It is safe to say that winter is definitely here to stay for a while, especially in Colorado where the first snow has fallen and the weather goes from a warm and sunny day to blizzard conditions the next! As winter falls upon us, many people will stay inside, not get as much exercise, diet habits change as we want that comforting food, and also since we are not trying to look our best for summer, we start neglecting our skin. One thing that you don’t want to do is neglect your skin! This Beauty Examiner wants to keep you on the right track and continue your daily skin care regimen even on these cold days and nights.
Harsh weather such as the extreme warm days to immediate cold the next can take a toll on the moisture in your skin and it is necessary to keep your skin moisturized daily. Many clients have come to see this Beauty Examiner for services lately and their skin is dry and dehydrated. There are good solutions for these issues although sticking to them can take some discipline because winter is usually synonymous with being lazy…yes; YOU know WHO I am talking about!
What can you do for your skin during these next few months? The first beneficial tip that you should know is stick to drinking your water! H2O is the best defense against dehydration for your body and your skin. This Beauty Examiner cannot stress enough that your body needs water daily. Drinking your 8 glasses a day (and hopefully more) will definitely show a difference in the appearance of your skin. Soda and sugary drinks do not benefit the skin and can show a visible change in appearance. They are dehydrating and there is no need for them in your diet or your body…have you looked at the label lately? Do you remember what this Beauty Examiner said about chemicals? Whatever goes into your body affects your blood stream. If you can’t pronounce these ingredients, you definitely shouldn’t drink it!
Taking your daily supply of vitamins will also help the appearance of your skin and keep your body on track throughout the winter months. Taking a multi-vitamin is good, but does not usually have everything your body needs. Remember that Vitamin B Complex is good for proper functioning of almost every process in the body. Vitamin C will assist with brain function and mood, creation of collagen in the skin, and lower risks for disease. Vitamin D is good for the winter months as it aids in the absorption of calcium and helps maintain strong bones. One of the best vitamin supplements to add daily for your skin are your EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids). Omega 3, 6, and 9 are helpful with brain function, immune system function, and blood pressure regulation. EFA’s can help the skin by reducing dryness and other skin conditions such as Eczema. Essential Fatty Acids are a must to keep you looking great!
The next line of defense is always your daily skin care regimen. Like this Beauty Examiner always says- “keep it simple”- but make it effective! A good cleanser daily, followed by a hydrating toner, then using a good moisturizer on your skin is a great way to start the day. At night, using a cleanser on your face and a hydrating night-time moisturizer or mask will assist in keeping that dry skin away.
A few good recommendations for hydrating moisturizers that are found in the stores right now are:
Dermalogica Active Moisturizer- This is a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that protects against moisture loss. Found at Dermalogica.com and Ulta stores.
Murad Resurgence Line- This is a great line of moisture products that will instantly boost skin hydration, reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as calm and soothe the skin. Found at Murad.com, Massage Envy Spas, and Sephora stores.
Wexler Intensive Night Reversal and Repair Cream and Wexler Skin Brightening Daily Moisturizer- The daily moisturizer brightens and evens skin tone, helps with discoloration and repairs visible signs of aging. The night reversal and repair cream lifts and diminishes lines and helps recovery from daily environmental damage. Found at Patriciawexlerproducts.com and Bath and Body Works stores.
Premium Body Care Line- This line of products is great for lowering the risk of cosmetic-related allergies and sensitivities. This is a naturally derived product that can have aromatherapy benefits also and only uses natural essential oils for fragrance. Found at Whole Food stores.
This Beauty Examiner wants all of you to have the best defense against dry skin and dehydration this winter, so take these few tips and you will be looking great throughout these next few winter months and continue into all of the other seasons to come!