Archive | February 2014

What Does it Take for You to Smile?

Happy in the snow

I notice some people smile all the time, while others seem to express their joy less frequently. Smiles are contagious, that I know, but even the most cheerful being sometimes hits a road block in spreading good cheer.  My question today is, what does it take for you to smile?  Do you have to feel great, look great, be with someone special, be doing something in particular?  Do you have to be laughing to find yourself smiling?

It might seem ridiculous, but the physical act of smiling can enhance your mood. I’ve read about this and tried it myself.  It does work, even if only for a few seconds, or a minute.  The more frequently we smile, however, the better our overall mood.  I catch myself smiling when I am alone sometimes, just thinking about something that makes me happy, or listening to something on the radio that makes me smile.  It is wonderful thing, our ability to have “moods”.  I think it may be unique to humans. Why not make the best of what we have and try to keep things happy?

Here is my reason why:  If we are not in a good mood, we are closer to being down, or angry, or sad.  Something small that happens to us when we are already down can bring us down more. But if we make an effort to stay upbeat, those small things will not eat away at us. Instead, they will just roll off our smiling face and never be seen again.  Happiness is a choice.  Find your inner smile and let it out this minute!




War on Winter


If you’re like me, you’re probably getting sick of this nasty winter. It’s really been taking it’s toll on the south and southeast, as well as pounding tons of extra snow on our friends up north and northeast this year. How do we get through these last few weeks without going nuts?  One thing we can do is pamper our skin. It sure needs it after all this dry winter weather and indoor heat!  Here are some great tips I found, in an article on

Use Sunscreen:  really!  One might not think winter sun is that bad, but have you seen how skiiers pile up the suncreen?  It is even worse on top of already chafed and dry winter skin.  Snow will even magnify the sun!  Ouch!  Use our sunscreen face lotion     for a pleasant non-greasy lotion that caters especially to the delicate skin of the face.

Use care when bathing: Water (on the outside of your skin) dries your skin out. Be sure to drink plenty of water, as that moisturizes from the inside.  When you bathe, use a gentle exfoliator at least twice a week in the shower (try our new easy body essentials kit ), and in the bath,  use less hot water , and add a moisturizer to your bathwater, such as our Skin So Soft Soft & Sensual  bath oil. (use any scent you like, but my favorite is Soft & Sensual)

Keep your Hands Moisturized:  During winter months, and all year, really, we need to keep our hands moisturized.  This is especially tough to do in winter, as we are generally trying to fight germs and washing our hands constantly.  Keep lotion in your office, in several locations around your  home, and travel sizes in your purse and your car.  For dry itchy skin, I love our Moisture Therapy calming relieve body lotion with oatmeal  .  And for elbows, use the moisture therapy calming relief balm .

Remember to protect your skin on all fronts and keep the moisture in. Count on the relief of Spring on the way!  Let’s face it with some radiant, happy faces!


Your Skin and Your Environment

Beauty Pageant Queen

Katherine Webb

A lot of times we “Southern” girls get compliments on our skin.  Many of us claim it’s the humidity that makes our skin  so soft and lovely.  I do know that women in the south are twice as likely as women in the north to get certain types of skin cancer.  That makes me wonder if there is really anything to that. I know that moisture is a must, so it does make sense.  Here’s a question:  do you feel your skin has problems due to your environment?

The McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois warns students about the hazards of dry skin due to their cold and windy weather.  They suggest using moisturizers and milder soaps, as well as not too hot water and shorter showers.

The sun can be a problem too for some skin types, especially fairer skin.  We all need some sunlight, but those of us with fair skin are more susceptible to the sun because somewhere in our genealogy, our ancestors migrated far north of the equator, where we had to adapt.  Subsequently, we developed fair skin to “let in” the sunlight which is not as strong the further you get from the equator.  This means those of us who migrated back, and end up where the sunshine is stronger, can get more damage to our skin than someone who is more environmentally adapted, with darker skin tones.  Be sure to use an everyday moisturizer with spf 15 or higher to protect your skin from too much sun.