February 3rd, 2013

Angela Hix

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10 Skin Care Tips: Winter Edition

As I said in my last post on my daily skin care regime,
Great makeup starts with great skin.
Though this statement is true, it is much harder to maintain great skin in the winter months.

Cold winter air lacks humidity and dries out our natural oils in our skin. This causes it to lose its moisture. Add in the biting and bitter winter wind and you’ve got rough, cracked, dried out skin that is left feeling itchy, tight and uncomfortable. We think a hot shower and hiding away in our warm houses during the winter months will help, but indoor heating and hot fires dry out the air inside our homes. The dry air in our homes and biting cold wind in the streets, where are we supposed to turn in these dark months when our skin itches and dries out?

Here are 10 tips on maintaining healthy skin until spring.

1.  Remember to Exfoliate

-Exfoliating your skin regularly is a great way to refresh the skin and slough off any dead skin cells. Dead skin cells often lead to dry and coarse skin, by doing this it allows moisturizers and serums to penetrate the skin deeper and better. This gives new cells a chance to surface and remain hydrated for longer.
My favourites are Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliante and MAC’s Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator.

2.  Don’t forget your lips!

-This means exfoliation and moisturizing! If you don’t have a sugar scrub at home like Fresh – Sugar Lip Polish, use your toothbrush to give your lips a light exfoliation when you’re brushing your teeth at night. Follow up with a hydrating lip treatment.
My favorite is Fresh – Sugar Lip Treatment. (It tastes and smells like sweet lemon meringue pie.)

3.  Moisturize

-Use moisturizer daily. Using moisturizers with ingredients such as shea butter and vitamin e will help keep your skin from drying out faster. These two ingredients alone are made up of essential fatty acids that our bodies need to help preserve moisture for all day wear.
My favourites are Dermalogica’s Intensive Moisture Balance and Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Moisture for Sensitive Skin

4.  Don’t skip the night cream

-Especially if you have dry skin. All skin types can benefit from a good healthy dose of a regenerative night cream. Reparative ingredients will penetrate the skin slowly while you sleep and moisturize deep for longer lasting moisture the next day.
My favorite is The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream

5.  Bundle up!

-Harsh winter windburn and chill will dry out your skin and irritate it which can lead to cracked chapped skin. Protect it with as much warm cozy fibers as possible like a cozy scarf, hat or hood and don’t forget your mittens!
My favourites are anything hand and homemade (that’s the knitter in me). If you want to learn how to knit and live in the HRM, be sure to check out From Ewe to You in Sackville. Rachel the owner and operator is amazing with new and experienced knitters.

6.  Drink up!

-Good hydration for the skin starts on the inside. Make sure you drink your 8 glasses of water a day. You should also watch when consuming alcohol. It already is  dehydrating, but even more so in the winter months. If you’re enjoying a glass of wine, alternate with a glass of water.
I love XXX Vitamin Water.

7.  Speaking of alcohol….

-Avoid products with alcohol, acids and astringents. Alcohol dries the skin, so during the cold months, shelve products with high levels of alcohol, such as facial toners and astringents. Try switching to a hydrating toner and only use acne reducing astringents when needed.

8.  Don’t skip the SPF when it’s snowy

-Harsh sun in the summer not only can burn our skin but can age our skin and lead to darkening age spots. This doesn’t change in the winter. The sun may not be as strong in the winter months, but it’s not on vacation either. It’s still shining bright and even worse it is now bouncing off the bright white snow. Always wear your SPF, get it anyway you can, either in your moisturizer, as a booster mixed with a primer or even in your foundation. At least an SPF of 15.
I use Dermologica’s Solar Defense Booster SPF50 mixed with my moisturizer.

9.  Skip the hot shower

-In the winter this is one of the hardest. We are all freezing and want as much heat as we can get. Unfortunately this also leads to dry skin. Hot water will strip the natural oils from our skin. What we should be doing is trying to add as much moisture as possible. Try a shorter lukewarm shower and switching to a creamy body wash instead. Even switch to a warm bath with essential bath oils. Be sure to keep your house coat near by for the post shower warm wrap and a hydrating body butter that is applied as soon as you’re dried off.
My favorite is The Body Shop’s Cocoa Butter Body Butter

10. Try a cream cleanser

-Cream cleansers have more hydrating ingredients in them and are less harsh. Gel and foam cleansers are more for combination and oily skin types while cream cleansers are for dry skin types. Cleanse once a day even. Sometimes just cutting back how often you cleanse can help which is especially helpful for dry skin types. If you decide to do this, make sure you cleanse at night instead of mornings. An end of the day cleanse will help clear out any dirt, grime and pollutants that cause clogged pores, so it’s best to do it before bed.
My favorite is Dermalogica’s Essential Cleansing Solution

Well I hope these tips help you fight off the dry skin, winter doldrums and that you’re indoors and wrapped up in a toasty blanket with some hot chocolate on this cold and snowy day in the HRM.
Until next time.

xxoo, Angela