5 Healthy Habits for Memorial Day

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Celebrate Memorial Day and the start of summer with these 5 healthy habits.

1. Plan Ahead! Make healthy meal plans, grocery lists, and check restaurant menus and nutrition before you arrive at the table. Be sure to download the iGoPink Shopping List

2. Have a Potluck! Bring a homemade
dish so you know all the ingredients in at least one item. Easy Dish Idea: Fruit or veggie kabobs

3. Stay Hydrated! Skip or limit the sugary cocktails and sodas. Instead drink plenty of water and enjoy water-rich fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumbers and bell peppers.

4. Eat Before the Party. Don’t show up hungry! Have a healthy snack or fruit about 30 minutes before the gathering to help you avoid overeating.

5. Move around! By just sitting around the food table, you will most likely indulge on more food and sweets. Start up a frisbee game, talk with friends and relatives, and get moving!

Making wise nutritional choices is one of the best defenses against breast cancer. Download our Healthy Eating Grocery List to help you at the store! You will also receive our quick, easy, and delicious Watermelon Tomato Salad recipe.
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Have a happy and healthy Memorial Day weekend!



Record Breaking Results at The Pink 5k

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The Pink 5k, presented by Northside FIAT – Alfa Romeo – Maserati, was a record breaking event on Mother’s Day weekend at Creekside Park in The Woodlands with over 1,200 people in attendance!

“It’s amazing to see so many people come out to support and honor not only the women in their lives, but women all over our community. The Pink 5K was a place for husbands, sisters, mothers, daughters, friends, and even dogs to unite together for such a powerful cause!” said Erica Johnson, Executive Director and Founder of The Breast Cancer Charities of America.

Participants in The Pink 5K were able to run, walk, bring strollers, and even walk their dogs along the course. Awards were given to the top male finisher, Will Hanson and the top female finisher, who took first for the second year in a row, Mariana Sanchez-Williams.

In addition to these awards, trophies were presented to the top individual fundraiser, a mother son duo, Tara & Elijah Goodson, who raised $1,166. The top fundraising team was the I-M Running Club, bringing in $1,870. All together, The Pink 5K raised nearly $75,000!

The Pink 5K wouldn’t have been possible without all of the sponsors, which included Luke’s Locker, Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry, Terramont Orthodontics, Avanti Senior Living, The Mansions and Great Estates in the Forst, Christian Brothers Automotive, Insperity, The Houston Fertility Clinic,  Waste Connections Inc., Air Now Services, Inc., SpeedPro Imaging, JStacy Photography, Massage Heights – Panther Creek and Spring Creek, Urgent Clinics Medical Care, H-E-B, The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes, PKWY Magazine, PR Luxury Media/ reviewit.FLair.Vida Social Magazines, KSTAR Country Radio, Woodlands Monocle, The Woodlands Journal, Hello Woodlands, Flight Club Drones and Brooklyn Café.

The date for the 2016 ‘The Pink 5K’ is already set for Mother’s Day weekend. So mark your calendars for Saturday, May 13, 2017! Proceeds from event go to help The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s mission to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness and to directly help women to prevent & survive breast cancer through their numerous program services.

To find out more about The Breast Cancer Charities of America, visit their website: www.iGoPink.org



Mother’s Day Weekend: Run/Walk The Pink 5K in The Woodlands

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The Pink 5K, presented by Northside Imports – FIAT – Alfa Romeo – Maserati, will take place this Saturday, May 7 at Rob Fleming Park in Creekside, The Woodlands.  With over 850 individuals currently registered, a few spots remain open until the event is sold out.

Online registration will be open until 12 pm on Friday, May 6 and onsite registration available on Saturday morning starting at 7:30am (pending availability). Online registration provides each runner with the official “The Pink 5K” hot pink t-shirt to wear on race day, bib number, and a customized medal for finishing the race!

All of this would not be possible without The Pink 5K official sponsors: Luke’s Locker, Christian Brothers Automotive, Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry, Insperity, The Houston Fertility Clinic,  Kendra Pratt Orthodontics, Waste Connections Inc., Air Now Services, Inc., SpeedPro Imaging, JStacy Photography, Tara Flannery, Massage Heights – Panther Creek, Avanti Senior Living, The Mansions Great Estates, Urgent Clinics Medical Care, Home Depot, H-E-B, Kendra Scott, The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes, PKWY Magazine, PR Luxury Media/ reviewit.FLair.Vida Social Magazines, KSTAR Country Radio, Woodlands Monocle, The Woodlands Journal, Hello Woodlands, Woodlands Online, Chick-fil-A, Blue Mug Café, Brooklyn Café, Mi Cocina, and Grimaldi’s Pizzeria.

