|By Alyssa Weiss
I can't stress enough how important it is to protect our skin from all the perils of winter. We're not just talking the face — the lips and body take quite a beating during this season, too.
Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet.
No doubt you've come across a never-ending barrage of articles claiming to have the definitive, beauty editor's list of the top five moisturizers, balms, lotions and potions that you "absolutely must have" this winter. The trouble is that everyone's skin is different and the products in and of themselves are not enough. There are many forces at work and you need to be aware of what your skin needs most and commit to a practice of consistent care which includes nutrition and facials. You truly do get out what you put in.
While everyone's skin becomes more sensitive regardless of skin type, some people experience different degrees of dehydration and dryness, while others struggle with unexpected blemish breakouts. During the winter months we are contending with a multitude of factors that the skin quite literally has to weather. In addition to the cold, crisp air which dehydrates and strips the skin of the nutrients it needs to protect itself, we are constantly transitioning from the arid, manufactured heat of our homes and offices to the dry, frigid air of the great, or in winter, not so great outdoors.
This never-ending revolving door between tow highly contrasting environments whips our skin into a frenzy. The skin becomes like a yo-yo, unable to adapt quickly enough to its ever changing environment. It’s uncertain of what to do first to protect itself, so we need to do a little hand holding and take extra special care of our skin so that it can return the favor.
It may be a bit counterintuitive but we need to drink as much water during the winter as we do all summer long. Our bodies are working overtime to keep us warm during the chilly winter months. This requires us to consume more calories and water. The face comes into direct contact with the elements outside, so it gets hit hard. If we don't drink enough water, the skin is unable to carry out its cellular activities as efficiently. As a result the skin becomes dehydrated. So remember to drink.
Skin care by skin type
There is no one skincare regimen that fits all. That said, it's important to step up your skin care game during the winter, but be gentle! No matter what your type, skin becomes more sensitive during the cold winter months and needs us to cut it a little slack.
Winter blemish breakouts
Try exfoliating once per week or give your face a couple weeks off. Make sure that the exfoliator you choose is gentle. I prefer all natural exfoliators like Yu-Be Foaming Skin Polish. It utilizes ingredients like rice brand and bamboo to exfoliate, extracts of ginger root and ginseng to balance the skin and green tea, geranium oil and camphor to soothe and refresh. (Can be used as a body scrub too!)
I also eliminate glycolic acid peel treatments and products entirely during the winter. If this sounds too scary, try reducing the number of treatments you use. When overused these types of products produce the very blemishes we initially used them to heal.
Lavido Replenishing Facial Serum is all natural, dermatologically tested and is steeped in vitamins, active plant based acids and minerals. It not only take years off the skin but retains moisture as well.
Chapped face syndrome
Even if your face doesn't qualify as chapped, like mine does during the winter, you probably want to opt for a richer moisturizer, add a nourishing, water based serum and boost your moisturizer with 3 - 5 drops of face oil. This is by no means taking things too far. If you're still feeling dry, you may want to try cleansing your face at night only. If you are washing off the remains of the day at night, a bit of warm water followed by a gentle toner is enough in the morning. For those of us with dry skin, even the gentlest cleansers can be extremely drying.
|While some of these practices may sound counterintuitive and perhaps even a little scary or too much of a time suck, dare yourself to conduct an experiment. Giving your skin a break may be just the thing it needs to rebalance itself and keep you looking healthy and beautiful all winter long.|