As the wind chill dips below zero, and we crank up our forced air heating systems, special care needs to be taken to mitigate the damage done to our skin. We bundle, wrap and stuff our bodies (and their parts) into coats, boots, hats, gloves, and scarves, but what about your FACE? Here are 5 things you should be doing or NEED to incorporate during the Winter months, for the skin on your face.1. Check your diet.
You know the old saying, “you are what you eat”, it holds true as it pertains to your skin. Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, chia seeds, or spinach can improve skin remarkably, often in a matter of weeks. Have an aversion to omega-3 rich foods? An omega-3 supplement would work. Additionally, make sure to drink at least 8 cups of water per day. However, there’s debate on the benefits of drinking water for skin health among professionals; the argument is that water consumption cannot have any effect on the epidermis since the skin’s condition is determined by external factors. Nevertheless, I’d say, it’s a good idea to drink water to support overall general health.
2. Exfoliate, but less often.
NOTHING you put on your skin will penetrate without proper exfoliation. However, intervals between facial skin exfoliation should be kept on the longer side, in the colder months.
A regular facial exfoliation schedule for normal to combination skin is two to three times per week (and once per week for persons with sensitive skin). But during the colder months, cut back to, once or twice per week for normal and combination skin and once every other week for sensitive skin.
3. Moisturize, WELL.
Low humidity and exposure to cold weather will cause the skin on your face to dry out, period. Using the correct moisturizer will combat this. A LOT of over-the-counter moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can further dry your skin in the winter months. Take care to choose a formula that has natural, nourishing, BENEFICIAL ingredients.
If you’re a person who experiences exceptional facial dryness in Winter, try an all-natural beauty oil. There is a multitude of skin benefits obtained from using natural oils for your face. Try our all-natural Fruit & Antioxidant Beauty (F.A.B) Oil; It has FOURTEEN magnificent, non-comedogenic oils, botanicals, and extracts. Blended in a formula that maximizes the effects of each ingredient used, to help regulate sebum, clear acne, soothe and rejuvenate dull and environmentally damaged skin. It’s loaded with free-radical fighting antioxidants and It’s also, FOR ALL SKIN TYPES. Yes, persons with oily skin, YOU TOO can benefit by adding oil to your skin care regimen. Beauty oils are used alone or layered over a moisturizer for an ultra-hydrating boost.
4. Sunscreen. Wear it EVERYDAY.
SUNSCREEN PREVENTS SKIN AGING! In a publication released by SkinCancer.org, it states that “MORE THAN 90 percent of the visible skin changes are from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays”. But despite this popular opinion of dermatologists, people don’t use it, as recommended. A broad-spectrum sunscreen (blocks UVA and UVB) SPF 15+ is an absolute MUST, and needs to be applied year-round by EVERYONE; no matter the complexion - even when there’s an overcast of clouds during the winter months because ultraviolet rays penetrate the clouds. Try our Total Protection SPF 30 that uses Zinc Oxide, Japanese Green Tea, Ginko Biloba, Ginseng and Licorice Extracts to protect, reduce redness and revitalize sluggish skin.
5. See a dermatologist.
If you’re experiencing serious discomfort and can’t find relief from the tips mentioned here. A dermatologist will be able to advise on what skin condition you may be experiencing and prescribe a treatment that can make a difference.
Everyone should see a dermatologist for an annual skin exam. Winter is a great time to schedule, to check for moles or other skin manifestations since the skin is not tanned.
I hope these 5 skin saving tidbits, help you to maintain beautifully hydrated facial skin this winter. Do you have more dry skin tips to share? If so, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment here. Visit our website for more information. www.FreshFaceBotanicals.com
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