October 15, 2012

Skin Care 101

It’s hard to believe but winter is just around the corner.  That means lower humidity, brisk winds, and cold temperatures will be working together to zap your skin of its natural oils causing it to become more susceptible to drying out. I don’t know about you but I can already feel the change in my skin.  In an attempt to alleviate my dry skin symptoms, I researched the topic and created a list of tips and tricks to help save your skin this fall and winter.
1.  Don’t forget the sunscreen.  Just because you are not in your skivvies by the pool or the beach does not mean you can forgo the sun protection. Always apply a facial lotion of at least 15 SPF or higher as well as an SPF containing lip balm. I use Cetaphil lotion on my face and SPF Cherry Chap Stick on my lips.
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2.  While you’re paying close attention to what you are putting on your skin, be sure to pay close attention to what you’re putting in your mouth as well.  I know how hard it is to eat healthy when it’s freezing outside and all you want is a little comfort food to cheer you up and warm your belly.  However, food high in fat and salt can aggravate already dry skin by dehydrating your body. Try adding foods rich in Omega 3’s to your diet, try to consume at least 300 mg of Omega-3’s a day and start taking a daily vitamin.  This simple step can make a quick change because Omega 3’s are essential for skin, hair, and nail health.
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3.  Drink plenty of H2O.  Just remember 2 liters a day keeps dry skin at bay.
4.  A hot bath may seem like the perfect anecdote to a cold winter’s day but if the water is too hot it can actually make your skin worse.  Instead of a steaming hot bath, try taking a tepid bath or shower.
5.  Ever notice how wonderful your skin feels in the summer?  This is because the high levels of humidly are hydrating your skin. During fall and winter we spend all day inside with the heat turned on which can wreck havoc on your skin.  A simple solution to this dilemma is to invest in a humidifier.  Your skin will thank you.
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6. Start paying closer attention to the ingredients’ in your body and face washes.  Make sure your body wash is soap free, and free of harsh dyes and perfumes that dry out your skin.  When choosing a facial cream make sure it contains no less than 0.5% hyaluronic acid and humectants, both these ingredients’ help your skin retain water.  When choosing body lotion, pick one with Shea butter and if your skin is still dry after body lotion you can try using baby oil.
7. Apply your body lotion to damp skin after a bath and shower to optimize absorption.
8. Exfoliate your skin once a week.  Exfoliation removes dead skin cells which can clog pores and lead to breakouts.  My favorite exfoliating body washes are made by bath and body works.
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9. Wear socks and gloves; not only outside but inside too, this will help to protect your hands and feet. At night apply a generous amount of cream to your hands and feet them cover them in socks and gloves to help hold in the moisture.
10.  Lastly, dedicate a day to your skin once a week. For example, every Wednesday night you can exfoliate your skin and apply a face mask.  While the mask dries you can give yourself a pedicure and manicure.  Choosing the same day each week will help you to remember when you’re in need of exfoliation and it will keep you from making excuses since the time has already been carved out.

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