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Winter Beauty Hacks

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The onset of winter brings extreme temperatures, precipitation to give even the hardiest postal worker pause, and skin so dry it makes us want to fill our bathtubs with body lotion. Before you give up and just hibernate in your Snuggie, check out these easy tweaks and survive the season in style.

—Ally

PS: Keep your skin hydrated with Bare Love Body Luxury Body Fuel, Daily Recovery Treatment, a natural oil blend banish the parched skin and revives your complexion. And thanks to special time-release OlioLove Technology, you’ll feel the results long after you’ve slathered it on.

Fighting the Winter Blahs: Guest Blogger

Blame it on the West Wing, but for a short period of time we were convinced we wanted to be White House staffers. That whim has long past, but we’re still excited to welcome this week’s blogger, Belle of Capitol Hill Style. The DC-based blogger is out to dispel the myth that you can’t be a serious Capitol Hill staffer and also love fashion. We love her sharp, funny style observations and practical advice (to wit: three ways to wear this season’s cropped sweater). All week, she’ll be sharing her best beauty advice.

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As winter approaches, the humidity dissipates and the air dries — and my skin dries out right along with it. By February, the chilly air and the constant barrage of central heating has taken its toll on my epidermis. Luckily, there is hope for those of us afflicted with dull, dry, flaky, and ashy skin.

Step 1: Exfoliate

It may sound counterintuitive, but the way to combat dry, flaky skin is to exfoliate. Because it doesn’t matter how aggressively you moisturize, if you don’t scrub away the dead skin, you’ll never fix the problem. 

When exfoliating your face, you need to find a happy medium. Too much scrubbing, and you’ll look like you were attacked by a sand blaster. Too little, and your skin will look tired and dull. If you’re clueless about exfoliating (I was), the solution is the Clarisonic MiaClarisonic has mastered the balance between gentle and powerful. The oscillating brush transforms dull skin into a brighter, smoother complexion. And unlike a serum or cream, which must be used every day for maximum effectiveness, you can use the Clarisonic as much or as little as you need.

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Gift-a-Day 15: Wholesome Aunt

Every day from now until December 31st, we’ll be posting a daily gift suggestion. It’s like an advent calendar, minus the ugly graphics.

For Wholesome Aunt: Naturopathica Pear Fig Enzyme Peel

You will always be in awe of your aunt for her glorious backyard herb garden and her ethereally flaky pie crusts. You’ll never rival her baking skills, but you can give her a few beauty lessons. Introduce her to the importance of exfoliating with Naturopathica’s Pear Fig Enzyme Peel. She’ll love the natural, holistic formula — especially how quickly it works. In just five minutes she’ll have glowy, healthy skin and can go back to planting heirloom tomatoes.