Are you sensitive?I don’t mean emotionally. I am talking about your skin. Is it visibly red, dry, cracked, or chapped? You might even notice reactions to certain conditions or changes in your diet. I love spicy dishes and red wine, but my face would flush before I finished my meal. You can take steps to make your skin less reactive and repair your protective barrier. This time of year can be very difficult for people with sensitive skin. But there are some tips for all of use that can help keep your skin calm this winter.
- Use a GENTLE cleanser. The elements are harsh enough. Look for a gentle- non foaming- way to remove makeup and clean your skin without over-drying it.
- Limit your hot showers. The frigid temperatures of a Jersey winter can be brutal. And a hot shower can feel great, but it can strip your skin of its natural moisture and damage your skins protective layers. Stick to warm water. And yes, I am aware that people live in colder climates. I do not understand these people. They are clearly super-humans.
- Moisturize before bed. Don’t stop with your face. Slather your hands, lips, and feet every night. My favorite secret. Lansinoh lanolin. I learned about its multiple uses when a friend gave it to be shortly before having my first child. What a life saver!
- Take care of your hands. Between dry weather, itchy gloves and extra hand washing to avoid germs. Our hands can have a rough day. And they are classic give-aways for your age. Be sure to pay special attention to these vulnerable parts.
- Mind your SPF when venturing outdoors. Every day is SUNday. Even if there clouds or snow flurries. UV radiation is stronger with higher elevation so be sure to bring a sunscreen to reapply every 2 hours when you get your lift tickets. You know when you can skip sunscreen? Night time.
- Watch your humidity levels indoors. Prefer to stick to the lodge and sip cocoa by the fire? Just be sure the room isn’t too dry. Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
How do you care for your skin in the colder months?