Winter in Florida – paradise for us riders, right? While we agree it’s the place to be during the winter months, there are some special steps you should take to ensure you stay healthy and enjoy your time outdoors this winter, whether in the sunshine state or your home state.
3 Easy Steps To Healthy Winter Skin
1. Change Out Your Skincare Products & Routine
As the air cools, your skin begins to lose it natural moisturizers and becomes drier – it may even become irritated. Your best defense is to begin exfoliating once per week to remove dead skin cells and encourage new skin growth. Then hydrate with a product that helps renew cells. Retinol is the ingredient to look for – it helps to shed the upper dermal layer and forces the skin to produce new cells. We like this one from Marie Veronique: Gentle Retinol Night Serum. Choose masks and toners that are alcohol-free, such as our Wise Facial Toner – for established women. And look for products that claim to hydrate your skin.
2.Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Inside and out. Even though Florida is known for humidity, during the winter months the cooler air is drier. So use an oil-based moisturizer, like our Abundant Facial Serum – for generous women, and use it more often than normal. This will not only nourish your skin, but create a barrier between your skin and the outside air. Apply your moisturizer while your skin is still damp to lock in the moisture.
Don’t forget that hydrated skin means fewer wrinkles and a more youthful appearance – and we all want that, right? So drink more water. And consider adding Vitamin D3 to your supplements. Even if you are getting sun exposure, this supplement can support positive health during winter months. Note: be sure to check with your health professional before adding this to your daily supplements.
Caffeine has a diuretic effect – you already knew that, right? – which reduces moisture in your body, so avoid too many cups of coffee or that soda. Then increase your intake of foods with fatty aids like Omega-3s. Think salmon, walnuts, avocados, etc. Also antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, dark greens, beans and nuts. This combination of diet and moisturizing will reduce the effects of the drier air on your skin and overall appearance. You’ll look better and feel better – score!
3. Sun Protection
We all know that the sun can be a problem even when it’s cloudy, but its rays can also do damage even in cooler temps. So use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect yourself. See our earlier post about which sunscreens to avoid. And don’t forget your lips! Our Nuzzle Hydrating Lip Balm – for weathered women, is made with red raspberry seed oil and carrot seed oil, both of which offer natural relief and protection from the oxidative effects of sun stress.
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