The Essentials of Winter Care

What’s the weather like where you live?  Conditions in my part of the world leave a lot to be desired, calling for a little protect and pamper care and maintenance with the essentials of winter care.  I don’t believe there is a region, state, county or parish not feeling the wrath of winter this week into the weekend.  Nor’easter Grayson is fiercely gripping the East Coast in obnoxiously bitter cold conditions, and it ain’t pretty.

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Bitter cold conditions aren’t only uncomfortable to deal with, they  wreak havoc with our skin.  We seek shelter in the warmth of our home only to have the dryness from indoor heat sources deny the skin of essential moisture.

Insult, meet injury.

This scenario reminds me of my trips out to Las Vegas.  At first, the dry heat is tolerable.  Three days in and my skin is screaming for the humidity Louisiana is known for.  In order to win the war against dry skin, you must be armed for battle.

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My show and tell beauty regimen to defeat dry skin delivers soothing results and moisture rich relief without leaving an oily residue on the face, hands, body and feet.  Here is my list of the essentials of winter care.

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Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy covers well, comforts and protects with the added bonus of a pleasing scent.

After trying all the rest I now have found the best foot cream in Gold Bond Softening Foot Cream.   For roughly $6 you too can crack the code of dry, cracked feet.

Night of Olay Firming Cream is both my night and day cream.   It’s that good.

L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream.  Love the scent, the feel, the results. This is one of only a few beauty products I have no problem splurging on.

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm with Vitamin E and Peppermint is a year round must have for chapped, dry lips.

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Jacobean Style Cabinets Designed and Made by Artichoke

Always aware of the importance of staying true to the all things house that make a home topic, let’s look at ways to pamper and protect wood furniture, wood cabinets, and wood doors from drying out due to dry indoor air.

wood-conditionerHoward Feed-N-Wax  ~  Holloway House Lemon Oil

Oil-based wood conditioners are the essentials for winter care needed for protecting wood furniture, wood cabinets, and wood doors from drying out.  Applying a furniture oil such as Howard Feed-N-Wax or a quality lemon oil for fine wood penetrates wood and helps to retain moisture.  I do not suggest using an oil soap, wax or furniture polish that contains silicone.  Silicone based products promote build up and yellow discoloration, and therefore are not recommended.   Placement is also a consideration in preventing drying and fading.  Although often unavoidable due to design and space constraints, it is best not to place furniture near heating vents (drying) or in direct sunlight (drying and fading).

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Interior Designer Ninou Etienne of FusionD as featured by Design to Inspire

Don’t forget about pampering and protecting your leather home furnishings.  Leather is a natural product.  In order to maintain the natural beauty of the hide, I condition leather furnishings with leather conditioner at the start of winter.  Using a good leather conditioner will keep the leather soft and supple and the natural beauty of the  patina.  Leather Honey Leather Conditioner is my number one choice of leather conditioners.  It is non toxic, water repellent, controls mildew and leaves no oily residue.  I do recommend consulting the furnishings care label before using any conditioning product.

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Leather Honey Leather Conditioner

Winter can be brutal.  Pamper and protect with the essentials of winter care.

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