HOW TO PROTECT YOUR SKIN DURING WINTER
Cold weather can be especially harsh on our skin. Cold wind and overheated indoor environments are just a couple of factors that can cause our skin to freak out. To mitigate the damage and avoid flaky, dully skin, try a few of these tips.
Because cold air and extreme heat can suck the moisture out of our skin, it’s important to invest in a good humidifier that you can leave on all night while you snooze away. A good humidifier can also soothe your nasal passages as well as maintain internal body equilibrium.
Eat a diet rich in Vitamin E. Vitamin E has purported properties that can reverse sun damage. Almonds, pine nuts, apricots, and spinach all contain high amounts of vitamin E. Remember to eat these foods in moderation-although nutritious they are also high in calories and fat content.
Moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize. I cannot emphasize the important of moisturizing day and night. Whether your price point is at 5 dollars or 500 dollars, look for a moisturizer that’s oil based rather than water based. The reason for this is simple: during the winter, our skin needs an extra protective barrier that is naturally produced during the summer. An oil-based moisturizer will protect your skin from becoming itchy, ashy, and flaky. Extra tip: look for an oil-based moisturizer that won’t clog your pores. Avocado oil is a great option. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion is also a great choice for a moisturizer. Its lightweight application makes you feel like you’re barely wearing anything on your skin. Remember also that winter time doesn’t mean you can take a break from slathering on the SPF. Just because you can’t see the sun doesn’t mean it can’t create skin damage.
Finally, even though stepping into a steaming hot bath provides immediate satisfaction after a cold day of trudging through snow and slosh, hot water is enemy to your skin. Instead, fill up a sink or bowl with hot water, get a towel, and position your head a few inches above the water (head covered) and let the steam rejuvenate your skin.
Donna Spangler is a Hollywood beauty, fitness and lifestyle expert and best selling author. Donna is thrilled to be contributing to Teenage Wonderland because she loves to give advice to the next generation of beauty enthusiasts! www.DonnaSpangler.com