It’s 60 degrees… it’s 6 degrees. Your skin can’t be happy. Here are some tips to help you and your epidermis adapt to that finicky gal Mother Nature.
L.A.-based aesthetician Stephanie Enriquez has some suggestions for taking care of skin in our ever-changing winter 2013 climate:
- Long, hot showers may feel great, but they actually pull out the moisture found in skin’s lipid bilayer – leaving skin drier and in need of more moisture than ever. I suggest waiting to jump into the shower until it’s warm so you aren’t tempted to overheat the water. Then, rather than using a moisturizing shower gel, hydrate skin post-shower with a body oil like c. Booth Original Bath & Body Oil that sinks deep into pores and continues hydrating throughout the day.
- What skin loves in the summer may be too harsh for chilly winter days. Masks with oil-absorbing clays may not be necessary for your entire face. Instead, concentrate on applying to the t-zone and then use a hydrating mask for the rest of your face. (She loves Feeling Beautiful Goji Berry Facial Hydration Mask for hydration and Avocado & Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask for the t-zone because it contains hydrating ingredients including avocado and oatmeal.)
- Frequent hand washing to keep colds at bay is a must, but it leaves hands dry, cracked and sensitive. Help skin recover overnight by applying hand cream followed by gloves. Wake up to softer hands and smooth cuticles.
- Don’t forget your feet! Apply BareFoot Foot Balm on your feet and immediately follow with socks for extra hydration during the winter when feet tend to crack and callus from cold weather and winter boots.
Here are some new suggestions and old favorites for battling winter skin:
Cu3 Intensive Lip Repair from NEOVA is designed to restore moisture loss from wind, extreme temperatures, and dehydration from low humidity. (Available at neova.com.)
Lush offer their unique winter skin solutions. Rub Rub Rub is their mimosa blossom-scented shower wash. The sea salt exfoliates to revive rough skin. Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner is a rose jam-scented body conditioner that nourishes with cypress oil, capuacu butter and vitamin. Their Vanishing Cream is for oily skin. It features witch hazel and lavender to combat oil and grape seed oil to lightly soften. For the tub, the Geo Phyzz has Hawaiian sea salt and mineral-rich volcanic clay to soothe muscles. All of their products are 100% vegetarian and cruelty-free! (Available at lushusa.com.)
The new AVEENO Skin Relief Healing Ointment targets extremely dry, chafed or cracked areas that require ointment for extra protection. The heavy-duty formula is good for both skin and lips. AVEENO Skin Relief 24hr Moisturizing Lotion is lightweight, fast-absorbing and gentle. And the AVEENO Skin Relief Body Wash is a creamy body wash containing oatmeal and rich emollients to lock in moisture. (Available at drugstores.)
NEOSPORIN has a new skincare line, ECZEMA ESSENTIALS, for those suffering from eczema and severe dry skin. The Daily Body Wash is formulated with a humectant, emollient and botanical blend. The Daily Moisturizing Cream attacks dryness, irritation and itch. The Anti-Itch Cream is a 1% Hydrocortisone cream to relieve itch due to eczema flare-ups. All have received the Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association. NEOSPORIN also has two lip products from the LIP HEALTH line: Daily Hydration Therapy locks in moisture and features SPF 20, and Overnight Renewal Therapy penetrates deep within the skin’s surface overnight. (Available at drugstores.)
Morrocanoil, well known for their hair care products, have branched out into skincare. The Body Buff exfoliates with natural orange peel exfoliator and moisturizes with grape seed, almond oil and Vitamin E. The Cleansing Bar is a mild cleanser with argan oil and shea butter. The rich formula of the Body Souffle drenches skin with moisture. The Intense Hydrating Treatment melts from a gel to an oil with a honey-lavender scent, and the Hand Cream has cocoa, shea and avocado butter to repair dry hands and soften cuticles. (Available at moroccanoil.com.)
