5 Techniques For Banishing Dry Skin


If you frequently find yourself suffering from dry skin, you need to make sure your skincare habits are healthy before you start slathering on more moisturizer. Taking the right steps (and taking Lifecell) can make dry skin far less common and keep your skin healthier and more attractive.

1) Stay Out Of The Sun

Excessive exposure to sunlight doesn’t just cause premature aging; it also dries out your skin. Wear an adequate sunscreen (including a lip balm) whenever you’re headed outside and dress to minimize the amount of skin that’s directly exposed.

2) Stop Using Harsh Products

Avoid excessive exfoliation and stay away from astringents, peels, and other alcohol-based products. Try replacing your soap with an all-natural product that’s free of perfumes or fragrances for maximum tenderness.

3) Shave Right

If shaving is a vital part of your beauty routine, do it right. Shave right after showering or bathing so that your hair is soft and easy to remove. Always use a moisturizing gel or cream. Shave with the grain of your hair to minimize irritation.

4) Invest In A Humidifier

Dry indoor air can dehydrate your skin, especially in winter. Buy a good humidifier to make moisture levels in your bedroom more skin-friendly. Overnight humidifier use will go a long way towards eliminating dry skin, especially in the winter.

5) Shower Warm, Not Hot

Although a piping-hot shower feels great, it tends to strip away the natural oils that your skin needs to hold in moisture. Keep your showers brief and don’t push the temperature any higher than is necessary for comfort.

3 Common Effects of Stress


Stress is a common condition that has been shown to have a number of emotional, physical, and psychological effects. This is why it is important to look for help when you start to see some of the symptoms. Stress can be controlled and the effects minimized. Some of the common effects of stress include erectile dysfunction (check erectile dysfunction info).

Stress causes the muscles to tense up in order to protect themselves from injury. If you are constantly under stress, your muscles don’t get enough time to relax. Tight muscles cause headaches, back, and shoulder pain. This is common in people with stress, and many times, many of them stop exercising and turn to pain medication. This starts an unhealthy cycle.

When you are under stress, the liver will produce extra blood sugar to give a boost in energy. The unused sugar will be then reabsorbed into the body. If you are under stress regularly, the body may not be able to keep up with the extra sugar, and this can lead to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes.

During stress, you breathe faster because the body is trying to distribute oxygen and blood quickly to the core of the body. This can make it hard for you to breathe if you have respiratory problems such as emphysema or asthma.

Georges Briard Egyptian Tumblers


I know these aren’t actually mugs but really tumblers – but they were still so interesting that I decided to put them up on the site. They are Georges Briard designed clear glass tumblers with some fanciful, kitschy Egyptian symbols on them. The design is printed in red, blue, black and gold metal leaf on the clear tumbler. The design looks pretty elaborate and over the top, and I almost didn’t pick them up (there were four but I only got the two).

Georges Briard Tumblers - Mad About Mugs

The signature left no doubt that they were Briard designed items – these are the only items designed by him that I’ve come across so far at the thrift. I have no idea as to the date of when they were produced, but I’d guess 70s.

Hollywood Craftsmen (Nasco) Mug



Frequently, I get some duplication on the collector blogs that we run – this heavy brown Hollywood Craftsmen mug is both Mug related and California Pottery related. Instead of explaining again, I’m going to send you over to read about it on Potteries of California.

More Glasbake “Tulip Picnic” Mugs



I found the companion to the Tulip Picnic mug in red found earlier. This one is a verde type of green which is pretty interesting because I haven’t seen that color before. As stated previously, there are some other companies besides McKee (Glasbake) that used the same pattern on their mugs. I’ve seen blue, brown, red and green ones now – they also have matching bowls in the pattern.

Kup-O-Ko Mug



This is a really interesitng mug that I have no idea about the maker. The mug and the font of the words on it reminded me of something from the 50s, but I still don’t know whether it is new or not. There are no markings on the bottom of the mug at all. It’s a strange shape with a very sharp angled handle. It is mostly just a brownish glaze and the mug is rather heavy duty – like restaurant china. The words “Kup-O-Ko” are in raised letters on the side – I assume that’s short for “Cup of Coffee”?

Green Blue Flower Pyrex Mugs


I’ve seen these Pyrex mugs a few times on Ebay. My thought was that they were part of another beverage server set that Pyrex was known to make which featured six of the 1410 style mugs like these plus a carafe. However, I haven’t seen the full set yet – we won’t put them in the pyrexlove ref until we find out what they are.


They have a really unusual color combination, bands of baby blue flowers on an avocado verde base. I’m not sure why they chose this particular color scheme – I was thinking maybe the carafe would provide more answers. There are four different flower bands, all of them different and interestingly not equidistantly spaced. A Flickr reader has noted that perhaps the 4 bands correspond to the different seasons of the year. So, the top row would be Summer (roses?), the next one would be Fall (mums/asters?), the next would be Winter (holly perhaps?) and the last one would be Spring (the flowers from the spring blossom pattern).