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Spring is in the Air ~ Preparing you skin for the Summer Months

Spring the transition time between winter and summer. Often referred to the season of rebirth, renewal and regrowth. In the US and some other regions of the Northern Hemisphere the vernal equinox (around March 20 or 21) marks the first day of spring, while the summer solstice marks the first day of summer (usually June 21).

In spring, the axis of the Earth is increasing its tilt toward the Sun and the length of daylight rapidly increases for the relevant hemisphere. It begins to warm definitely causing new plant growth to “spring forth” giving the season it name. Snow begins to melt, and streams swell from the runoff; frost becomes less severe. In areas where no snow and rare frost happens, air and ground temperatures rise rapidly. Many flowering plants bloom this time of year making everything colorful and fresh.

This is also the time of year marked by unstable air as the cold winter air is replaced with the warmer air causing warmer rains, tornado’s, super cell thunderstorms, hail, and heavy wind causing the jet stream to play an important role in unstable and severe weather in the Northern Hemisphere.

With springtime here the needs of our skin change. In the winter months we are indoors more. Cold weather, central heating and heavy starchy foods can all conspire to make a mockery of your skin care routine. No matter what your skin type you’re sure to notice the effects at some point during the winter. As I have said before moisturizer is the number one weapon against winter weather.

In the spring we are outdoors more, in the sunshine and water. Here are some tips on changing your skin care and makeup regime from winter to summer.

Review your routine and switch as needed. Is your skin care routine for springtime? As temperatures rise, everyone’s complexion tends to get oilier, so even if you have dry or combination skin, you might need a lighter moisturizer. If your skin is really oily, you might want to switch to a serum. These are very lightweight and deliver a powerful dose of nourishing ingredients. Oily skin types should also consider applying a Mattifyer which controls oil for up to eight hours. If that’s too drying apply a primer before your makeup. You might also consider switching from rehydrating make-up – such as a moisturizer foundation, concealer, or blush – to a light dusting of powder foundation, bronzer or blush and apply a light lip gloss. Keeping it simple in the Springtime.

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Nail Care

Nail care is one part of looking your best that you can’t ignore. To be entirely beautiful one can apply the best makeup wear the most fashionable clothing, but it is not complete if you do not take good care of your nails. Nail care is essential to prevent nail problems such as fungal infections and ingrown nails from occurring.

 Our hands are mirrors of how we lead our lives and how much attention and care we give to our skin and the rest of our body. Some believe that hands can show the age of a woman. Our hands are used for everything, to communicate, express ourselves, give emphasis to our words. We use them to cook the foods we serve our families, our hands help us to get dressed, write letters, welcome and congratulate others.

The human hand is unique. We have opposable thumbs allowing us to grasp and pick up small objects. While the  hands of vertebrates other then humans are used for locomotion.

Nails are hardened skin cells but when it comes to nail care, we need to do more than just clean the nail itself.

The parts of the nail are the nail root, nail bed, nail plate, cuticle and nail tip. Factors that can make your nails uhealthy and cause damage include poor diet, malnutrition, drug abuse, endocrine disorders, anemia, and trauma to the nail itself. Having manicures done to your nails at a nail salon is one way to take care of your nails.

Fingernail Do’s and Don’ts

Take a close look at your fingernails. Are they strong and healthy looking? Or do you see ridges, dents or areas of unusual color or shape? Often less than desirable nail conditions can be avoided through proper fingernail care. Others require a physician or dermatologist care.

Whats Normal, What’s Not!
Your fingernails – composed of laminated layers of a protein called keratin- grow from the area at the base of the nail under your cuticle. As new cells grow, older cells become hard and compacted and are eventually pushed out towards your fingertips. Healthy fingernails are smooth, without pits or grooves. They are uniform in color and consistency and free of spots or discoloration. Sometimes verticle ridges develop that run from cuticle to the tip of the nail, they are harmless and typically become more prominent with age.

Not all nail conditions are normal, however, Consult your doctor or dermatologist if you notice:

  • Changes in nail color
  • Changes in the nail shape
  • Thinning or Thickening of the nails
  • Separation of the nail from the surrounding skin
  • Bleeding around the nails
  • redness, Swelling or pain around the nails.
Your fingernails can provide clues to your overall health — but do you know how to read the signs?
Check out photos of seven nail conditions that warrant medical attention.
Nail pitting

Nail pitting is small depressions in the nails. Nail pitting is most common in people who have psoriasis — a condition characterized by scaly patches on the skin. Nail pitting can also be related to connective tissue disorders, such as Reiter’s syndrome, and alopecia areata — an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.

