After living most of my young life in Massachusetts, 4 years of college in New Hampshire & now my adult life in Connecticut, I have come to this conclusion: WINTER SUCKS! No longer magical, pretty or even exciting, it really takes a toll on your skin!
Is your skin dry? Are you afraid your face is going to crack & fall off? Are you starting to resemble a Shar-Pei?
Have no fear, my little dehydrated divas...I have the answers! I mean, if you are going to be cooped up & miserable during the winter, you might as well be smooth & kissable...
First a little Skin Care 101.
There is a difference between DRY skin & DEHYDRATED skin.
DRY skin lacks oil. It is usually aggravated by the harsh chemicals in soaps & cleansers.
DEHYDRATED skin lacks water, and is ravaged by the elements like the sun & wind.
No matter which of the "2 D's" you are, these 3 things are essential & should be part of your regimen everyday!
I understand that to most people lather = clean. But lather, which in most cases in sodium lauryl sulfate, strips the skin of oil. So if you are either of the D's above, doesn't make much sense, does it? Something gentle & creamy will do. Here are 2 of my favs:
This is the step most of you are missing. Cellular turnover (or the skins constant shedding process) can be controlled by the regular removal these dead cells. You can slap on all the creams & serums you want, but if you are applying them to a surface of dead skin cells..well, it is not going do much of anything. Gently removing these cells aids in smoothing texture, tone & the absorption of products.
There are a lot of products out there: Scrubs, peels, masks. Since we are focusing on the two D's today, these can help both types.
You need water to live & skin needs a lot of it!! Just drinking is not enough. A good moisturizer will restore hydration to the skin. Don't forget about SPF too! Protect and hydrate, that is our goal.
I know there are hundreds of choices when it come to moisturizer. It can be confusing.
Here are some pitfalls to avoid:
*if you are over 18, please avoid Clearasil, Sea Breeze, Clean & Clear & anything with Hello Kitty on the label
*If you have been using the same product since your were 18, and now are 58..it's time for a change
*Price, in most cases, DOES matter. The products you buy at Target or department stores are not as potent as ones you buy from a skin care professional. Nor are professional spa products as potent as ones prescribed by a dermatologist.
Here are some popular choices for day & night: