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Everyone worries about their skin in the summer with sunburn, drying and sun freckles but did you know we should be more concerned about winter skin care?
Here are the best winter skin care tips to keep your skin soft & supple all year round.
#1 – Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
During the winter don’t have super hot baths – it strips your skin of natural oils that hydrate your skin.
Use creamy body cleansers and after showering or bathing immediately moisturize your skin with oil based body moisturizers.
They form a protective layer that helps retain more water.
If you do use a water-based moisturizer, make sure it contains humectants such as Ammonium Lactate, Glycerin, and Sodium PCA.
They increase moisture in your skin by attracting water from the deeper dermis level to the epidermis, increasing the pliability of the skin.
Have a hand cream available beside the sink and moisturize your hands every time you wash them.
I love Glysomed Hand Cream. It’s fragrance-free. I put it in all my adult kids’ Christmas stockings & always carry one in my purse.
Make moisturizing your body – especially feet, elbows and knees – a part of your bedtime ritual.
Don’t forget your family’s lips! If lips get dry, they get itchy. Sometimes kids lick their lips and the skin above their lips get chapped – like a painful moustache.
Unfortunately many lip balms contain ingredients that actually dry out your lips, like camphor, phenol and menthol. Find one that contains SPF 30 & antioxidant ingredients to help refresh and soothe.
(Ditto for the chapped nose.)
Don’t get “alligator” feet!
Moisturize feet every night as part of your bedtime ritual and remove dry skin regularly before you have cracked heels & callused toes. (I use the Ped Egg. It’s cheap, quick & easy to use and available everywhere.)
Every year my hubby gives me Aloe Infused Socks in my Christmas stocking. I love them! They are warm & fuzzy and feel soooo good on the feet.
#2 – Protect from Windburn & Frostbite
Wear the proper winter clothing to protect your skin from frostbite and windburn.
Windburn is redness caused by a strong wind, of course, but also by sun reflecting off ice & snow.
When I had windburn from a weekend of winter fun, the only moisturizer that worked for me was Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. It is a thick balm that soothes and moisturizes.
The sun reflecting off the ice & snow can be as dangerous as sunshine at the beach. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen on your face all winter.
#3 – Add Moisture Indoors with a Humidifier
Invest in a humidifier to moisturize the air.
We have one in the living area and another small one in each bedroom.
The heated air in your home dries your skin – and your pet’s skin – and makes it itchy.
(When our cat is full of static electricity, we know its time to turn on the humidifiers. LOL)
You may even want a portable water bottle humidifier for your office and travel.
We use the Humidiheat Heater/Humidifier in our bedrooms to heat and humidify the air while we sleep, and then turn down the heat in the rest of the house. Everyone can set their bedroom at the temperature they prefer.
#4 – Keep Healthy Habits in Winter
During the summer we watch what we eat, and drink plenty of water but when winter comes – not so much. (Especially around the holidays!)
The skin gives off moisture to try and protect itself from dryness, so make sure you drink lots of water to help.
We tend to let our healthy eating slide when we don’t have to be in bikini shape. Remember to eat healthy food like raw veggies or vegetable juice in the winter that creates glowing skin. It’s a good idea to take a vitamin C, E and Omega 3/Krill Oil supplement to give your diet an extra boost.
For detailed information on the vitamins and nutrients for healthy skin, visit The Real Food Guide.
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