Our Skin Needs Sunscreen All Year Long

Skin protection is a lifelong pursuit requiring daily vigilance. One jar of anti-wrinkle cream will never be enough to keep your skin’s healthy look. Learn skin care practices that keep your skin looking beautiful every day and protect it from potential damage.

Never Skip Sunscreen Using sunscreen all year round

Sunscreen protects you from the UV rays that cause skin cancer. Those UV rays also cause premature wrinkling and age spots. To keep your skin beautiful, apply sunscreen to your face and the exposed areas of your body daily. According to the American Academy of Dermatology you need at least SPF 30, and you need an ounce of it (about the amount that will fit into a shot glass) to cover your exposed skin. Apply the sunscreen 15 minutes before going outside, and 15 minutes before putting on your makeup.

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We wear makeup to highlight our skin’s best features while hiding its worst. Some makeup contains harsh chemicals that contribute to skin irritation and even damage the endocrine system. Phthalates, parabens, BHA, and other ingredients common in makeup are some of the culprits. Read ingredient labels before purchasing makeup. Go organic to ensure your makeup contains only natural ingredients.

Don’t Dry It Out

Using a daily and an evening moisturizer will keep your skin from becoming dry and flaky. If you find you have to apply moisturizer more often than the label recommends you might have a humidity problem in your home. Low humidity causes dry air, which sucks moisture from your skin and can cause dry skin and irritation. When your skin is dry, fine lines and small flaws become more obvious. Give your moisturizer some assistance by getting a whole home humidifier

Drink Lots of Water

Your skin requires both internal and external hydration to stay healthy and look its best. While researchers are still studying the exact benefits water offers your skin, if you drink enough water you’ll start to notice better skin hydration and slightly more plumpness. The key is drinking enough water on a regular basis. Water doesn’t prevent wrinkles, but it does help your skin look its best. Get in the habit of rehydrating so your skin always has an extra hydration boost.

Nix the Cigarettes

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Along with various types of cancer, throat ailments, and respiratory problems, cigarettes are also rough on your skin. When you pucker your mouth around a cigarette several times a day you create a pattern of fine lines. After years of smoking, those lines become ingrained around your lips in a feathering pattern. The tobacco in cigarettes dries out and discolors your skin. Ask to see the hands of a long-time smoker. You’ll be able to tell where they hold their cigarettes thanks to discoloration.

Caring for your skin is not a one-step process. Engage in the right behaviors morning and evening to keep your skin looking its best. Protecting your skin from UV rays, chemicals, and other damaging elements helps both your skin’s appearance and its health for years to come.

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12 Last Minute Easter Ideas To Fill Your Table And Baskets

Easter Is A Time To Remember
His  Love

God sent His Son to take the punishment
For all the thoughtless, sinful things we do;
Jesus gave his life because He loves us;
His love is boundless, sweet, forever true.

On Easter morn He showed He is our Savior;
His resurrection proves He is our Lord.
That is why we tell you, “Happy Easter!”
He secured our heavenly reward!

12 Last Minute Easter Ideas To Fill Your Table And BasketsWith Easter just a few weeks away I have some great ideas that you can make at home, so cute, and cost little but so much fun!!

Easter treats are a must and there are so many. Here are some cute Rice Crispy Ideas

Kelloggs-Easter-Bunny-Treats

Kids can have fun making these bunny treats with their hands and decorating
Easter Bunny Treats ™ →

Kellogg’s // Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Kelloggs-Springtime-Treats.These easy treats made with a flower cookies cutter and whipped frosting
Springtime Flower Treats™ →
Kellogg’s // Kellogg’s Springtime Treats
Rice Kripsy Easter GarlandUsing traditional rice-crispy treats , cut into small
bite size pieces and added bits of fruit you can make Garden Party Garland
Kellogg’s// Garden Party Garland


Oreo cookie suckers created by How Does She, made for adding to
Easter Baskets or an addition to a special after meal treat.
How Does She // Easter Oreo Suckers

Cupcakes for Easter, of course and kids would love to decorate these with Jelly Beans and coconut.
Fun colors fun to eat…..
Nina’s Recipes // Easter Cupcakes

Easter Cathedral only requires 3 ingredients Candi Quick,
Bunnymallows, coconut you can find more pictures and the complete directions  
Mom on Timeout  // Easter Cathedral Candy Recipe

Kids can have fun making these cute rabbits with rolls of toilet paper,
no sewing machine needed. you can find the tutorial here →
oopsey Daisy // No-Sew TP Bunnies!

This will keep the kids busy and excited to make these cute pompom rabbits.
Great addition to a tablescape Easter parties
Mom On Timeout // Pom Pom Easter Bunnies!

Easter Marshmallow Bark #easter #marshmallow #candy

Easter Marshmallow Bark so easy to whip up this fun and
tasty treat you can cut with cookies cutters in cute shapes.
Butter With A Side of Bread // Easter Mellow Bark

Easter Bunny Trail Mix looks yumcious!!  Make this and use a mason jar to store,
could also be put in those cute cupcake papers to serve.
The Melrose Family //Easter Candy

There are so many ways you can make cake balls
and I couldn’t resist, these cake balls are made with our shapes in mind,
there called
Skinny Taste // Skinny Easter Egg Cake Balls and are
low in calories and made with Greek yogurt.
She has many more recipes of interest.

 She-Knows-Hollow-Chocolate-Easter-Eggs

If your Easter baskets are looking a little empty this year,
we have just the thing to fill them up with some chocolaty goodness.
These hollow Easter eggs made of drizzled chocolate look so fancy
that no one will believe you made them at home on the cheap.
She Knows // Hollow Chocolate Easter Eggs