It seems like your skin is always under attack. First there’s the cold weather, which is especially tough on your skin. If you already suffer from dry or flaking skin, it can get downright brutal. On the other hand, there’s also heat, and dry climates—staying indoors and running the heating system creates an extremely dry living environment, robbing your skin of the moisture it requires to stay supple and smooth. And let’s not forget the damage from free radicals from pollution, pesticides and cigarette smoke that can cause your skin to lose elasticity.
The next thing you know, you’re looking a lot older than you should. But, you can win the battle of skin care by becoming aware of how you treat your body—what you put on it and into it. Here are a few easy but effective steps to create a skin care routine that will overcome dryness and flaking and leave you with softer, younger-looking skin.
To Keep Your Skin Soft, You’ll Need:
Body puff, towel, moisturizing cream, mild facial cleanser, strawberries, yogurt, and honey
- A long, hot bath or shower may feel terrific in the winter, but it’s not doing your epidermis any favors. Prolonged periods in hot water zaps your skin of the valuable natural oils it needs to stay soft. Turn down the temperature and dry bathing or showering in lukewarm water for about fifteen minutes or less (you’ll save water, too).
- Keep in mind that “gentle” is the way to go when it’s time to clean up and dry off. Use a mild skin cleanser that’s designed especially for dry or sensitive skin along with a soft body puff. If you wash with deodorant soap, designed to battle perspiration, be aware that it was made is to dry your skin. Use it under your arms only and use a mild body wash for the rest of your body. Always pat your skin dry. Rubbing is too rough on already dry or sensitive skin.
- After you’ve patted your skin dry, lock in moisture by applying a good moisturizing cream. While you may be tempted to go for brand names or price, be sure to check the ingredients, first, and choose a moisturizer that contains lactic acid or urea. Other ingredients that’s good for dryness include: lanolin, mineral oil, petrolatum, or hyluronic acid. If you have super-dry skin, give oils a shot. If you opt for essential oils, be aware that some are harsh and bring to the skin. Use a good carrier oil such as olive, sunflower, sweet almond, or vitamin E.
- While it’s tempting to use exfoliating products, it’s smart to pass on them, as they can make the skin even drier. Instead, use a creamy facial cleanser or a homemade facial mask made with a blend of yogurt, honey, and strawberries. It sounds yummy, but your skin will love it, too.
- Fight free radicals in your diet by eating food rich in antioxidants. Kiwis, strawberries, oranges, and grapefruit will boost your vitamin C. Use olive oil instead of butter to promote softer skin, and fall in love with pumpkin—the new superfood, which contains vitamins A, C, and E.
Also, make sure you drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and cigarettes, and use a humidifier when you have your heat running. You’ll be amazed by the younger-looking you in your mirror.
P.S. Try a soothing Bellezza Spa Signature Facial for the ultimate treatment for your winter skin blues.