Winter can be a magical time for many things – but not necessarily for getting or maintaining youthful skin. Follow the advice below to make that summer glow last year-round.
1. Moisturize to Get Youthful Looking Skin
Timing is everything, especially when moisturizing. Always moisturize post lukewarm shower or bath (hot water strips your skin’s natural oils). Afterwards , pat to almost dry – damp skin absorbs more moisture – and apply a generous amount of body butter or lotion.
For your face, use non-clogging oil, such as mineral oil.Whether you have dry, combination or oily skin, be sure to include this vital step in your beauty routine.
Not moisturizing your face because you have oily skin only backfires: your skin accumulates even more oil as your face overcompensates for the moisture it isn’t receiving.
Don’t forget about your eyes, neck, cleavage and bust – places where your skin is thinner and absorbs moisture less – this aids in the prevention of wrinkles, discolored skin and other aging signs.
2. Get Rid of Dead Skin Cells: Exfoliate
Exfoliation and moisturizer go hand in hand, only with both can your skin reach maximum youthfulness. Exfoliation remove dead skins cells and help moisturizers to sink deeper, quicker.
While we may remember to exfoliate our face and body, we often forget to exfoliate our lips.People our drawn to our smile, but not dried and chapped lips.
Either purchase a lip exfoliator or make your own, simply combine your own balm and sugar.You can also try gently brushing your lips with a children’s toothbrush (the bristles are softer than an adult toothbrush) or wiping them with a damp washcloth.
At night, apply a heavy moisturizer (Vaseline works wonders).During the day, make your lips fuller and lipstick last longer with a touch of hydrating gloss over top. Plumper, more vibrant colored lips equal younger lips. Pucker up!
3. Avoid Irritating Your Youthful Skin: Dress Comfortably
Dress to impress your skin. Breakup with irritating materials such as wool and rekindle the fire with moisture-absorbing cotton, especially for your hands and feet.
For extra dry skin, you can even wear cotton gloves and socks to bed to help lock in that moisturizer you applied ever so generously.
If you can’t seem to let go of wool, wearing cotton underneath for a protective layer works also. Regardless of the material, remove wet clothes from snow or rain ASAP to avoid skin discomfort.When placing clothes in the wash, use a chemical-free detergent.
4. The Art of Shaving
Just because it’s sweater season doesn’t mean your shaving routine should go into hibernation (at least not entirely).
If you don’t wax, shave in the direction that your hair grows, slather on a gentle shaving cream and replace shaver blades often.
Avoid antibacterial or deodorant soaps which also strip your skin’s natural oils.Mild and unscented soaps are foolproof for winter. Moisturize afterwards!
Treat your skin (and yourself) to aromatherapy. Aromatherapy treats different illnesses (both external and internal) with natural plant scents.
You can apply many (but not all – always check the label) fragrant oils directly onto your skin for conditions such as winter dryness.
Mixing a few drops of essential oil into your moisturizer performs a dual action: the water in your cream or lotion soothes dry cracked skin (even epidermis), while the oil creates a waterproof barrier so that your skin absorbs all of its healing ingredients.
Oils that work for both anti-aging and dryness are geranium, rose and rosemary.
Routine alone is not enough to get that youthful skin during the cold winter months, what we eat also contributes a lot. Check out this video about the top 10 foods that can help you get beautiful skin.