It is Not Just Your Face That Needs TLC during the Winter

Most articles and blogs tell us how to care for our skin during the winter but they focus primarily on the face.  But caring for the rest of our skin is just as important.  Many clients tell me their skin itches and is flaky. This is because the skin is dry, it is lacking oil.

But it doesn't have to be.  And it really doesn't take much time or effort to keep your skin feeling smooth and supple.

  • Try not taking very hot showers...I know, I know, it feels so good but that hot water strips oils from the skin faster than warm water. Long showers or baths actually dry out your skin.
  • Use a moisturizing shower gel or soap made with olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter or some other moisturizing ingredient.  No Palm Oil please....see my blog post on Say No to Palm Oil
  • Use a sugar or salt scrub.  It removes the dead skin, allowing your body lotion, butter or body oil penetrate your skin, which brings me to...
  • Apply a body lotion, body butter or body oil to damp skin.   Personally, I love body oils.  My skin leans to the drier side and I find the moisturizing with rich scented oils not only keeps my skin moisturized longer but hold the essential scents most of the day.

You may also want to add dry brushing to your routine.  Dry brushing helps to stimulate your lymphatic system which will eliminate toxins.  It also helps with exfoliation (though not as much as the scrubs).  Dry brushing also improves circulation to the skin, encouraging the elimination of metabolic waste.

It is just as important to keep well hydrated internally.  During the winter we tend to drink more coffee and tea and forget about our water intake.  Keep drinking your water and eating lots of fruits and veggies.

Follow these tips and I promise that itchy, flakey skin will no longer be a problem.

How to Prevent Dry Winter Skin

It may seem strange to talk about winter when the leaves are only just starting to turn, but during the past 26 years I have observed that if we do not take preventative action against dehydration in the early fall, it becomes a battle all winter long to try to undo the damage.

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Cooler temperatures, wind, and of course turning on the heat can wreak havoc on your skin; drying it out, causing flakes and even redness. Dehydration can cause premature aging, sensitive skin, rosacea, and congested skin.  Now's the time to take steps to prevent dry flaky skin.

Here are some tips to help prevent dehydration.

  •  Continue to drink lots of water...We tend to turn to hot drinks in the cooler weather, more coffee and tea, however, both of these act as diuretics and can cause dehydration.
  • Use the proper cleanser and moisturizer, and make sure your moisturizer twice a day.  Keep in mind the cleanser and moisturizer you used all summer may not be what your skin needs now..

  • Exfoliate once a week.  It is important to gently remove the dead skin build up so that your moisturizer can penetrate your skin.  Keep in mind that over exfoliating the skin will have the opposite effect.  This means no AHA in your cleansers
  • Get a facial.  If you haven't had one in a while now is a good time to. At the same time you can discuss your home care and make sure you are using the best product for this time of year.
  • To counter the dry heat indoors consider buying a humidifier for your home and/or workplace.

If you follow these tips I guarantee your skin will stay radiant, soft and beautiful all winter long.