Coping with End of Winter Skin
by Karley Ziegler Mott
The great countdown to spring is here. Winter is finally beginning to wind down, however its effects on the skin may be every present. Your most common concerns seem to be that your skin is cracked and leather-like, sore, itchy, dehydrated & flaky. It may also feel tight. We live right by my little one’s school and when I walk him over in the morning, I return from my 2 minutes walk with my skin feeling super tight, dry and just uncomfortable in general. It happens to all of us–even those of us who are really good about taking care of our skin. So why does the winter weather affect our skin so strongly?
*Humidity in the environment is much lower.
*Indoor heating sources such as your furnace and fireplace dry the air.
*Those hot baths we take to warm up in the winter cause our skin to dry out.
All of those factors cause the skin to become more dry in the winter. Things intensify for those who already have skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and other forms of dermatitis.
When the cold air pulls the humidity from your surroundings, it makes those skin conditions get even worse–and causes the skin to be very painful and itchy. Those suffering from dandruff may notice that it is much worse with greater wintertime flare-ups. For me, I notice the area around my eyes, cuticles, and lips get super tight and dry. For others, their legs become itchy and flaky.
Pamper Your Skin
What can you do? You can actually take some simple steps to help ease the dryness. One change is to look at the way you dry off after your shower. Most people rub their skin with the towel. This is not good for the skin. You want to gently pat your skin to get dry. Before you dry off, though, make sure to moisturize. In the winter it is especially important to apply your oils and creams to moist skin. You can apply the thickest, richest moisturizer to your skin, but if you’re applying it to dry skin, it won’t sink in as well. Right when you’re done with the shower, moisturize your damp skin with a nourishng body oil like ours. Then gently pat dry. Get maximum moisture with (seed) Body Cream.
Hand Care & Beauty Tips
It is also important to make sure you’re moisturizing your cuticles while you’re applying your hand cream. This is a simple step. When you’re applying your (seed) Healthy Hand Cream, just take an extra second to massage the cream into your cuticles. There are also some in the kitchen remedies you can whip up in no time to nourish your skin! Natural oils such as grape seed, olive, coconut, and others can be applied right to your face to help add moisture. You can also mash a banana with some honey or avocado to make a nourishing face mask. Some turbinado sugar mixed with oil can also make for a great lip scrub! Use this to take care of dry, chapped lips. After you exfoliate your lips, protect and moisturize them with our Therapeutic or Smoothing Lip Oils.Just think–spring is right around the corner and before we know it,we’ll be chatting about oily skin. Until then, pamper your skin a bit to ease the dryness and soothe your dry skin symptoms.
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Before you shop for facial skin care products, there is one crucial pre-shopping step that you must take: determining your skin type. Just because a product works well for a friend or your favorite celebrity is reported to use it, doesn’t mean that it will work for you. Skin types, like skin care products, are not one size fits all. I’m going to share my favorite way to effectively determine your skin type.
Find out your skin type in 3 simple steps
- Pull your hair back away from your face. Using a gentle face wash, remove all traces of makeup. Rinse thoroughly and carefully pat dry with a soft cotton towel. Do not follow with any other products at this time.
- Wait for one hour. Using a clean tissue, gently cover your face and blot lightly.
- Remove the tissue and then observe your findings.
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The reality, though, is that most people are still plugged into their phones in the evening. Texts continue. Work emails are read and answered long after the work day has ended. Then you just have to check your Facebook feed, order a new pair of shoes, pin recipes and DIY projects over on Pinterest, and share the latest photo on Instagram. And then there is the stressful reading of political posts that appear day after day. Honestly, it can be stressful!
It is almost as if we panic at the thought of missing out on something important if we put the phone down. What would happen if you stayed away from social media for an evening?
Would it be the end of the world? Absolutely not.
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What causes milia?
Milia can occur for several reasons. I know that I have heard so many women say, "but I wash my face thoroughly." The truth is that it is not because your skin isn't clean enough.
Our skin naturally sloughs off dead skin cells. Sometimes, though, the skin doesn't shed those cells and what happens is that sebum and keratin will get trapped underneath the epidermis. When this happens, they build up and get lodged in sweat glands and hair follicles rather than being shed. Before you know it, cysts form and you'll notice those little white bumps that do not seem to go away.
There are several skin care ingredients that may contribute to milia. I will share those with you in a moment.