How To Protect Your Skin In Winter

Apr 18, 2013 No Comments by

The secret to a healthy glow this season? Hydration! Fight back against dryness with these solutions.

winter proof your skin

winter proof your skin

{Winter skin woe}

  • My face is so dry, it hurts!

Then fix: “Don’t overscrub – you need a gentle skincare regimen”.
Step1: Cleanse twice a day with a soap-free cleanser.
Step2: Apply a face cream rich in humectants to keep skin hydrated all day.
Try: Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser; at drugstore Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel-Cream, at drugstore.

 

  • I can’t seem to tone down my ruddy cheeks.

Then fix: “When skin is dry, the barrier function – which is what protects it from the elements – is compromised, causing inflammation to deeper layers”. To help trap moisture and neutralize redness, apply a green-tinted primer over your daily face lotion.
Try: Clinique Redness Solutions Protective Base.

 

  • I wish my skin looked brighter

The fix: “Dry skin doesn’t shed its outer layer like healthy skin, so it loses its reflective properties”.
The result: a dull complexion. Rather than exfoliate, which can irritate parched skin, add back some moisture. Once a week, use a moisturizing facial mask to kickstart hydration.
Try: Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Energising Mask.

 

  • Ouch! My hands feel rough.

The fix: “Hands take the hardest hit during the winter”. They lose moisture with each flu-fighting hand wash or swipe of antibacterial gel. To repair the skin’s barrier function, apply a hand cream rich in emollients like shea butter. This will also help cut down on painful cracks along knuckles and frayed cuticles.
Try: Aveeno Positively Ageless Skin Strengthening Hand Cream.

 

  • I love my boots but not the calluses they create.

The fix: “The buildup of thick skin on the heels or balls of feet can cause pain”. To soften, apply a foot cream with alpha hydroxy acids to gently exfoliate dead skin cells as it smooths feet.
Try: Pedicure by OPI Smooth.

 

  • My back is so itchy!

The fix: When it comes to moisturizing, “the back is the most neglected part of the body because it’s hard to reach”. Bar soaps or washes with fragrance (read: alcohol) can zap moisture. It’s better to use a creamy, fragrance-free body wash that’s made with hydrating ingredients like sunflower seed oil, which stick to skin even after you step out of the shower.
Try: Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash.

Run a humidifier while you sleep to hydrate parched skin.

 

  • My legs are shedding

The fix: The good/bad news: “Flakes may not look or feel great, but they are a natural protective covering for the sensitive skin underneath”. Instead of peeling or scrubbing away flakes, moisturize skin well twice a day. This will help keep your legs hydrated while they naturally shed the dead skin cells.
Try: Eucerin Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin Lotion; at drugstore.


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