Register online at ThePink5K.com individually or as a team. This is a family friendly fun run and walk to raise money for The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s programs.  Register now at ThePink5K.com to get in on the fun and honor the women in your life!



The Pink 5K: Early Bird Registration

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Pink5K 2016 Early Bird Registration

 

The Pink 5K, presented by Northside Imports – FIAT – Alfa Romeo – Maserati, is coming back to The Woodlands on May 7, 2016 for its third consecutive year, and the Breast Cancer Charities of America has a special offer for signing up early.

Now through March 31, registration is only $30 per person for both individual runners and teams. Registration for The Pink 5K, held in Creekside Park, can be completed at www.ThePink5K.com

The Pink 5K is open to all, so bring your family, friends, children in strollers, and even your dog! The race begins at 8:30 am, but those who come early will enjoy coffee provided by Blue Mug Café, bagels provided by Brooklyn Bagel, and fun in the photo booth provided by Woodlands Photo Co.

Additional event sponsors include Luke’s Locker, Christian Brothers Automotive, Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry, Insperity, Houston Fertility Clinic,  Kendra Pratt Orthodontics, Waste Connections Inc., Air Now, SpeedPro Imaging,   The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes, PKWY Magazine, PR Luxury Media/ reviewit.FLair.Vida Social Magazines, K Star Country Radio, Woodlands Monocle, The Woodlands Journal, Hello Woodlands, Woodlands Online, and Chick-fil-A.

Proceeds from The Pink 5k will go to help the charity’s mission to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness and to directly help women to prevent & survive breast cancer through their program services.

Sponsorship opportunities remain.  For questions or to get involved with The Pink 5k, contact BCCA’s offices at 936.231.8460 or Info@iGoPink.org

 

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The Pink 5K Fundraiser Guide

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Thank you for registering for The Pink 5K! 

Haven’t signed up? You still have time! You, your friends, family, and loved ones can still take advantage of Early Bird Registration, buy tickets, and join a team at ThePink5K.com

Buy Tickets

So, what’s next? Now that you have reserved your spot, you now have the opportunity to create a team or raise funds individually to further support women with breast cancer. After registering for the event, you should have received an email with the subject title “The Pink 5K Purchase Receipt” confirming the registration as well as an invitation to claim and log into your personal online fundraising account. If you have any issues logging into or setting up your account please feel free to contact us at jen@igopink.org.

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Now that you have claimed your account, CONGRATULATIONS on becoming an official 2016 Pink 5K Fundraiser! To get started, we have shared tips on how to get the ball rolling and spread the news about your campaign. We are THRILLED that you have chosen to show your support and we will be here every step of the way to cheer you on!

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Getting Started Tips

 

1. Personalize Your Fundraising Page

Let’s get personal! Update your online fundraising page to make it your own, to honor a friend or family member, and so that your page is easily recognizable to people that know you and your cause. You can add your own text, pictures, or even video!

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Remember, potential donors will be interested in your cause, but they are primarily interested in YOU. Make sure you tell them why you are getting involved and what your connection is to the Pink 5K and supporting women with breast cancer – it doesn’t have to be long!

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2. Self Donate To Your Page

Make a Donation to your OWN Page. Why? Friends, family and page visitors are more likely to donate to your page when they see that someone has already contributed. Donating some of your own money also demonstrates to potential campaign supporters that your are serious about helping the cause.

 

3. Update your Facebook profile to show your support!

Share your campaign with your friends, family and followers on Facebook! Simply choose the image or images you like, save the photo, and update your Facebook profile photos.

To save a photo, click and hold (Mac) or right mouse click (PC) on the image until a dialog box appears. Then select “save” to have your own copy of the image. You can then update your profile photos by uploading the image(s) on Facebook.

 

Profile Photo:

Option 1:

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Option 2:

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Option 3: Be Creative. Create your own! Use a photo from last year’s race, take a selfie dressed in your best pink attire, share a photo honoring a loved one – the options are endless! Have fun and update your photo as race day draws nearer.

 

Cover Photo (Profile Banner):

Option 1:

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Click here to view and save the original image to fit the recommended Facebook profile cover photo size (dimensions 851px by 351px).

Option 2:

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Click here to view and save the original image to fit the recommended Facebook profile cover photo size (dimensions 851px by 351px).

Option 3: Create Your Own! Take a group photo with your team, make and snap a picture of a homemade sign asking for support, create a photo collage of why YOU are participating in the Pink 5K and raising funds for breast cancer, and so much more.

