Although the snow makes the winter a beautiful season, without the right skincare it can really do damage to your face. The cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which slowly evaporates the moisture out of your skin throughout the day. Even being indoors with heat can rob the air of moisture, as well as hot showers and harsh cleansers. Applying more moisturizer helps, but you still need a bit more to keep your skin glowing and smooth to counteract these effects. If you want to reduce redness, itching and chapping this season then try these tips to keep your skin healthy and comfortable!
1. Use Lukewarm Water While Washing
A nice hot shower is something I think we can all agree we love, but when possible – especially while washing the face – go for lukewarm water to avoid stripping your skin of its many natural oils. To help keep moisture sealed in, these oils are extremely helpful.
2. Choose A Moisturizer Carefully
Some over-the-counter moisturizers contain petroleum-based ingredients that can actually dry your skin out even more in the winter months. Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Go for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution, as it’s more likely to help your skin retain moisture. Try Rhonda Allison’s Grape Seed Oil. Not only does it deliver a potent dose of antioxidants, it also hydrates, fights free-radical damage, protects capillary walls, and provides anti-inflammatory support.
3. Protect Your Skin
Even though the air is cold, the sun is still out and able to cause damage to the skin. We say it all the time – sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! Winter sun can be just as harmful as summer sun, so apply a protective layer to any exposed areas. Elta MD is a great choice!
When we want to get all warm and cozy most of us use a heating system. Consider installing a humidifier, particularly in the bedroom, to put that necessary moisture back into the air. This is a great way to prevent your skin from drying out.
5. Drink Up
Hot beverages such as tea and cocoa are typically a “go-to” around this time, but don’t forget that hydration in the body starts from the inside out! For refreshed look, remember that a little warm water with lemon can go a long way.
6. Overnight Moisturizer
Although this is an important step in any season, I’m sure you can see the many benefits of doing so when the air is colder and drier. Rhonda Allison’s Drop of Essence Hydration Drops is a light and silky serum which quickly penetrates the stratum corneum, providing valuable hydration and tissue support. This product is also great because it helps to slow down aging!
The benefits of a moisturizer won’t be able to penetrate the skin if there are too many dead cells. Use an exfoliant like Rhonda Allison’s Brightening Scrub with gentle jojoba beads which is a natural all-purpose, 3-in-1 cleaner and leaves your skin soft and emollient.
8. Hydrate From the Inside Out
Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Also consider an omega-3 supplement, or consume more fatty fish and flaxseed to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth.
9. Try a Mask
A weekly mask is ideal, and one like the Rhonda Allison Papaya Tangerine Enzyme Mask is a gentle mix of milk, papaya and tangerine that leaves the skin polished silky and hydrated. The mask allows the moisture to sit upon the skin until it is truly sealed in.
I hope these tips have helped give you a bit more insight on winter ready skin! If you have more questions or would like additional information on the different treatments offered here at Pulse to keep your skin in shape for the winter, give us a call at (212) 802-1439 and set up a free consultation!