It’s that time of year where we put away the costumes and hopefully throw away that left over candy (you know all that chocolate we tried so hard not to inhale!). Now it’s time to start thinking about the holidays and most importantly your skin’s health.
As you tuck away neatly those short sleeve shirts and capris, you’ll need those warm clothes and a new skin care regimen taking its place. I promise this isn’t a totally new routine, it’s just a little tweak here and there all while keeping the same products you have. While the air is getting crisper and gradually becoming colder you need to make sure your skin will be protected while preventing from any damage that may happen this winter. I can give you a list of tips and tricks, but I chose an easy six skin care tips for those cold winter months.
EXFOLIATE YOUR BODY, NOT JUST YOUR FACE.
When we think about taking care of our skin usually the first thought is our face, but have you thought about whether you’re neglecting the rest of your body? I’m not talking about just moisturizing but exfoliating is a huge part of achieving optimal skin health. I use GoPure’s Microdermabrasion Cream as exfoliant for my face as it is sensitive and given the chiller months your skin is irritable and needs to get babied.
As for my body I’ve purchased many different body scrubs, but I much rather make my own cellulite diminishing one. All you need is coffee grinds and coconut oil. I typically use about a 1/3 cup of coconut oil and empty the coffee grinds from my Keurig and mix well.
When applied, apply in a circular manner. Invest in a dry brush to use once out of the shower to make sure any lingering dead skin is removed. The caffeine and the improvement of circulation from dry brushing reduces the appearance of cellulite and makes skin appears tone and smooth.
ADD SOME EXTRA MOISTURE TO YOUR SKIN.
Before you put away all your skin care products from the warmer months, continue your daily regimen but add a couple of products in the mix.
In the morning continue with your 1. Cleanser 2. Toner 3. Eye Cream 4. Cream (in the winter use cream instead of lightweight moisturizers) 5. Sunscreen. At night continue with the same routine but after toner apply your skin serum then continue as listed.
On these chillier months I do add a few dots of the Enzyme Mask on my forehead, nose, chin and cheeks and blend with my foundation using a makeup brush. This will give your skin a healthy glow during a dull and bitter winter. Told you it was simple!
CHEMICAL PEELS AREN’T AS SCARY AS THEY SOUND.
First and foremost, do not purchase products to do your own chemical peel…this is a terrible idea! I’ve had a client who didn’t realize her sensitive skin wasn’t the best candidate for the chemicals she was applying (let alone who knows what was in it!) and you can just image not only the physical pain but the appearance of her skin afterwards!
Going to a professional and getting a chemical peel can give you a deeper exfoliation than the results of just your at home exfoliation. These peels work deep into the skin improving the tone, texture and overall clarity.
Any hyperpigmentation, melasma and sun damage becomes less visible and even those with acne can benefit as it improves the acneic conditions and reduces any acne scars. These chemical peels when done properly stimulate the collagen which when produced results in youthful, firmer and healthier looking skin.
SCHEDULE FREQUENT FACIALS WITH AN EXPERT.
If you want great skin, it won’t happen overnight. Your job is to follow a skin care regimen that has been suggested by your Esthetician (be advised many spas want to push you to purchase overly priced products with harmful chemicals…sadly it’s a reality so be safe).
Use your GoPure Beauty products that are sensitive to your skin daily and schedule monthly or bimonthly facials to keep your skin at its best. Yes, us in the skin care industry can really help with the appearance of your skin and although we’re pretty good at creating some gorgeous results, we are not miracle workers (although I’d like to think we are!).
YOUR FEET NEED LOVE TOO!
Even though it’s winter and flip flops have been stored away (well besides us Floridians, we celebrate Christmas in the sand!) you need to take extra care of those dry, cracked feet.
Most people tend to forget about their feet when it comes to winter cause hey, no one will see them anyway, right? In order to keep your skin healthy and hydrated you need to pamper them all year around.
Put away those light weight moisturizers and use thicker creams that absorb best into the skin. Purchase moisturizing socks and apply nightly over the moisturizing cream and allow your skin to heal as you sleep.
MOST IMPORTANTLY KEEP THAT SUNSCREEN AROUND.
You may know everything there is to know about skin care, but did you know that you need your sunscreen even during the cold winter months? How about those cloudy rainy days?
There’s a misconception that sunscreen is only needed when it’s bright and sunny out and only during the hot summer months but they’re wrong. The sun has powerful UV/UVB rays that shine through even on those cloudiest of days.
In the winter, the rays will reflect off the snow causing harm to your skin. Protect your skin from harmful damage and slow down the aging process by making sure you always leave your house with sunscreen.
It’s the perfect time of year where the weather isn’t at its coldest and not quite the temperature where it’ll cause painful chapping and peeling of your skin. Begin your winter routine the proper way by getting started early protecting yourself from this upcoming winter. Some of us may not like winter as much as others but one thing we can all agree on is no one wants to damage their skin any further. We’d all love beautiful, radiant, healthier looking skin so let’s take the first steps and start our winter routine now.
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