Winter Skin Care Tips

Your winter skin care helps set the stage for the rest of the year. Even though you might be busy, your skin is worth the extra efforts you make. You have to be willing to do the things that help counteract the lack of moisture in air.

Its not just the cold that can sap your skin though. There are many other contributors that can cause big problems later on!



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Something you might not think about are the layers and layers of heavy clothes you wear. They can rub and irritate your skin and make it feel down-right yucky. Clothes also rub off most all of the natural oils you have on your skin, which are meant to create a barrier between you and the elements. When you remove the barrier, you skin is left susceptible to the environment. Over time, it can really take a toll on your skin.

Some materials too, can irritate skin more than others. Wool is especially harsh to your skin. Because it’s got a coarse texture, it can be scratchy and feel itchy. Other aggravating fabrics are Angora hair, knit blends, and even some less expensive Cashmere sweaters.

You don't have to spend exorbitant amounts of money protecting and promoting your winter skin care regimen though. There are some less expensive things you can do that will keep your skin smooth and soft! Here are some tips to help skin feel more comfortable during winter or anytime the air is dry around you.

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Winter Skin Care Tips

Facial Skin - Do not neglect your face during the winter. Some facial moisturizers contain ingredients like ceremides and hyaluronic acid. Both help draw moisture back into the skin. For the best results, apply to slightly damp skin and allow to completely absorb.

One of the most versatile ingredients used to heal dry skin in the winter is honey. It has soothing and moisturizing properties, and can be combined with other ingredients to help hydrate the skin. Here's a hydrating mask that can soothe dry skin quickly!

Combine one teaspoon of honey and two tablespoons of milk powder with the yolk of one egg. Mix into a creamy paste. Apply to the skin and allow to dry for 15 minutes. Remove with warm water. Store leftovers in the frig.

Hands - The number one reason for having chapped hands during the cold is an overexposure to the cold. To keep hands from chapping, be sure you've got a few good pairs of winter gloves. Leather gloves that bend easily keep out harsh elements and are best for winter skin care. Keep them convenient to you by leaving a pair in your car, house, work, and purse.

Before you put your gloves on, apply something heavy like cocoa butter. For exceptionally soft hands, apply a heavy moisturizer to your hands and wear gloves overnight.

Lips - Get rid of dry patches on your lips by using lip balms frequently. If you lick your lips often, apply a layer of anti-wrinkle cream to them. If you are in a habit of licking your lips, this will break the habit. The cream won't hurt you and tastes terrible. Yuck!

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Body - If you've been out in the cold, shed wet clothes and shoes immediately when you get inside. Wet clothes can irritate the skin and may cause a skin rash. Protect winter skin before you expose it to the cold, by moisturizing every day during winter months. It may be a hassle but it's well worth the effort! Good winter skin care means spreading lotions on every nook and cranny of skin that you can locate, even the soles of your feet.

Invest in a moisturizer that contain natural glycerin, ceramides or fats. Coconut extract is also a great addition to add into your favorite skin care products. It contains fats that are similar to those in the skin's barrier, which are easily stripped away in winter.

*Tip - If your lotion gets cold, it won't be much fun putting it on your skin. Get it warm by soaking it first in hot water or by setting it beside the heat vents in your home.

Wet Skin - Give your skin plenty of time to dry before you go out in the elements. Cold air is especially bad for moist, damp skin. Extreme temperature changes can burst capillaries close to the surface of the skin and make your face look beet red. It is best to help skin by creating an artificial block between you and the dry, cold air. Use moisturizing lotions like all get out during winter months. Moisturizers create a safety net between your skin and the cold or wind. Don’t go outside with damp or wet skin during the winter months either. This leaves you more susceptible to frost bite, which won’t help your skin at all.

Don’t go outside with damp or wet skin during the winter months either. This leaves you more susceptible to frost bite, which won’t help your skin at all.

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Oils - To help keep your skin satiny smooth this winter, here is a recipe that should help. Mix equal parts of mustard seed oil, sesame oil, and melted coconut oil. Apply it to your skin all over. This combination of oils is very good for winter skin care and leaves your skin tight, smooth, and free of blemishes.

The Sun - The most important thing you can do during the winter is to protect your skin. The temperature of the air doesn't dictate the harsh effects of the sun. In winter months, it is still important to use sunscreens, especially in higher altitudes.

Snow is highly reflective and can intensify the sun's rays as much as 80 percent! Wear no less that an SPF 15 while you're outside and don't forget to apply it to areas you might not think about, like exposed ears. If you're looking for something a little more natural, try astaxanthin supplements or wear mineral makeup as zinc oxide. This becomes especially important if you'll be outside for long lengths of time. For those people who are active during winter months, winter skin care should include blocking the harsh effects of the sun!

Air - Since heated air is devoid of moisture, you need to do something to replace it. You could invest in a home humidifier (which hooks up to the heating system), use potpourri burners, or simply place bowls of water around your home. It doesn't take a lot of effort to put moisture back into your environment. Household plants are also very beneficial because they take in CO2 and give off fresh oxygen. Watering them creates a natural humidity in the rooms where plants are placed. Winter skin care always involves replacing lost moisture!

Winter air can be terribly drying. Your precious skin could pay the price if you don't pay attention to it. For the best winter skin care, you must be willing to moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize again!




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How to Get Smooth Skin at Any Age!

Skin Exfoliation – Excellent Ways to Revitalize Your Skin

Dry Itchy Skin – Skin Tips for Cold Temps

Hyaluronic Acid Benefits - Reduce Wrinkles and Improve Health

Boost Skin Moisture to Plump and Revitalize

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