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Coffee with Candi 2-22-2019

(Last Updated On: February 21, 2019)

Welcome to Coffee with Candi, a time for us to have a chat every week on Friday and catch up.
Well, I’ll have a chat with you about my week…what’s been happening, the good the bad the exciting, the boring…most importantly, what have I learned about life, my family, my friends, work, health, looking my best…I’ll spill it honestly and openly with you.

Always with a fresh cup of hot, black coffee in my hand. I think better with java in my paw.

What’s on my mind this week:

I recently decided to be more proactive with the products I purchase, paper products specifically, with the intent of making decisions that are kinder to the planet.

Enter Grove Collaborative, the membership site that believes home products should support people as well as the planet.

I’d heard of Grove before but never really delved into what they offer. Well, it’s pretty all inclusive, with just about any household cleaning product, personal care product including vitamins and essential oils, essentials for the kids (baby’s too) and pets.

The site is simple to use and as a member you can opt to pay a small fee, currently $19.99 per year, in exchange for special perks and free products. It’s not a requirement but the cost to join is reasonable.

So, I am now using Seedling by GROVE tree free paper towels and toilet paper. They are made from bamboo pulp and I honestly can’t tell a big difference. I like them. My next order includes kleenex made from 100% recycled paper…waiting to see how that goes!

Currently Grove ships only within the contiguous U.S., but hopes to expand that to other areas and countries. Check out Grove Collaborative!

The cold winter months can be absolutely devastating to your skin! Here are 7 tips to winterize your skin, courtesy of Cynthia Rowland, creator of Facial Magic.

1) Dry brush regularly. Dead skin can easily accumulate under black sheer stockings and ankle length slacks. Even your upper arms can develop little bumps indicating that exfoliation is needed. Start at your feet and brush in long upward strokes. After dry brushing your legs, move to your torso and then each arm. Yes, you can dry brush your face and neck but make certain your skin is clean and dry before you begin.

2) Use Epsom Salt scented with essential oils once a week in your bath. Epsom Salt in your bath will ease pain and inflammation, migraine headaches, alleviate stress and basically detox your body. Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to your bath and soak for 30 minutes.

3) Drinking alcoholic beverages can rob your skin of moisture and hydration. Decrease drinking adult beverages at night and opt for herbal teas to enhance your skin.

4) Treat yourself to a pedicure. Our feet can become cracked and dry. Calluses and toenails need regular attention especially if you are diabetic.

5) Keep rich, moisturizing lotions in your bathroom, your car and at your desk. The very moment you pop out of the shower, lightly dry off but reach for the body butter and use it generously over your legs, torso and arms. After each bathroom break, treat your hands with lotion to keep them supple throughout the winter.

6) If you drive, keep the heater vents pointed at your feet so that the dry air does not hit you in the face.

7) Nighttime hydration after cleansing is important because your body regenerates at night. Slather serums then moisturizers nightly before bedtime. Place a one-inch piece of “office tape” vertically over your elevens before you drift into dreamland. You’ll wake looking refreshed.

I’ll stay on the same subject of weather that dries out our skin, because that has been happening to me over the last few months with a vengeance.

My skin is wondering what the heck has happened, moving from a more humid, tropical climate to the Midwest in winter. I use a healing body lotion every day, but even so, I get these little cracks of dry skin on my hands that can become little cuts, and they hurt. 🙁

I have found that using Curoxen overnight with a bandaid covering the area works wonders. I wrote about Curoxen a few months ago and still think it’s the best!

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  • Julie

    I’m curious about what you meant about using office tape on your elevens. Can you explain that better? Thanks

    • Candi Randolph

      Hi Julie, the ‘elevens’ are the two vertical lines in our face between our eyebrows. Mine are right at the inside tip of each eyebrow close to my nose. Cynthia is suggesting that we put a small (1″) piece of tape on each one, vertically, at bedtime. This is a new suggestion for me, so I think I’ll give it a try. 🙂

  • Hi Candi another lovely coffee catch up. Bamboo products seem to be becoming more popular even in clothing. My grandson was wearing an outfit made from bamboo yesterday and it is so soft. I like the idea of doing all we can for the planet and the annual fee for GROVE seems very reasonable. Pity it only ships within U.S. Thanks for the beauty tips for winterizing your skin. I think I need some for summerizing. We have been working on the final touches of my MIL’s home which goes on the market this week. My hands are terrible, dry, with broken nails and feeling unloved. I like your Point #5. When I worked I had an alarm set and when it range my team and I all moisturised our hands. I need to get back into that habit. Also love the Epsom salt bath. We don’t have a bath currently but at our apartment we do, and I love soaking in it after a long run. Thanks for the coffee and have a great week. xx

    • Candi Randolph

      Hi Sue, thanks for stopping by! I use moisturizer on my hands all the time…they really need it! Hope all goes well with the sale of your MIL’s home…keep us posted! Have a wonderful weekend and week. xo

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