Winter Skin Care!

Posted: December 19, 2010 By: Comment: 0

My goodness, isn’t it cold out there? We hit 30’s last week in Florida. But, I should not complain, right? Look at the rest of the nation!

As we bundle up to brace the cold weather, our skins are also screaming for help. Help to relieve the dryness, tightness, flakiness and itchiness of the skin. And of course, to prevent the wrinkly skin , we know that the Dry skin on the face is the precursor of that!

How do we winterizing our skin?  Here are some simple tips

1. Adjust your skin care regimen for the winter month.
It does not necessarily mean that you will completely switch your skin care regimens. It can be as simple as adjusting your cleanser. Foaming cleansers are intended to remove more oils from the skin, so switching to a lotion, cream or oil based cleanser may be all that you need to do.

2. Moisturize, moisturize and moisturize.
Consider a more emollient moisturizer that contains oils. Every good moisturizer should not only offer lipids, water and other forms of hydration to the skin, but also put a barrier on the skin that prevents moisture loss or evaporation. A moisturizer that is rich in oils will seal the skin and prevent the skin from becoming dry and vulnerable.

3. Increase your exfoliation.
Exfoliation during the winter months will keep the layer of dead surface cells to a minimum. This will not only allow for better penetration of your moisturizer, but the newer skin cells that are revealed are better equipped to help keep your skin protected from the environmental assaults. When selecting scrub for your body, chose a oil based scrubs will not only keep your skin free of dead skin build-up, but also condition and “water-proof” your skin at the same time. Don’t neglect your hands, it takes beating from the constant washing(against cold and flu) and the cold wind. A good instant hand scrub with oil and a great hand cream to retain the moisture will keep youer hands in good shape.

4. Don’t neglect to use sunscreen.
We still have the misconception that we do not need sun protection during the winter months. This is simply not true. The sun is made up of UVA (the aging rays) and UVB (the burning rays) rays. While you may not be exposed to UVB rays unless you are outdoors or on a ski slope, you can’t avoid UVA rays. Every time you get in your car, walk by a window or sit in front of your computer, you are exposed to various forms of UV radiation. UVA rays are the ones that penetrate THROUGH the skin to the area of the skin where new cells are produced, causing more serious concerns at the level of skin cell development. Sun damage is really the major cause of unwanted changes to the skin as we age, says the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).
Be sure to use a broad-spectrum sunblock containing a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater. And don’t forget your lips, says the AAD. “Lips get sunburned too, so apply a lip balm that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.”

5. Get smart about how you clean.
Avoid the long hot shower which causes moisture to evaporate from the skin. Also, to maintain your skin’s vital oil barrier, stay away from the  deodorant bar soaps which are high in detergents that can strip the skin. Consider using bath additives as well as applying a moisturizer immediately afterwards to lock in moisture.

6. Armed up with the antioxidants and healthy oils.
Antioxidants are important to great skin because they slow down and prevent the harm done to your body by free radicals. Free radical damage is one reason behind signs of aging, like wrinkles and dry skin.
Some powerhouse antioxidants that can help skin stay healthy include vitamins C and E, selenium, and coenzyme Q10 (also called CoQ10). You can find antioxidants in all kinds of good foods, especially colorful fruits and vegetables such as berries, tomatoes, apricots, beets, squash, spinach, sweet potato, tangerines, peppers, and beans.
Essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6 help produce your skin’s natural oil barrier, keeping dry skin and blemishes at bay. Good sources of essential fatty acids include olive and canola oils, flax, walnuts, and cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel.
When looking for antioxidants in skin care creams, reach for products with vitamin C, vitamin E, Selenium Coenzyme Q10 and Green Tea extract. The AAD suggests adding antioxidant-enriched sunscreens to your arsenal, because antioxidants also have sun-protection properties.

The holidays are right around the corner and your schedule is probably just plain crazy. I know this is the season of giving, but don’t forget to take some time for yourself. Give yourself a gift every day, take a few minutes out of each day to pamper yourself!

Wishing you a fabulous holiday season full of love, laughter and fun!