05 February 2009

Skincare is totally seasonal, just like wardrobe. In summer, we're busy with sun protection and tanners, while in winter we addicted to moisturizers because the skin gets so dried out and flaky.
So why the dry skin in winter? Low temperatures, low humidity and strong, harsh winds deplete skin of its natural lipid layer which keeps the skin from drying out.
To keep your skin feeling dewy and moist even in the harsh winter weather, follow these:

1. Keep Water warm, Not Hot
  • Hot water robs skin of moisture, so it's best to shower in a warm water. Try to keep your warm showers short and try showering only once per day. This also means skipping the hot tubs in winter.
  • The same rule applies to hand-washing: Wash hands in warm, never hot, water. If the skin turns red, the water is simply too hot.
2. Moisturize After Showers or Handwashing
  • Moisturizer is the key to soft, supple skin in winter. Apply product when skin is slightly damp.
  • Antibacterial soap in public places can be harsh on hands. To keep cuticles soft, I massage in olive oil.
3. Exfoliate on a Weekly Basis
  • Moisturizer is much more effective on properly exfoliated skin.
  • Use a scrub in the shower and exfoliate facial skin with a mild scrub made for the face. Apply scrub to dry skin before you turn on the water, it's more effective than brushing in the shower to remove the flaky skin.
  • You can mix with lotion if it's not moist enough.
  • Massage the scrub in for a good five minutes for best results.
4. Invest in a Humidifier
  • Skin needs more than 30 % humidity to stay properly moisturized.
  • A room heated by a furnace can have as little as 10 percent moisture
  • Consider to use a Humidifier.
  • Keep doors closed so the moist air doesn't escape the room.
5. Don't use the Drying Soaps
  • Stick with a creamy moisturizing cleanser that contains glycerin or petrolatum.
  • Skip the bubbles, which can contain harsh foaming ingredients and opt for bath oils or oatmeal scrubs, which are great for soothing itchy skin.
6. Pay attention to Your Hands & Feet
  • Put on moisturizer and gloves BEFORE you head outdoors.
  • Lathering up your feet in thick moisturizer and sleeping in cotton socks at night.
7. Don't Forget Your Lips
  • Licking your lips will not moisturize them and instead will help dry them out.
  • Lips retain less moisture than other parts of the body, so they tend to dry out more quickly.
  • A simple lip balm helps, as does my all-time favorite lip trick learned in high school from
8. Stay Hydrated
  • Suggested people who drink relatively little water could see a significant benefit in skin hydration if they started drinking nine eight-ounce glasses of water per day.
  • Normally hydrated person isn't going to see major benefits by drinking even more water.
9. Extra Care for face in Winter
  • apply moisturizer to your face before going out into the cold and cover your face with a scarf in harsh wind.
  • If you have sensitive skin, consider avoiding rinsing your face with tap water, which can contain harsh minerals that are especially drying to the skin.You can also rinse with special water that contains selenium and chamomile, suggested by Valerie Monroe for the Oprah Magazine.

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