The warm air has given away to the cold, as we say good bye to fall and welcome winter. No more worrying about our skin, right? Wrong! This couldn’t be any further from the truth.
The cold windy weather and lower humidity of the winter season can pose a greater threat to our skin than in summer. Dry itchy winter skin affects many people regardless of age or gender, not only its uncomfortable, but dried out skin can lead to cracking and bleeding making it more vulnerable to infections and even eczema which causes inflammation on the skin, and with the Santa Anas wind blowing only makes matters worse. You may have already begun to experience these effects as your lips seem more chapped than normal and your hands feel extra dry.
Cold winter temperatures also mean you’ll probably be turning up heat up in your cars ,home and in the workplace. No matter the type of heat you have at home or at work, it will dry out your skin quickly. Using a humidifier helps, but you need to do more to counteract winter skin effects. Reduce redness, itching, and dried skin, try these tips help your skin stay comfortable and looking healthier this season.
- Skip Hot Water-Wash in Lukewarm Water
Hot showers and baths always feel soothing in the winter, we must avoid them. The high water temperature will cause water evaporation off the skin, leaving your skin drier, instead opt for 10-15min long warm showers. Particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping precious oils away from the skin that give us protection. Try a soap-free, facial cleanser like DOCTOR D. SCHWAB Herbal Foam Cleanser and a moisturizing body wash like SEA ENZYME Seaweed Citrus Hand & Body Wash seaweed extract nourishes and moisturizes the skin.
Applying moisturizer to damp skin helps seal that moisture into the skin before it evaporates. Keep a good body moisturizer near the bathtub, shower room, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash or as needed.
Choosing the right moisturizer can make a difference, some over-the-counter moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can further dry your skin in the winter months. Be sure to choose a formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients that can protect your skin as well repair it. Go for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution, as it’s more likely to help your skin retain moisture in the winter (most label-night creams are oil-base). Try AMBROSIA Rosehip Vitamin Moisturizer ultra-hydrating, revitalizing moisturizer, helps protect skin from environmental aggressors. Or DOCTOR D. SCHWAB AM/PM Moisturizer for very dry conditions. For body try SEA ENZYME Seaweed Body Lotion it contains sweet almond oil that protects and softens skin.
Wearing gloves and scarves help to protect skin from cold winds. But don’t forget the sunscreen. Although it’s cold outside, that doesn’t mean sunscreen doesn’t apply. Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun. Try SEA ENZYME Ultra–Umbrella Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 provides moisture and soothes skin with no greasy feel. Use on face & hands, apply often when enjoying time outdoors.
Hands, elbows, knees & feet have less oil glands underneath the thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. I recommend using a deep moisturizing mask at night, then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning. I like to use DOCTOR D. SCHWAB ARNICA MASK or DIY a mask.
We often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter. Yet moisture can’t get in if the dead cells layers are to thick. Find a gentle exfoliating mask, like Doctor D. CHAWB D.CHAWB Bamboo Peel the exfoliating ingredients are gentle enough even for sensitive skin and don’t create micro-tears on the skin. Use it on your face and your hands, can be gently applied on lips as well, then follow immediately with moisturizer to truly see a smoother difference. For lips I recommend DOCTOR D. CHAWB Lip Rescue therapy The ultimate rescue from chapped and dehydrated lip conditions!
Heating systems dry out the air, consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly in rooms you spent more time, to put moisture back into the air and prevent your skin from drying out.
- Hydrate & Feed inside out
We tend to drink less water in the winter, instead we turn to hot drinks like hot cocoa and coffee. forgetting that our skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and healthy. Now water is not the only way to stay hydrate, vegetables are also great source of hydration i.e. cauliflower, eggplant, red cabbage, peppers and spinach contain high volumes of moisture .
- Avoiding Toxins & Sensitive Skin
Use Organic moisturizers rather than run-of-the-mill lotions. These will help prevent extra toxins entering our system. You probably already know this, your skin is the largest organ on the body, we got to be aware what we feed it. If you suffer from rosacea, eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis, avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare up. Winter skin is more fragile, avoid irritating fabrics(i.e. wool) and harsh chemical-laden detergents. Use mild cleansers and moisturizers designed for sensitive skin. If feeling overloaded on toxins, especially after the holidays you might consider a detox.
Visiting an esthetician or dermatologist is a good investment. An specialist can analyze your skin and recommend product suitable for your skin troubles. It’ll be hard to find salesperson who can give you that type of advice. In the long term it saves you time & money, avoid buying all those needless product.
YOUR SKIN CARE SPECIALIST :
Vianey Morales is a License Cosmetologist. She started her career in the Beauty industry in 2002 and is currently a Holistic Skin Care Specialist and Professional Makeup Artist owner of Everlasting Makeup Artistry, in Corona CA. She also consults for a variety of projects within the Bridal and skin care industry. In her spare time, she loves to create herbal recipes and spent time with her husband and children.
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