Sunday, January 10, 2010

Winter Skin Tips

I've complained before about my ridiculously dry skin. With the temperatures being so low as of late, let’s just say I'm not thrilled. It's now more important than ever to protect your skin from the harsh cold elements. The tips are not record breaking news, however they are important to remember. They are not any particular order.
1. Apply Sunscreen: Not because you can't necessarily see the sun beaming, that doesn't mean it's ok to go frolicking outside without wearing a good sunscreen . The damaging rays still exist and that means protection is still needed. I really like the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 100+. This stuff is really ultra sheer as it claims. One of my pet peeves with sunscreen is that nasty chalky film that’s left on my skin. This is silky smooth. When my mom started using this daily, there was a noticeable improvement on her skin condition.

Retail ~ $8.99
2. Drink Water: This one is often forgotten. If you're hydrated internally, chances are, external elements will be hydrated as well such as your hair, nails, and skin. Some people like it from the tap; others won't touch it unless it's from a bottle. Whatever your preference, just make sure you're drinking it.
3. Love Your Lips: Let's not forget our kissables. This is the time when they need loving the most. There is nothing sexy about dry chapped lips. Not only is it unattractive but it can be painful. Ever smiled too hard while your lips are dry and it just cracks and bleed a little? Well that can be avoided by keeping it moisturized. I like Beeswax Lip Balm. Its natural, and it really does protect your lips well and helps repair it if you already have some sort of damage. I get the same feel from the tube and the one in the round tin.

Retail ~ $2.99
4. Evaluate Your Face Wash: Just as you evaluate your attire for an event, your face cleanser should be evaluated as seasons change as well. I find it best to switch to a cleanser that has a moisture element rather than a strip your face clean product. Not saying that your face is any less dirty in the winter, but for me it just doesn't require as much in the cleansing department. Using a cleanser specially formulated for hydration will help that skin tight, dry feeling that sometimes come with a harsh cleanser. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser works really well if you don't have an oliy skin type. This is very mild and does the job. I will say this is  no good at removing makeup. For makeup removal you can use baby wipes first or go with the tried and true, Pond's Cold Cream.
Retail ~ $12.99
5. Moisture Is The Business: It may be obvious to some more than others, but the main point of all these tips is about moisture. Bottom line, it's essential and there's no way around it. My mom, my sister and I all prefer the moisturizers from the L'Oreal line. The Pro-Calcium is tinted so it adds a really nice glow during the day. The night cream is thicker and can actually be used whenever. I use it at night or if I'll be wearing make-up all day, I'll apply it to keep my face moisturized longer.

Retail: $15.99 - $19.99

And that's it folks. These things are very simple. What works for one certainly doesn't work for all. Find the product that works best for your skin and you can't go wrong.


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