Everyone worries about their skin in the summer with sunburn, drying and sun freckles. 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
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.
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 even the skin above their lips get chapped – like a painful mustache.
Unfortunately many lip balms contain ingredients that actually dry out your lips. We love Arbonne’s Lip Saver. It contains SPF 30 & antioxidant ingredients to help refresh and soothe. (All of Arbonne’s products are vegan & not tested on animals.)
If you have a serious case of chapped lips, you may want to use a Lip Mask to soothe and replenish moisture.
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
Windburn is redness caused by a strong wind, of course, but also buy sun reflecting off ice & snow.
When I had windburn from a weekend of winter fun, the only moisturizer that worked was Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream.
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 to the Air with a Humidifier
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.
#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.
Be sure 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.