The Weather Outside is Frightful but Your Skin Can be Delightful
Nurture Your Hands And Feet.
I love the winter season and snow, especially when I’m nestled on the couch next to a roaring fire watching said snowfall out the window. And when I hear of blizzards and white outs in other areas, I know there’s a reason I live in the Ladner and Tsawwassen area. But even our mild winters here in the lower mainland wreak havoc on my skin. The low temperatures, low humidity and strong harsh winds deplete skin of its natural lipid layer which keeps the skin from drying out. And even when taking refuge inside from the elements, the air from furnaces and other heating sources also suck the moisture out of skin. So how do we keep skin soft and supple?
- Keep hydrated – This is important in any season and helps keep us healthy. In the winter the water you drink contributes valuable moisture to your skin, make sure the water is a little above room temperature and try and consume six to eight glasses a day.
- Invest in a humidifier – A humidifier will help bring back healthy moisture levels to the skin and help to counteract against the artificial heat that dries out the air and rids the skin of any moisture it has left.
- Use warm but not hot water – Washing your hands is key to protecting yourself against cold and flu in the winter but deteriorates moisture levels. Wash your hands with lukewarm water and use a mild soap. Pat your hands dry (don’t rub) and then use a moisturizer right away to restore any lost moisture. Try EVO Self Indulgence. Depending on hot showers to warm up on cold winter days may feel great but leaves skin dry and itchy. Hot water will also make your hair look dull and dry. Try and swap the luxurious hot showers for quick ones and keep the water as cool as you can stand, pat dry and moisturize within three to five minutes while skin is still damp to take advantage of that moisture. Your skin and hair will show great improvement. Want a soak in the tub? Swap out the bubbles which can contain harsh foaming ingredients and opt for bath oils or oatmeal scrubs which will sooth itchy skin.
- Exfoliate – Exfoliating on a regular basis will help make moisturizers more effective. Use a salt or sugar scrub in the shower and exfoliate your face with a mild scrub made for the face at least once a week and follow with EVO Winners Face Balm.
- Nurture your hands and feet – Protect your hands from the winter elements by wearing gloves every time you go outside and by applying a thick lotion several times a day especially before you head outdoors. Also consider lathering up your feet and hands in thick moisturizer and sleeping in cotton socks or gloves at night.
From our salon family to yours, we wish you a very happy holiday season! And may Santa leave you a great moisturizer in your stocking!