Skin care

Winter in New York City

Best skin care routine for winter

Bolster your skin care routine with these natural tips that will keep it feeling invigorated, fresh and soft in this winter season.

Stay hydrated.
By keeping your body hydrated, your skin will naturally adjust. If you have a hard time remembering to drink your water, learn to make a routine out of it by setting a reminder in your phone or even try something easy like taking a sip every time you glance at the digital clock and the last digit is an odd-number.

Protect your skin.
Winter is dry skin’s playground. Make sure your skin is shielded from the cruel weather and central heating by smoothing in a rich, thick moisturizer. As always, choose organic and know your ingredients!

Limit Shower Time and Temperature
It may be tempting to take a long, steamy shower, but your skin will be much better served with a 5- to a 10-minute bath. You should additionally avoid using excessively hot water when washing your hands if the water causes your skin to turn red, it’s too hot. Washing your hands in cooler water seems to be as effective at removing germs as warm water and is less irritating to skin, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And if you are using a restroom air hand-dryer, use it simply until your hands are damp instead of absolutely dry.

Gently exfoliate
As we get older, our body’s natural ability to regenerate new layers of skin slows down. Gentle exfoliation can slough off previous skin cells and reveal fresh, glowing skin.

Apply Sunscreen

With the temperatures beginning to dip and the sun setting earlier day after day, snow reflects the sun’s rays up to 80 percent, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation increasing your risk of exposure. This means that if you’re out on the slopes, playing in the snow, or just walking through a parking lot on an errand run, it’s just as important to be applying sunscreen in the winter season as it is in the summer.

And don’t be misled by darker, dreary days in winter, either. The sun’s harmful UV rays can permeate clouds and still cause harm.

Before you go outside, apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of fifteen or higher to all exposed areas of your body.

Always carry a lip balm
Almost all of the dermatologists agreed that chapped lips are a fact of life during winter, but by regularly applying a hydrating balm, they do what they can to stay ahead of the dryness. Overheated homes also play a role and humidifiers can help.

Any balsam that contains wheat germ oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, aloe vera, shea butter, sunflower oil, or cottonseed oil will work for you.

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