Adjusting to each season has its perks & obstacles, whether you enjoy to partake in the outdoor winter activities or hibernate all season long, you will notice our skin suffers during this season regardless. Skin care is absolutely crucial and should be part of your every day personal hygienic routine. Skin is the largest organ of the human body and plays an important role. It features a water proof barrier and protects of all our internal organs against the sun, injury, infection, etcetera. It also modulates body temperature and stores water, fat and vitamin D. Caring for your skin is a mindful responsibility, just as you would wash, condition & brush your hair and brush, floss & use mouthwash for your dental care. It is not just for vanity & cosmetic reasons, which is what it is often misconceived for. Here’s a few tips and tricks to help care for your skin glow during the dark cold winter season.
Fact: Skin is 64% water (information collected from the USGS Water Science School). And to help keep your skin hydrated simply drink up- water that is. It’s no secret that drinking 8-10 glasses a day is beneficial, it’s great for your diet and skin. Just be sure you drink water gradually throughout the day, as your body can only absorb a certain amount at a time. Keeping your body hydrated will help moisturize your skin internally. When your skin is hydrated, your skin is more plump and minimizes the appearance of pores and wrinkles.
Clear the White Flakes Away
Dry and dead skin can’t hide under make-up and it doesn’t just look bad, it’s problematic. You can’t properly moisturize your skin with dead skin in the way. Dead skin clogs pores and causes acne, fine lines and wrinkles. It gets trapped in your pores along with make-up, dirt and oil. The best way to start the skin renewal process is exfoliation. It is key to gain that youthful glow and keep your skin soft year round.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
It seems like there are so many types and kinds of moisturizers and it can get confusing. We are going to help break it down and simplify it for you. Just stick to the basics. There are three types of moisturizers you’ll need.
A basic body lotion which you use for your hands and feet as well. Just make sure it contains a SPF for sun protection from harmful rays. An eye balm- this is very important, you cannot use other lotions or creams around your eyes. Make sure you buy one specifically for your eyes, as the area around your eyes is sensitive. If you use anything too heavy, you can get these little white spots which are called calcium deposits and have to be removed by a dermatologist. Also, eye balm can be applied to your lips. Lastly you will need a good facial moisturizer. It’s best if you apply this to your face, neck and chest because the skin is much more thinner and delicate in those areas.
Here’s a couple of pointers to keep in mind,
- Face and body moisturizers should contain a SPF, even if it is light you should always have SPF protection on your skin regardless of the season .
- If you have normal, oily, acne prone skin or just don’t like a heavy moisturizer on your face, get a lotion oppose to a cream – there’s a difference. Lotion is light and cream is more substantial. If you have more dry skin you will benefit more from a cream.
- Moisturizers should ONLY be applied to freshly washed and dry skin.
- Wait 5-10 minutes after you put on moisturizer to apply your makeup.
- Primer is a great way to protect your pores from makeup & dirt and help minimize the size of pores.
- Remember removing your make-up and washing your face are two completely different steps. Remove your make-up with make-up remover then cleanse your skin. Just washing your skin doesn’t remove all the make-up.
- Chapped lips and hands is a common occurrence during this season, for extra protection pick up lip balm and hand cream for more moisture on top of your daily routine if need be.
- These days good face moisturizers contain humectants (glycerin & lactic acid – that attracts water and helps skin retain it), emollients (fatty acids & ceramides – softens and soothes skin) and occlusives (petrolatum/dimethicone/lanolin – leaves a barrier film and locks in moisture).
Hope you enjoyed and found it helpful 🙂