Sunday, December 9, 2012

31 Days of 'Elf Care, Tip #9: Winter Skin Care

Moving from crisp cool outdoors to a variety of indoor climates can play havoc with our skin.  Here are a few tips for fighting the Wintertime effects:

  • Hydrate - Drink plenty of water and reduce your soda and caffeine intake.  Remember that what you put in your body is as important as what you put on it!
  • Avoid the temptation to take long hot showers.  Hot water dries the skin more than warm water does.   A good tip is shower at night before you go to bed.  You will sleep better and you are less likely to leave a warm shower and go straight out into cold air. 
  • Rinse your face with cool water and use mild cleanser to avoid drying. 
  • Apply moisturizer immediately after you get out of shower when you pores are open and your skin is most receptive to moisture
  • Use a humidifier to keep the air in your home moist.  Alternatively, placing pots of water in front of heating vents works too!
  • Exfoliate - removing dry, dead skin also makes your skin more receptive to moisturizer
  • Wear sunscreen on your face.  Harmful UV rays also exist in the summertime and reflection off of snow can be especially brilliant 
  • Avoid aggravating your skin with thick materials like wool. 
  • Protect you lips with a good balm   
  • You can find a multitude of easy homemade recipes for your skin under this Self Care Girl  August 2012 link.   These are 2-3 ingredient recipes using ingredients most of us have in our cupboards. 

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