Elizabeth Arden expands the classic Eight Hour collection with two new lip treatments: Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm and Eight Hour Cream Nourishing Lip Balm Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 20. The Intensive Lip Repair Balm has a subtle sheen and delivers long-lasting moisture with shea butter, Vitamin E and honey extract. The Nourishing Lip Balm is a gloss enriched with palm tree butter, lanolin, eight vitamins and minerals and tops it off with SPF 20. (Available at department stores.)
The eos 24-Hour Moisturizing Shave Cream is a paraben-free, non-foaming shave cream that can be used wet or dry. It softens with vitamins E and C. (Available at drugstore.com.)
Kate Somerville RetAsphere Hydrating 2-in-1 Retinol Treatment is a nighttime cream designed to gently help replenish the skin with pure retinol and sustained hydration, helping to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, elasticity and firmness. (Available at http://qvc.co/retAsphere.)
Pacifica’s new skincare line includes the Sea Foam Complete Face Wash. The sulfate-free foaming cleanser includes coconut water, papaya extract and sea algae extract. The Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream is a weightless bare skin tint that can be built up for more coverage. The formula includes anti-aging botanical ingredients. Pacifica manufactures in the USA, supports the local economy and reduces its impact on the environment by using local suppliers, recycling, and using100% recyclable boxes. (Available at pacificaperfume.com.)
Juice Beauty introduces their new Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream. The multitasker is rich in antioxidants, moisturizes, improves elasticity and protects with a chemical-free SPF 30. As with all their products, it’s certified organic! (Available at juicebeauty.com.)
Boots’ new selection of facial wipes refresh and cleanse skin gently. The Boots Botanics Quick Fix Cleansing Wipes features mallow extract for sensitive skin, the Boots Expert Sensitive Cleansing & Toning Wipes are hypoallergenic and fragrance free, and the Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes remove waterproof eye make-up. (Available at shopbootsusa.com.)
Cracked and dry heels? Tweezerman to the rescue! Their new Mix ‘N Match Runway Prints SoleMates feature a stainless steel Micro-File to remove dead skin and reduce calluses. The Finishing File buffs skin to soften and smooth. (Available at sephora.com.)
Sunscreen is important year-round. The new L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Triple Power SPF 30 Day Lotion is a lightweight lotion that offers UV protection, enhances collagen production, and repairs fine lines and wrinkles. (Available at drugstores.)
The philosophy miracle worker concentrate and moisturizer duo helps to reduce the appearance of aging, including fine lines, deep wrinkles, loss of elasticity and firmness, discoloration and dehydration. The luxurious formulas help to replenish skin’s natural moisture barrier, while the lightweight texture leaves skin feeling smooth. (Available at http://qvc.co/miracleworker.)
Lafe’s Lip Balm Tin is 100% natural. It’s made with sunflower oil, beeswax, castor oil and shea butter. It’s available in unscented, Wintermint and Tangerine Lemon. (Available at Lafes.com)
St. Ives introduces their new Revitalizing Pear & Soy Body Wash. The rich body wash is paraben-free and includes protein-rich soy and pear extract. The fresh pear scent includes additional notes: rose, sandalwood, musk and citrus. (Available at drugstores.)
Red Carpet Manicure’s Revitalize Nourishing Cuticle Oil brushes on almond oil, vitamin E and aloe to rehydrate nails and cuticles. (Available at ulta.com.)
Vaseline Intensive Rescue has been reformulated to include Stratys-3, a multi-layer moisturizing complex that hydrates skin deeply. The Repairing Moisture Lotion is fragrance free and softens dry to very dry skin. The Soothing Moisture Lotion targets itchy skin. The Healing Hand Cream accelerates the healing of dry, rough hands. (Available at drugstores.)
And for the guys, TURO SKIN Starter Kit has three essentials: Multi-Active Shave, which has anti-inflammatory agents, Daily Moisturizing Lotion + Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15, a lightweight moisturizer which provides UV protection, and the 3-in-1 Shower Cleanser that can be used on hair, face and body. Their Protective Lip Balm SPF 15 battles the elements with shea butter, sunflower oil, sweet almond oil and menthol. The balm provides long-lasting hydration with an invisible matte finish. (Available at turoskin.com.)