Protecting Your Skin this Winter

December 30th, 2010

Great. Now you have fabulously lush hair thanks to these tips, but your face resembles a dry patch of ice. Dull, flaky skin around the eyes, red cheeks. Winter weather don’t do you no favors.

Here are a few great tips from Annet King, Director of Global Education at The International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica, for protecting your face and body from the elements. I’ve also included a few of my favorite products. Remember: always drink a ton of water during the winter, and never underestimate a humidifier in your bedroom for some true beauty sleep.

For your face:

Switch out your foaming cleanser for a soothing gel or cream. This will help replenish lipids and soothe sensitivity. EP Fave: dermalogica ultracalming cleanser

Sweep away flaky, dull skin cells with a Daily Resurfacer, which gently smooths and brightens while hydrating the skin at the same time. EP Fave: clickR’s Daily Dermabrasion Wash. For more intense sloughing, try an actual microdermabrasion twice a week (any more than that and your skin might become irritated). EP Fave: La Prairie Cellular Microdermabrasion Cream (for face and body). Afterwards, smooth on Kiehls Centella Recovery Skin Salve.

Layer on hydration and reduce tightness by spritzing a refreshing toner. Spritz after cleansing or throughout the day, even over makeup. EP Fave: Kinerase Hydrating Antioxidant Mist

Change to a heavier-weight moisturizer for more nourishment and protection, day and night. EP’s Fave for nighttime hydration: Creme D’ Olives Moisturizing Cream (expensive, yes…but you have never known nighttime skin care better than this). 

If it’s super cold, try a healing balm on exposed areas like lips, nose and cheekbones for extra protection and healing. EP Fave: Johnson’s Soothing Naturals Soothe & Protect Balm

Repair dry skin and diminish fine lines by gently patting an intensive hydrating cream around your eyes. EP Fave: Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

For the body and hands:

Avoid hot water as it removes moisture from the skin. Instead, use lukewarm water and pat skin dry, don’t rub. While the skin is still damp, apply your body moisturizer immediately.

Nylon and wool can worsen any sensitivity or eczema, so try to wear 100 percent cotton and natural fabrics.

With shower and bath products, avoid soap, artificial fragrance and high-foam products, as they dehydrate the skin. Alternatively, add a few pumps of aromatherapy oil to your bath.

Slough off dead cells effortlessly by adding Mineral Salts to the bath for a relaxing and exfoliating soak. If you prefer to shower, try a body scrub and use in gentle, circular movements paying special attention to knees, elbows and hands. EP Fave (and a little leftover holiday sweet treat): Philosophy The Gingerbread Man Scrub

Opt for the paraffin dip the next time you get a manicure – it’s good for locking in moisture.

Wear 100 percent cotton gloves to bed over a healing cream. This will speeds up absorption and you’ll wake up with super-soft hands. EP Fave: Bliss Glamour Gloves. They’re also available for feet in softening socks – Bliss Power Up Your Pedi

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