There is a lot to love about winter. Building a snow man, snow angels, relaxing in front of your fireplace with a warm cup of cocoa or whatever you're into. However your skin doesn't love it as much!
The skin loses a lot of moisture when its cold, resulting in dry, itchy, cracked, irritated skin. Yikes! Your skin needs moisture to stay smooth and supple. You can effectively address dry skin concerns with a couple of easy steps.
Step 1. Shower
Choosing a great body wash is essential. I prefer a milk body wash. Milk works wonders for the skin beginning with the alpha hydroxy acid it naturally contains.
Milk contains proteins, enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants, all incredibly valuable for our skin. Milk proteins are skin-enhancing since they promote smoothness and help strengthen skin structure. Milk enzymes and amino acids are responsible for stimulating the skin's natural moisture barrier, making way for intense hydration and skin cell regeneration.
Hey, if it worked for Cleopatra, I'm all in!
Step 2. Moisturize
Now that you have a great body wash, choosing a great body cream is just as important.
I myself love body yogurt because it is rich, thick, and moisturizing, yet leaves no greasy residue on the skin's surface. A good body yogurt contains ingredients like Safflower Oil, certified Kosher Glycerin, Vitamins A, C, and E, and a botanical extract blend of Chamomile, Aloe Vera, Lavender and more.
All these ingredients help to heal, protect and nourish your skin. So choosing the right cream is essential.
Step 3. Can't Forget About Your Face!
Not all face washes are created equal! I prefer a creamy face wash, that works for all skin types mainly because they tend to be more mild and even great for sensitive skin (which works great for my husband).
A good face wash should refresh, tone and hydrate while providing a deep cleanse. Remember, the better the ingredients, the better the results.
Step 4. Now to Put a Cherry on this Sundae!
You need a good face cream/moisturizer. Moisturizing your face is an important step that you should take every day. There are many moisturizers to choose from.
This is where I tend to be a bit fussy. I prefer a light-weight moisturizer that doesn't sit on the skin, clogging the pores and making matters worse. A good, lightweight cream should penetrate quickly, hydrate, smooth, soften and even heal the skin.
Some ingredients to look for in a good face cream are Algae, Shea Butter, Pomegranate Extract, and Linoleic acid just to name a few.
Follow these four simple steps and your skin will glow like summertime. Now that you are set for Winter, final tip, dress warm!!
Written by P.Laskey of Madison Rose