Radiant, youthful looking skin can be more than a dream, even in winter. Cold temperatures and a constant of barrage of heated dry air on the epidermis may make that goal more challenging but you, beauty queen, can do it! Achieve smooth, glowing skin by strictly following the proper skin care routine and by taking on a proactive skin stance. Whether you are twenty-five or sixty-five, beautiful radiant winter skin can be yours. I am a woman with chronically dry skin that worsens in winter, but I have found a way to look positively glowing even cold weather.
Chances are if you are as concerned about your skin as I am, you already have a skin care regimen in place. However, when winter comes around you will find that your skin care regimen may need a little tweaking. Add some special skin treatments once or twice a week to give your epidermis a healthy boost. Try these at home treatments to get healthy looking skin.
• Microdermabrasion: Weekly exfoliation will slough away dead skin cells and reveal the younger looking skin underneath. At home, kits usually come in two parts, an exfoliating scrub and a nourishing skin lotion. Wash your face with your normal cleanser and then exfoliate with the microdermabrasion according the package directions.
• Facial peels: Treat your face with a glycolic acid peel. These chemical peels will achieve the same results as microdermabrasion without the rough exfoliation.
A romantic sleigh ride may seem like a good idea, but after an hour in the snow, your skin will begin to dry out. Keep a fresh-faced look in winter by using good skin protection. Protect your skin from the harsh winter sun, blowing winds and freezing precipitation. Use daily moisturizer that contains an SPF of 15 or higher. A good facial moisturizer will pull double duty by adding moisture to your skin and protecting it from the cold exposure. Protect your body too, especially your hands with emollient rich lotions. I love those scented Christmas lotions but the fragrance in them can suck the moisture right out of your skin. Skip style and pick a lotion that has no fragrance.
Diet for Beauty
Winter recipes are loaded with carbs, fats and other substances that really show on your skin. You do not have to skip the macaroni and cheese but you should include loads of citrus fruits in your diet. Fresh foods, not processed foods, builds your immune system and provides your skin cells with lots of nutrients for a good glow. Opt for the fresh version instead of taking processed short cuts. Cut down on fried junk food and drink plenty of water. Water will flush out toxins and strengthens your skin.
When you increase your blood circulation, you improve the texture of your skin. A brisk walk or even a brief run also helps flush out nasty toxins. Exercise 2 to 3 hours a week and feel better, look better. Cardio workouts are best for getting a natural skin glow. Exercise regularly for radiant skin.
Unless your skin is absolutely flawless you will need some makeup to look radiant. Makeup also works as a protective barrier that shields skin from free radicals keeping your glow intact. Use a combination of makeup products to get the radiance you want.
• Concealer: Dab concealer on blemishes and dark spots before applying makeup.
• Foundation: Sweep on mineral powder foundation for a natural, softer look.
• Highlighting powder: Give skin a radiance it does not normally have by applying highlighting powder to your face. Sweep on luminous highlighter around the mouth, nose and across the bridge of the nose.