Brighten your skin.

With winter upon us, many of us are experiencing dry patches on our skin. Several things contribute to this condition and some steps which you can take to combat this condition would include:

1. Drink more water. Most of us are not getting drinking enough water daily and that can cause dry and dull skin.

2. Exfoliate twice weekly. The skin which is exposed on us is already dead skin, just waiting to come off. As time goes on, more skin cells are added up underneath the top dead skin cells and the top layer is dry, and no longer oblong in shape, If that skin stays on, the top layers become flatter and thinner. This creates dull, lifeless looking skin. Exfoliation removes the dull, dry cells on top of our skin and lets the rosy, fresher newer cells come to the top to start the process all over again.

3. Use sunscreen daily. Most people do not realize that over 90% of the UV light emitted from our sun is UVA rays. For years we have all been told about the tanning rays and burning, SPF factors. UVA rays will initially give you a little red color and then disappear. You don't tan or burn from UVA rays, yet they are the worst. UVA ages us, and it is just as strong in the winter as in the summer. UVA rays come through windows, so being indoors won't stop the damage. UVA are the long distance rays that travel all the way down into the dermis, causing damage.

If you don't hydrate and moisturize your skin, it won't glow with youth. Use a gentle scrub to send dry skin away but remember, your skin is delicate so don't scrub it like you would you kitchen floor.
Use light foundations over moisturizers and creme blushes for a natural look.

Now read the post below if you haven't. It's a hoot!


  1. Jianne Carlo // November 5, 2009 at 10:21 AM  

    Aw shoot Mary. You're the only one I know who can post a blog and blatantly point the reader to another. But, you're right, Mary Ricksen's blog was a hoot. I admire her spirit so much!

    The water part is really, really important. Drink agua for healthy skin,



  2. Judy // November 5, 2009 at 12:57 PM  

    Thanks, Mary, for some good reminders. Here in Sunny, Humid Florida, we still need to be reminded of sunscreen and drinking lots of water! Thanks!

  3. Mary Marvella // November 5, 2009 at 1:52 PM  

    Thanks, Jianne. It worked, didn't it? If you missed her blog yesterday,I'd want you to keep reading.

  4. Mary Marvella // November 5, 2009 at 1:53 PM  

    You're welcome, Judy! People don't realize the humidity is good for our skin.

  5. Barbara Monajem // November 5, 2009 at 2:21 PM  

    Thank you, Mary. More water, more water, more water. I always forget!

  6. Patrice // November 5, 2009 at 3:03 PM  

    Florida living is sure tough on the skin. No wonder the poor alligators look like they do! I'm having to see my dermatologist every six months and she's always finding something to slice off me. Used Aldera cream this summer to get rid off some sun damage and was sick for two months. Nice skin though!

  7. Mary Ricksen // November 5, 2009 at 5:15 PM  

    I saw a really good picture of you on the PFS site. Your skin looks just wonderful. Whatever you are doing it's working very well. You look fabulous.
    Pass me the water and the exfoliate stuff quick! I'm going to bed early too.
    Patrice, if you spend too much time in the sun, it does that to you.
    Real Floridians never leave their houses. Ha!

  8. Scarlet Pumpernickel // November 5, 2009 at 8:34 PM  

    Yes m'am,more water, more water and yes, more water! Don't forget the moisturizer as well. MM's skin looks great, she takes good care of herself.

  9. Mary Marvella // November 5, 2009 at 9:12 PM  

    It's about sun and sunscreen and moisturizers. Exfoliating and gentle scrubs can help us sluff off old skin, damaged skin.

  10. Pamela Varnado // November 6, 2009 at 9:01 AM  

    Mary, thanks for the tips. And thanks to you my skin is glowing like it did when I was a teenager. Smooches!

  11. Mary Marvella // November 6, 2009 at 1:07 PM  

    Thanks, Pam! You're too good to me.

  12. Joanne // November 8, 2009 at 9:14 AM  

    These are great tips, Mary. I've heard that drinking lots of water helps. Maybe it will slow down my appetite, too.