By Jennifer Beaucage
presents unique challenges for skin care. Changes
in temperature and humidity remove important
oils and moisture from your skin causing itching,
cracking and flaking. As the largest organ in
the body, your skin is greatly affected by seasonal
changes. To winter-proof your skin, apply the
following simple ideas to protect and moisturize
- Hot water is more efficient at emulsifying
(breaking up) body oils so they can be easily
washed away. If you must languish in a hot bath,
add almond oil, sesame oil, or other bath oils
to the water. Another home remedy for moisturizing
your skin is to add whole milk to your bath
- the dairy fats in the milk restore the oils
in your skin, leaving it soft and supple.
& Exfoliate - Moisturizers can't penetrate
dead skin, so remove the dead layers with exfoliation.
Avoid hot water and antibacterial products.
Use gentle products and warm water - an exfoliating
cloth is all the scrubbing really needed on
your face. When washing your face, avoid strong
astringent products; opt instead for moisturizing,
revitalizing products. Body
skin is tougher, and may require an exfoliating
cleanser to remove old skin.
from Within - We hear it all the time
- drink 8 glasses of water each and every
day. Yet more than 75% of us are chronically
dehydrated. Without adequate fluid resources,
your skin will suffer dryness, rashes
and oiliness as it tries to deal with
the loss of water from surface areas.
best thing you can do for your skin is
keep it well hydrated. Avoid excessive
use of caffeine beverages such as tea,
coffee and sodas - these leach moisture
from the skin. Also, the diuretic properties
of many of these drinks will increase
the amount of water expelled from your
from Outside - Use a good moisturizer
that provides vitamins and hydration to
your skin. Don't forget about the eye
area - specialty moisturizers are needed
for this sensitive area.
a humidifier to maintain at least 30 percent
humidity in your home to help reduce skin
Standby - Dab petroleum jelly on problem
areas to seal in moisture and heal dry
skin. This includes your face. Petroleum
jelly won't clog your pores and is very
soothing. Use on your lips instead of
lip balm. For an overnight treatment,
rub petroleum jelly on dry skin areas
and cover with a cotton shirt to save
oz plain yogurt
¼ finely crushed almonds
2 tsp Beeswax or honey
2 tsp wheat germ oil
all the ingredients until you obtain
a smooth texture. Apply and massage
into skin. Keep the mask on for
Eliminates dead skin Honey
Aids in adhering mask to
Contains Vitamin E
Fights free radicals
- Shave using lotion or hair conditioner instead
of shaving foam. Many shaving foams and creams
use emulsifiers to reduce oil in skin for a
smoother shave - less oil in your skin will
result in more rapid dehydration of skin cells.
- Make sure you get your vitamins! Studies show
that most people don't get all the nutrients
they need even from a so-called balanced diet.
So take a multivitamin pill - a good dose of
vitamins B, C and E will help your skin, as
well as fight off the common cold! But
don't overdose on any vitamins. Taking too many
water-soluble vitamins (like vitamin C) requires
a lot of water for digestion, resulting in dehydration.
- Even in winter, sunscreen is important. Use
a light, oil-free sunscreen with a minimum SPF
15 whenever you go outside. Additional protection
is needed for prolonged outdoor exposure (such
Treatments - There are many luxurious and
rejuvenating treatments at spas for your winter-weary
skin. Wax dips for your hands will seal in moisturizing
creams and super-hydrate your skin for a quick
fix. Mud baths and other hydration treatments
can all play a part in your skin care.
fun doesn't have to mean dry, cracked skin.
By using these preventative measures you can
enjoy the cold, fresh air without paying the
price of winter-weary skin!
Beaucage is the Website Designer for Life
Tools for Women. She has a Bachelor's Degree
in Business Operations and works as a self-employed
graphic designer. Her past enterprises have
included the start-up of two successful pet
tradeshows. With the recent sale of the shows
she is now working to build her design business.
Visit Jennifer's design company online at www.un-caged.com