Thursday, December 20, 2018

How to Keeo Your Skin Healthy and Hydrated in the Winter

Dr. Jennifer Lee’s Winter Skincare Tips

The following was written by Dr. Jennifer Lee. Dr. Jennifer Lee is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a Board-certified Dermatologist. She is the Medical Director of REN Dermatology, a comprehensive medical and cosmetic skin care center in Franklin, Tennessee. She has been on clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Lee has been named “Top Doctors” of Nashville, “Teacher of the Year” at Vanderbilt, and “40 under 40” by the Nashville Business Journal. 


I’m a big fan of humidifiers in the bedroom during the winter. This simple solution keeps me from waking up with a scratchy throat from dry air or my face feeling dehydrated and tight. A humidifier helps to combat the dryness from indoor heat and the overall lower humidity levels in the air.

Cleans Gently

Harsh weather calls for soothing skincare. Switch to a more gentle cleanser or creamier version like Celavive® Gentle Milk Cleanser. If you have particularly sensitive skin, you may want to skip any exfoliating treatments containing alpha-hydroxy acids altogether during the colder months.


Moisturizing is essential to maintain healthy skin during the winter. The recommendation has always been to moisturize immediately after the shower to best lock in moisture. Some recent studies suggest it may not be as important whether you moisturize damp or dry skin. The bottom line is your skin simply needs added moisture. Dry skin can lead to irritation, breakouts, and itchy, red, flaking rashes called Asteatotic dermatitis—which unfortunately, we see quite often in the winter, especially on the lower legs. This condition will usually clear up with a prescription ointment from the dermatologist.

Hand Care

Don’t forget to take care of your hands during cold, dry winter months. I often see patients who develop dermatitis of the hands and fingers. Due to extreme dryness and irritation small fissures occur, which are painful! Use moisturizers liberally on your hands, especially at night.

Sun Protection

Even during the winter months it’s important to protect your skin from the sun. I like Celavive Protective Day Lotion SPF 30 under my foundation, or I use a tinted moisturizer that has SPF 30 or higher and skip the makeup. This way I’m still protected from sun damage if I’m running errands during the day or driving with bright sun shining through my car windows.

Hyaluronic Acid Serums or Masks

Like Celavive Hydrating + Lifting Sheet Mask help boost your skin’s moisture. Serums can be applied under your moisturizer, 1–2 times a week. When masking, remember to apply moisturizer immediately after the mask is removed and the serum is absorbed.

Omega-3 and Vitamin D

Don’t forget your omega-3 and vitamin D supplements during the winter months. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to improve skin barrier function and help maintain skin balance. Vitamin D is most effectively synthesized by sun exposure on the skin, but if you live in a part of the world with short days and decreased sunlight during winter, it’s beneficial to supplement your vitamin D intake.
Winter is a magical time of year. And with a few simple steps, it’s easy to keep your skin dewy and dazzling through this chilliest of seasons.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Laughter and Leadership are the Perfect Combination

Who do people follow?  The stern?  The judgemental?  The egotistical?  The pessimist? The rich?  The bullies? 

 Or:  The optimist!  The Cheerful!  The Encourager!  Those who motivate, inspire, educate!  The ones who make you laugh and enjoy your journey in life!

I work with these serious light hearted leaders, shown here, who give others hope and a positive direction for their lives.  Carolyn Lee, GM, Usana Canada, Paul David Dueck, me, Susanne Cunningham, John Cunningham, Alison Savard, Usana Canada Field Director.  You can see that they can laugh and have fun, at the same time that they are serious about making a difference in people's lives through Usana Health Sciences.

I am presently going through a difficult change in my life, where I am finding that it is often family, friends and business associates who give me the strength and belief in myself to go forward with a measure of confidence.  They are leaders in empathy and outreach.

What other traits make for good leadership?

Oprah Winfrey:  "Don't underestimate your power.  Hate is potent, but so is kindness.  And goodness, and grace.  Use yours generously,"

As I watch the drama of leadership in U.S. politics, I see the ugliness of nepotism, lies, bullying, coverups and greed.  When this happens, it affects the mood of the country in so many ways.  The same goes with negative leadership in business, education, charities and community organizations.

What are the traits of great leaders you have known through the years?  For me....

My university advisor: Always encouraging others, wise, kind, knowledgeable, humble.

A Business President:  Flexible, Striving for Excellence, Open to New Ideas, Team Involvement for Greater Success,  a Quiet Sense of Humor that Lightened Discussions and Difficult Choices.

My Father:  Interested in my activities and personal growth, determined to give me a wide variety of fun and educational activities, kind, caring, a role model as a leader in business.

My Husband and Life Mate:  Patient. Supportive.  Loving.  Respected in his career.  A Family Man.  Balanced.  Fun with Children.  Talented.  Community Involvement.  A Man of Deep Faith.

What is my personal goal as a leader in business?  To embody as many of those above traits as possible!  I care about whatever people are going through and to build them up to push through challenges and disappointments.  Help people believe in themselves and to celebrate each step forward, each success large or small.  Encourage team effort.  Be open to change and new ideas.

And back to laughter in break down barriers and to help others relax and receive your message.  What would you add?

Deanna Waters,
Foundation Executive Diamond Director
Usana Health Sciences