Tips for Combating Winter Skin Woes

With winter right around the corner, it is time to get your new skin care regimen ready! As we all know, the brutally dry winter air can take a toll on your skin; however, there are steps to help prevent and combat dry skin.

Moisturizing is key. Although a great moisturizer should be a staple in your skin care routine year round, it is especially important in the winter months. Dawn Diorio, national trainer and aesthetician for Ahava told ELLE, “”In the winter, you need to add products to your skin-care regime to protect yourself from the harsh elements; if you’re using a normal, lightweight moisturizer, bump it up to a more emollient one.” However, thicker creams do not always hydrate better. In fact, they can actually lock in dead skin cells and leave the skin looking duller. Dermatologists often recommend using a serum under moisturizer to boost absorption. Boscia’s Antioxidant Recovery Treatment C is a great option that has a combination of botanicals and antioxidants to make your skin really glow.

Image courtesy of Sephora.com

Another way to keep your skin radiant in the winter is by exfoliating 1 to 3 times a week, depending on how oily your skin is. Contrary to the running myth that exfoliating in the winter can worsen dry patches, using a gentle exfoliant in moderation can help remove dead skin and allow new, moisture-rich cells to move to the surface. Exfoliants that are enzyme-based are gentle and provide great results. Since your body’s skin is less delicate than facial skin, exfoliating 3-5 times a week will help your skin retain moisture and remove dead skin. Fresh Brown Sugar Polish smells wonderful and will keep your skin super soft.

Image courtesy of Sephora.com

Protecting your precious pout is also very important. Have you ever felt a waxy film over your lips after using lip balm? If so, you may have been using the wrong kind. Balms that are made out of mineral oil (petroleum jelly) actually create an artificial film over your lips and prevent them from producing natural lipids that keep them moisturized. Instead, find balms that contain natural-oils such as shea or cocoa butter. If lips do get dry and flakey, use a gentle facial exfoliant, or a soft toothbrush, to remove the dead skin.

Regardless of which products you chose to use, protecting your skin during the winter is vital. Pick what works for you and stick with it.

Sources:

http://www.marieclaire.com/hair-beauty/trends/10-winter-skin-myths

http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/winter-skin-guide-face-body-care-389158

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