Thursday, February 5, 2009

Winter Face Essentials And Skin Care In Winter

Winter Face Essentials And Skin Care In Winter

There is no denial about the certainties in life: death and taxes. But who say that your skin have to suffer because itÂ’s cold outside? In the summer, the air is humid, and the driest of skin gets moisture from the air so you donÂ’t hear the usual complaints about skin feeling dry. But in the winter, humidity is gone and so is the moisture. Your face cries out for moisture because it takes a beating from the dry winter air, and from the indoor heat. This is especially true if you have dry skin. You may say what am I suppose to do then? Since you asked the question, a good skin care regimen designed for your skin type is the first step to winterizing your skin.

Since many of us donÂ’t have the luxury of migrating to a hot tropical island to enjoy that refreshing humid air, here are some things you can do to protect your skin even in the coldest of winter.

Cleansing:
Start with a good soap-free cleanser that is non-drying and will protect your skin from moisture loss during cleansing. What skin needs is hydration and using anything like soap can be harsh on the skin. If your skin is dry, then go for a formula with natural oils to keep skin’s protective barrier intact. We recommend our Moisture Protecting Cleansing Lotion because it’s rich in Kukui Nut and Jojoba oils. When washed off, skin is left feeling comfortable – never tight or dry. If you’re dry and sensitive, then go for the Ultra Gentle Cleansing Lotion formulated for sensitive skin to gently clean without irritation. If your skin is oily or you’re prone to acne, go with an oil-dissolving formula with tea tree oil to clean deep down so blemishes do not become a problem. Pore Clearing Cleanser is excellent for oily, acne-prone skin. It does not contain the typical ingredients found in other products such as alcohol, sulfates or chemical oil-blotters that can irritate skin. If you have normal to oily sensitive skin, then plant-derived Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel will leave your skin feel beautifully clean and comfortable.


Toning:
The role toners play in winterizing your skin is to complete the cleansing process and restore the complexion while preparing your skin for moisturizing. Choosing the right one for your skin type should be based on its function as well as its essential benefit. Pore-Purifying Astringent for acne-prone skin has purifying essential oils to help ease signs of oiliness and to keep skin clear and healthy-looking. Oil Neutralizing Astringent contains sulphur, bacteria-fighting Eucalyptus and Lavender to help ease breakouts. Visibly Moist Toner contains refreshing Herbal Extracts and Panthenol to capture and hold moisture where itÂ’s needed most.

Masque:
Whether itÂ’s winter, spring or fall, the benefit of incorporating a masque into your skin care regime to unclog pores if youÂ’re oily or to restore skinÂ’s healthy vitality if youÂ’re dry will nourish and refresh your skin regardless of what type of skin you have. Camphor Pore Purifying Masque is formulated with camphor and sulphur to tone and purify oily, acneic skin. Silk Amino Moisture Masque is an incredible masque designed to replenish oils and hydrate normal to dry skin. This masque is formulated with vitamins A, E and C and can be used as a hand masque to restore moisture to dry, chapped hands.

Exfoliate:
Twice weekly, whisk away dead surface cells and pore-clogging impurities from your skin to uncover fresh new skin. When you exfoliate, your skin can receive the full benefit from the products you used. Exfoliating your skin reveals a more perfect, younger, vibrant-looking skin.Our Foaming Facial Refiner, formulated for normal to oily skin is a sulfate-free formula with micro-beads of soy, jojoba and rice bran wax to quickly smooth rough skin. The Ultimate Scrub, formulated for dry skin contains micro-grains to buff away fine lines to diminish the appearance of coarse or enlarged pores.

Moisture:
Moisturizing your skin is the key to keeping it soft and supple in the cold winter months. Change is a necessary part of life and that means changing your skin care regime as well. Our skin can dry out from low outside temperatures and inside heat which can lead to dry, cracked ashy looking skin. Even if you have oily skin, it’s important to moisturize. Our Oil-Free Hydrating Fluid is a great lightweight lotion moisturizer if you have normal to oily skin. This lotion moisturizer reprograms skin to hold more moisture and will not clog your pores. Moisture Replenishing Crème with hydrating ingredients such as Vitamins E, A and stabilized C is suitable for normal to dry skin and will revive skin’s own moisture-holding capacity to form a reservoir of moisture that lasts up to 20 hours. If you have very dry skin, then a creamy moisturizer such as Continuous Moisture Cream will reprogram your skin to act like young, moist, comfortable skin. You’ll find that your skin will look healthy, and surface lines caused by dehydration will seem to disappear. The part of the face that we tend to neglect is the eye area, and needs extra protection as well in the harsh winter months. Firming Peptide Eye Crème regenerates the eye area by reducing the appearance of sagging fine lines and wrinkles. It keeps the delicate eye area soft, smooth and moist feeling. After applying your moisturizer, wait at least one minute before applying your makeup.

Lips:
Dry, chapped lips are not pretty, nor does it feel comfortable. A simple smile can be painful due to cracks and cold sores. By using our Vitamin C Lip Treatment to nourish and protect lips daily, you alleviate having to deal with chapped, dry lips. Both men and women can apply Vitamin C Lip Treatment regularly to keep their lips protected from the dry cold air. I then slick on our sheer, tinted Super Lip Balm SPF 15 with extra emollients, combining moisturizing and protection to keep my lips looking young and healthy.
By: Christopher Cartre
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