Winter Skin Care: 7 Tips You Need Right Now
I’m a true spring/summer girl. Cold, harsh winter weather is just not my thing. When the temperature drops the loss of precious moisture can cause skin issues to develop. The colder the environment the more havoc our skin can experience. Below are some of the most common winter skin care problems. I’ve included helpful solutions and products that can bring your skin back to its glorious warm-weather state. So let’s dive right in! Winter skin care: 7 tips you need right now.
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Winter Skin Care Problem #1: Chapped Winter Hands
During the winter our hands tend to become dry very easily. In addition to harsh weather conditions, our daily lifestyles can often exacerbate this problem. The delicate skin on our hands is not very thick so it can easily become dry and cracked. Whenever your hands come in regular contact with soap and water it dries out your skin. Everyday tasks such as washing dishes, wiping down counter tops, pre-treating laundry, as well as cleansing your hands at various times throughout the day can leave your skin feeling all dried out. On some days the skin on your hands may look much older than your actual age!
Winter Skin Care Solution #1: Restore moisture and protect your hands
Restore moisture to your dry, cracked hands with a hydrating skin cream. Carapex has botanically-sourced ingredients that soothe and repair the dried-out skin on your hands to restore a smooth, silky feel. I love that most Carapex products don’t contain synthetic chemicals, harsh detergents or chemical preservatives. But with so many skin care products on the market, you have a wide-range of really great choices! Look for a luxurious cream packed with nutrients such as Vitamin E. For me whether a hand moisturizing product like Carapex has a fragrance or not is unimportant. However, a skin care product that is non-greasy is an absolute must! Protect your hands by investing in three pairs of cleaning gloves. Use one set to shelter your hands from dish soap and water in the kitchen, the second set for cleaning the bathroom, and the third set for other household cleaning tasks that involve cleaning products and water. With these skin care solutions you can have gorgeous-looking, supple hands even when the temperature dips!
Winter Skin Care Problem #2: Legs look scaly with itchy, dry flaky skin
Cold weather drives away moisture from the skin’s surface and leaves our legs feeling dry and scaly. This happens even when we spend a lot of time indoors. The central-heating systems in our homes and offices that deliver heated, dry air which puts a lot of stress on our skin. If you’re like me, in the midst of winter your legs start looking a bit scaly with itchy, dry flaky skin. And this problem can easily exacerbate when your shave your legs every day, like me, especially if you’re only using standard soap and water.
Winter Skin Care Solution #2: Shave cream + hydration to lock in moisture
Instead of using soap for shaving your legs, use a moisturizing shave cream like Alba Botanica Very Emollient Cream Shave. The summer girl in me loves tropical scents, so that’s why I’m fond of Alba Botanica products. After shaving your legs, step out of the shower with your skin still damp and apply Alba Hawaiian Body Cream to your legs. It’s important to note that within a few minutes precious moisture begins to disappear from your skin’s surface. So it’s important to hydrate your legs right away in order to pull that moisture into your skin and lock it in. If you don’t have access to Alba Botanica products, select a cream or lotion that’s been specifically developed for extremely dry skin. I’ve tried in-shower lotion products before, but I don’t like the film they leave on the floor of the shower. It can cause a slip-and-fall hazzard. The main takeaway : for irresistibly smooth sensuous legs, use a moisturizing shave cream followed by a nutrient-rich body cream.
Winter Skin Care Problem #3: Appearance of dull skin on your beautiful face
Winter Skin Care Solution #3: Banish dead skin cells + facial moisturizer
Develop a good cleansing and moisturizing routine. Once a week use I gently exfoliate with a rotating facial cleansing brush to remove dry, dead skin cells. My dry spots tend to be on my chin, below either side of my mouth. I like the Olay Pro-X because it’s small enough for travel and is water-resistant in the shower. Daily use a facial cleanser that is formulated for dry, sensitive skin. As you can tell, I like Alba Botanica products! Their Hawaiian Facial Wash is perfect for removing impurities while infusing my skin with moisture. I then follow with Alba Hawaiian Oil-Free Moisturizer that contains Vitamin E and is non-greasy. This is how I banish the harsh effects of winter on my face. I like it best when my skin looks and feels smooth, soft, glowing and refreshed!
Winter Skin Care Problem #4: Chapped Lips or Cracked Lips
The skin on our lips is very delicate and vulnerable to cold weather conditions. Because our lips don’t have oil glands to produce moisture, they can become chapped and dry. This is especially true when you spend a lot of time outdoors and your lips are constantly being exposed to harsh winter weather. And if you tend to lick your lips, you’ll notice that it’s not helping the situation. When your saliva dries it pulls moisture from your lips.
