A proactive winter skin care routine protects skin from turning dry, red, and raw in the blustery cold.
The winter months can literally suck all the moisture out of the skin leaving red, raw, infection prone dry skin.
Use the skin care treatments and facial care strategies to keep your skin healthy, protected and vibrant all year long.
Exposure to the elements, especially during the winter months, can exhibit symptoms that require proactive winter skin care.
These symptoms can include:
Some skin types experience increased outbreaks of acne, inflammation and even eczema.
Taking a proactive approach to caring for your skin during these months will help you avoid the worst impact that winter can have on your skin.
Even during the winter months, you absolutely need to continue to apply SPF 15 or greater sunscreen every morning, especially when spending time outside.
You might think the sun's effects are diminished during the winter months, nothing could be farther from the truth.
The reflection of the sun off snow and ice can be particularly damaging. Wearing a scarf that can be easily pulled up to protect the cheeks and bottom portion of your face is also a helpful preventative measure to limit the skin's exposure to the elements.
Whether you choose to use a chemical exfoliant such as an AHA product like glycolic acid or a mechanical means such as a microdermabrasion treatment or facial scrub; incorporating a means of exfoliation into your routine at least a few times a week can dramatically improve dry skin.
And for heavens sakes, don't use any type of astringents or soap. They will only dry out the skin more. Instead, try using a super-rich cleanser such as one with a soy or oatmeal ingredient to give your skin a conditioning treatment as you cleanse with a gentle rotating facial cleansing brush.
The skin is typically well hydrated after a warm shower or better yet, give your skin a weekly steaming facial. Immediately seal in the moisture with a skin cream rich in emollients. Even a simple natural nut moisturizer oil provides the skin with essential nutrients and vitamins to keep it healthy.
Moisturizers keep the skin conditioned while offering protection against the harsh effects of the cold. The drier the skin becomes, the more frequently a moisturizer should be applied.
To treat any of those very dry, scaly patches that might develop, use a petroleum-based product on the affected areas before bed. Believe it or not, plain old Vaseline or Aquaphor works wonders on stubborn dry, cracked, and flaking skin.
Unfortunately, most people cringe at the idea of using Vaseline on their face, thinking that it will clog pores and, in general, have a negative effect on the skin.
Vaseline and similar petroleum-based products provide a protective, insulating barrier for the skin on those frigid, windy days when applied as a light coat to the face and lips.
A weekly hydrating facial mask is also extremely beneficial for overexposed, dry skin. Avoid clay-based masks, instead use masks formulated with emollients, humectant, and moisturizing ingredients along with soothing botanicals.
Please bear in mind that if skin symptoms become concerning, consult with a Physician to find the best remedy for your particular skin condition.
There are several natural anti-aging skin care recipes that you can make quickly and easily with ingredients you already have at home that work wonderfully to provide essential nutrients as well as to rejuvenate your overall skin's health: