Posts Tagged ‘winter

30
Nov
11

Guestpost: 5 Tips to Keep You Fresh this winter

Protect yourself against the harsh elements of winter

 

With the days getting shorter and the nights getting longer, winter can be a real drag at times. You’re faced with seeing less sunlight and dealing with all the woes of being trapped indoors day in and day out. The cold weather brings on scarves and boots… and dry skin and static hair. What’s a girl to do?

 

1. Don’t neglect the SPF

Just because you think you’re not seeing the light of day doesn’t give you a free pass to skip the sunscreen – you still need to lather that pretty face up. Find a facial moisturiser that has SPF built into it to combat not only the sun’s sneaky little rays, but also another irritating winter foe: dry skin. Ahava’s Facial Moisturiser fights the sun’s rays as well as providing a unique anti-ageing formula and intense hydration.

 

2. Take warm, not hot, showers

As tempting as it may be to turn the shower to piping hot to warm you up in the mornings, that’s one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Taking hot showers will dry your skin out. Instead take warm showers and be sure to lotion up after to keep your skin from getting dry and flaky.

 

3. Pay attention to your lips

It’s easy to get caught up making sure your hands and face are receiving adequate moisturizing, but your lips shouldn’t be neglected either! Winter brings chapped lips on in full force, so always keep a tube of lip balm – preferably one with SPF – with you to keep them from cracking. Remember to treat your lips to a DIY exfoliation treatment from time to time, as detailed in this previous PTTS article.

 

4. Exfoliate weekly

No one wants to show up to the company Christmas party looking like Rudolph. Since your nose is one of the most exposed parts of your body, it needs some TLC too. Body Scrubs from The Sanctuary, such as their Thermal Body Polish will do just the trick while warming your skin.  Exfoliate once or twice a week and make sure to keep your skin hydrated with a hydrating moisturiser, such as Origins A Perfect World Hydrating Body Lotion.

 

5. Feet matter too

It’s easy to forget about your feet because they stay bundled up during the winter months, but winter is the prime time for them to become dry and cracked. Use foot balms before putting on socks to keep them smooth, so that they emerge from the winter months looking healthy not scary. L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Foot Cream is an indulgent foot remedy that doesn’t break the bank.

 

Most people think that dry skin is just a by-product of the harsh winter months, but there are ways to keep you looking fresh and vibrant throughout even the coldest winters. By implementing these tips the winter blahs won’t stand a chance!

 

Written by Mary Edwards – a contributor and editor for various dating sites. She is passionate about thought leadership writing, regularly contributing to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting and online dating communities. Contact Mary: edwardsmary936@ gmail.com.

25
Nov
11

Guestpost: 7 tips to combat winter skin

Take care of your skin this Winter with Vitabath's tips

Winter is the hardest season of the year for keeping your skin moist, because dry heat – whether from a fireplace, furnace or electric heating system – dries out the air your skin is exposed to.

Even people who live in a tropical climate might feel as if their skin is tighter after a long shower, or spending time in the pool. Traveling to the ski slopes, warmer climates or to visit friends for the holidays can dry your skin as well.

Here are some helpful skin care tips to help you get through the winter:

1. Use a humidifier – Keeping the air around you moist can make a big difference in reducing the dryness of your skin. Either a portable humidifier or one attached to your home furnace will provide moisture around the clock.

2. Cover your face, hands, arms and legs – Any exposure to cold weather will have an effect, so minimise that exposure. Those minutes can add up to a lot of dryness, so be sure to cover any exposed areas.

3. Avoid wet gloves or socks – It’s tempting to ignore this when you’re busy, but even limited exposure will dry your skin. Keep extra pairs handy wherever you run the risk of spending time in wet socks or gloves.

4. Take shorter showers – Too much exposure to water can keep your skin from replenishing its own natural oils. Hot water is more damaging than warm water, so make the temperature as low as is comfortable.

5. Choose natural fabrics – Cotton and cashmere are gentler than wool. If you wear wool gloves, consider putting on a thin cotton pair first.

6. Use Dry Skin Care Body Lotion – Select a moisturizing body lotion that is formulated to offer the protection your skin needs throughout the winter. The lotion will typically be clearly labeled “for dry skin” on the bottle.

7. Drink enough water – Since the normal amount required for good health is enough to keep your skin hydrated, there’s no need to go overboard. Eight 8oz glasses a day is plenty unless you’re perspiring or thirsty.

Other causes:

The simple tips above can make a difference in keeping your skin moist, but sometimes dry skin is caused by medical issues. Be sure to mention any skin problems to your doctor if you’re affected by:

* Hypothyroidism, which can reduce the oil your skin produces
* Diabetes, because changing glucose levels can be dehydrating
* Eczema or psoriasis, which require special treatment

Otherwise, you can rely on common sense and moisturising products to help you beat the effects of winter on your skin.

By Vitabath




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