De-Winterizing that Skin

We're a few days into spring and it's that time of year to begin thinking about de-winterizing your skin and getting it sunshine ready. I live in a part of the country that is cold and dry during the winter months and can cause havoc on my hair and skin. The winter air tends to severely dry out the skin having it become itchy, flaky and even crack from the lack of moisture.

So, I take a few simple steps every year to de-winterize my skin.

 

  1. Drink up! I have to increase my water intake. Luckily I like water, but I always find myself drinking less of it in the winter (which doesn’t help with dry skin) because I don’t feel as hot and thirsty as I do in the warmer months. I make the conscious decision to substantially; but gradually increase my water intake, and it's no secret that healthy, supple and glowing skin starts from the inside, so down the hatch!

 

  1. Eat up! Just with the water my fresh raw veggie and fruit intake takes a blow during the winter months. Partly, because fruit is out of season and just isn't as wonderful as it could be; but the main reason is that comfort food is my best friend when it's snowy, dark and cold, and I will pick a bowl of hearty stew over a bowl of salad every time. As with water the nutrients found in fruits and veggies works wonders on maintaining lovely healthy skin that regenerates well and is healthy.

 

  1. Shed it! Now, I've done pretty well in exfoliating regularly this winter season. Alternating between my amazing kessa glove that I picked up in Morocco and our sugar body polish to get the job done. Exfoliating a few times a week is a great habit to pick up, and it's very easy to acquire a layer of dead winter skin if you aren’t getting rid of that build-up. Besides it's about that time to show-off that beautiful layer that was hibernating all those months. But, exfoliating literally regenerates your skin, you jump in the shower with one set of skin and jump out with a nice new set. Dead skin is just that dead. It inhibits that soft dewy skin we all strive for, so get rid of that dead weight.

 

  1. LOC it! If you caught a previous blog post that I wrote called 'Banishing That Winter Itch' it speaks on the importance of locking in the moisture. It's so importing to get this step right. For one; when done properly it helps retain moisture in the skin rather than evaporating right out, and secondly less product is used which saves you money; always a great thing. Moisture is everything, it keeps the skin pliable, supply, healthy and glowing. Moisturizing correctly and with the right products will keep you looking as if you didn't just spend the last three months in hibernation.

Stay beautifully polished.

Angelina

Banishing That Winter Itch

 

It's that time a year again when itchy skin takes over. There's been a lot chatter with friends and in some of the various Facebook groups that I belong to complaining about the winter itch.

For many of us, the weather in the winter changes to a cold, frigid and dry climate making our skin an innocent bystander in its crosshairs. But, there are ways to minimize this not too pleasant experience, and keep healthy glowing skin even when the weather isn't our friend.

The most important step in battling dry skin is to retain moisture. The key is to apply products that reduce the rate of water evaporation allowing the skin to remain hydrated. I prefer to apply a moisturizer straight out of the bath or shower. I lightly pat my skin dry and immediately I apply an oil AND an butter. I don’t even leave the warm humid environment of my bathroom for this process.

First I like to use our body glaze. Our glaze contains oils with low molecular weight allowing for easy penetration into the skin. I apply it over every surface of my skin (and if you have a flexible shoulder like me, you can do your own back too!) I rub this into the skin until it's pretty much absorbed, maybe around 10 seconds on an area. Also, remember a little goes a long way; especially when using on slightly damp skin.

From there it's all about the body frosting. Our body frosting is made with some great skin penetrating oils and some butters. This will create a great barrier in the reduction of moisture loss. As with the glaze, I apply the frosting to my skin and rub until well worked in. Our frosting isn't highly greasy and after a few minutes there are no worries of it rubbing off on clothes or sheets.

I know it this isn’t the latest technique but properly apply products in the correct order will help maintain the skin's moisture level. Also, drinking water helps to combat dryness from the inside out. I know for me I have to consciously maintain my water intake levels in the winter because, I'm just not hot, but it does do wonders.

An easy little way to remember the order of application is to this is think of LOC, as in to lock in the moisture.

L - Liquid (water)

O - Oil (glaze)

C- Cream (frosting)

Stay beautifully polished.

Angelina