Nail clubbing

Nail clubbing occurs when the tips of the fingers enlarge and the nails curve around the fingertips, usually over the course of years. Nail clubbing is sometimes the result of low oxygen in the blood and could be a sign of various types of lung disease. Nail clubbing is also associated with inflammatory bowel disease, cardiovascular disease, liver disease and AIDS.

Spoon nails

Spoon nails (koilonychia) are soft nails that look scooped out. The depression usually is large enough to hold a drop of liquid. Often, spoon nails are a sign of iron deficiency anemia or a liver condition known as hemochromatosis, in which your body absorbs too much iron from the food you eat. Spoon nails can also be associated with heart disease and hypothyroidism.

Terry’s nails

With the condition known as Terry’s nails, the tip of each nail has a dark band. Sometimes this can be attributed to aging. In other cases, it can be a sign of a serious underlying condition, such as liver disease, congestive heart failure or diabetes.

Beau’s lines

Beau’s lines are indentations that run across the nails. The indentations can appear when growth at the area under the cuticle is interrupted by injury or severe illness. Conditions associated with Beau’s lines include uncontrolled diabetes and peripheral vascular disease, as well as illnesses associated with a high fever, such as scarlet fever, measles, mumps and pneumonia. Beau’s lines can also be a sign of zinc deficiency.

Nail separation

With a condition known as onycholysis, the fingernails become loose and can separate from the nail bed. Sometimes detached nails are associated with injury or infection. In other cases nail separation is a reaction to a particular drug or consumer product, such as nail hardeners or adhesives. Thyroid disease and psoriasis — a condition characterized by scaly patches on the skin — also can cause nail separation.

Yellow nail syndrome

With yellow nail syndrome, nails thicken and new growth slows. This results in a yellowish discoloration of the nails. Nails affected by yellow nail syndrome might lack a cuticle and detach from the nail bed in places. Yellow nail syndrome is often a sign of respiratory disease, such as chronic bronchitis. Yellow nail syndrome can also be related to swelling of the hands (lymphedema).

To keep your fingernails looking their best, follow these simple guidelines

Do Keep Your Fingernails Dry and Clean. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dished, cleaning or using harsh chemicals. avoid long exposure to water.
Do Trim and File Your Fingernails Regularly. Use sharpe manicure scissors or clippers. Trim straight across, then round the tips in gently curve.
Do use Moisturizer. When using hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles.

Don’t Abuse your Fingernails. Don’t use your nails as tools to pick, poke or pry things
Don’t Bite Your Nails or Pick at Your Cuticles. This can damage the nail bed and cause infection
Don’t Pull off Hangnails.  You risk ripping live tissue and creating infection, instead gently clip with clippers.
Don’t Ignore Problems. If nail problems don’t seem to go away on their own or are associated with other symptoms consult your doctor or dermatologist for an evaluation.

Weak Fingernails can be a challenge to strengthen.

To protect them and reduce the risk of splitting or breaking;

Keep Your Nails Short ~ less risk of breaking
Use Moisturizer ~ Apply to nails and cuticles several times a day and at bedtime
Apply Nail Polish ~ a thin coat of clear nail polish can help keep moisture in
Limit Use of Nail Polish Remover ~ don’t use more than once a week, make sure to use acetone-free variety
Ask your Doctor about Biotin Supplements. Some suggest nutrition supplement of Biotin might help strengthen weak or brittle fingernails.

Its easy to ignore and neglect your nails, but there is much you can do to keep your fingernails healthy and strong. Start with basic fingernail care and your look will be complete!

Once your fingernails are healthy and strong add some fun into your appearance. Add some color, or some sparkle, Art, Rhinestones, colorful designs or just plain beautiful color.



Kathy Michael
avonladykathy@gmail.com ~ 619-994-4532 ~ www.youravon.com/kathymichael ~ www.facebook.com/shopavonwithkathy

Avon Naturals Kids Part 2

What about Bath and Body care? We have the solution for that too!

Do you have children that hate bath time???

Let’s turn bath time into Fun Time!

Introducing Avon Natural Kids Bath and Body Care. 

Just like adults Children’s skin is sensitive and needs more moisture than adults do especially in the winter months. Starting out with a good body wash is critical in keeping skin from drying out. There are no harsh chemicals and all products have been dermatology  and ophthalmologist tested as tear free formulas.

