Monday, March 25, 2013

Winter Skincare Tips

I know it is now officially Spring.  However, since the weather has still been behaving much more like Winter I thought these tips would still be helpful until Spring has decided to arrive. One of the biggest challenges to skin during the Winter months is hydration---or to be more specific dehydration. It is difficult but not impossible to stay perfectly hydrated during the Winter months with all the heat and dry air that is around us everywhere we go.

Here are some definite DO’s for the Winter that will make your skin very happy.

DO use home humidifiers!
DO drink plenty of clean, filtered water!
DO be a diva (sometimes) by carrying around your own spray mist bottle for when you are at work or in the car or at the gym or anywhere else where you don’t control the environment’s moisture levels.
DO still wear a broad spectrum SPF in the Winter when outdoors (this includes cars) or if you are sitting next to a window at work where there are a lot of Ultra violet rays streaming in. Fight Photo Aging and protect yourself at all times! 
DO give up caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, soda) since they will dehydrate your skin.
DO remember to protect your lips. If you don’t like to wear a lipstick with color then use a plain Vitamin E lipstick for moisture and protection.  This is especially true if you are walking/running outside in a windy environment or out skiing the slopes (use an SPF lip block).
DO remember that you need to consume EXTRA water when you are exercising. When you become thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
DO avoid cigarettes and smoking---they will be one of the worst detriments to your skin and overall health.

Home-Care for Skin During the Winter

Winter's skin care routine is similar to the routine to be followed during all the seasons.
  1. Remember to Cleanse with an appropriate cleanser for your skin type (both a.m. and p.m.)
  2. Follow with a toner to balance the pH in the acid mantle of your skin. Not a toner that is too drying! It’s very important not to strip the skin.
  3. Exfoliate – gently and appropriately for your skin type (we’ll talk more about this in the exfoliation blog)
  4. Moisturize
  5. SPF -  During the daytime – Broad spectrum to protect from both UVA and UVB rays
  6. Treat – During the nighttime when your skin is rejuvenating during restful sleep

All these DO’s will help your skin be at its best during the Winter months.  When these DO’s become regular habits in your daily life then you can go out and enjoy the Winter weather knowing you are doing the best you can to protect your skin and your health.

Have fun taking care of your skin and enjoy the snow!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tips on the lips! No wonder my lips feel like sandpaper in the winter...