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Guestpost: 5 Tips to Keep You Fresh this winter

Protect yourself against the harsh elements of winter


With the days getting shorter and the nights getting longer, winter can be a real drag at times. You’re faced with seeing less sunlight and dealing with all the woes of being trapped indoors day in and day out. The cold weather brings on scarves and boots… and dry skin and static hair. What’s a girl to do?


1. Don’t neglect the SPF

Just because you think you’re not seeing the light of day doesn’t give you a free pass to skip the sunscreen – you still need to lather that pretty face up. Find a facial moisturiser that has SPF built into it to combat not only the sun’s sneaky little rays, but also another irritating winter foe: dry skin. Ahava’s Facial Moisturiser fights the sun’s rays as well as providing a unique anti-ageing formula and intense hydration.


2. Take warm, not hot, showers

As tempting as it may be to turn the shower to piping hot to warm you up in the mornings, that’s one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Taking hot showers will dry your skin out. Instead take warm showers and be sure to lotion up after to keep your skin from getting dry and flaky.


3. Pay attention to your lips

It’s easy to get caught up making sure your hands and face are receiving adequate moisturizing, but your lips shouldn’t be neglected either! Winter brings chapped lips on in full force, so always keep a tube of lip balm – preferably one with SPF – with you to keep them from cracking. Remember to treat your lips to a DIY exfoliation treatment from time to time, as detailed in this previous PTTS article.


4. Exfoliate weekly

No one wants to show up to the company Christmas party looking like Rudolph. Since your nose is one of the most exposed parts of your body, it needs some TLC too. Body Scrubs from The Sanctuary, such as their Thermal Body Polish will do just the trick while warming your skin.  Exfoliate once or twice a week and make sure to keep your skin hydrated with a hydrating moisturiser, such as Origins A Perfect World Hydrating Body Lotion.


5. Feet matter too

It’s easy to forget about your feet because they stay bundled up during the winter months, but winter is the prime time for them to become dry and cracked. Use foot balms before putting on socks to keep them smooth, so that they emerge from the winter months looking healthy not scary. L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Foot Cream is an indulgent foot remedy that doesn’t break the bank.


Most people think that dry skin is just a by-product of the harsh winter months, but there are ways to keep you looking fresh and vibrant throughout even the coldest winters. By implementing these tips the winter blahs won’t stand a chance!


Written by Mary Edwards – a contributor and editor for various dating sites. She is passionate about thought leadership writing, regularly contributing to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting and online dating communities. Contact Mary: edwardsmary936@


Guestpost: The Garra Rufa Fish Pedicure

The Garra Rufa pedicure has become somewhat of a global craze

The Garra Rufa pedicure is one of the latest innovations in spa treatments.

This unique approach to removing dead skin and calluses is creating quite a splash (and more than just a little controversy). Fans of the fishy procedure have even hailed it as the best pedicure they have ever had.

Spa patrons immerse their feet in a warm water tank where a hundred or more tiny carp nibble away at the exposed hard skin. It is a painless, albeit somewhat ticklish procedure, as the little fish don’t bite (they have no teeth). Simply by sucking and licking your feet they eradicate dead skin cells gently and naturally. What you feel is a tingling sensation that mimics a stimulating, yet relaxing, foot massage, as the inch-long fish run their suction cup mouths over your tootsies.

The Garra Rufa is a bottom-feeding freshwater carp native to Turkey and the Middle East where it has been used for centuries in the treatment of skin conditions. It is believed that their unusual behaviour, consuming dead skin cells from anyone who happened to be in the water with them, was an adaptation to the scarcity of food in the warm water mineral pools that are their natural habitat. Visitors to the pools soon discovered the benefits of being nibbled by the Garra Rufa, as the fish seek out and remove dead skin, bacteria and calluses, rejuvenating the skin. People suffering from skin conditions, like psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema, noted a marked improvement with repeated visits to the pools, earning the tiny nibblers the title of “Doctor Fish”. Research into the exact mechanism by which the Garra Rufa can actually improve skin health, has identified an enzyme in the saliva of the fish, called Dithranol, believed to have properties that revitalize the skin.

It wasn’t until 2006 that the Garra Rufa began to find its way to commercial hot springs and spas throughout Asia and Europe. In Southeast Asia fish foot massages rapidly became a craze as outlets opened up in shopping malls and department stores where busy shoppers could come and dangle their feet in a tank full of fish. Garra Rufa pedicures were soon introduced in the UK and by 2010 they had begun to capture wide interest. Initially only available in up-market salons and spas, the tanks are now appearing in shopping centre salons all over the country. The reception hasn’t been quite so warm in other places, where the practice has come under the scrutiny of health authorities and become the target of animal rights campaigners. Fish pedicures have even been banned in regions throughout the United States and Canada.

A Garra Rufa pedicure generally involves a fifteen to thirty minute session in the tank, followed by a standard pedicure, made easier by the treatment’s prior softening of the feet. The fish indeed replace the need for pumice stones and razors to remove hardened skin from the feet. In the UK, you can expect to pay around £1 per minute for the procedure. Aside from the fresh, soft, supple look of your feet after the fish have had a go at you, a Garra Rufa pedicure is sure to put a smile on your face.

Guestpost by Muzammil Bashir, who works alongside the Senior Editor of Pretty-small-shoes – a company that specialises in small sized shoes for women

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