Fall is often a super busy time for most mamas and our skincare routines tend to creep further and further down the list of priorities. The cooler weather is not much fun for our skin either. Changing temperatures, lower humidity levels and indoor heat result in dry air, which robs us of moisture all day long.
But, don't worry mama. We've listed below 5 easy ways to keep your skin nourished right throughout the fall!
1. DRINK WATER
We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.
According to the Mayo clinic, the recommended water intake for women is about 9 cups a day. This is about 2.2L of water in total. If you're constantly on the go, and or too busy to hydrate, grabbing a stylish, and eco-friendly on-the-go water bottle is a great way to remember to drink up.
Your skin is always in need of moisture, but in fall moisturizing right after you wash is a must. Applying a moisturizer to damp skin helps seal that moisture in. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash.
Scrub Scrub Scrub! Clean and smooth your skin with an invigorating, mineral rich, gentle exfoliant for the face and body. A good exfoliant will gently remove dull skin and dry out blemishes so your natural beauty can shine through!
4. CHANGE YOUR CLEANSER
Cleansers can be extremely drying to the skin. If you’re used to using options that contain glycolic or salicylic acid, rotate with a more hydrating version that contains moisturizing ingredients.
After cleansing, what your skin needs is a range of ingredients that restore and repair its surface. Skin can never get too much of these important ingredients, which include antioxidants and skin-repairing substances. Apply a hydrating toner and moisturizer to seal in moisture.
Breathe, flow and stretch - Build up a sweat at Toronto Yoga Mamas, as you strengthen your body. Working up a good sweat is the equivalent of getting a mini-facial, when the pores dilate, sweat expels trapped toxins, dirt and oil.
Just be sure to wash your face afterward, and hydrate to replenish the fluids you've lost.
We are so excited to welcome Shawna Haynes as an addition to our growing wellness team here at Yoga Mamas.
Shawna will be joining us as a registeres massage therapist. Her passion for anatomy and learning about the human body provides a focus in assessments and treatment plans for her patients including various techniques in the treatment of soft tissue, muscles, and joints in order to relieve pain, increase mobility, restore function and most importantly maintain tissue health.
She'll be available on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays.
To book an appointment with Shawna click here:
Join us for our Lamaze Childbirth Education Seminar from
Friday December 7th - Sunday December 9th, 2018.
Have you ever thought of becoming a childbirth educator?
This lamaze program is for doulas, public health nurses, current childbirth educators and all those who want to become Certified Lamaze Childbirth Educators.
In this workshop you will learn how to teach FUN and Dynamic classes. Find meaningful ways to engage, educate and support pregnant families in your community. Attending this workshop fulfills one of the requirements towards becoming a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator.
Join us to gain new skills and strategies to update your current classes or conduct more engaging prenatal visits.
What is Lamaze?
Lamaze classes prepare women for a safe, healthy birth by providing the most current, evidence-based information about birth to help women gain confidence and navigate the world of fertility.
What are the Benefits of Lamaze?
Lamaze helps mamas seeking a natural childbirth education to manage pain without drug intervention.
It also equips parents with stress management tools and knowledge about the childbirth process and what to expect.
There are no pre-requisites for this workshop, however, a background in childbirth education/experience in birth/birth doula training/nursing is helpful. The purpose of this workshop is to prepare YOU for HOW to best teach the content covered in a typical prenatal class/series to your potential learners in a fun, dynamic way with an emphasis on experiential learning. For those working towards the designation of LCCE, this course completes one of the pre-requesits for sitting the Lamaze Exam.
Interested in becoming a Lamaze Childbirth Educator? Find out more about the pathways towards certification here: http://childbirtheducators.ca/faqs-page
Advance Pricing: $472+hst for registrations on or before October 19th 2018
Regular Course Fee: $549+hst
Fall is a lovely time to slow down and press the “reset button” on your family routines and pastimes, because the truth is, the Summer months leave many Mamas feeling worn out! So take solace in the fact that for the next ten months all you need to do is pack the kid’s lunches and get them on the school bus. As the leaves are changing from green to gold, it’s time for you to return to your self-care and wellbeing. Here are five ways you can reclaim some well-deserved R&R this season.
Soon the weather will be changing from warm to cold, humid to dry, which means your skin may need a new routine to stay healthy and well protected. It’s common for skin to feel dull, dry, and itchy as we say farewell to Summer, and although no one wants to welcome winter too early, it’s wise to be prepared with a soothing skincare routine that will have you ready to face what Mother Nature has in store. More than ever before you’ll find plenty of naturally derived skincare options that are kind to the environment as well as your skin. Look for sustainably harvested, plant-based, oil cleansers and moisturizers for the most luxurious defense against Fall/Winter’s cool climate.
Let’s be honest: if you have kids at home, it may have been a while since you actually read an entire book (we’re talking “front-to-back, no skimming, you can still remember what happened in Chapter 1” kind of reading). It’s time to pull on your reading socks and get lost in a good book Mama! If you’re unsure what to pick up, ask a few colleagues or friends that share your taste; sometimes the best way to choose a book is through recommendation. You might even take your literary adventure to the next level by joining a book club!
Pumpkins are abundant this time of year, and they’re good for more than just spice lattes. There’s nothing like the perfect pumpkin or a basket of fresh apples to inspire a Fall-worthy bake-off! Not only will your home smell like cinnamon, but you can also send the kids to school with your tasty creations; pumpkin spice muffins, apple crisp, cranberry orange scones, you name it! If ever there was a time to satisfy your inner Martha, the time is now. Spend 10-15 minutes perusing Pinterest and you’ll have a bucket list of recipes to keep you snacking until the New Year.
Who says a good clean sweep of the home is only fit for Spring? As you bring out the wooly sweaters and blankets, and store away the fins and goggles, spend some time deep cleaning—goodness knows there’s likely sand in every corner after several weekends at the beach! If the thought of a top-to-bottom tidy has you feeling overwhelmed, consider tackling one area of the house at a time. The family entrance (or mud room) is a great place to start now that sunhats and flip-flops can be stored until next year.
Back-to-School isn’t only for your kids! If you find yourself with a little free time and an appetite for learning, why not pick up a new skill? Are you curious about pottery? Have you always wanted to play the piano? It’s never too late to learn something new and your options aren’t limited to a classroom (YouTube is filled with handy tutorials on almost everything). Not only will you have something fun to add to dinnertime conversation with your family, but you’ll also be inspiring your kids to continue their pursuit for knowledge and creativity, long after their school days are over.
The Summer may be your family’s chance to let loose, soak up the sun, and build memories that last a lifetime, but there’s no denying that Back-to-School can be a sweet relief to parents everywhere! As you invite more structure and routine into your home this Fall, make sure to build in lots of self-care for yourself. Make your home a cozy sanctuary for the colder months ahead and remember to treat your mind, body, and spirit with some extra TLC.
What are some of things you're doing now that the kiddos are back in school?
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