 

Facebook Example:

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4. Share on Social

Now that you have updated your Facebook page photos, now it’s time to get social! Start fundraising through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and your other social media accounts with these tips:

  • Share the news. Post an update that you are attending the Pink 5K and fundraising to support women with breast cancer! Be sure to share your fundraising page URL, explain why you are supporting the cause, share inspiring stories, and encourage your family and friends to donate.

Save and share the images below with your personal message on your Facebook timeline:

Photo 1:

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Photo 2:

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  • Create a Facebook Event. Setup your own Facebook event page, invite your friends, and post updates on your progress! Learn how to create your own Facebook event by clicking here.
  • Tag Your Friends and Donors. Start on Facebook by tagging those that have already donated and thanking them for their donations. When you tag someone your post gets shared in your activity feed and the other person’s activity feed too. This also sets the frame that people are already donating to your page!
  • Set Goals. $200 by one week, $400 by two weeks, etc. Use your social media accounts to update followers on your progress towards each goal and ask for people to help you get over the next hurdle.
  • Consider Gifts. Offer your own gifts to friends and family who helped you reach your goal. Or provide a raffle or prizes for certain giving levels. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, just a token of your appreciation.

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5. Individually Email 5-10 Closest To You

Ask family and friends for donations! Getting your “inner circle” to donate to your page will help you build up some momentum. It’s also good to start with the people you are most comfortable with. Don’t have their email? Send them a text!

Sample Email Fundraising Strategy:

  • Day 1 Email #1: Send 5-10 very close contacts (family and your closest friend or two).
  • Day 2 Email #2: Send to 10-15 close contacts (your entire circle of good friends).
  • Day 3 Email #3: Send to as many other contacts you feel comfortable sending a message to (co-workers, friends, friends of friends, distant relatives, your address book, etc.).

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Thank you so much again for becoming an official 2016 Pink 5K Fundraiser!

Remember to have fun and know that your all of your hard work is going to help support women battling breast cancer. Through the generosity of people like you, we can PRESS forward in the fight against breast cancer and continue our program services that focus on Prevention, Research, Education, Survival, and Support. Happy fundraising!



8 Tips To Eat Healthy At Restaurants

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Healthy restaurant guide

 

Make healthy choices even when you’re dining out! These tips will help you to make healthier choices when enjoying a meal or happy hour at your favorite restaurant or local dive.

  1. Before you go, look up the Restaurant’s menu and nutritional facts online! Many restaurants offer information about their dishes, drinks, dressings and more on their website.
  2. Sip and Save the Calories
  • Best option: WATER! Order and sip on a glass of water even if you are planning to order another beverage. This will keep you hydrated and fill up without any added calories.
  • Iced Tea – unsweetened
  • Avoid high calorie drinks like juice, cola, sweet tea, lemonade, or fancy alcoholic beverages or mocktails like margaritas, daiquiris, pina coladas
  • Avoid or limit your alcoholic beverages per consumption recommendations to no more than 1 per day, unless instructed by your doctor otherwise. If you do choose to drink, drink responsibly with a meal and make sure to drink plenty of water in between sips.
  1. Go for lean protein
  • Chicken breast – boneless, skinless
  • Fish and Seafood – wild caught
  • Lean Ground Turkey
  • Turkey Breast – boneless, skinless
  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Beans
  • Nuts and seeds
    Meats to skip or cut back on
  • Red meat
  • Bacon
  • Hot dogs or sausage
  • Cold Cuts
  • Processed meats
  • Preserved meats
  1. Fill up on greens that are:
  • Dark green and leafy
  • Fresh
  • Colorful
  • Steamed or grilled with healthy fats
    TIP: A salad that is full of raw fresh vegetables is a great way to fill up on nutrients instead of a heavy meal that is high in calories. Be careful to review and omit unhealthy toppings or dressings! Choose low fat and calorie dressings like balsamic vinegar.
  1. Limit or skip:
  • Appetizers – avoid filling up on empty calories before a meal
  • Bread, pastries or baked goods
  • Creamy soups
  • Pasta
  • Rice – avoid white and choose brown or wild rice when steamed or fresh vegetables aren’t an option
  • Potatoes or starchy vegetables (that includes fries and chips!)
  • Sugary, glazed or canned fruit
  • Sides made with dairy products such as cream, butter or cheese
  • Sides topped with unhealthy meats like bacon bits, chips, fried ingredients (chips, shrimp, strips), or processed meats
  1. Avoid dishes that are:
  • Fried, breaded, crispy, creamy, or au gratin
  • Cooked/Sautéed in butter or unhealthy fats/oils like
  • Covered with a heavy or creamy sauce (peanut sauce, ranch, caesar, blue cheese), sweet sauces (barbecue, ketchup, duck sauce, syrup, fruit glazes), heavy condiments (mayonnaise) or high calorie dressings
  • Watch out of unhealthy toppings! Omit cheese, croutons, crisps, chips, strips, wontons, or fried toppings
  1. What do I say?
  • Large portions? Order the lunch, half portion, or appetizer size of the dish. If you can’t order a smaller portion, cut the meal in half immediately and plan to take the dish to go.
  • Order your food “naked”, without sauces, dressings, and toppings, or order them “on the side”.
  • Ask that your meal be prepared without butter or oil. Restaurants will often be willing to steam, grill, bake, broil, poach, or roast your dish or side instead.
  • Ask for more options that may not appear on the menu.
  • Compare and choose healthier sauces, dressings and toppings.
  1. Sweet Tooth
  • Skip dessert or limit your intake (share one dessert for the table)
  • Order a cup of fresh berries or fruit instead (without cream or covered in chocolate)
  • Bring an individually wrapped square of dark chocolate with you to reward yourself at the end of the meal. This will be a way to reward yourself for making healthy choices!

