Monday, February 16, 2015

Winter Skin Care Tips

If there is one thing I'm sure of.. it's that winter can seriously damage your hair and skin SO much! Once it starts getting colder I have to not only completely change my skin care routine but I also have to start applying moisturizer A LOT more!

Taking care of your skin is no joke. It's important to take care of it to not only keep you safe but also healthy. Why do we have drier skin in the winter? It's easy... cold air contains much less moisture and humidity is low both inside and outdoors during the winter months.

Here are some tips I think I'd share:

- ** MOST IMPORTANT ** - It doesn't matter if it feels so cold you think your butt might fall off, that sun is still shining down on you even if you can't feel it. Don't forget your SPF! I use a SPF 40 year round because I am paranoid of getting dark spots and would really like to prevent the risk of skin cancer.  (Don't forget SPF for your lips too!)

- Hot long showers might feel good (especially when you're sick) but they can suck the moisture right out of your hair and skin. Try to have a quick, lukewarm shower as often as possible. This will also help prevent an itchy, dry scalp!

- If you need to, use a humidifier. Initially I got a humidifier because my throat started feeling awful at night time.. but the difference in my skin has been amazing! My heels don't feel as dry, my skin isn't scaly and even my nails aren't as flaky! I love it :)

- Dress appropriately outside! If you want to protect your skin you need to cover it. Use a scarf, hat, gloves and even sunglasses (to protect the delicate skin around the eyes.. I can feel a difference!)

- Drink your water! This is a general health tip as the amount of water one drinks does not change their skin that much. Just don't forget to include those glasses of water between the coffee, teas and hot chocolates. Hydrate from within!

- Moisturize after you bathe - It's easier to lock moisture into already damp skin. Ideally use an oil based moisturizer.

- Have dry heels? Take care of those feet and exfoliate with a pumice stone (or whatever you fancy) once a week. Top with lotion and a pair of comfy socks! (Best if done before bed.)

- Chapped lips are the worst! They can be seriously painful and annoying. Always keep a lip chap or balm on hand  (I typically stick with blistex or eos). If you have need to exfoliate the skin off your lips I'll share a few methods which I've tried:
  1.  Mix sugar with a tiny amount of olive oil until you get a paste consistency. Rub over your lips and then wash off with a damp, warm cloth. Apply lip balm. 
  2. Mix sugar with honey (equal amounts) and add warm water if needed. Massage over lips and leave mixture on for 2-3 minutes. Rub off with a warm cloth. Apply lip balm.
  3. Mix water and baking soda (until gritty). Apply to lips with a soft bristled toothbrush and rub in a circular motion. Apply lip balm.
  4. Buy a lip scrub :). Though some can be expensive.
- Your hand's take a real beating in the winter. Using a hand cream as opposed to a lotion will help as they generally have a higher oil content in them.  Keeping bottles near all sinks should also help as a reminder to apply after washing your hands.

- Don't forget conditioner - It helps keep moisture in your hair and also helps with static!

I hope some of these have been helpful or have served as a reminder to you! Take care of your skin! 

Have a happy family day! 


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