Beauty Buzz: Winter Skin Care

From higher altitudes (when you're skiing or snowboarding) to a constant flow of forced in-door heating, to blustery winds and colder temperatures, winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin. The beauty buzz is out! Sticking with the usual skin care routine you rely on during the warmer seasons is not the answer. Change things up! 

Here are 3 steps for getting soft skin, even when the weather is behaving badly.

CLEANSE:
During warm summer months, your skin's natural oil production is at an all-time high. Which explains why your main concern during that time period is looking greasy or oily. But, during winter, the opposite happens - your skin starts to feel dry. That's why it's imperative to switch to a moisturizing cleanser. If you are prone to breakouts, choose one that is labeled as "non-comedegenic" or intended for combination skin. 

EXFOLIATE:
Ensuring that your skin cells renew themselves regularly (which results in a healthy, glowing appearance) requires proper exfoliation. Never use harsh granules, which can aggravate and damage your delicate skin. Instead, gently use a wet washcloth or hand-held exfoliating device to massage your skin in a circular motion.

MOISTURIZE:
When the weather is hot and humid, you want a light-weight moisturizer to keep your skin soft. But, during this harsh weather period, switch to a more heavy-duty lotion, especially for areas that tend to get dry or ashy (like elbows, knees, and legs). Some great options include grapeseed oil and body butter.  

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