Acne winter skin care
With most of the US and Europe now experiencing (or about to in the
next few days) the coldest weather since last winter, I want to
share some things you can do to prepare and protect your skin from
harsh environmental effects.
Cold weather can wreak havoc on your skin, leaving it dry and itchy,
flaky, and full of unsightly blotches. Harsh winds, freezing temperatures
and even increased heating, can all leave your skin feeling and looking
red, blotchy and dry.
There are many articles on the subject but here are some tips from
one by Matt Hick that follows my recommendations to the "T".
Protect your skin from these harsh weather changes by following a
few important tips:
- Use Sunscreen.
The sun can take its toll on your skin, even during the cold winter
months. Save your skin from dangerous sun glare from snow and ice
by using an SPF 30 sunscreen while enjoying outdoor activities like
skiing, snowboarding and sledding.
Even on a cloudy day, nearly 80% of the sun's dangerous UV rays
makes it to your skin.
- Boost Your Moisturizing Routine.
Stiff winds, cold temperatures, and even indoor heating systems can
suck the moisture right out of your skin, leaving it in desperate
need of some extra care.
Use a heavier, richer, or even foamy opaque style moisturizer during
the winter months. And use it more often.
Avoid mineral oil and petroleum based products so your skin can
actually breathe. Most professional skin-care specialists recommend
applying three or more times a day during the winter.
- Take Fewer Baths and Avoid Hot Water.
Both dry the skin, adding to those cold weather skin woes. Use warm
to tepid water and limit them to one a day if possible.
- Exercise Regularly.
Increase your circulation to deliver more nutrients to your skin
cells. It is known to boost collagen production, a natural skin
- Eat Fish.
It's high in omega 3 fatty acids which are proven to revitalize skin.
- Use A Humidifier.
Especially in the bedroom, to help put lost moisture back into the
air - and your skin.
- Wear Lipstick or Other Lip Coverings (Chapstick).
This will help to protect dry and cracked lips. Reapply often, and
avoid sore and chapped lips.
- Exfoliate Weekly.
Smooth away dry patches on your face and body with a weekly exfoliation
- Stay Away From Alcohol-Based Skin-Care Products.
They only dry out the skin, causing even more winter skin damage.
- Wear Skin-Friendly Clothes.
Winter fashion is notorious for aggravating the skin. People are
prone to wear itchy heavy fabrics that irritate the most sensitive
Bundling up for cold weather activities can also cause overheating
and sweating. Let your skin breathe this winter with soft, cuddly
and breathable fabrics.
Keeping your skin smooth and healthy during even the harshest winter
doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. Take special care to
give it the attention that it needs and it'll look great no matter
what the weather outside.
These simple tips should help you weather the winter and keep your
skin healthy and happy.