I don’t know about you, but in my neck of the woods it has gotten downright COLD. I realize that winder isn’t officially the season, but it’s freezing outside. Winter is the season for cuddling by the fireplace and playing in the snow, but these months can wreak havoc on your skin. Dry air, indoor heating, and harsh wind can suck the moisture out of skin. Skin that is already dry gets drier and irritated. And so-called “normal” skin needs extra protection.
Here are a few tips to “winterproof” your skin:
1.Take lukewarm showers. Showering with hot water or taking long hot baths can dry out skin. Use bath oil instead of bubble bath. Apply body a rich body moisturizer immediately after drying off. Try Olive Oil infused Baudelaire Jardin de l’Olivier Bath & Shower Creme,made in Provence.
2. Use a humidifier. They add moisture to dry indoor air.
3. Bump up the moisturizer. Unless your skin is extremely oily or you have acne, consider a more emollient moisturizer for winter months. They tend to trap natural lipids in the skin and prevent moisture loss. Try Peter Thomas Roth Max All Day Moisture Defense Cream or Lotion with SPF 30. These oil-free hydrators boost your skin’s moisture level without greasiness.
4. Exfoliate. Dry skin build up prevents moisturizer from penetrating and working properly. Try Dr.Brandt microdermabrasion exfoliating face cream. This exfoliant formulated with pharmaceutical-grade crystals, lactic acid and soothing botanicals polishes away dead skin cells, smoothes skin’s texture and reveals radiance. For Body
5. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen, at least SPF 15. The sun’s rays are equally as powerful in winter as in other months; remember that snow reflects them.
6. Wear gloves and apply hand cream often. I love L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream.
7. Use a lip balm. Lips have no oil glands and cold dry weather can lead to dry chapped lips. Look for healing ingredients like shea butter and cocoa butter. Burt’s Bees is a deal for natural healing ingredients.
8. Drink plenty of water. Hydrate skin from the inside out.