the precise time they opened up for reservations to ensure we could snag them all.
The Holidays camping community was everything it advertised and so much more! Andy greeted us upon our arrival, toured us around, and even helped us unload our cars. In addition to being totally adorable, the trailers were stocked with all the essentials and the community had everything from outdoor games to s’more sticks, which all got a lot of use! Did I mention the killer location? The community is on a bluff over San Clemente State Beach, with a convenient little trail which leads straight to the beautiful beach – which served as my only workouts for the weekend.
We spent hours at the beach and in the sun around camp each day, so being the skin-obsessed Derm PA and Mom that I am, I was so thankful to have SwimZip swimsuits for the kids for the extra sun protection they really needed. Their tops are comfortable and easy to zip on and off, which makes my life so much easier since I don’t have to squeeze my squirmy kids into something uncomfortable after already lathering with sunscreen for minutes.
I was also introduced to the brand Of One Sea that has the cutest kids stuff perfect for our beach weekend and they were kind enough to send over some awesome matching boardies and tees for my boys, and the sweetest kimono ever that Elle wore all weekend! No joke, I was stopped about 5 times from people asking where she got it. Drew also loved his Of One Sea poncho, which he wore while cruising the beach and campsite once he was over the sun. The kids loved them and so did I, so it was a win!
I will cherish those beach days forever… watching Dane playing in the sand (and sometimes eating it too) and seeing my older ones, Elle and Drew, run up and down in the surf for hours and building sand castles together are memories that I love to make with my family. By the end of the day, we were all ready for some good grub, a warm campfire, and of course, s’mores! While the guys enjoyed some cold Pizza Port Brewing Company beers from a local San Clemente brewery, the ladies in my family cooked up some cast-iron dishes to go along with them. It was fun to check-out a company local to where were staying and try something new.
I should mention that I don’t believe in camping without s’mores, and I don’t think anyone else should either. Our s’more game was really stepped up this trip thanks to Nineteen27 S’mores. They sent over some of their convenient s’mores kits in a couple different flavors and everyone in my family is now obsessed! I think the Raspberry was my favorite… I was skeptical at first since the tried-and-true s’more is so darn good, but the fluffy raspberry marshmallow between the homemade grahams mixed with the milk chocolate was a game changer! I need to have these stocked from now on!
Being a working mom with a busy schedule, I value the time I am able to spend with my family and hope my kids will have fond memories of trips like this, just like I do. I grew up taking trips with my parents, siblings, and cousins, just like this one, as a kid and we still tell stories of those fun times 20+ years later. In sum, this trip was trip was more than I could have asked for and knowing that my family enjoyed it just as much, if not more than I did, was the icing on the cake.