Combat Dry Winter Skin With These Tips
If You Live Anywhere There Is Snow, You Know What I Mean!
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But there are many simple ways to combat the causes of dry winter skin and help your skin to feel moist and supple all season long.
Here are some tips that I, to this day, continue to do during the winter months and have found effective. (Other than going to Florida that is)
1.Invest in a Humidifier to Maximize Moisture
My Go To!
These humidifiers are great in your bedroom. They really help keep your skin hydrated. I’ve noticed a huge difference when I don’t keep the humidifier running. The air is very close and and heavy. When I get up in the morning, my skin still feels dewey and my sinuses and throat are not parched. They are awesome !
Great Little Humidifier
This is the humidifier I use in my bedroom everynight. It’s super simple to use, and will run the entire night while you sleep!
2. Lower Your Thermostat
When it’s chilly outside, what’s the first thing you want to do? Crank up the heat! This is so true! Central heat can make the air in your house even drier. My house is an older home with forced air, and it is very dry air. So, night time I always lower the thermostat to 65-68. Big difference!
3. Limit Shower Time and Water Temperature
It is ohhhh so tempting to take that long, steamy shower, but your skin will say “ahhh” even with lukewarm water in a tub or shower. Washing in cooler water appears to be as effective at removing germs as warm or hot water, according to the CDC.
4. Modify Your Skin Care Routine for the Season
Never use harsh soaps! Oh My No! Most bar soap is very harsh on your skin, compromising your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Soap is alkaline which is known to strip your skin of natural oils. A properly formulated cleanser should be PH neutral and preserve your skins healthy acid and prevent sensitive, dry skin.
My all time favorite and permanent “Go To” is Nerium’s Botanical Double Cleanser. Washing your face properly is my number one way to healthy glowing skin. Cleansing is so very important! If your skin is not clean, whatever is added and layered, day after day, can and will cause issues.
The number one issue associated with not cleansing properly is blackheads. And all blackheads consist of is dead skin cells that are not flushed out by proper cleansing.
This cleanser is perfect for not only winter skin but I use it twice a day all year. Absolutely love this! This milky formula is a light oil combination first, then mix with water. No greasy residue, leaving your skin silky smooth and moisturized. A must try!
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Once you have double cleansed your skin, let’s talk moisturizers! This step is essential. Moisturizing properly will make all the difference to winter skin. It is vital to keep your skin fully moisturized.
This time of year does promote layering. Serums should be layered first. Be sure to use the serums which retain the moisture in your skin. Hyaluronic serum ( acid) don’t be alarmed by the word “acid”, this is something our bodies make but over time it depletes. This acid is great at holding water and giving skin resilience and firmness,, this is one of the biggies for sure! Aloe vera can soothe irritated skin as does chamomile and glycerin. One product I have used and highly recommend is:
These m-61 hydropads are similar to Nerium’s Hydrogel EyeV patches but heavier in strength. These patches are a great boost to any skin care routine and will leave your skin like satin.
- Remember, these are a serum! Use after your cleansed skin and before moisturizer.
Time to moisturize. This subject alone needs a “full day” of explanation, so for now I will just stress the overall importance of a good moisturizer. When thinking moisturizer, think “thinnest to thickest”! We always want to first use the products with the ingredients that are most important to penetrate into the skin (like the serums we previously discussed) and finish with the products that need to sit on top of the skin like good moisturizers and act as barriers for protection.
Just remember, even though your skin maybe oily, it is still important to maintain a protective coating against harsh outside conditions. *And I still, apply my moisturizer while my skin is damp. This little hack, locks in hydration also.
And number 5….
Wait, What?? In the winter?? You better believe it!
- UVB rays are weaker in the winter, so you don’t get burned as easily, but the UVA rays that cause wrinkles, premature aging and damage are just as strong, year ’round.
- Use a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or higher. Snow nearly doubles your exposure to UV rays.
- The earth’s ozone “sunscreen” is thinnest during the winter. In the northern hemisphere ozone levels are generally the lowest from December to March. Sooo, put on your coat, grab your gloves and don’t forget your sunscreen.
- SPF Rx #1 Best selling SPF 50 Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide. Zinc oxide protects against UVA and UVB light rays and is often used as a non-toxic sunscreen to prevent burns and signs of pre-mature aging.
- Titanium dioxide is another active ingredient in sunscreen. It works as a UV filtering ingredient in sunscreen-it helps protect skin by blocking ultraviolet light that can cause sunburn and linked to skin cancer.
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Just incorporating these simple little winter steps into your every day skin routine is so important to help your skin stay radiant and vibrant throughout the winter months.
In reality, it isn’t about finding a time machine or a genie in a bottle, instead, it’s about making the most of the skin that you have. Make it the best it can be!
No, we can’t erase all visible signs of aging, nor can we put them to a screeching halt. We are dealing with processes here that have no “off” switch (at least not yet) so embrace!
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