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3 Winter Skin Care Tips to Keep Winter Skin Blues at Bay

3 Winter Skin Care Tips to Keep Winter Skin Blues at Bay

Winter is tough on skin.  Cold temperatures, chapping winds, and heaters can suck the moisture and life right out of the skin on our face and hands. Feet, elbows, and other body parts get rough and dry.

 

Don’t let Old Man Winter have you singing the winter skin blues.  Just follow these easy tips for great skin all winter long.

 

Exfoliate First

To keep skin soft and supple you need to keep it moisturized.  The most advanced moisturizing cream or lotion can’t do its job if you slather it on top of skin build-up.  This build-up consists of almost shed skin cells, oils, and debris you collect from the environment around you. 

 

You don’t need fancy or expensive preparations to exfoliate.  You only need go as far as your kitchen.

 

Salt.  Sea salt scrubs are popular in spas. Why shouldn’t they be popular in your home?  Just make a paste on your washcloth by mixing your Vanicream Skin Cleansing Bar and a little soap.  Rub lightly in a circular motion to stimulate circulation to the cells and slough off dead skin.  Rinse with cool water and pat dry.

 

Sugar.  Sugar contains a protein that can help break down the proteins that keep those dead skin cells hanging on.  Use a little sugar at least once a week when you wash your face.  Gently scrub in a circular motion to increase circulation and stimulate new skin growth. 

 

Oatmeal.  Oatmeal is perfect for exfoliating sensitive or dry skin.  It is naturally moisturizing and less abrasive than salt or sugar.  Mix ground oatmeal with your Vanicream Facial Cleanser to gently remove dull, dry skin and restore your natural glow.

 

Exfoliating is not just for your face.  You can use scrubs on any part of your body that does not have a cut, psoriasis, or eczema.  Don’t like the idea of a scrub for your body?  Head to the health food store to get a natural bristle dry brush.  Dry bush your body before your bath or shower.  Start at the ankles and work your way up to gently remove skin and debris, increase circulation, and stimulate cells. 

 

Bathe Differently

Bathing during winter months involves balancing the need for hygiene against the needs to reduce exposure to water in general and hot water in particular.

 

If you use water that is too cool, you will not get your body clean.  If you use water that is too hot you will dry out your skin.  Whether you bathe or shower, use lukewarm water.

 

You don’t need to clean your entire body every day.  You can wash face, hands, feet, genital area, buttocks, and armpits one day and your entire body the next.  Torsos, legs, and arms just don’t get as dirty and sweaty as the rest of your body.

 

When you get out of the shower or tub, resist the urge to rub your skin vigorously.  Sure, you want to rub hard and fast to warm up, but you are doing more harm than good.  Just gently pat your skin dry before moisturizing.

 

Moisturize Properly

Moisturize smart.  Moisturize from the inside out.  That means drinking plenty of water.  If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.  Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day and watch the amount of alcohol you drink. Alcohol is dehydrating, so for every alcoholic drink, add one more glass of water.

 

Use humidifiers to keep moisture levels in your home skin-friendly.  Heaters dry the air, humidifiers will restore the air to proper balance.

 

Apply skin-safe moisturizers properly and frequently.  Did you know that many moisturizers contain products that actually dry or irritate skin?  Use a moisturizer that is free of lanolin, parabens, fragrances, dyes, and formaldehyde.  Read labels carefully.  Vanicream skin care products are skin-safe all year long.

 

Your first moisturizing layer should go on in the morning after you shower or bathe.  Gently pat skin dry and then apply a generous layer of moisturizer.  Keep moisturizers by every sink.  Immediately after washing your hands, apply a layer of lotion.  Carry lip balm in your boat pocket.  Apply lip balm to moisturize your lips before going outside.  Keep moisturizer by your bed.  Apply a layer at night before going to bed.  If hands or feet are particularly dry, you can apply a thick coating and cover with cotton socks or gloves.

 

Follow these tips for winter skin care and come spring you’ll be ready for those short sleeves and hem lines. 

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