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4 Winter Beauty Boosters 

Closeup of a groundhog peeping over a snowbank.

Beauty Editor’s Note

We are definitely in the midst of winter by this point. Regardless of what Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog says, we still have to deal with it no matter what the length is. And it is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to winter beauty boosters. To me, anytime that you have the opportunity to treat yourself is always a good time. Some of the things that I discuss in this post were previously mentioned in my post called Beautifully Aware of Self-Care in September of 2021. As we wait for warmer temperatures here are some beauty booster ideas to give a try. Dana

“Loving yourself isn’t vanity”

~The Derm Review

Tea Time

Herbal tea in a glass tea cup.

There is nothing more comforting than a warm cup of tea and listening to a good audiobook. I love audiobooks by the way and walk around my house a lot with headphones on while listening to them; it is a great comfort.

Anyhoo, 2 years ago at the height of the pandemic I really got into herbal teas. I was on orange & spice around this time and it was really heavy. Now during the colder months I want fruit flavored teas like Peach Passion, it makes me think of summer in a cup.

When you have a spare moment you can Google the benefits of herbal teas. I put a scoop of Gundry MD Vital Reds as a sugar or honey substitute. Oh, by the way when I provided mobile spa services I would often take different flavors of green and white teas and use them for mask treatments. After dipping gauze material in warm tea I’d place it over the face as a mask treatment. Additionally, I would have commercial professional grade green tea packaged masks on hand. My clients seem to like this especially in the colder months and it made it easy for me to do a simple mask treatment.

Making Scents

Aromatherapy set with different holistic fresh herbs and extracts.

There’s no question that aromatherapy is a mood booster. I believe it’s more important now around this time of year than any other time. Sometimes I enjoy the smell of baked goods and gingerbread men and all things holiday. But there are other times during the season I want something that is reminiscent of spring and summer. Something citrusy or clean smelling depending on how I feel.

I just received Josie Maren’s 24 oz whipped argan oil body butter in vanilla. Normally, I buy the unscented version of this butter but thought I would give it a try since it’s one of her top selling fragrances in body butter. Depending on how sweet the scent, I’m not always a fan of vanilla. Although, some vanillas I do like just as long as they’re not too sweet smelling and clawing.

“So, yes, well-being is absolutely within your control”

~Michelle Lee, Former Editor-in Chief, Allure Magazine 2021

A Spa Moment

Spa composition with aromatic candles and towels on a white table.

I play with beauty products like children play with toys and I always feel better when I have a spa moment. This is the ideal time where I try new products and scents in the shower and in my beauty routine. I like it when the scented steam subtly envelops my bathroom. Cleanlogic sent the Bold Blind Beauty team some of their exfoliating products and I hope you caught my January review on their line.

Make sure you take time out for yourself during the season to create your own personal spa moment.

“Self care is the non-negotiable”

~The Derm Review

Keeping Your Head in the Game

The epitome of Winter Beauty: A fashion model wearing a winter scarf around her neck with  cute crocheted  hat adorned with a flower.

I figured out some ways to still look cute in the winter time. When it is really cold outside I do not like to wear my hair out so I have a nice collection of headscarves and cute little hats for times like this. I’m glad that I have the face shape that I can wear a scarf or tam.

I always put a satin little head covering under my scarves and hats to keep the moisture in my hair (you still have to take care of your hair). For additional possible style options, I am also looking into wigs, not that I need one but it’s a hair accessory so why not? And please this should go without saying, if you’re going to wear a scarf make sure it’s not the one you sleep in. I have separate stashes and I think you ought to do the same. I don’t want to look like I rolled out of bed and just threw on my clothes with my night scarf on, to me this is not a good idea.

Have fun playing with scarves, hats, and wigs. Don’t be afraid to express your personal style and still feel beautiful.

For additional self-care tips check out these sites

By Dana Hinnant, Beauty Editor

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Author Bio

A headshot of Dana wearing a black scoop neck top under a black jacket. She has glowng caramel colored skin and short dark hair.
Dana Hinnant

Dana Hinnant, a Washingtonian native, whose journey into the beauty industry began 20 years ago after receiving her B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland in 2000. She received her aesthetics training at Von Lee International School of Esthetics in Baltimore, MD.

Dana started as a local makeup artist and events coordinator with Alluring Looks, Inc. in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Her articles were featured in local publications such as Pose Magazine and Yndigo newsletter. In the mid-2000s, she was a volunteer instructor with the American Cancer Society’s Look Good…Feel Better program, which landed her an esthetician position at an area day spa. 

Over the past several years, Dana has worked with various non-profit organizations and small businesses. During her tenure as the President of the Health and Wellness division of the National Federation of the Blind DC affiliate, she utilized the platform to provide salon safety tips and skincare advice throughout the community. She was a consultant with the Ecumenical Health Council in Port Towns, MD doing beauty and wellness presentations at area churches and events.

In 2019, Dana received the Maryland Association of Community Service Award for Volunteer of the Year due to her community engagement work for The Arc of Prince George’s County. In addition, she also received the Volunteer of the Year award for 2020 from The Arc of Maryland. She is a member and an ambassador with the Professional Beauty Association. Dana is one of the co-owners of Capitol Collective Consulting LLC which launched in April 2021.

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  • Header is a closeup of a groundhog peeping over a snowbank.
  • Herbal tea in a glass tea cup.
  • Aromatherapy set with different holistic fresh herbs and extracts.
  • Spa composition with aromatic candles and towels on a white table
  • A fashion model wearing a winter scarf around her neck with cute crocheted hat adorned with a flower.
  • Author bio photo is a headshot of Dana wearing a black scoop neck top under a black jacket. She has glowing caramel colored skin and short dark hair.

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