Think positive! You CAN make healthy choices AND enjoy dining out.

 

Be sure to share these 8 Healthy Eating Restaurant Tips with your friends and family! It’s easier to stay on track if you support each other in making healthy choices together.

Join us this January and CLICK HERE download our #iGoPinkChallenge Guide to help make wise choices when cooking at home or eating out!

 

 



January 2016: Take the 31 Day #iGoPinkChallenge

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This January join us and take the #iGoPinkChallenge! Complete the challenge of the day by making healthy choices with the help of the #iGoPinkChallenge January guide. On social media we will also share daily tips, recipes, and workouts – so be sure to follow us on Facebook and online!

Ready to take on the #iGoPinkChallenge? Click HERE to download the FREE iGoPinkChallenge January Guide.

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This January you can also join BCCA’s Jen by going Vegan! Take the #iGoVeganChallenge by eating a plant-based diet without meat or animal products. Click here to download the FREE #iGoVeganChallenge guide.

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Get Inspired and Involved!

1. Print and post the guide on the fridge, wall, office or a visible location that will remind you to keep on track! Complete the guide by checking off your daily challenge, writing down what you ate and drank, and documenting your workout.

2. Check in online! Share a picture or video with a description of what you ate, recipes, workouts and healthy tips on social media with hashtags #iGoPinkChallenge #iGoVeganChallenge and mention @iGoPink (Facebook and Twitter) or @_iGoPink (Instagram)! We will be announcing a winner every week who will receive an iGoPink bracelet and shirt PLUS we will share your post on our iGoPink social media accounts!

3. Check back daily! Follow us on social media and the iGoPink blog for more healthy tips, recipes, workouts and inspiration!

4. Subscribe to receive weekly emails! Get motivated and become part of the #iGoPinkChallenge group. Sign up here below:





December On-The-Go! Quick Fitness Tips

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Feeling swamped during the holidays? Between the Holiday Parties, family get togethers, shopping needs and added temptations for treats it’s easy to find yourself losing motivation and time in the day to fit in your normal routine.

 

Here’s a few quick tips [with a Pure Barre twist] to feel like you’re keeping your strength and balance during the holiday rush.

 

Strong corechallenge your abs virtually anywhere! [2 min series and repeat as many times as you’d like]
     *need a semi-soft surface like a mat or carpet

 

Take your hands lightly behind your thighs, take your feet hip width apart, round down to where you feel your waist line engage, and make your movements sharp. Maybe you go back and inch up an inch, you lower down slow and come up quick, maybe you extend your arms and maybe you reach overhead and do the same series. For a deeper challenge add a soft ball in between your hands and add squeezes on it for every movement. Just work make sure your abs are the focus, not your low back or momentum.

 

To work your lower abs after you’ve already done the above series – lie down on your back and do your best to zip your legs together so they’re nice and tight. [you could even place that same ball in between your legs for bonus inner thigh work] and try to tuck your hips up toward this ceiling. Avoid the conventional habit of swinging to get a big range of movement: instead press your low abs into the floor. This will shift all the focus to your lowest abdominal section. As you get stronger you’ll really feel this change and won’t feel like your upper body is engaged. Switch up your movements and leg spacing for 1 minute each. The last 15 seconds of each series should be tough but remember to breathe! Repeat as many times as you can!

 

This is a great option to do even while watching TV or during the commercial breaks!

