Archive for November, 2010

Don’t Let the Winter Weather Suck the Life Out of Your Skin

For many the words dry, cracked and red often describe the state of their skin during the winter months. But with just a few changes to your daily skin care routine you can keep your skin healthy and moisturized until the spring flowers bloom.

Although dry skin is prominent in winter, air conditioning in the summer often dries out skin just as much as cold, winter air. However, in the winter, heaters also have the same drying effect, adding to the stress your skin faces during the cold months. In order to keep your skin healthy, Dr. Gram suggests the following tips:

⁃ Keep your showers shorter with warm water rather than hot. In the cold winter months, it is tempting to turn your shower water extra hot, but hot water tends to dry out the skin quicker. Instead shower in luke warm water and pat yourself dry instead of wiping because this can wipe away the natural oils off the skin.

⁃ Keep drinking your water. Your skin is an organ and it needs to be fed from the inside as well. Drinking water in the dry months will help ensure your body stays hydrated and your skin looks beautiful.

⁃ Always clean your face with a non-drying cleanser. This rule should apply at any time of year, but in the winter this is even more important. A quality cleanser like GRAM Skincare’s daily or clarifying cleanser will cleanse your face without drying it out. Be wary of “oil-regulating” cleansers as they often dry out even the natural oils your body needs to keep the skin hydrated.

⁃ From there, apply your favorite moisturizer more often. You do not have to switch to a thicker moisturizer, but instead you should apply a moisturizer at least two times a day and for some people, three. Every time you wash your face, make sure to apply moisturizer.

⁃ The winter sun is just as brutal as in the summer time. Don’t skip the sunscreen. Even on cloudy, rainy winter days, always apply an SPF before heading outside. Sunscreen should be a part of your daily skin care routine regardless of the season.

By incorporating these simple tips into your winter skin routine, skin stays healthy and moisturized all winter long.