• How to reduce the damaging effects of winter on your skin

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    The cold season is soon coming to an end but there’s still one month to go, officially. If this season has affected your skin, it’s time you started working on restoring its condition and protecting from further damage. 

    Low temperatures can cause lots of damage especially on your face, lips, hands and feet. These are the most exposed parts of your body todry winter skin the harsh weather conditions. Cold temperature can lead to dryness and a change in the elasticity of your skin. If you suddenly have discomfort, irritations, cracked skin or lips, rough hands, redness and stinging, it’s a sign that you’re suffering from the cold weather effects.
    It’s essential that you use a good hydrating product with increased protection. Soothing ingredients and anti-redness agents are best choices when you‘re searching for a winter skincare product.

    Even after winter is gone, you can fight the effects of dry, cold weather with calming and restoring ingredients like chamomile, green tea, olive oil, cucumber etc. If your skin is very sensitive, avoid ingredients with cooling effects like peppermint or witch hazel when you go outside. Sunscreen is still a must, even in winter, so wear SPF products when you go outside.

    For your lips: even if you don’t have dry lips, it’s recommended that you apply lip balms during winter. Drink plenty of water to maintain proper internal hydration.

    For your neck and décolleté: Apply your regular face moisturizer to protect the delicate skin of your neck and chest. Once or twice a week, apply hydrating masks made with natural ingredients (look for honey, chamomile infusions, milk, fruits like peaches and bananas, yogurt, cucumber, linden and green tea infusions for rinsing). Don’t forget to wear a soft scarf on the coldest days!

    For your hands and feet: extra moisture is the key. Apply and reapply your hand moisturizer as often as possible during a day. Apply foot cream after showering while feet are still wet. Petroleum Jelly (vaseline) based creams are great for rough skin and hold in the moisture for increased hydration.

    For dry and normal skin: use creams that lock in moisture; before applying face cream, you can use a hydrating gel base that will help hold water to the skin and will boost the power of your moisturizer. Beeswax creams are also recommended. If you don’t have acne-prone skin, you can use moisturizing lotions based on olive oil, shea butter, avocado oil, essential fatty acids.

    For oily skin: during winter, you can use plenty of moisturizer in tandem with any other treatment creams you might be using. Opt for light, water based moisturizers. If you have an oily T-Zone, apply special T-Zone treatment to stop the excess oil production and apply your regular moisturizer on top. If you use makeup, a hydrating oil-free foundation is enough on a cold day.

     

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