Your skin changes with the seasons and people benefit most by changing certain aspects of their skincare regimen as the weather changes. During the fall and winter months, we expose our skin to more indoor heat causing our skin to rapidly lose its natural moisture. Prep your skin before frigid temperatures arrive, by stocking up on your lotions, creams, and oils.
Keep your skin moisturized daily and don’t forget to wear your sunscreen all year round. I wear Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock with 90+ SPF day in and day out. I wear it in Summer and in Winter, at the pool and on rainy days. It’s the cumulative effect of the sun that damages our skin, so be sure you start wearing sun block every day, if you aren’t already. It makes a huge difference as you get older.
I asked my client, Hela Spa in Georgetown and at the Collection in Chevy Chase to share 5 Skincare Tips to keep our skin looking its best this Fall and Winter:
1. Lock in the Moisture
Drinking water is the best thing you can do for your skin all year round. The daily consumption of water keeps the skin hydrated inside out. If you find yourself getting bored with drinking water, try adding lemons, limes, or even cucumbers to give your water some flavor. It will not only taste good but will give your body a wonderful cleansing treatment by eliminating toxins and giving the body more energy.
Indoor heat and winter wind keep the air extremely dry so use a humidifier to keep the air moist in your home and office. By keeping the air moist in your surroundings, you will be able to prevent severely dry skin, dry scalp issues and chapped lips.
2. Vitalize the Skin with Vitamins
Choose foods and supplements enriched with vitamins B, C, E and K. These are primary vitamins used in hair skin and nail products as well. If used on a consistent basis, these vitamins help to improve your skin’s complexion and elasticity while at the same time making your nails stronger and hair shiny. For those of you that don’t like taking vitamins, some companies offer powders or liquid versions of skin vitamins that can be put in your favorite drink.
Consuming Omega 3 oils found in fish and cod liver oil has become quite popular these days. Many companies are incorporating omega 3 oils in their foods. These oils keep skin cells moist and help with premature aging.
3. Exfoliate and Rejuvenate
As we increase in age, our cell turnover decreases. By incorporating exfoliating scrubs and moisturizers, we can help to increase cell turnover and prevent dry flaking skin. Talk to your Esthetician about exfoliating treatments during these winter months, by doing a series of peels and or microdermabrasion your skin will be soft and smooth throughout the entire season.
Don’t forget to keep your entire body exfoliated and exfoliate your body before you shower. Get yourself a good natural bristled body brush and use it on your whole body. This will allow fresh new skin beneath to be able to breathe absorb moisture better.
4. Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Make sure all your skincare and bath and body products have moisturizing ingredients. Try incorporating an emollient facial cleanser and use body washes with shea butter, aloe vera, and other various moisturizing oils. Heavier creams and body butters are best for fall and winter months and should be applied while skin is still damp to help seal in the moisture.
5. Keep Using Sunscreen
Sunscreen is not just for summer. You need to protect your skin all year round from damaging sun rays. UV rays are actually stronger and dangerous in winter months. If your daily moisturizer or makeup foundation already has an SPF, that will give you the protection you need as well.
Don’t forget your lips. Be sure to also use heavy moisturizing lip balms to keep lips from getting chapped. Polish away dead cells to remove dry, flaky skin and reveal newer, softer skin by gently exfoliating lips with a toothbrush or mild face scrub.