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Top Ten Skin Care Tips for Winter

Feb 16, 2013 03:44PM

Top Ten Skin Care Tips for winter

by

Makeup Artist & Aphrodite Board of Expert

Courtney Hurley

“Oh the weather outside is frightful but your skin looks so delightful.” Some blessed ones get a warm rosy glow through winter, while the rest of us have uncomfortable dryness and irritation to our feet, hands, and face! As soon as it’s time for us to turn our heater on indoors our skin naturally starts to dry out.

1. Get Your Facial On! All though most of us do the over the counter method, spending an extra couple dollars during the winter season is well worth it. Facials are crucial for keeping our skin moisturized and healthy during this dry season.

2. Don’t forget your sunscreen!!!! Summer is not the only season which can damage our skin! Winter is known for snow glares and harsh sunrays mixed with the cold which can be more damaging and aging to our skin then the summer heat! Make sure you are applying at least a 30 SPF every morning!

3. Love those mittens! The skin on our hands is the thinnest skin on our body and also loses oils the quickest. It is crucial to keep your hands moisturized especially in the cold climate. Slipping on cotton gloves also helps to prevent irritation.

4. Stay Dry. For those with psoriasis or eczema make sure you are keeping your skin dry when outdoors. Wet skin can cause irritation and inflammations when mixed with cold weather.

5. Humidify that home! We tend to overlook the simplest answers. Heating systems, no matter what kind blast dry air throughout our entire home or office space which is a leading cause in dry skin. Humidifiers will help to keep the moisture flowing in turn making your skin nice and hydrated.

6. Water, Water, Oh did I say WATER! Careful on dehydrating your body! Drinking water helps our skin to stay looking juvenile, not to mention it’s CRUCIAL to our overall health and wellness!

7. Minty Feet. Mint lotions are wonderful on those footsies during the winter season! Look for products with petroleum jelly or glycerin instead of water based or exfoliants. This will help the moisture sink and absorb quicker. My personal favorite is to apply at night and put socks over so it really soaks in by morning!

8. H20 Sprays You can buy H20 Sprays for your body which actually hydrate from the exterior to the interior and really help if you are not getting the water intake which you should!

9. Avoiding at home peels and exfoliants. If your face is already dry avoid using over the counter peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners or astringents, all of which can strip vital oil from your skin. As an alternative use a milk bath or gentle cleanser.

10. Stay Away from Steamy! Sure, soaking in a burning-hot bath feels great after frolicking out in the cold. But the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. A lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda can help relieve skin that is so dry it has become itchy.