As much as we would all like spring to pop, winter is still with us for a little while longer.
And in the winter time our skin needs a lot of TLC. Here are 5 tips for anti-aging winter skin care that you may not have thought about:
1. Turn down the heat. Everyone has the heater running in the house, and you need to turn that on low because as the moisture is being sucked away from the air it’s dehydrating our skin, especially when our windows and doors are closed.
A humidifier is great to reverse that. Also get some beautiful green houseplants, put them around because not only do they purify the air, but they also add natural moisture back.
2. Avoid scented body washes and lotions during the colder months. I know that everyone has gotten scented, perfumed lotions during the holidays, but stay away from them during the winter time because this is the time when our skin is most prone to dryness, and you can actually get skin irritations, even allergies, from the chemicals used to make the scents and perfumes.
I recommend gentle cleansers, and stick with unscented moisturizers, and even unscented detergent for your clothes.
3. Don’t blow dry your hair with hot air, because hot air dries the scalp. This can cause the scalp to flake, you can get dandruff, and even weaken the hair follicles. Use the blow dryer on “cool.” It may take a little bit longer to dry your hair, but the moisture will stay in, and it will make your hair shinier.
If you really can’t get away from blow drying your hair on hot, use products such as oils and conditioners that will put back moisture in your hair.
Hot baths, and showers, actually strip our skin of its natural oils. It’s very important to keep the skin lubricated, especially in the winter.
5. In my book California Total Beauty I talk about the structure and function of the skin. I recommend a weekly exfoliation, if you don’t have eczema. This will help keep your skin soft and supple, especially during the winter.
Come in to any of our four MBeauty by Dr. Tess clinic locations to learn more about what you can do to have beautiful skin.