Monday, January 7, 2013

Winter Skin Care: Tips and Remedies


With winter comes yummy hot chocolate, stylish boots, and cozy nights snuggled with a loved one, but one thing that gets on my nerves is blistery, winter dry skin.

Now that I'm getting older, my skin is getting extra dry during the winter season, so I've been trying out a few products to find the best winter skin care regimen that works for me. I've also discovered a few remedies and tips that I'd like to pass on...

Exfoliate Your Body

Terese Linke, global education and spa training director for Amala natural skin care suggests body brushing for three minutes prior to bathing. Brushing stimulates the lymphatic system which reduces the appearance of cellulite. Simply wet the brush and use in the bath or shower with either Amala’s Detoxifying Body Cleanse or Body Polish.

When I'm in the shower I like to give my body a good scrubbing to exfoliate and remove dry skin. I've been using Daily Concepts' Your Stretch Wash Cloth, which has worked great, especially for those hard to reach areas on my back. I like the little tag on the wash cloth that serves as a reminder that "It's Me Time".

Not only does the Daily Concepts website sell their products, but they also have informative articles as well as a page with inspiring thoughts.

Daily Concepts Your Stretch Wash Cloth

Moisturize Around the Eyes

Board certified dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, says that that the eyes are one of the first places that aging really shows, and unfortunately fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear in the delicate areas around your eyes much sooner than expected. She recommends Algenist’s Complete Eye Renewal Balm to lock water into the skin keeping it moisturized and firm, help diminish dark circles, puffiness and eye contours.

Get Rid of Dry Feet Fast

One area of my body that really gets dry during the winter is the bottom of my feet - cracked heels and all. I tried out an exfoliation treatment called Baby Foot, and now my feet do indeed feel like baby's feet! I didn't realize how many layers of dry skin were on my feet. It takes a few days before you'll start to see all the dry skin peel off. One tip I got from their rep on Twitter is to soak my feet everyday until all the skin comes off.


Remedy For Eczema

A few weeks ago I experienced a mild case of eczema near my temples, which made my skin real itchy and dry. I attributed it to the cold weather as opposed to a chemical irritant because I was using the same skin care products on my face. I tried using the argan oil that I included in my Fall Beauty Guide, and although it worked a little bit, I needed a product that would work stronger or penetrate deeper into the skin. I forgot that I had Shea Terra's Cape Aloe gel, which I used for sunburn, but can be used as a moisturizer as well. It cleared up the eczema real quick!

Help For Dry Hair and Scalp

We pay so much attention to all the skin except the scalp, which can get dry and flaky during the winter. I've been using Yes To Carrots scalp relief shampoo and conditioner, which is keeping my hair soft, plus it's reduced the flaking on my scalp. I also apply argan oil to those extra dry areas on my scalp to keep it moisturized.


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