self care

self care

New Year, New Fresh Perspective

The new year always brings a desire for change and self-improvements. Making traditional New Year's resolutions can be mundane and, well, boring. They're often so vague and impersonal you might be uninspired to see them through. For 2017, try a fresher approach at self-improvement with unconventional — and even fun! — resolutions for the new year.

  • Climb something. You don't have to summit Mount Everest to show your strength. The goal here is to stay active and push your limits, whatever they may be. Climb the nearest mountain or hike a hill in 2017.
     
  • Compliment more. This may seem insignificant, but you'd be amazed how much a little compliment can make a friend or stranger's day. Each "beautiful smile" and "great shoes" will bring a smile to someone else's face and make your own heart swell!
     
  • Plan a little, destress a lot.  The power of a simple to-do list should never be understated. Whether you're listing out your daily tasks at work or meal planning, making a habit of to-do lists can help put a little order into your life and save you from unnecessary stress.
     
  • Make more memories. Most of us carry a camera everywhere we go on our phone. So, you have no excuse to take at least one picture every day. It could be a picture of you crossing something off your bucket list or spending the day at the park. Even if the photo seems plain today, it might be treasured in 2018.
     
  • Be softer. We have a feeling 2017 is the year to be kinder and gentler to our loved ones — and ourselves. That's why you should make sure to use a deep moisturizing cream like Corium 21 all year long. Corium 21 cream contains Isopropyl Palmitate, a natural emollient and moisturizer. This allows the cream to sink into your skin so you can experience long-term moisture and softer skin.

What do you want to get done in 2017? Plan it out now and don't forget to sprinkle in some fun! While you're on whatever adventure this year brings, let Corium 21 cream soothe you along the way.

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5 Ways to Destress So You Can Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner

The holidays are just around the corner. It's a wonderful time of year to enjoy good food with loved ones. But if you're in charge of the big family gathering this year, the commotion can be a little stressful. Here are our top five tips to destress, sit back and enjoy dinner:

1. Start every morning with "me" time.

No matter what responsibilities you may have during the holidays, you deserve some quiet time. Designate a portion of each morning where you aren't pulled in four different directions. You'd be hard pressed to find any task that can't wait 15 minutes while you collect yourself and prepare for the day to come. During this time, center yourself. Breathe in and out. You'll find that starting the day in the right state of mind will help you get through any hiccups that may arise.

2. Make a list.

Santa does it, so why shouldn't you? Whether you use pen and paper or the notes app on your phone, a to-do list will help you keep track of all the little tasks. Writing it down will save you from that nagging feeling you're constantly forgetting something. Plus, you'll be grateful for the lists when you only have to make one trip to the grocery store.

3. Delegate!

It can be hard to give up the stuffing you've made every Thanksgiving for 10 years. But this is the year to delegate some things on your list to others. Lightening your load will relieve the pressure that the success of dinner relies solely on you. So, next time your cousin offers to bring mashed potatoes, say yes! You'll be amazed how great foods can taste when you're not the only one in the kitchen!

4. Remember to self-care.

When we get really busy, it is easy to forget to take care of ourselves. Taking care of your body will help ease your mind of stress. So, go for a run if that is something you enjoy. Take a long bubble bath to relieve your muscles after being on your feet all day. Moisturize with aloe to soothe your skin. Corium 21 cream uses the strongest type of aloe in the world, Barbadensis Miller. Its six antiseptic agents can help fight infection, along with three anti-inflammatory agents and three analgesics that reduce pain and itching.

5. Surround yourself with people you enjoy.

The holiday season brings numerous social engagements. Instead of trying to go to every one, even when they conflict, pick and choose the dinners and Christmas parties you truly want to attend. You'll have more ufn and be more at ease throughout the season.

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Don't Let Summer Dry Skin Follow You Into Fall

This time of year can be an awkward transition for your skin. Labor Day festivities may have been the last glimpse of sunshine you'll see before you get swept up in the hustle and bustle of fall activities. Whether you've been wearing SPF all season long, have been living sunburn to sunburn, it's important to treat your skin carefully during this transition. Here's how we take care of dry - and even flaking - skin to get ready for fall:

Cleanse mildly

Now is not the time to start using a harsh acne cleanser. Dry skin needs to be handled carefully so look for mild ingredients in fragrance-free  cleansers. Your skin is more sensitive right now. Remember, if you feel any tightness or notice increased dryness, you probably need to switch out cleansers.

Steam carefully

Keep your showers short and sweet. Heat can be good for dry skin, but you don't want it to get too hot. A warm shower that's less than 10 minutes can provide the right amount of steam to help your skin recover.

Dry thoroughly

Any extra water from a shower or early season rain can dry out your skin even more. That's why you want to be sure to dry gently and thoroughly whenever your skin gets wet. As strange as it may seem, that's not the kind of moisture your skin needs during this transition period.

Moisturize quickly

What your dry skin does need is a thick moisturizer free of added fragrances that won't leave your skin greasy. Look for ingredients that specifically target dry skin like Niacin and Vitamin CCetyl Alcohol, which is derived from coconut and palm oils, helps seal in moisture and prevents the loss of any more. These ingredients, all found in Corium 21 cream, help to soften your skin and repair sun damage and flaking skin. For maximum effect, moisturize right after you towel off following a shower. Your skin will still be damp, which will let the thick cream really sink in!

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Everything You Need For an At-Home Spa Day

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Summer is always a busy time of year. With all the hustle and bustle, it's easy to forget to take a second and relax! While you might not be able to take that Caribbean island vacation this year, you probably can spare an afternoon for some good old fashioned self-care. Our favorite way to relax and give back to ourselves is an at-home spa! Here's everything you need for a calm, rejuvenating afternoon:

Pamper with a natural face mask

Regardless if you have dry, oily or combination skin, there's a natural face mask for you! Face masks are a wonderful way to address any concerns you may have with your skin. After 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the mask, you'll be amazed at how much better your face feels. Be sure to take a look in the mirror and check out your beautiful glow! If you don't already have a favorite brand for face masks, or are looking to try something new, try a DIY one. There are a lot of DIY recipes on Pinterest and blogs online! (Don't forget to share your favorite with us on Facebook.)

Deep condition with coconut oil

You may have heard about coconut oil in just about every beauty magazine and article. We recommend it as a deep conditioner for your hair. If you let it sit and work its magic for a while, your hair will be smoother, stronger and shinier than before. Plus, it will smell great!

Rest your eyes

One of the best things about going to a spa is the ambience. Everything about the experience is relaxing. Well, you can recreate that ambience at home! If you have a dimmer switch, use it. Candles are great for ambience as well. Just remember to be safe around the open flame! The dim lights will also help your eyes rest. For the true spa environment, find some soothing music, whatever helps you relax, and play it throughout your spa day.

Moisturize!

Don't forget to end your at-home spa day with smooth, healthy skin. Using a moisturizer like Corium 21 cream will keep your skin happy even on non-spa days! Collagen, just one of Corium 21's special ingredients, can help make your skin firmer and more supple - so say goodbye to fine lines!

Ready to feel even more relaxed? Try Corium 21 today!