The farmer’s almanac (and the rest of the world) tells us that global warming is still rearing its head. The plummeting temps outside though make winter feel less than temporary and your skin less than pampered. Enjoy the following in your regime and you’ll be more than ready to battle the elements.
Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, Co-Founder of Specific Beauty and Director of Ethnic Skincare at University of Miami, offers suggestions below to help beat the elements:
- Wear Lip Balm. Dry skin also means dry, cracked, or chapped lips. Use a lip balm with sunscreen as an added healthy bonus.
- Avoid Long Hot Showers. Even though the weather is cold and the hot shower is tempting, the heat will only strip your skin of its natural barrier and dry it out more. Stick with warm showers instead to help protect your skin's moisture.
- Use a hydrating mask weekly to restore moisture. Consider switching from your exfoliating mask to a hydrating mask in the winter time. This will help to combat dry skin and flaking.
- Use hand cream several times a day. Apply hand lotion after washing your hands and before putting on gloves. Also, be sure to carry some lotion or hand cream in your purse with you to use whenever your hands could use a little added moisture. This way you can avoid dry, cracked skin on your hands.
Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd is the Co-Founder of Specific Beauty; both Specific Beauty Professional Moisture Complex and Specific Beauty Dermatologist Strength Ultra Clear Daily Sun Shield are excellent for this time of year. Specific Beauty Professional Moisture Complex, is a paraben free moisture complex that uses plant derived ingredients to mimic the structure of natural skin lipids, known as ceramides, to help to restore the skin’s moisture protective barrier. In the winter your face is even more vulnerable to the suns rays due to the combination of sun and wind. Specific Beauty Dermatologist Strength Ultra Clear Daily Sun Shield is an invisible, pure physical UVA/UVB sunscreen with SPF 50+ and delivers a weightless, residue-free transparent finish. (Available at www.specificbeauty.com)
See below for more new and current products to keep winter skin soft and protected from the elements:
The Kiss My Face new Sun Care for 2014 with Antioxidant Defenders brings in the new year with new sun protection utilizing natural mineral sun blocking agents titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The line includes Active Outdoor, Sensitive and Specialty, Face and Neck, and Mineral. The new Air Powered Spray, available in select products, is ideal for hard to reach areas. The sun care range also utilizes Hydresia, nature’s moisturizer nurtured from safflower seeds. (Available at www.kissmyface.com and Whole Foods)
SkinCeuticals Redness Neutralizer is designed for sensitive skin and Rosacea. The lightweight gel cream reduces redness and flushing and alleviates irritation. It regulates inflammatory mediators and reduces skins temperature. (Available at www.skinceuticals.com)
L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil is designed to boost skin’s natural radiance and provide all day hydration. The oil contains a unique blend of eight essential oils based on their lightweight, fast absorbing properties. The non-greasy oil glides on effortlessly and absorbs quickly for a silky finish. (Available at drug stores)
Olay has many products to assist dry skin. The brand new Olay Sensitive Body Wash gently cleanses skin while providing long lasting moisture. Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser is a creamy hydrating wash to leaves skin clean and luminous. The Olay Total Effects Dark Circle Minimizing CC Cream hydrates and diminishes the look of fine lines in the eye area. (Available at www.olay.com)
Heyloe is a newly launched face moisturizer perfect for sensitive skin. It’s 70% organic, including natural ingredients such as organic aloe, jojoba oil, shea butter, and natural preservatives. (Available at www.heyloe.com)
Sweet Tea Whipped Shea Butter Body Polish is the latest offering from Farmhouse Fresh. The body polish contains shea butter, sugar, peach stone powder, Vitamin E and coconut water to smooth rough skin on hands, feet, and elbows. The formula is 90% natural, vegan, and free of parabens, sulfates and gluten. (Available at www.farmhousefreshgoods.com)
The new Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer is a quick, convenient spray lotion that absorbs in seconds, making it easy to put clothes right on after use. The 360 degree continuous spray spreads easily and moisturizes deeply. Total Moisture contains pure oat extract, Cocoa Radiant has cocoa butter, and Aloe Fresh features pure aloe. (Available at drug stores)
The Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil is a silky skin softening moisturizer to help fortify the skin’s lipid barrier to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles. The lightweight formula, which doesn’t leave an oily or greasy after feel, is derived from farmed naturally-sourced sustainable sugar cane. (Available at peterthomasroth.com)
The LUSH Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner is based on the hair conditioner philosophy. The rose-scented shower ‘lotion’ has cocoa butter, almond oil and Argan oil to soften skin. (Available at www.lushusa.com)
The new St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion is a spray lotion that moisturizes without a heavy lotion feel. The innovative technology delivers a 360 degree even spray at every angle. Formulas include Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter, Naturally Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract, and Energizing Citrus & Vitamin C. (Available at drugstores)