There’s no getting around the effect weather has on our skin. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett can sing “Baby, it’s cold outside” and make us feel all warm and cozy inside, but our skin isn’t having any of it.
With cooler, dryer air, our skin retains less moisture. Cranking up the indoor thermostat doesn’t help either. Our skin can become red, dry, flaky and just downright dull looking, but there are things you can do.
For moisturizing, you’re basically looking for two things: humectants, which help draw moisture into your skin (AHAs, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, panthenol); and emollients, which help keep moisture from escaping your skin (aloe vera, coconut oil, shea butter, sunflower oil).
Here is a simple routine to get the ultimate in hydration and moisture without feeling like you just dipped your face in a jar of petroleum jelly.
- 2-in-1 Gentle Cleansing Milk - if you don’t typically like the idea of milky cleansers, this might be a good time to give it a try. It dissolves dirt and debris gently without drying out your skin’s natural oils. You absolutely can (and should) have clean skin without the “squeaky clean” feel.
- Rose Hydrating Toner/Mist - helps calm and soothe dry skin while hydrating. You can use it to spritz throughout the day to renew tired skin and a weary soul. You may be surprised how refreshing this can be to a face that feels like an outline of the Sahara desert.
Peptide Complex Serum – creamy serum loaded with peptides, anti-oxidants, and hyaluronic acid offers rich hydration.
Ultra Hydrating Facial Cream - for sensitive skin. Luxuriously rich, yet lightweight, this cream leaves your skin almost as soft as a baby’s behind.
- Resurfacing Night Cream – retinol has been scientifically proven to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It boosts collagen production, can stimulate cell turnover, and help restore and maintain youthful looking skin. While retinol can be too harsh for some with sensitive skin, and winter weather may be too harsh, it is considered by many a must-have in any anti-aging skin care routine.
Lemon Tart Exfoliating Mask – Don’t forget to exfoliate. The build-up of dead skin cells results in sluggish, dull skin and can increase the likelihood of acne as pores become clogged. Jojoba beads gently slough away dead skin cells, while vitamins and phospholipids nourish & moisturize. All the moisturizing in the world isn’t going to get you glowing radiant skin if the outer layer is covered with dead skin cells. Sad but true. Indulge yourself once a week or as often as desired.
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