Saturday, January 05, 2008

3 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Skin

Winter's cold air and wind coupled with dry indoor heat can wreck as much havoc on your skin as the mid summer sun.
However with just a few precautions you'll be ready to greet spring when it arrives, with your face unscathed.

1. Don't pack away that sunscreen or venture outdoors without it. UVA rays, the kind that don't burn but are ever present even on a cloudy day, are just waiting to penetrate your skin and cause some damage.
2. Change to a heavier moisturizer. If you regularly use a lotion, now is the time to consider switching to a cream. If a cream is your moisturizer of choice as it is for me, you may want to use a coating of face oil underneath.
3. To avoid that unattractive scaly skin that has a way of coating legs each winter use a cream moisturizer after showering. I keep a big jar of Cetapfil Moisturizing Cream on my night table and coat my feet with it before bed and then put on heavy socks. My feet get hours of abuse as a result of my attempts at ballet and are frequently sore but the cream helps soothe and leaves them soft and smooth.
4. Purchase a small humidifier and keep it near your bed. Dry air not only dries your skin it can also dry your sinuses resulting in a stuffy nose and scratchy throat not to mention hair that stands on end.