Winter Skin Care Solution #4: Conditioning Treatment
No one likes the look or feel of dry, chapped lips. When it comes to winter skin care for my lips, I turn to Burt’s Bees products. They’re fantastic, affordable, and readily available at the stores I frequent. My lips seem to get the most dry when I’m outside on cold winter days. Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm provides wonderfully soothing relief! And although I’ve never had a cold sore or fever blister (knock on wood), they have a special medicated formula for treating those issues too. All year round I love wearing a berry shade of color on my lips. Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm provides moisture along with that sweet kiss of color that I really enjoy. During cold winter weather, protect your lips when you’re inside and outside. Apply lip balm frequently about 8-10 times a day. Start with the first application early in the morning, and the final application just before bedtime. Carry a stick of your favorite lip balm wherever you go so you can reapply often.
Winter Skin Care Problem #5: Rough Feet or Cracked Heels
Airid winter air can cause extremely dry, rough feet or even cracked heels. It can pull a fast one on us before we even know it! Not only are these winter skin conditions unsightly, but they’re uncomfortable as well. As we get older our skin loses the ability to stretch. For those of us 35 and older this is a skin care issue that needs our attention. We need to prioritize prevention and proper care of our beautiful tootsies!
Winter Skin Care Solution #5: Pedicures + Ped Egg + Topical Creams
My normal routine is to treat myself to pedicures twice monthly. If you haven’t had a pedicure lately, it’s high time to treat yourself to one. If my winter feet are starting to feel dry and rough, I ask for a Paraffin treatment. Both feel are enveloped in plastic bags that contain a hydrating foot treatment. It’s the fastest way to attain irresistibly smooth, baby soft feet! Between pedicures I love using my Ped Egg Pedicure foot file. I keep one Ped Egg at home in California, and another Ped Egg at my vacation home in Mexico. I follow up a gentle foot filing with rich Nivea Creme which provides my tootsies with intense moisture. For intensely dry, cracked or damaged skin, try Savannah Bee Beewax Heel Balm. If you have cracked heels with bleeding fissures, you may develop an infection; contact your podiatrist immediately for professional advice! During the cold winter months and all year long, it’s important to repair and hydrate your feet.
Winter Skin Care Problem #6: Itchy, flaky dry scalp
Winter Skin Care Solution #6: Neutrogena T/Gel or Alon
Nuetrogena T/Gel is seriously the best product for an itchy dry scalp. It’s a product that is in our shower right now. While my husband does not need to use every day, he has it on hand so it’s readily available when he does need it. If he spends a lot of time outside in the winter doing yard and home maintenance, or going on long cycling or running excursions, he uses Neutrogena T/Gel to combat the mild drying effects the cold winter weather has on his scalp. Another product that I’ve heard glowing reviews on is Alon Hair and Scalp Serum. Developed by a surgeon who dealt with chronic itchy scalp, Anon is uniquely formulated to combat a seasonally dry, itchy irritated scalp. So girls, you’re now armed with the skin care solution you need to help you or your loved ones deal with the drying effects of the cold winter months on the scalp.
Winter Skin Care Problem #7: Wind-Whipped Winter Skin
Winter Skin Care Solution #7: Exfoliate + Moisturize
Before lathering up in lotion, first exfoliate your body. All efforts to quench your skin’s thirst will be futile unless dead skin cells are gone and your pores are ready to soak up nourishing moisture. In the shower use Olay of Olay body wash and a loofah bath sponge. Gently scrub your skin. Keep the bathroom door closed to keep moisture inside the room. When you step out of the shower lightly pat off your body with a towel. With your skin still moist apply Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion (formula for dry to very dry skin) all over. Target specific areas of dryness like elbows and knees. This simple process will feed your skin, replenishing your moisture reserves and creating a barrier to the elements. Nivea is my cost-conscious choice when using tons of product to lather my body from head to toe. It’s like moisture on steriods and is super affordable. When traveling I carry a tiny tin of Nivea Creme in my purse.
BONUS SKIN CARE TIPS: HUMIDIFIER + DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
As environmental humidity is low during the winter, use a portable humidifier to circulate moist air in the space where you spend the most time. And keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day!
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Now that I’ve shared my skin care secrets for healthy supple-looking skin, I’m excited to hear about the products you use during winter. And while we’re sharing the love, remember to pin the top image to Pinterest! Thanks so much. I send a virtual hug.
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