A proper skin care regimen based on your individual skin type is crucial to obtaining beautiful, healthy skin, especially during cold winter months. In addition to daily cleansing and moisturizing your skin, winter months require additional steps nourish and protect your skin from the harsh elements of winter weather.
Weekly use of an exfoliant:
Exfoliating products are used to remove dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. There are two methods of exfoliation: Physical exfoliation (manual) and Chemical exfoliation. (for details see my blog post: Beauty tips to help you winterize your skin)
Weekly use of a hydrating mask:
To avoid excessively dry or dehydrated skin in peak winter months, begin using a hydration mask now to ensure skin is in its healthiest state. As Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”!
Splurge on a floral hydrosol:
Nothing perks up dry, parched skin like a fresh mist of energizing floral hydrating mist. In fact, this is a must have product in my beauty bag any time of the year, especially during airplane travel or hotel stays. Using an antioxidant rich hydrosol will maximize the effectiveness and penetration abilities of hydration masks and moisturizers and can also do double duty as a refresher for makeup at the end of a long day. (For favorite recommendations see my blog post entitled: Beauty tips to help you winterize your skin)
Daily use of a facial serum:
Layering antioxidant rich facial serums under your daily moisturizer provides an additional layer of protection from environmental elements.
The analogy I use with my clients to help them understand the efficiency of serums vs moisturizers is this:
- Think about your moisturizer as your general practitioner that you visit when you have a common cold or the flu. If your condition is out of his scope of expertise, he will provide a referral to a specialist that is better trained to treat specific and advanced illnesses. Moisturizers contain ingredients referred to as fillers, making them unable to penetrate more than one layer of skin. Serums on the other hand, are concentrated formulas, commonly comprised of rich carrier oils similar to the natural sebum in skin. The best face serums contain few ingredients and are made up of smaller molecules than lotions or creams. This allows them to penetrate deeper into the skin to address specific skin concerns. Using a moisturizer after application of a serum aids in absorption to the skin, creating a barrier of sorts, to seal in valuable ingredients that help protect and heal skin.
What are your favorite winter skin products?
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