Winter is among us very early this year. In some parts of the country, they have seen snow already and lost of it. Fortunate for us we haven't seen any snow, just very cold temps.
Even though around the country the weather may vary, the problems with our skin are similar. Dry itchy skin. In the winter your skin deals with a lot of harsh environments, strong winds, cold air, indoor heaters, rain, snow, sleet and an overall lack of a good healthy dose of sunlight. We are left with dry skin that can become chapped and cracked. The cures to your skin’s winter ailments are simple. Your skin this winter should be to moisturize, exfoliate and moisturize again. Keep moisture in mind with all the choices you make in your skin care regime. Your skin functions differently in the winters so you need to change your routines.
Cleanse: Winter is the time of year when you need to get rid of cleansers, surfactant and detergent ingredients and stock up on cream cleansers. Cleansing creams, lotions and milks are very effective cleansers
Tone: Put away your astringents and switch to a toner for winter. Your skin needs to be soothed and balanced and not dried out further by an astringent.
Moisturize: Choose heavier cream ( Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter etc) in the winter than you would in the summer months. Feel free to use your heavy eye cream around your lips and entire face. If your skin is itching it is because the dry air of winter is causing the moisture in the top layer of your skin to evaporate quickly. You will need to slather those areas with extra moisture until you feel relief. Never be afraid of using pure oils like Jojoba, Coconut and Sweet Almond oils as example of rich oils to use on your skin in the winter months. Creams and lotions that contain coconut oil or olive oil is a great thing to have on hand all winter. During the cold and flu season you should wash your hands liberally but be certain to apply a heavy hand creams every time you wash your hands. Some areas have really bad hard water with chlorine and can also cause your hands to get dry.
Exfoliate: Exfoliate twice per week to remove dead skin cells and allow your skin to absorb the extra moisture you are lathering on. Have you ever wondered about the areas of your skin that looks like your skin is flaking off your body? What happens is that during the winter months there are thousands of dry skin cells ready to be sloughed off the surface and they become clumped together with oil which forms what appear to be flakes. Exfoliate your skin with added butters or oil based exfoliates and your body will soak up the rich oils of a butter or oil based body scrub.
Another Shower tip: Start the day with a hot steamy shower and just as you are finishing switch the water to cold for about fifteen seconds. Repeat the process for two minutes. This will help revitalize your skin by stimulating the flow of blood through the skin.
Applying Body Oil and Creams Apply body oil or creams right after a hot bath or shower, but did you know you can apply lotion or creams while you are in the shower or bath. The heat and steam from the shower allows your skin to thoroughly absorb moisture. Once you bring your body oil, lotion and or creams into the shower try shaving with them. The rich oils protect your skin and give your razor a perfect glide. After you try it you might never go back to shaving with soap or shaving cream.
Just remember that during the Winter months our skin takes a beating and you want to keep it fresh, smooth and clean and remember to moisturize, exfoliate and moisturize again!
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