How to take care of your skin during the winter

I know, we are still having warm days but the time will come when we have to face the fact fall is here and it will be colder. After the warm days and nice tan skin, are you wondering how to take care of your skin during the winter time? Check out the tricks and tips for the coming fall and winter season to get through cold days with amazing skin.

 

Long, hot showers

Long, hot showers may relax your muscles and feel great on cold days, but they’ll also dry out your skin. During the cold-weather months, take shorter showers and use lukewarm to semi-hot water, which won’t strip your skin of essential oils. Try using a moisturizing unscented soap with a washcloth — no loofah, no buff puff and no deodorant soaps.

 

Using Too Much Toner

Toner is great to refresh your skin occasionally in hot weather, but it’s not necessary in the cool or cold-weather months. Toner can strip your skin of natural facial oil and make it rebound — producing more oil and more acne. Alcohol-based toners are particularly drying for your skin and are best avoided.

 

Skipping Sunblock

As the weather gets cooler, we tend to forget the sunblock. But January through December, rain or shine, and regardless of ethnicity, everyone should apply sunblock with an SPF of at least 30 on the face and other sun-exposed areas. Constant sunblock evens out your skin tone, helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and decreases your overall risk of skin cancer. Keep it next to your deodorant or toothpaste so you can’t forget to apply it.

 No Humidifier

In cooler climates, less humidity during the winter months can cause very dry skin. Humidifiers add moisture to your skin, hair and nails, and are a quick and easy way to take great care of your skin during winter. I recommend to  use a cool- or warm-mist humidifier in every bedroom.

Lack of Moisturizers

Moisturizing is a key to healthy skin any time of year. Your cuticles, fingertips, toes, heels, elbows and neck are screaming for more moisture during these months. These areas require more attention during the winter, but it’s a good idea to use moisturizers all over your body and face. Facial moisturizers should be oil-free but still hydrating. Body moisturizers are usually mineral oil based and contain humectants, which draw moisture from the environment to your skin.

Not Exercising

Many women put away their sneaks the minute the air gets chilly. But you’ve got to exercise all year long — period. A lack of exercise is associated with increased stress, weight gain and poor sleep. Exercise boosts your circulation, tones your muscles, keeps you mentally alert, turns your skin cells over faster, burns calories and makes your body function more optimally. That’s why I recommend my patients join a gym in the winter, buy outdoor cold-weather exercise gear or get a treadmill, spinning bike or elliptical machine for their home.

Forgetting Your Lips

The harsh cold weather outside and the heat inside are a bad combination for lips. Lips don’t have sebaceous (oil) glands, which provide some protection to the rest of the your body. (That’s why you don’t get acne on your lips.) Licking your lips feels good for a moment, but will dry them out more quickly. Lip balm, lipstick with sunblock, gloss and even petroleum jelly can help keep your lips hydrated. I recommend my patients avoid cinnamon, wintergreen and salty foods, as they may dry out lips even more. Wipe off any toothpaste left on your lips after you brush, too.


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~ by Colorful Soul on 10/15/2011.

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