Friday, January 22, 2010

How To Maintain Healthy, Clean Skin

1. Wash face in the morning, as well as at night. It is important to have a skin regimen because in order to get clean skin you have to work at it daily, as well as in order to keep clean skin. Your face encounters environmental pollutants in the air, weathering, as well as makeup and other cosmetics that you apply to your skin daily, that can cause clogged pores and break-outs.

2. Drink plenty of water so skin can stay hydrated and cells can regenerate, allowing for new, healthy cells to replace dead, and old ones. 8-10 tall glasses of water are highly recommended.

3. Use moisturizer after cleansing your face, because it restores natural oils that you washed away and helps skin to stay smooth and hydrated. Vitamin E-enriched moisturizers also aid in healthier skin, and helps replenish healthy skin cells.

4. As stated in tip #3, lotioning your body is also important after a shower or bath. Wherever there is skin, moisturize! Also, avoid using water on the skin that is too hot-it causes the skin to become drier (a tip I learned from my dermatologist). Use your judgment as to whether the water is comfortably warm or unbearably hot.

5. Take vitamins. They not only aid in cell regeneration (new cells replacing old cells, healing wounds quickly and effectively) and offer the skin essential nutrients, but they also give a burst of extra energy throughout the day to help one be more effective at work, school, gym, etc.

Dita Recommends: GNC Women's Ultra Mega Active Vitamins, $21, for 90 Caplets
                              GNC Women's Skin, Hair & Nails Vitamins, $20, for 60 Caplets
(Take both supplements daily, 2x a day, with food; Skin, Hair & Nail supplements are water soluble and will pass through the system without absorption if taken without another supplement).

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tips On Cleaning Out Your Closet: What to Wear, Store, or Let Go!

1. If you discover items that you have forgotten that you've own, chances are that you may not even use it, or wear it.

2. If you do stumble upon long-lost items, and you have trouble letting them go, try this: If you can add it to your current wardrobe within two weeks, it's a keeper. If you don't find yourself wearing soon after, get rid of it.

3. Store away items that can be used during the summer; Keep items that can be layered, or worn for the current winter season within reach.

4. Toss out those Old Navy flip flops from last Summer. Because they are affordable (2 for $5.00ea), they can be replaced. But also, dirt and bacteria from last year's strolls on the beach could have seeped into them.

5. Try to go over your garment/shoes each season to evaluate what to wear, store, or let go. This way you will always leave room for new things, but also compel you to wear what you already have. Get as much use from your purchases as much as possible!

6. Give away useful items, as well as those in good condition, to charity (Planet Aid, Red Cross, Salvation Army).  Remember, successful people are also generous people who give back to the community in some way. (Sarah Jessica Parker gives many of her fabulous clothes to consignment Boutiques in NYC)

I recently gave away six (and counting) garbage bags of good clothing away to Planet Aid. Why hang on to things that others in need can put to good use?