Monday, October 27, 2008

Top Ten Winter Skin Care Survival Tips

1. Never bathe in hot water. High heat robs the skin of moisture. Instead, bathe in lukewarm water with bath oil.
2. Moisturize immediately following a bath or washing.
3. Carry spritzers to replenish moisture when the skin feels dry and follow with a moisturizer.
4. Exfoliate on a regular basis to maximize the results of moisturizers, but choose a gentle exfoliant and use it more often.
5. Use a humidifier to keep the room at at least 30% moisture because dry air draws moisture from the skin.
6. Have a healthy hydration routine - drink plenty of water and other beneficial fluids.
7. Make sure your moisturizer contains an SPF - just because it is winter does not mean you can forget about using protection against those deadly UVAs.
8. Narrow the use of products containing AHAs and stay away from astringents and toners that contain alcohol.
9. If you don't already take a multivitamin, winter is a great time to start, especially one with some vitamin D. Increase your daily intake of antioxidants.
10. Add olive oil to your diet - you will be amazed at the results.

Some skin care lines have created some great winter rescue kits to boost your winter skin care while refining texture, rebooting cell activity, nourishing and hydrating. Stay tuned . . .