Old man winter can wreak havoc on our skin. With above-average-hot days thrown into the mix of cold, windy days our skin isn't quite sure what to do. It's a great time to evaluate your skin care routine to make sure you are getting the right level of hydration and correction for your skin.
Transitioning from fall to winter skin care:
Thicker hair, we love. Thicker moisturizer? Not always better. A good moisturizer is more about the active ingredients and delivery component than the viscosity. If you breakout easily, you should avoid oil-based products - look for gel or water-based moisturizers. As a rule, creams will be heavier than lotions. The most important thing is to find moisturizers that really penetrate and hydrate the skin. If you feel your moisturizer sitting on the surface of your skin long after it is applied, it may not be formulated to reach the inner layers of the dermis. If you find that you want to continue to layer on your moisturizer to get enough hydration, chances are you need a richer formula.
Oil isn't just for salads anymore! A refined oil can bring much needed hydration and relief. But, don't rely on oils alone. Face oil doesn't penetrate the skin as readily as a cream or lotion and therefore, won't hydrate the skin as well. Oils are best used in combination with a moisturizer. We suggest adding a few drops of Rhonda Allison's Pumpkin E Serum or Grape Seed Serum to your moisturizer to increase hydration and create a protective barrier that minimizes water evaporation through your skin.
Time is of the essence...It is important that you get your serums and moisturizers on quickly after you cleanse your face or get out of the shower. Be sure to pat skin dry (wet skin will dilute products), but make haste after that. Pores are open and you want to retain any residual moisture.
Short and Cool. No, I'm not talking about myself. Keep your showers short and avoid using steaming hot water. Water will strip the natural oils from your skin. If you wash your face in the shower, turn the water to a lukewarm temperature before rinsing your face. (Acne tip: If you breakout along your hairline, wash your face after you condition your hair. Residual conditioner left in the hairline may be exacerbating your acne.)
Use a humidifier overnight. Your hair might be a fright in the AM, but your skin will thank you for the extra hydration. If you don't have a humidifier, you may place a container of water in your room (fill the tub in your hotel room before you go to bed!) and you'll be amazed at how much water evaporates overnight
From the inside out...boost your Omega 3's. Increasing your consumption of foods and supplements rich in Omega 3's will help keep skin supple. Click here for a list of Omega 3 rich foods.
Put on the exfoliation brakes. If your skin is feeling dry or flakey, don't start to exfoliate more than you normally would. Remember salicylic and glycolic-acid cleansers are considered exfoliators, too. We recommend using Rhonda Allison's Gentle Jojoba Beads or Derma Peel as a gentler approach to exfoliation if you are feeling dry. It is necessary to exfoliate so that your moisturizer can penetrate the skin, but you shouldn't be left feeling overly dry afterwards. A weekly enzyme exfoliation followed by a hydrating mask is a great in-between-facials treatment to do at home. We suggest Rhonda Allison's Cherry Enzyme and Milk Mask for most skin types.
So, kick old man winter to the curb and watch for changes in how your skin is feeling! Schedule a complimentary in-spa or phone skin care consultation to create a customized protocol for your skin.