Industrial Strength Vanity

Is this not one of the most trying winters as far back as many of us can remember? What is Mother Nature’s problem? My loyalty as a Long Islander is being tested; I am ready to permanently relocate to a tropical destination. However, until that occurs, we have to battle it out. Our moods, physical condition and appearance can all take a hit from the gloomy side of winter. Specifically, our skin takes quite a bit of it and there are ways we can enforce our skin’s ability to be more resilient. I am not talking expensive French serums in pipettes, I am referring to the more modest products with squeeze tube delivery systems and glass jars.

Aquaphor & Cracked Lips
I do not think it would have been possible to keep my lips kissable without this magic salve. Aquaphor is typically used as a healing ointment and protective barrier for wounds, but I have another great use for it. Who here wakes up in the morning and smiles immediately because you are cheerful and genuinely a happy person? I smile as I materialize these words because I am one of them and this leads me to my point. Often in the winter our lips dry out over night and painfully crack and split in the morning. To avoid this very uncomfortable scenario, before bed, take enough of the ointment so that it coats your lips, smear it in until it is mostly absorbed, and the rest will absorb on its own overnight. The next morning feel free to be all teeth because there will be no stinging torment. Some of you may already do this and it is nothing new. Aquaphor does make a lip ointment, but I prefer the classic formula because it comes in a much larger supply and I think it is thicker in texture which is better to create a protective barrier.

Virgin Coconut Oil & Dry Skin
Open your kitchen cabinets and take out this super food. Thanks to a friend who is big on clean eating, I found this powerful remedy. Virgin coconut oil has been creating a huge buzz in the food industry based on its limitless nutrition benefits, but it is not just for cooking. Throughout this season I have been approached by numerous women about their dry skin. I have been told that their makeup is good for about two hours, they have all the best products and nothing is working and even more concerning is that their skin is so dry it’s painful. It is no surprise to hear this being that humidity level is on par with the temperature – sub zero. Replenishing the moisture in our skin, especially during the winter months is vital, and I urge you to give this a try. Coconut oil has a historically long standing reputation for healing major skin concerns such as eczema and rosacea, even before all the research. According to studies, the saturated fat and nutrients in the oil are excellent for intense nourishment and quickly repairing dry damaged skin. You can find virgin coconut oil at health foods stores and nutrition shops. Take a dime sized amount and gently massage into your face or anywhere on the body, it will melt with your body heat.

Even though the above products are great for the most sensitive of skin types and can be applied directly on wounds, always check the ingredients and make sure there are no allergies. Very often we overlook certain items because we are simply not educated on the entire scope of benefits, or it is not advertised for certain uses. If dry lips and skin are a concern for you, then give these a try. I am sure you will be impressed and satisfied with the results.

matthew ambrosio

matthew ambrosio

Matthew Ambrosio is a considered a beauty connoisseur on many levels. As a designer and image expert he presents a fresh and realistic attitude towards personal aesthetics and style for men and women.