† Individual Results May Vary.
Yes, great winter skin begins with great post-summer prep! You can achieve a year round, balanced look and feel to your skin with my, “DO THIS!” “NOT THIS!”
Program for Dry Winter Skin:
Think of this prep as something you would read about in Martha Stewart magazine. MARTHA preps her shrubs and flower beds for a long winter by cutting them back, feeding them and wrapping them. Similarly, you need to prep your skin for a long winter. The summer is the time of the year when our skin is exposed to the most abuses: sweat, grime, heat, crowds, sun damage, wind burn, chlorine, gloppy sun lotions, late nights, longer days, and a lot more partying! Most women get lax about skin care in the summer. But at the end of the warm weather season, the prep must begin! I call it the CEMS approach.
CEMS: Cleanse, Exfoliate, Moisturize, Sunscreen
You can use a stronger cleanser during this period. Time for fall cleaning!
Summer elements cause the top layer of your skin to dry out, similar to the trauma of winter elements. Exfoliate (remove your dead cells) more rigorously, as it will lead to more radiant skin. This is an excellent time of the year to do this. All the topical creams and lotions in the world will not permeate or be effective if you don’t exfoliate first. It would be like slathering lotion on a face covered in plastic wrap. Exfoliate with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). Buy these over the counter, or luxuriate in a para-medical facial in a doctor’s office for a higher percentage of glycolic peel. This will kick-start your program.
There are many different skin types, each requires a different type of moisturizer. Lotions, creams and oils should be specific to your skin type so that one cure does not become the culprit for another problem. BEWARE oily skin types!
I cannot impress upon you enough the importance of sunscreen. Aside from the health risks associated with sun exposure, the sun is a major cause of cell damage. It causes premature aging, hyperpigmentation (sun spots) and dry itchy skin. Sunscreen should be applied everyday, even on a cloudy winter day.
Causes of Dry Winter Skin: Internal & External
Internal Causation: Your skin ages chronologically, the result of a decrease in hormones that rob your skin of natural moisture. Fluctuation in your hormone levels is another contributor, depending on where you are in your estrogen journal (pre or post menopausal). Either way, it’s depleting.
External Causation: Dry air, caused by a decrease in humidity during the winter,dessicates (dries ) skin. Wind is another culprit. And then there is indoor arid heat. Indoor heating systems are not necessarily humidified. This can also contribute to stripping moisture from the outer layer of your skin.
Areas of Extreme Exposure: Face, Hands & Hair
Have you noticed a change in the consistency of your hair too? Again, this may be due to a fluctuation in hormone levels. But the seasonal culprit, winter, can rob your hair of moisture. This has to do with the science of cellular breakdown under stress.
I recently polled my local mani-pedi place. It seems that the frequency of pedicures ranges from every two weeks to three times a year, with some only pedi(ing) in summer. A good pedicure every 3-4 weeks is the ultimate treat and optimum foot care. You deserve it! Just think of all the work your feet do for you each day! At $25 a pop in most salons, it’s affordable, therapeutic (foot and leg massage) and hygienic.
~ Stay Healthy! Live Longer! Look Younger! ~
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