Surface Level: Getting Down with Winter Skin Care

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Is your skin feeling a little grumpy now that your summer tan has faded and drier, colder weather is setting in? No worries! A few simple tips can help you stay dewy and radiant during a hectic holiday season and the winter months that follow.

DO:

  1. Hydrate. Cooler temperatures trick your body into thinking that you don’t need to drink as much water because you’re not as thirsty or sweaty.  What you may not realize is that dry skin is a key indicator of dehydration, so it’s best to get your H20 on before you crave it.  How much per day?  Between one half and one ounce per pound of body weight, depending on your activity level.
  1. As we age, our skin loses its ability to slough off dead layers as quickly, resulting in a dusty, dull complexion. I give my skin a helping hand with Aveeno’s gentle Positively Radiant Daily Scrub.   I also delicately dry-brush twice a week with a small, soft boar-bristle brush, which clears dead skin naturally.  You may also want to invest in a good quality home microdermabrasion system like the New Spa Portable Diamond for a deeper peel every few weeks.
  1. Protect. Sunscreen is a must 365 days per year.  Even if you’re not hiking, running or swimming, the sun will find you – through clouds, car windows or on your daily walk to lunch.  I like La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios 40, which although pricey at about thirty dollars a tube, requires very little product per application.
  1. Even the most diligent cleansing doesn’t always address deeper impurities and toxins. Once a week, I apply Aztec Healing Clay made from natural calcium bentonite (available at most grocers and drugstores) that I mix into a paste with cider vinegar.  It’s the world’s cheapest mini face-lift:  A mask that tightens, tones and purifies.
  1. Combine. I give my skin (and my schedule) a break by combining products. My current fave is Jamie Kern’s iT Cosmetics line.  Her concealer, foundation and powder offer full-coverage moisturizing, anti-aging and 50 SPF sunscreen benefits.

DON’T:

  1. Overkill. Because your skin is more prone to irritation during drier winter months, it’s best to keep to a simple routine.  If I’ve cleansed, toned and moisturized at night, I’ll just splash my face with cool water in the morning before applying combination product.
  1. Overspend. Department store counters are fun for browsing, but you’ll get more skincare bang for your buck (and basically the same ingredients) from lines at your local drugstore.  Olay, Aveeno and Roc are my go-to brands for anti-aging and firming creams.
  1. Overeat. We crave rich foods this time of year, but too much of a good thing can show up as clogged pores and breakouts (and alcohol is a big dehydrator). If you do overindulge, up your intake of water to help your body process additional sugars and fats.
  1. Undereat. On the flip side, too few calories can leave you looking sallow and haggard. If you want to avoid gaining weight over the holidays, have a handful of skin-loving almonds before hitting that party and when you get there, stick to protein and fibrous veggies that both satisfy and nourish.
  1. Undersleep. Skimping on sleep results in puffy eyes, dark circles and ashy complexions – not a great holiday look.  A good eight hours, on the other hand, reduces stress hormones, increases antioxidant activity and encourages collagen production, all of which translate into the appearance of healthier and more youthful skin.

 

Dani Dave, #FableticsMaster

Originally published November 2015
4 comments
Block Island Organics
Block Island Organics

Yes to sun protection 365 days. Sun protection is important year-round and in the winter. It's not just for the summer as 90% of skin aging is due to UV rays from the sun. UV rays are present everyday. For example even on cloudy days - according to the US Food & Drug Administration - "even on an overcast day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can get through the clouds." Wearing sunscreen daily should be a new year's resolution for your skin.

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Amber Santoyo
Amber Santoyo

She looks beautiful but miserable about winter