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Beauty Swellness: My At-home Aveeno® essentials

Aveeno at home essentials

I spend a fair bit of time away from home (and I talk about some of my travel must-haves here), and being away so often makes my time at home that much more precious to me. I struggle sometimes at making it a haven where I can kick back and relax (between what seems of endless loads of laundry–I’m just one person but between delicates, regular clothes and workout clothes, it piles up!–and constantly unpacking and repacking luggage, gah!).

But the one thing I know I don’t have to worry about is my stash of skincare essentials. As an Aveeno® Active Naturals® ambassador and a lifestyle writer, I get to try out a slew of products regularly, and these are the Aveeno products I turn to time and time again, and what helps me keep a healthy balance to my on-the-go lifestyle:

Because I’m working out regularly, I shampoo my hair often. Which can dry out hair, but I use Aveeno® Positively Nourishing Moisturize Shampoo and Conditioner so that my hair doesn’t get stripped. These two products are made with a formula of gentle moisturizers and includes a nourishing Wheat Complex and Oat Protein so my often over-shampooed hair maintains shine and strength. I usually don’t travel with these products (in order to save space in my luggage — carry-on only whenever possible!) and I notice the difference in how much more manageable my hair is once I return home and use these products instead of whatever was in my hotel room.

While I typically wear a higher SPF, during cooler months where I’m typically indoors for more time, I love to use Aveeno® Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 15. With its Total Soy Complex and natural light diffusers, it helps with my uneven skin tone and dark spots, and I like that it’s hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. It is lightweight, though, so in the winter, I use a heavier night cream or an oil to give my dry skin (which gets exposed to harsh winter elements since I run outside all winter) more of rich dose of hydration.

As for my body, I’ve always been prone to dry skin, so with my skin recovering from winter and my frequent showering (often twice a day because of (1) life and (2) regular workouts), hydrating my skin well is actually the thing I’m most diligent about when it comes to my beauty routine. If I were to skip this step, I’d be scaly as a snake and itchy AF. So, in order to NOT be in such a state, I slather on the new Aveeno® Eczema Care Itch Relief Balm, which helps strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier and moisturizes skin well. It’s not greasy, and is gentle enough for daily use. Plus, I love that it’s in a large pot (it drives me crazy when pump dispenser’s stop pumping out lotion when there’s so much left in the bottle!).

Where I can slack off with my moisturizing routine is when it comes to my hands. Did you know–your hands are the first part of your body to show serious signs of aging?! So, I keep a tube of Aveeno® Daily Moisturizing Hand Cream on my office desk so I can apply it when I’m working on my computer.

I remember Aveeno® being on the bathroom shelf when I was growing up, actually, so it’s been a trusted staple on my bathroom shelf for practically my whole life, come to think about it.



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Location, location, location

Love, love, love this airy open-plan kitchen. (Image: Living Etc)

Where’s the closest grocery store; how functional is the home’s layout; how safe is the ‘hood; and, of course, how much closet space there is.

All things you consider when you’re in the market for a new space to call home.

But you might want to consider how dense the traffic is in the area, or you may find your girth expanding over time.  A new study conducted at the University of Alberta has found that people living in neighbourhoods where they perceived the traffic made taking a stroll unpleasant were more likely to have higher BMI than those who didn’t.

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No matter what your job is, how interesting it is, how much money you make at it, or if you’re single or married, male or female, your happiness quotient rises on the weekend, says new research published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. This “weekend effect” is linked to the weekends giving you the opportunity to spend your time as you wish, along with it being time to chill out with your BFFs and family — demonstrating just how critical free time is to one’s overall wellbeing.

(Great, now I’m going to have Loverboy’s “Everybody’s Working for the Weekend” stuck in my head all day).

In other research out of the University of Toronto, as many as 50 percent of people bring home work “sometimes” or “frequently.” The study found that the higher status your job, the more it interferes with your personal life.

So this (and I’m basing this on the findings mentioned earlier) is going to majorly ratchet down the happiness levels for many of us. Something to think about if you’re gunning for that corner office. Do you have tips on how to make sure work doesn’t infringe on your personal life? Do share.

P.S. The amazing calendar above btw is called Perpetual Paris — Photo Collage + Perennial  Calendar and it’s from a company called Little Brown Pen. Love it! Get it here.

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