Getting Your Skin Ready for Winter

If you are anything like me, you might already feel your lips starting to chap in this cooler weather. Although we have had a lot of rain in North Georgia this week, my skin still feels parched. And every year, I struggle with a bright red nose from sneezing and blowing and cracked dry heels. I love this time of year, but it sure can be rough on the body.

This time around, things are going to be a little different though. I’m going to follow these five easy steps and keep my skin looking great even on the coldest day of the year.

  1. Limit The Hot Showers–This one will be the most difficult because I don’t think there is a better feeling than taking a hot shower on a freezing cold morning. However, the hot water dries your skin like you would not believe. So either turn the temp down or take a fast shower.
  2. Dry, Cracked Hands–Lotion, lotion, lotion. Keep a bottle next to your bathroom and kitchen sink and one in your car and at your desk. You might also consider using cream instead of lotion and wearing plain white cotton gloves to bed to make sure it soaks in.
  3. Dry Skin on Face–Every winter, I start to get dry, peeling skin right between my eyes and on my cheeks. The only thing I’ve found that makes a difference is PCA Skin’s Creamy Cleanser and Hydrator Plus SPF 3o moisturizer. I also take time to exfoliate with a gentle wash cloth.
  4. Cracked Heels–Save time and money and use a pumice stone on your heels once you are done in the shower. The warm water makes it easier to get rid of dead skin. Remember to clean and disinfect your pumice stone after each use. Then put lotion on your feet and your most comfy socks–your heels will look summer-worthy in no time.
  5. Dandruff–Before switching your shampoo to a dandruff control one, consider taking a teaspoon of olive oil, vitamin E oil, or coconut oil and massaging it into your scalp to help moisturize. Also remember that dandruff is not always dry scalp, sometimes it’s actually product build up. If you think that might be the case, use apple cider vinegar on your hair before you shampoo to eliminate it.

Of course, we always recommend that you wear sunscreen even in winter and apply a lip balm with sunscreen as well. Also we don’t mean to sound like your mother, but remember to wear a hat and gloves outside to protect your skin from wind burn.

Stay toasty this winter, friends!

 

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