Get Hydrated: Inside and Out. For much of the world, drier, cooler air results in dry, flakey, red, irritated skin. To maintain beautiful, healthy, glowing skin despite mother nature, it’s critically important to hydrate both your skin and body. Use a moisturizer each time you cleanse your skin. We like Scientific by Dr. Kenneth Beer’s Daily Hydrating Cream. In addition to providing a skin barrier from environmental stressors and pollutants, this incredible formula draws in and retains moisture to help keep your skin hydrated. With daily use, ferulic acid (a potent anti-oxidant) helps stop oxidative damage while retinol helps improve the tone, texture and pigment of your skin, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While keeping your skin hydrated on the outside is important, it’s equally important to hydrate from the inside as well. Drink plenty of water and make sure to eat foods that hydrate you as well. “What’s that?” you ask? “Foods can hydrate you too?” Oh yes! Check out this article in MensHealth Magazine for a list of foods that let you “eat your water.”
Pucker Up and Hydrate Your Pout! One of the most neglected areas of the skin is the lips. To keep them kissable this season, make sure to don a lip treatment with SPF often. We like Burt’s Bees Sun Protecting Lip Balm SPF 8. Winter already nipped at your lips, leaving them dry and flakey? Try an ultra moisturizing lip treatment like Deep Renewal by Blistex. Ingredients such as coenzyme Q10, hyaluronic filling spheres, and SPF 15 make this product the perfect on-the-go solution to chapped lips.
Exfoliation= Hydration. Already beginning to see the flakey, dry skin you dread? Not to worry, just remember this: exfoliation=hydration. When you exfoliate the skin it allows products to penetrate deeper. We love Scientific by Dr. Kenneth Beer’s White Bamboo Exfoliator. This clay-based scrub for all skin types warms upon contact with water. This deep-cleansing formula helps purify skin, minimize pores and balance excess oils. Microsifted White Bamboo crystals gently resurface the outer layers of skin while four powerful antioxidants (Acai Fruit Extract, Green and White Tea as well as Ferulic Acid) aid in correcting daily environmental damage. Once your skin is exfoliated, use your favorite moisturizer and feel the difference.
Ante up on Antioxidants. Antioxidants are always important, but in the winter when we tend to eat less fresh fruit and vegetables containing antioxidants and vitamins, getting an extra boost from your skin care products can help keep skin healthy. We like Scientific by Dr. Kenneth Beer’s Brightening Serum. Seaweed Extract and Hyaluronic Acid promote hydration and Emblica Fruit is a powerful antioxidant that all work together to help reduce oxidative stress and create a more even skin tone and brighter complexion. It’s essential to continue eating seasonal fruits and dark green vegetables, but augment the delivery of antioxidants to your skin with topical skin care products.
Get your block on! While many of us think of sun block or sunscreen as a summer skin care essential, the sun doesn’t entirely disappear in the winter! In fact, winter can often mean double damage thanks to direct UV rays from the sun plus reflected or diffused UV rays from the snow. Make sure when choosing a sun block that it contains broad-spectrum protection. This means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. We like EltaMD UV FACIAL SPF 30+. Sun damage happens as frequently in December as it does in June, and the effects on your skin are just as lasting.
Winter is a beautiful season for spending time with family and friends, but it can also be hard on your skin. Stay healthy, happy and glowing by following the tips above.
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