Best Moisturizer for Dry Skin

thumbnailIt’s that time of the year again: Flaky, dry skin brought about by the freezing wind outside is only exacerbated by the artificial indoor heating. While you might be accustomed to preparing for the subzero temperatures with gloves and hats, don’t forget about moisturizing to prevent dry, itchy skin from becoming a chronic problem.

But not all lotions are created equal. Here’s a few things to look for (or avoid!) in your moisturizing regimen.

Almond Oil: Extracted from (you guessed it!) almonds, this sweet oil isn’t just great for your heart. It provides lightweight moisture that won’t leave you feeling greasy. Bonus: It can also help reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Aloe Barbadensis: More commonly known as Aloe Vera, this Ayurvedic remedy has been used as early as the 16th century to soothe and heal skin. A review of academic literature supports its use as a powerful moisturizer.lotionpurple

Shea Butter: Rich in Vitamins A and E, this natural moisturizer quickly absorbs into skin without clogging pores or leaving a greasy residue. It’s been shown to aid in treating blemishes, wrinkles, stretch marks and even burns. Is there anything it can’t do? (Well, to be fair, there’s lots but as far as moisturizing skin goes, Shea butter is a catchall).

When choosing a moisturizer, the most important thing is to find something that works for your specific skin type. For a natural moisturizer free of chemicals, try Adama Minerals Lavender Lotion.

5 gifts for under $10 that’ll wow any woman

It’s that time of year again: time to build snowmen, eat deliciously large meals and, of course, buy presents for the ones you love (or in some cases the ones you don’t). Everyone loves getting presents, especially ones that are perfect for them. Although thoughtful gifts are great and inexpensive gifts are even better, what if there existed gifts that were both thoughtful and inexpensive? There does!

Here are five gifts for just $10 or less that are sure to please even the pickiest women in your life.

BEFINTLIG Scented block candle, set of 3 IKEA1. IKEA Set of 3 Scented Block Candles — $7.99

Perfect for the spiritual girl in your life, these candles are incense and mood lighting all in one. And, while the coordinating colors and step-down height make these perfect as a set, they’d also be great to use individually.

Get it now: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50265795/

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2. Adama Minerals River Spring Bar Soap — $7.99

Adama’s natural clay soap will give her some much needed (and deserved) pampering time. The coconut oil and shea butter combination gently cleanses without harsh chemicals and the lotus blossom scent calms and soothes. This special gift soap features an inspiring Native American tale to cleanse not only her body but also her soul.

Get it now: http://www.adamaminerals.com/body-soap/Skin-Clearing-Kit

http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/30954%20400%20014_d?$slge$3. Teavana Rabat Blue Infuser Mug — $9.98

Made of Moroccan-tiled stoneware, these infuser mugs come with an infuser and a lid so steeping is super easy. The many evenly-spaced holes allow for perfect brewing, while the lid gives her something relaxing to look at while she waits for that perfect cup of tea. Both items are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Get it now: http://www.teavana.com/tea-products/tea-cups-mugs/infuser-mugs/p/rabat-blue-infuser-mug

Easy-Cinch Yoga Sling 4. Gaiam Easy-Cinch Yoga Sling — $9.98

A perfect combination of comfort and function, this yoga sling is perfect for getting a mat from where it is to where it needs to be. It’s made with a durable nylon strap and D-ring sliders make it a gift that’ll last.Available in an assortment of colors so you can make sure to get her favorite.

Get it now: http://www.gaiam.com/easy-cinch-yoga-sling/05-61346.html#ixzz3GijAim6N

5. Pottery Barn White Alphabet Mugs — $6.99

These stoneware mugs are not only durable and adorable, but each has a letter printed on it making this a gift with a slightly personal touch. Whether you get her one with her initial or one with her favorite letter, this is sure to be a gift that will make her think of you fondly with every morning cup of tea.

Get it now: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/alphabet-stoneware-mugs/?pkey=cgifts-below-twentyfive&cm_src=Quicklook

Five gifts for active men – UNDER $10

Once again it’s that magic time of year where we take a special moment to appreciate our loved ones, our liked ones, and sometimes even our coworkers with thoughtful gifts. My friends and fam have called me a particularly good gift giver, so I thought I’d take a minute and share some of my secrets.eric bike

Gifts for active guys for $10 or less!

Here’s some gifts that will be sure to please your more outdoorsy or earth-conscious male friends, from the kind of guy that runs the Tough Mudder to the guy who just likes eco-friendly products when he shaves. Here we go:

big river new blurry photo-600x6001: Adama Minerals Big River Soap – $7.99

Adama Minerals makes some dang fine soap, and Big River in particular is ideal for active men. It has a robust, musky scent that accentuates a man’s natural dudeliness. It’s got all the lady-appealing power of AXE, but none of the harsh chemicals. This soap features Bentonite clay that detoxifies and hydrates the skin as it makes suds. Great for sensitive skin, and oh so affordable!

31Cc1PoEjRL._SY355_2: Contigo Kangaroo Water Bottle – $9.71

For a guy that loves to run, hike or work out, this one is a no-brainer. It’s a water bottle, WITH A FRIGGING STORAGE COMPARTMENT INSIDE IT. You can park all your stuff in your gym locker and carry your new water bottle with confidence that it contains all the essentials for your survival – keys, membership card, moola for the vending machine. The Kangaroo is so handy that it’s sure to become your guy friend’s new activity buddy. This is selling at a special price now, so grab it before it changes.

for-men-maca-root-razor-relief_l3. Body Shop Maca Root Razor Relief– $8.40

This is one that I’ve used personally and really just love. It’s a soothing aftershave that cools the skin and fights irritation and razor burn. You’ll feel relieved right after you put it on – it absorbs so quickly it’s like your skin is drinking it in. It includes Maca Root which is great for your skin, and most of the ingredients are certified Community Trade, which means this is a socially and environmentally responsible way to shave.

61sKowIXmbL._SL1500_4. Asone External Portable Power – $4.71

When you’re out on an adventure far from any three-pronged outlet, this little guy will ensure you can power up your phone to call civilization, or snap a picture at the summit. Asone has introduced a super-cheap portable cell phone power bank that’s micro-sized and easy to fit into any size pack. The active bro in your life will love it, and it’s so affordable you’ll want to grab yourself one too.

bike5-iphone-5-water-resistant-bicycle-mount-white-main-view5. Bike5 iPhone Bike Mount – $9.95

This is another super-handy device I spotted on the train to work. It’s a little mounting system that lets you attach your iPhone 5 to the handlebars of your bike so you can more easily use it while you ride. Having your phone right in front of you will make following GPS directions way easier, and if you plug in some headphones you can safely ride and listen to some tunes. Making calls on the road, maybe not so much. The Bike5 is water resistant too, so you can use it in all weather conditions. It’ll make your wettest biking experiences more bearable.

That’s it for now. Check back soon for more great gift ideas that won’t break the bank!