 

Happy Holidays to all!

advisory board jaimeeJaimee Myers

Jaimee is a member of The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s Advisory Board and the co-owner of Pure Barre in The Woodlands, Texas and Hughes Landing in The Woodlands, TX. She has been an athlete all her life – from competitive ski racing to collegiate soccer to Ironman triathlons – and spreads the Pure Barre technique to clients, who see results while having a great time. While living in the Seattle area a few years back, she decided to give Pure Barre a try to put a change in her fitness routine. From the first class she was thoroughly humbled by the fatigue in my muscles and that good deep soreness the next day. She decided to get involved and spread the Pure Barre technique with her friends and family – she believes in it and the sense of community it brings to everyone who takes a class. Pure Barre is all about small, isometric movements that anyone can benefit from – it strengthens, arms, abs and legs without creating bulk.

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Maple Roasted Butternut Squash – Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe

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Need healthy Thanksgiving recipe ideas? We’ve got just the recipe for you!
Not cooking Thanksgiving? Ask the host what dishes are being served and offer to bring something! Knowing how the dishes were made and having healthy options will help you to make healthier dinner choices.
Learn how to make Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with a Toasted Date Almond topping which is:
  • Quick and easy to make
  • Healthy and nutritious
  • Great side dish or dessert
  • Diet-friendly: gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegetarian, and vegan
  • Sure to be a new family favorite!

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash RECIPE
Recipe provided and used with permission from ILoveFlavor.com

Ingredients
1 butternut squash
sea salt
black pepper
pumpkin spice or cinnamon
2 tablespoons oil (coconut, olive or pecan)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
3 Medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup almonds, raw and unsalted
1 tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions
1. Peel butternut squash with vegetable peeler or small knife. Chop into 1 inch chunks, remove seeds and strings, and reserve seeds for roasting (see recipe below).
2. Place chunks evenly onto a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with sea salt (lightly), pepper, and spices.
3. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 425 F oven. Toss and bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until cooked thoroughly.
4. Chop dates and almonds together until crumble texture for topping. “Sprinkle” topping evenly onto cooked squash chunks, lightly drizzle maple syrup over topping, and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until the topping is lightly brown and toasted.
5. Place into a serving dish and enjoy!

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Maple Spiced Butternut Squash Seed RECIPE
Recipe provided and used with permission from ILoveFlavor.com

Ingredients
seeds from 1 butternut squash
sea salt
pumpkin spice or cinnamon
1 tablespoons oil (coconut, olive or pecan)
1 tablespoons maple syrup

Instructions
1. Remove seeds, strings, and “guts” from butternut squash. Soak in bowl of water to easily separate seeds from strings. Place seeds onto a plate covered with a paper towel and pat seeds dry. Let seeds dry overnight or pat dry to allow seeds to become crispy in the oven.
2. Place and spread seeds evenly onto a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with sea salt (lightly) and spices.
3. Bake for about 30 minutes in a preheated 300 F oven, or until lightly browned and toasted. Remove and toss every 10 minutes.
4. Enjoy immediately while warm or let cool to room temperature, place in a sealable container, and store in a cool dark location or in the pantry.

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Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

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Skin Care Tips for Winter

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Just because temperatures are dropping and we are less likely to spend a day at the beach doesn’t mean you need to stop taking care of your skin! Here are 5 tips on how to take care of your skin during the cold winter months:

 

  • Keep Hydrated! Just because it’s not hot out, doesn’t mean you should drink less water. Hydrate your skin from the inside, out by drinking plenty of water and fluids.
  • Use a heavier face cream. Winter skin is more fragile, so be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Moisturize right after you wash to help seal in dampness and moisture into the skin.
  • Don’t forget the sun screen! Winter sun can be just as damaging. Apply a lotion thats 30 SPF or higher to protect your skin from direct or indirect sunlight.
  • Exfoliate. Moisture can soak in properly if you have too many dead skin cells. Try a nighttime retinol treatment which acts as an exfoliant and works to remove dead skin. Chemical or laser peels also are beneficial to removing dead skin.
  • Eat water based foods. Stay away from salty, processed foods and instead fill up on water packed fruits and vegetables like spinach, alfalfa, lima beans, celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots.

 

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Lychelle Jomsky
 is a member of The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s Advisory Board and a RN, Advanced Injector, and Senior Certified Laser Technician at Seychelles Med & Laser Spa in The Woodlands, Texas. Seychelles Med & Laser Spa’s mission is to provide the most advanced aesthetic and cosmetic procedures in a comfortable and relaxing setting. Seychelles uses the most advanced treatment techniques and equipment to maximize results and to ensure the safety of their clients. To learn more, visit SeychellesMedSpa.com