Everyone loves The Winter Holidays and the spirit they bring with them, especially in New York City. Unfortunately, this time of year also brings dry cold air. When the temperature starts to drop we break out the winter clothes to get warm. The one part of our bodies that tends to get ignored during this time is our face and our lips. Scarves that cover our faces from the cold can help a little, but covering our face and lips is not the only thing we should be doing during wintertime to prevent lack of moisture.
The lack of moisture in the air dehydrates our skin causing it to crack and lips become chapped. Along with dry skin come wrinkles and fine lines causing people to look older than they are. You must beware that it’s not just the cold air outside that damages our skin but the dry heat inside the house can dehydrate us as well.
Skin Care Tips
1. Place a bowl of water in front of your heater- This will keep moisture in the air while your heater is running and keep your skin from drying out.
2. Lotion up- Whether you are coming in from outside, getting out of the shower or sitting on the couch make sure to always put lotion on. This will help hydrate your skin.
3. Bundle up- Make sure to put on extra layers. Whether you are in the house or leaving the house that extra layer will help your body naturally heat itself, which keeps in moisture.
Lip Care Tips
When thinking about our face one of the most important factors that tend to get over looked is our lips. Most people either go without anything or think that their everyday lipstick helps when in reality it doesn’t. Having chapped lips is like eating a sand salad. It hurts to rub your lips together and does not look appealing.
The best thing we can do for our lips during this time is to lather up. Always have Chap Stick in your purse or pocket to help keep those lips stay luscious and smooth. The best chap sticks will have shea butter or coconut oil in them and Chap Stick Brand moisturizers work wonders as well.
One quick fix tip to help keep those lips moisturized is to exfoliate and lock in moisture. This is done at night after you have washed your face for bed. First take a tsp. of sugar mixed with oil and rub on your lips. The grainy sugar will help remove excess skin on the lips. Then apply a tsp. of honey onto your lips and let sit over night. In the morning you will wake up to moisture locked lips.
Medical Grade Skin
Everyone has their own unique skin so it’s imperative to keep it healthy and happy through daily and nightly skin regimens. Medical grade skin care products, such as the one I am launching this year, have higher quality ingredients then store bought brands, giving your skin the extra love it needs all year long. Additional monthly, quaterly or bi-yearly treatments such as facials, microdermabrasion and chemical peels could also be incorporated to your skin regime.
Individuals looking to maximize a rejuventated appearence by tightening the skin on the face may want to consider Reaction by Viora. People in their 50's who want to decrease the signs of aging may want to take additional steps to achieve skin rejuventation if demeed appropriate by a plastic surgeon. Additional procedures to help diminish lines and wrinkles include facelift and eyelid surgery. These procedures can also help tighten sagging skin.
For more information on medical grade skin care or skin regimen tips please feel free to contact my office today.