While children love to play in the tub, most don’t realize that bubble bath and body paints are actually helping to wash away those nasty germs every child has on them. Children’s skin is thinner that adult skin and lots of scrubbing is not good for them over most of their bodies. The only areas that need thorough daily cleansing are the face, underarms and genital regions. So let them paint themselves and play in the bubbles. Keeping bath time to no more than 10 min. 

Body Care Tips

Avon Naturals Kids is delighted to offer some funny characters

and some kid friendly fragrances.

Bubble Bath & Body Wash – 

Outgoing Orange

Bursting Berry

Swirling Strawberry

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Bath Time Body Paints

Roll on the fun with rinse-off body paint!

Bubble Gum ~~ Cotton Candy

Crazy Coconut ~ ~ Amazing Apple

Outgoing Orange ~ ~ Wacky Watermelon

Roll body paint over body to paint designs, and rinse to clean. Dermatology tested. 1.7 fl oz.  Special price $0.99 each


  Your choice of FREE Kids Bath Sponge with each $5 purchase of any of our new NATURALS KIDS products!

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If your like me this time of year can be most uncomfortable when it comes to crawling itchy dry skin. Cold weather outside. Drastic temperature changes, household heaters turned up.  No wonder our skin is confused.

For many, dry skin is not a sign of a skin condition or disease, but is simply caused by harsh soaps, itchy clothing, misusing moisturizer, and long, hot showers. Normal, healthy skin is coated in a thin layer of natural lipids, or fatty substances. They keep in moisture, leaving the skin soft and supple.

Here are some of the most common symptoms of Dry Skin.

Pat Dry

Moisture Therapy Oatmeal Body Lotion

Dry Skin and Moisturizer Misuse ~~If you don’t apply your moisturizer correctly them you aren’t getting any of the benefits of it. You have to put on moisturizer when your skin is still damp, the moisturizer is trapping the moisture still on your skin.” Your skin shouldn’t be sopping wet – just pat yourself dry with a towel and put it on. Let it soak in for a few minutes, and then towel off the excess. Try any one of the Moisture Therapy products: Ultra Skin Renewal, Intensive Treatment, Oatmeal, Vitamin Skin Defense.  All available in 13.5 fl oz Body Lotion, 4.2fl oz Hand Cream and our new Bonus Size 33.8fl oz Body lotion. All on Sale NOW!

Dry Skin and Dry Air ~~ Dry air is probably the most common cause of dry skin, especially during the winter. It draws the moisture right out of the skin.” While cold, harsh weather does dry your skin, another big problem in the winter lies indoors — the dry heat churned out by your furnace.

Long, Hot Showers & Baths Also Dry Skin ~~

Prolonged exposure to water – especially hot water  – can wash away the natural oils that protect your skin. Turn the temperature down and shorten the length of time your in the water. Use cream oil body wash or shower Gel,  like Skin So Soft

Use Skin so Soft in the shower

Soapy Skin, Dry Skin?~~

Soap can be one of the biggest problems people have with dry skin  Soap can quickly strip away your skin’s protective oils, and we tend to use way too much of it. The average person who goes to school or work

Try Skin So Soft Gelled Body Oil

just doesn’t get very dirty during the day. However in the shower many people scrub at their skin like it’s the bottom of their shoes. Unless you’re a ditch digger, the only parts of the body that need any soap or cleanser at all are the face, hands, feet, groin and underarms. The rest of the body can usually just be rinsed off with water. Using an oil type body wash or shower gel will help restore some of that lost moisture your skin needs to stay healthy.  Avon’s world famous Skin So Soft products are a great choice for this. Available in Body Wash, Body Lotion, Shower Gel, Serums Gelled Body Oil. In Original scent and Signature Silk.

Itchy Clothing and Dry Skin~~

No matter how much you might love the look of a wool sweater, it’s not worth it if it’s uncomfortable. Dry skin is especially sensitive to contact irritants, so continually exposing your skin to uncomfortable clothing could make your skin drier and itchier.  Go with clothes that feel comfortable the first time you put them on. Make sure your clothing isn’t too tight either, since chafing can also cause and irritate dry skin. And remember, if your skin feels irritated, use detergents without perfumes or dyes.


Wear Soft comfortable Fabrics Instead

Some Drugs May Dry Skin~~

A number of drugs have the side effect of drying out the skin. They include:

  • High blood pressure drugs, like diuretics
  • Retinoids like Retin-A used for acne and for other purposes

  • Getting Help for Dry, Itchy Skin

    While dry skin can be a sign of these more serious health conditions, it’s usually nothing more than run-of-the-mill dry skin — regardless of how horrible it feels.

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