10 Tips for Beautiful Skin
Whether you live in Laguna Beach or Louisville, your skin is bound to get weathered over the winter months.
Whether you live in Laguna Beach or Louisville, your skin is bound to get weathered over the winter months. Renowned dermatologist Dr. Tina Alster and St. Ives' consulting dermatologist Dr. Marsha Gordon share their tips for beautiful skin. Tip #1. Want Beautiful Skin? Avoid Exfoliating! Tip #2. Combat Windburn. Tip #3. Don't Skip the Sunscreen. Tip #4. The Heat Is On. Tip #5. Hand Sanitizer Solutions. Tip #6. Opt for Cream. Tip #7. Scalp Remedy. Tip #8. Spot Treatment. Tip #9. Home Remedies for Beautiful Skin. Tip #10. Healthy Habits.
Even if you're dying to get rid of dry, flaky skin, Dr. Alster suggests slowing down your exfoliating routine. "You may be making the problem worse by removing what few natural oils are left in your skin." She says it's simply better to moisturize and to leave the exfoliating to only once a month, which actually mimics the skin's natural exfoliation process.
The minute you step outside on a blustery day, you're going to have to battle windburn. The best way to avoid the pain (and look) of chapped skin is to cover up. Dr. Alster recommends first applying a heavier-than-normal moisturizer with petroleum to moisturize the skin, as well as to protect it from the wind. Then, both doctors agree you must cover your face with a scarf, or some other kind of shield. If windburn does occur, Alster recommends applying a soothing balm overnight, and by morning, you should show improvement.
Although you may be tempted to leave your house sans sunscreen, it is just as necessary to apply it in the winter as in the summer to keep your skin beautiful. Merely walking outside two to three minutes is enough to start the process that causes skin damage, says Dr. Gordon. And even though the burning UVB rays may not be in abundance in the winter, Dr. Alster notes that the aging UVA rays are still in full force!
Heaters can dry out your skin at night, which is why you may wake up with dryer skin than when you went to bed. Try doubling up on moisturizers before you hit the sheets, or, Dr. Gordon suggests purchasing a warmer comforter which will reduce your energy bills and help in the green effort.
Hand sanitizer are great for combating any pesky winter germs, but be aware of their drying effects, which can actually negate their purpose. "When the skin is dry, germs can enter through the microscopic cracks in your hands," says Alster. If you are a frequent user of sanitizers, make sure you apply hand cream immediately after the gel has dried to keep hands soft and germ-free.
If you unwrapped a few dozen body cream sets this Christmas, put them to good use (for once!). Dr. Alster recommends creams over lotions in the winter because creams are thicker, hence more moisturizing for beautiful skin.
Luckily, scalp skin is not as prone to winter dryness as facial skin, but that does not mean you should ignore it entirely. Dr. Alster recommends using a non-drying shampoo, and then massaging your conditioner into your scalp with your fingertips to effectively moisturize before rinsing.
Even if you're prone to oily skin, you can still get dry patches, which means you need a multi-dimensional plan of attack. Apply an extra rich moisturizer on the dry spots, and then, Dr. Gordon says to continue to control oil in the T-Zone with either blotting papers or an oil absorbing moisturizer.
If you don't want to run to your nearest beauty supply store to stalk up on winter creams, Dr. Gordon suggests using petroleum jelly as a moisturizing solution for extra dry patches like your elbows and knees, and even your lips. Petroleum jelly also can help keep unruly eyebrows in order, so it's great to have around. Products designed for children work wonders on adults too, like Nature's Baby Organics Soothing Stick for chapped and dry skin.
Even just making sure to eat right and drink lots of water will help keep your skin looking great. "The skin is the largest organ, so the same things that make our bodies healthy will make our skin look healthy," says Gordon. For most people, that means eating plenty of vegetables and fruits, moderate amounts of high quality and low fat protein and reducing or avoiding sugary sweets. Even in the winter you need to stay active, and of course, get enough sleep. "We all look better after a good night's sleep – a fact we often forget," says Gordon. Take care of your skin this winter and you'll not only feel sleek and smooth, but you also might be just be a little more comfortable in your own beautiful skin.
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Whether you live in Laguna Beach or Louisville, your skin is bound to get weathered over the winter months. Renowned dermatologist Dr. Tina Alster and St. Ives' consulting dermatologist Dr. Marsha Gordon share their tips for beautiful skin.
Tip #1. Want Beautiful Skin? Avoid Exfoliating!
Tip #2. Combat Windburn.
Tip #3. Don't Skip the Sunscreen.
Tip #4. The Heat Is On.
Tip #5. Hand Sanitizer Solutions.
Tip #6. Opt for Cream.
Tip #7. Scalp Remedy.
Tip #8. Spot Treatment.
Tip #9. Home Remedies for Beautiful Skin.
Tip #10. Healthy Habits.
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