Winter Skin Care Tips: Get Radiant Skin and Beat the Cold!
People with acne can hardly balance the act, torn between the need
to calm down those nasty pimples with alcohol-based toners and
pimple-drying masks and desperate need to slap on that comfy
moisturizer. And those with sensitive skin suffer most of all.
No matter what skin type you have in warmer seasons, winter skin
care is all about care . This means putting aside those oil-stripping
toners, mattifying gels, face washes with scrubbing particles and face
powder. In winter, you have to be mindful and adapt your skin care
First of all, in winter your skin needs moisture to keep it supple
and healthy. Humectants (to attract and retain moisture) and emollients
(for a smoothing and softening effect) are essential, the more the
better. That doesn't mean you have to slick your face in Vaselin.
Fortunately, there are smarter solutions.
Gentle cleansing comes first. Stay away from bar soaps,
especially antibacterial ones, which not only dry your skin, but in
fact help creating new forms of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Now it's
time to try Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, if you haven't already. With
mildest possibly ingredients it can be used either with water or a
cotton ball. We loved the way Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser glides on
skin, removing even long-lasting mascara. And it washed the sebum
clogging our pores (no black dots!), leaving zero residue, so our skin
looked calm and flawless, ready to absorb the moisturizer.
Toning is essential in winter. Using a proper toner is more
important than most people think. A toner is used to remove the remains
of the cleanser. Toners are usually acidic or lower on the PH range.
Toner's also a mild cleanser too, and it can soften your skin and even
leave some vitamins. Always tone after cleansing and before
moisturizing. For best results, try a toner with less chemical
additions to it, such as Fresh Rose Marigold Tonic Water or Facial
Toner by Dr.Hauschka.
Treat yourself to a moisturizing mask once a
week or after a prolonged exposure to frosty winter bites. Honey
Comfort Mask by L'Occitane contains pure honey that gently softens and
hydrates the sensitive skin. Caudalie Revitalizing Moisture Grape-Seed
Cream Mask is also a nice option. Fresh's Sugar Face Polish To Go does
double duty polishing the skin with brown sugar and exfoliating with
Exfoliate your face skin with gentle non-abrasive exfoliators
such as Gel Exfoliant Intensive by G.M.Collin. This particle-free
citrusy gel is indeed very gentle to skin. Gel Exfoliant Intensive uses
enzymatic action of grapefruit and lemon peel oils plus lactic acid and
juniper to eliminate dead skin cells when dries on skin and then peeled
or rolled by fingertips. Similar (yet less effective) option: Yonka
Gommage 305 for Dry or Sensitive Skin.
To dry acne pimples, use tea tree oil and avoid benzoyl peroxide
products until spring, they are way too drying. Mix in a drop of
essential tea tree oil in a bowl of hot water for a clarifying face
steam bath. You may also add diluted tea tree to your favorite toner or
a moisturizer for their extra benefits.
Body skin is also undergoes a serious beating by winter. It is
dehydrated from static electricity, air heating and chilly winds. Plus,
clothing also steals moisture from the skin. To beat the flaky itchy
skin start with gentle full body scrubbing with Buffy the Backside
Slayer Body Buffer by LUSH. It sloughs dead skin cells and improves the
blood circulation with ground almonds, rice and azuke beans mixed in a
bar of moisturizing shea and cocoa butters. Such a treat.
Develop a routine for daily complete body moisturizing with a rich
body crime such as Dream Cream by LUSH. We absolutely love the scent
and the fact that we actually slather on stuff good enough for a decent
eye cream: oats, rose essential water, lavender, chamomile and olive
oil. Little secret: we even put this herbal-scented lotion to our face,
which is irritated and red due to recent freezing rain and chilly winds.
So what are you waiting for? Spring (and Valentine's Day) is just
around the corner, so get ready to shed your clothes and reveal the
beautiful skin underneath.