As the temperatures drop outside, the cold weather can begin to deplete both natural oils and moisture from your skin. The harsh winds of winter, the warm, dry indoor air, and all those long, hot showers can wreak havoc on your skin. As skin loses moisture, it can begin to look dull and feel dry, itchy, and tight. While you can't stop the frigid wind from blowing, there are some things you can do to keep your skin soft, supple, and protected until warmer weather arrives.
Being too rough on your skin can lead to inflammation, clogged pores, increased redness, and can even cause blemishes. While you should exfoliate, don't do it more than once a week and be careful not to pick at your skin, which can cause scarring. Consider seeing a dermatologist if you experience problems such rashes or excessive acne to avoid permanent skin damage.
When selecting a cleanser, begin by choosing a product for your skin type whether oily, combination or acne-prone. Stay away from products that can strip your skin or cause irritation. Any cleanser that offers oil-absorbing ingredients, is for dry or sensitive skin or is hypoallergenic will be milder and the better choice. Avoid those that contain sulfates or harsh alcohol products. A good cleanser will remove makeup, surface oils, and dirt, keep your pores clean, your skin soft, and prevent blemishes.
Air pollutants, makeup, sunscreen, and other debris can all weaken skin and clog your pores. For this reason, it is essential to wash your skin thoroughly every night before bed. Once you find the correct cleanser for your skin, apply in circular motions, and then rinse clean using lukewarm water. Afterward, gently pat skin dry.
While you sleep, your body produces collagen, a protein needed for healthy skin, hair, and nails. Collagen gives skin its elasticity, which helps to prevent wrinkles. If you don't get at least seven to nine quality hours of rest each night, your body may not have enough time to repair itself. Without enough rest, your skin can start to show signs of aging, become dull in appearance and dark circles can begin to appear under your eyes.
It is extremely important to protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays every day, even in the winter. While many moisturizers and makeup products offer some UV protection, you shouldn't rely on them to protect you all day. Use a good sunscreen that has a rating of at least 30 SPF (sun protection factor) or higher. Apply and reapply often, at least every couple of hours and more often if you sweat a lot. Don't forget the delicate areas around your eyes and your lips when it comes to protecting your skin from the sun. Wear sunglasses and use lip balm. When selecting sunglasses, it is important to look for a label with 99 percent protection against UV rays.
Nicotine not only reduces blood flow, causing premature aging but also depletes your body of vitamin C, which aids in repairing and protecting the skin. Smoking also increases the chances of developing psoriasis, gum disease, oral cancer, discolored skin, and makes you more susceptible to human papillomavirus. The good news is the sooner you stop, the higher the chances that the firmness and elasticity of your skin can be restored.
Research has shown that working out at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week can help to reverse the signs of aging by increasing blood flow and sending oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Exercising also helps to flush cellular debris from your system, making your skin look more radiant and less stressed.
While eating that powdered donut may taste delicious, it is not only bad for your waistline but could also be damaging your skin. Sugary foods can increase cortisol, a stress hormone that can cause the sugar to bind to collagen and weaken it. Instead, choose foods that contain healthy fats such as Greek yogurt, nuts, tuna and flax seeds. Greens full of antioxidants and food rich in vitamin c are also good choices for encouraging glowing, gorgeous skin.
While moisturizing is needed year round, it is necessary to apply more in winter and less in warmer weather. Moisturizing slows down the loss of water and strengthens your skin, helping to minimize the appearance of blemishes while giving skin a healthy sheen. Also, a good moisturizer can boost your skin to repair itself and fight wrinkles. Pay special attention to sensitive areas such as the ears, face, neck, and chest since these areas are more susceptible to dryness. Apply after your shower to protect skin from stresses of the day.
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