Our dear friends at Full Circle, sent out a blast about surviving the woes of winter skin earlier today. Although winter is coming to an end on the East Coast, those of us in the mountains are still in the thick of it. Regardless of Winter, Spring or Summer, these tips are perfect reminders on how to make your skin look glowing and event ready! Check out this post from them:
1) Take a warm (not hot!) shower. Even though it’s tempting to take a scalding hot shower, especially when you’re chilled, it’s better if you bathe in comfortably warm water. A good way to test the temp is to turn on the faucet and let the water run over your wrist. If it feels comfortably warm, you’re good to go.
2) Wear sunscreen. If you’re going to be outside, apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to exposed areas, particularly your face. Look for products with broad spectrum ingredients like zinc, titanium, mexoryl, or helioplex. Reapply every two hours for maximum protection. And don’t forget to protect your lips with a moisturizing SPF lip soother!
3) Water, water, and more water. Our bodies are made up of over 70% water. Nourish yourself from the inside out by staying hydrated. Drinking lots of water will not only help to hydrate your skin, it will also help stave off the effects of altitude sickness. You can also help your skin retain water by applying a moisturizer just after showering. Before toweling off, apply lotion liberally to your entire body. You can also try a humidifier. Adding humidity to the air can help alleviate sinus symptoms as well as bring more moisture to your skin. Finally, try a spray bottle. Misting your face with a moisturizing toner and following up with a hydrating lotion while the skin is still wet will help to lock in moisture. Every little bit helps.
4) Exfoliate and moisturize. Dermatologists recommend exfoliating at least twice a week, because getting rid of the top layer of dead skin cells can also help skin retain moisture. Exfoliation can be manual (skin care brush, beads, scrubs, microdermabrasion) or chemical (glycol, lactic, or salicylic acids). However, don’t go overboard with it. Overly exfoliating your skin can cause more harm than good. Gentle exfoliating cleansers work best at high altitude and for people with sensitive skin. After exfoliating, apply a soothing toner and follow up with a nourishing, hydrating lotion.
5) Choose the right mask. Rather than opt for your standard purifying clay mask, look for something that soothes and moisturizes the skin. Be aware of the drying effects of your mask. Look for things that hydrate and soothe rather than merely remove impurities. Even if you’re concerned about acne or other blemishes, your skin actually needs moisture to be clear!
Full Circle’s Top 5 Things Every Girl Needs to Baby her Winter Skin:
2) SPF lip balm
3) A hydrating toner
4) Exfoliation and Moisture
5) Water. Water. Water.
Thanks Ladies for always keeping us and our brides healthy and beautiful!