December 19, 2015

5 Tips to Protect Your Skin From Winter's Wrath

Don’t let the unseasonably warm temps fool you, Winter is on its way. Now is the time to revamp your winter skin care routine to avoid Winter’s dry, chafed skin. Keeping skin hydrated is important. However, hydration coupled with moisturizing will work wonders on your skin throughout the Winter. So don’t put away the sunscreen yet, you may need it if you plan on building Frosty the Snowman or hitting the slopes.

Here are 5 great tips to help you keep your skin looking supple and healthy during the Winter.

1. Moisturize
Winter skin is often met with dry patches due to harsh blowing winds beating against your face. Combat these dry patches by introducing oil based products into your makeup routine. Summer moisturizers tend to be water-based. Winter skin needs the protection of oil based products. Before you go spending a lot of money on some fancy schmancy mega oil product, check your beauty cabinet as you may have some oil based products already. Did you know most skin creams are oil based? Check the ingredients on your fave products. Are they skin clogging oils like parabens? Opt for lighter oils like avocado, almond or similar oils. Moisturizing skin creams like Medline Remedy Phytoplex Nourishing Skin Cream are hypoallergenic, free of parabens and help keep skin moisturized. Phytoplex is a rich and creamy cream sure to leave your skin feeling soft.

2. Humidify
The fireplace is a great place to cuddle up during the winter, but the warm cozy fire can leave your skin feeling extremely dry. Combat dry winter skin caused by fireplace and central heating system by using humidifiers throughout your home. We use Crane Cool Mist humidifiers as we love the whimsical designs. Humidifiers amplify the moisture in the air to help avoid the perils of Winter dryness including dry skin, chapped lips and cough and cold symptoms. Keep your family safe by making sure your humidifier has safety features like automatic shut off, small tank, variable output controls.
Keep your skin hydrated on the inside by making sure you are getting enough fluids. Go light on the sodas and reach for the water instead. Add a twist of lemon or your favorite citrus fruit to a tall glass of water to keep your mouth from drying out. Stay hydrated.

3. Pedi Care
Winter’s wrath is tough on our feet. Avoid dry, cracked heels by slathering moisturizing cream on your feet at night and covering them with a thick pair of socks. When I was a kid, my mom would rub Vaseline on her feet and put socks on our feet at bedtime. This frugal beauty tip is just one of many I learned from her and use to this day. You can also maximize your winter pedicure by sloughing dry skin during your bath soaks and using Medline Remedy Nourishing Skin Cream Wipes. These skin care wipes are amazing!  Find them on Shoplet in the medical supplies category.  Yes, Shoplet, the office and cleaning supplies store!  I know it sounds strange but Shoplet offers a wide array of products and this little gem was quite the find.  These wipes are alcohol free, pre-moistened and easy to use.  I keep them handy because I have really dry ankles and even though I apply lotion in the morning, my ankles appear ashy throughout the day.  So to avoid the dry look, I simply wipe my feet and ankles with a wipe before putting on socks and my feet look silky smooth all day long.
Yes, I know the intended purpose of these wipes isn't for dry ankles but it works wonders and I love how super soft my feet look after wiping with these skin protectant cloths.

4. Bathe in Luxury
Avoid long, hot baths during the winter as they tend to deprive skin of much needed moisture. Instead, opt for lukewarm oatmeal or soothing Epsom salt bath. I love making homemade bath soaks during the winter and gifting to friends. Bath soaks are easy to make. Here’s one of my favorite bath soak recipes.

Lavender Bath Soak
1 c. baking soda
2 c. Epsom salt
15 drops of your favorite essential oil (Lavender, peppermint, etc.)

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl
Pour and store in an airtight container

5. Shield Thyself with SPF
Summertime and everyone reaches for products high in SPF but before you pack those products away, beware of Winter’s sun. Rules are the same, apply broad spectrum sunscreen to exposed areas (face, lips, hands, etc.) at least 30 minutes before hitting the slopes and again as necessary. Winter’s sun glare can leave your eyes feeling dry so be sure to don a pair of stylish sunglasses to protect your eyes. Face forward but don’t forget to protect your lips with a lip balm with a high SPF. Apply as needed to keep lips moisturized and avoid dry, cracked, chapped lips. Use foundation and makeup products with SPF if you wear makeup during the winter. Your Winter makeup routine is definitely a less is more type scenario. Ever see that one chick whose face looks like she took a Sharpie and used it as eyeliner. Blustery winter winds can ruin your makeup within a few moments. The simplest solution to combatting this is simply remembering less is more. A little blush, a dab of gloss, a little pop to the eyes and call it a day.

Here's wishing you a winter full of 
sleigh rides, snowball fights and great skin!


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