Monday, December 16, 2013

winter beauty: cold weather moisturizers for every skin type

oh, the weather outside is frightful…

ok, maybe not where i live in so cal; though the mornings have been in the mid to high 30s for the last several days…brrr…!!

now that it's winter {ok, technically it begins this weekend, the 21st}, and the temperatures are dropping to freezing levels, your skin may be in need of extra TLC. i've shared in a previous post the  need for hydration and keeping skin healthy and moisturized {check out my picks here} during this time of year, but i feel like i can't stress it enough {and be warned i'll continue to talk about i! *smile*}.  in any case, your skin needs to be protected and hydrated from the harsh, cold temps

i was recently contacted by cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, regarding this topic and he offered some great recommendations with regard to moisturizers for every skin type! his advice is the same  philosophy i've had for years {you may share these thoughts, too}: regardless of skin type, always look for a product with SPF for the day, and throughout the winter months, use a thicker cream because skin will be very susceptible to drying out. 

take a look at his additional tips {and product suggestions} for protecting your complexion...

~ for normal skin ~
"an ointment should be applied in a thin layer over the skin at night. as long as you're not acne prone, this is a great way to protect against the elements especially in a cold environment. a moisturizer gets readily absorbed, but an ointment leaves an extra layer of protection. also, steer clear of exfoliating when in a windy environment because you’ll strip away the protective layer of skin."
products to consider: Aquaphor or EVE LOM TLC Radiance Cream

~ oily skin ~
"cleansers that contain an AHA, such as glycolic or salicylic acid, will help in preventing potential  breakouts. when it comes to moisture, stick with a lightweight gel moisturizer or for very oily skin, i advise to stay away from moisturizer all together and focus on a face wash with salicylic acid. oil that the skin is already producing is the best natural moisturizer, whether the weather is cold or hot." product to consider: Yes to Tomatoes Daily Clarifying Cleanser

~ dry skin ~ 
"i always advise using a cream, rather than a lotion, for those with especially dry skin. the difference between consistencies of a cream and lotion has to do with the balance of oils and water at a basic level.  creams contain more oils, so therefore has a thicker substance and are more moisturizing. the greater the oil content, the better absorption through the skin barriers to hydrate the tissue."
products to consider: EVE LOM Intense Hydration Serum and Moisture Mask

~ combination skin ~
"those faced with both oily and dry areas need to find a moisturizer that can perform a balancing act. oil-free formulas gives combination skin the perfect balance of needed hydration, yet absorbs easily without a greasy residue."

~ sensitive skin ~
"those with sensitive skin should try to avoid fragranced products since they can irritate the skin. AHAs such as glycolic and salicylic acid, should also be avoided as they strip and dry the skin and are particularly harsh on sensitive skin during colder months. products containing grape seed oil or extract are excellent for the sensitive and/or acne prone skin. even using it directly rather than as an ingredient via a product is beneficial."
~ mature skin ~
 mature skin may need additional moisture, both day and night, especially when it is cold however, mature skin does not necessarily mean dry skin. it is always ideal to use anti-aging products at night, and those to help with hyper pigmentation {such as retinols} and products containing AHA's {such as glycolic or fruit acids}. these products will encourage cell turnover and leave the skin smooth and exfoliated.
 products to consider: Kat Burki Vitamin C Intensive Day Cream or Yes to Blueberries Intensive Skin Repair Serum 

so while the chill in the air can leave us with a fabulous glow {rosy-pink cheeks are so flattering on everyone!}, be sure to keep up on your skincare routine so it won't wreck you skin!

many thanks to Dr. Frank and his fabulous tips, and here's to a beauty-ful winter season!

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