Prepare and care for winter skin

With winter on its way, it’s not good news for your skin. Harsh winds, cold temperatures, and dry air tend to sap skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and stressed.

Unfortunately, it’s not only the weather that can challenge your winter skin care. Stress around the holidays, changes in routine, and eating more sugar and fat than usual can cause an occasional breakout, tightness, and dullness.

You can help reduce these effects by taking some precautions in your daily skin care routine. Try these tips.

        • Choose your cleanser carefully: Cleansers can strip your skin of natural oils, dry it out, and over time, lead to more visible lines and wrinkles. Be sure to chose the right one for you and remember It is important to cleanse your facial skin every night to remove the day’s buildup of dust, dirt, grime, pollution, oil (sebum), and leftover makeup
            • Exfoliate: Exfoliating brings back that youthful glow that is so often lost during the winter months. Exfoliation rids skin of dead cells & speeds up the epidermal turnover resulting in new collagen production. 
                • Shorten your showers: Hot water may feel great in the winter, but it will sap your skin of its natural oils. Try to limit your long, hot showers and baths to once or twice a week, and choose lukewarm the other times. Always apply moisturizer immediately after patting skin dry.
                    • Use a humidifier: As winter comes, the air dries out. The dryer the air, the more it steals moisture from your skin. If you live in a dry climate, use a humidifier, particularly in your bedroom at night.
                        • Rejuvenate: The winter months are a great time to provide your skin with more nutrients so it can better withstand winter stress.