Have you ever heard someone refer to skin as looking "weathered"? Did you know that your skin, like most things, changes with the seasons? And if your skin is like mine, those changes are VERY noticeable! When I was younger, (high school), I didn't really think too much about the products that I used for my skin. But after many seasons, a cross country move, a change in weather patterns in my new home, and having to schedule outdoor time, my skin needs more love than it used to. And I wouldn't change any of it, because it's given me the advantage of learning and growing and in turn, passing that knowledge on.
In my first blog post, I talked about the benefits of exfoliation, and how it helps with keeping skin smooth and free of dead skin build up. Well, during the winter, it's even more important. Although your skin is covered up more and not as exposed to the elements, it still takes a beating. The level of that depends on if you live in heavy snow areas, windy areas or dry, dusty, areas. The one thing that is universal no matter where you live, however, is your skin needs, HYDRATION! Lotions, creams, body butters, balms, butter bars, salves, whatever your preference, your skin needs it an order to stay healthy, protected, and youthful. One rule I use for myself and I would tell my clients, is that, during the summer I use a lotion or light cream because of the warmer weather and not needing anything heavy. And during the colder, winter months, using a body butter, butter bar or balm gives you a thicker, more nutrient dense level of moisture protection. I am more partial to a body butter or butter bar because I love the feel of my skin after using them. And I always apply them right after getting out of the shower while my skin is still slightly damp. This gives the most benefits for sealing in moisture and maximum protection. Focusing on elbows, knees, heels, and shoulders since those areas, for me, tend to dry out the fastest if I'm not paying attention. And if you're not sensitive to smells, a butter bar can give you that fresh scent without being overwhelming or needing any added perfumes.
Now, I always will repeat that no two skins are the same and so you need to find what works for you, but half the fun of that is playing with new products!
Below I have included some more tips, (credit to NY Post) for protecting your skin during these winter months coming up!
Winter-proof your skin with these tips
Moisturize daily. Petroleum or cream-based moisturizers are better than lotions for normal to dry skin. If you have sensitive skin, choose a moisturizer without fragrance or lanolin. Apply moisturizer directly to your wet skin after bathing so the moisturizer can help trap surface moisture.
Cleanse your skin, but don’t overdo it. Too much cleansing removes the skin’s natural moisturizers. It is enough to wash your face, hands, feet, and between the folds of your skin once a day. While you can rinse your trunk, arms, and legs daily, it is not necessary to use soap or cleanser on these areas every day.
Limit the use of hot water and soap. If you have “winter itch,” take short lukewarm showers or baths with a non-irritating, non-detergent-based cleanser. Immediately afterward, apply a thick cream or petroleum-jelly-type moisturizer. Gently pat skin dry.
Humidify. Dry air can pull the moisture from your skin. Room humidifiers can be very beneficial. However, be sure to clean the unit and change the water according to the manufacturer’s instructions to reduce mold and fungi.
Protect yourself from the wind. Cover your face and use a petroleum-based lip balm. Skin protectants that include petroleum and creams with ceramides are effective as well.
Avoid extreme cold. Cold temperatures can cause skin disorders or frostbite in some people. See a doctor immediately if you develop color changes in your hands or feet accompanied by pain or ulceration. If you develop extreme pain followed by loss of sensation in a finger or toe, you may have frostbite.
Protect your skin from the sun. Remember that winter sun can also be dangerous to the skin. Even in the winter, you should use a sunscreen with a sun-protection factor of 15 or greater if you plan to be outdoors for prolonged periods. Overexposure to sunlight can lead to premature aging of the skin and skin cancer.
Avoid winter tanning. Tanning beds and artificial sunlamps are always damaging to the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer. If you want to keep your summer glow, use self-tanners along with extra moisturizer, as self-tanners can also dry out the skin.
Take vitamin D supplements. During the summer, your natural vitamin D production increases as a result of daily sun exposure, but when winter rolls around that exposure decreases. Taking vitamin supplements can ensure that you get the recommended amounts of vitamin D all year round.
See your dermatologist. If you have persistent dry skin, scaling, itching, rashes, or skin growths that concern you, see your dermatologist — not only in winter but any time of the year.
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