Soothing Dry Winter Skin with All-Natural Products

Winter brings on a malady of skin woes. Dryness, chaffing, chapping, splitting, and soreness all come from the over-dried skin. Follow these moisturizing tips to keep your skin soft and supple and learn how to soothe dry winter skin.

Nourished skin despite the cold weatherPrepare your arsenal of moisturizers

Shop in stores and online for sales on body creams and butter. Sign up for e-mails from brands like Bath & Body Works. They run specials every few days on these products. Bath oils are harder to find, but Whole Foods, Burt’s Bees, and the Apothecary carry them. Boots also makes a great bath oil, which can be found at Target, or ordered online. You can also substitute massage oils.

Buy a good moisturizing bath bar like Dove to replace your deodorant soap. When you take showers, use the moisturizing bath bar, instead of soap, or use a good quality body wash. Be careful, though, as somebody washes may dry your skin even more. Sugar scrubs often are oil-rich and moisturize your skin. Do not take scalding hot showers; hot water also dries your skin. Leave your skin a little damp when you dry off -this will lessen the dryness.

Butter up to beat dry skin

After drying, apply body lotion, body cream, or body butter (use body cream in the fall and spring, body butter in the winter, and body lotion in the summer) to all parts of your body, paying particular attention to knees, elbows, hands, and feet, since these areas seem to get the driest. Body butter and creams are thicker and more moisturizing than lotions and will make your skin feel better immediately. They also continue to moisturize long after they are applied.

It’s all about “Me”: tub time to moisturize dry skin

When you have a little “me time,” get in a tub filled with warm (not too hot) water that has a generous amount of bath oil in it. Do a crossword puzzle or read a book while soaking, or just close your eyes and relax. This is also an ideal time to use a once-a-week intensive conditioning treatment in your hair -apply it, wrap your hair in a towel, and let it condition your hair while the bath oil conditions your body. You may also want to apply a moisturizing facial mask to complete your spa treatment.

After the bath: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

After the bath, you should be moisturized enough to skip your body butter or lotion, but if you also moisturize your hair, and shower afterward, you may need to apply a thin layer of body butter or lotion. Before going to bed, use a good quality moisturizer on your face, around your eyes, and on your neck. Keep a hand moisturizer and a foot moisturizer beside your bed and apply generously before you go to sleep. You may want to wear socks to keep your foot treatment from rubbing off on your sheets.

Moisturizers that soothe your skinPamper your hands and feet to combat dry skin

If you have excessively dry hands or feet, slather them with Vitamin A & E ointment, which can be found at most drugstores (the store brand is fine) since this is thick and greasy, it’s a good idea to wear thin cotton gloves and socks over your application.

About face: moisturizing facial skin

Don’t forget to apply moisturizer before applying your makeup. If you don’t wear makeup, you still need a good facial moisturizer. Wear lipstick or lip balm at all times. Keep lip balms everywhere, in jacket pockets, purses, lunch totes, and in the car.

Remember the rest of the family has dry skin, too!

Make sure you watch your kids’ skin and lips, as well. Many children have cracked, bleeding lips in the winter that could be easily avoided by teaching them to apply lip balm frequently Don’t forget your pets! A dab of vitamin A and E ointment will help keep doggie dewlaps healthy and keep dry, crusty noses at bay.


Ways to Remain Beautiful at 40 and Beyond

When your 40th birthday comes along, the signs of aging begin becoming more pronounced. The little flaws and imperfections which were once only noticeable in glaring light are visible even in the evening or in candlelight. What are the tell-tale signs of aging that begin to appear when you enter your fifth decade, what causes them and, most importantly, what can be done to diminish the signs of the life experience which has given you your wisdom? The visible signs of aging which occur at this age are:

  • More wrinkles appear, and existing wrinkles deepen.
  • Collagen production begins to decrease.
  • Skin’s resilience and elasticity decrease.
  • Sun damage, primarily in the form of discoloration, becomes more pronounced.
  • Fluctuations in hormone levels cause changes in the production of sebum.

Unfortunately, there is no way to stop time and maintain the same complexion you had in your 20s, but slowing the advance of time and further signs of aging are possible.

Looking good at fortyHow Can You Make Sure Your 40-Something Skin Looks Great?

It is more than genetics which allows one woman in her 40s to get still carded and another to offered a seat on public transportation. Looking your best after 40 means focusing on health and maintenance, beginning with the following basics:

  1. Get your beauty sleep. Lack of sleep takes a toll on your appearance, your health, and your spirit.
  2. Get regular exercise. This maintains your weight, your circulation, and your mood.
  3. Eat a balanced, healthy diet. This is not just about weight—all of the antioxidants and phytonutrients in a healthy diet will be reflected in the appearance of your skin.
  4. Minimize stress in your life. The influence of stress on your appearance and health is insidious.
  5. Always use sunscreen. Damage from the sun and discoloration will appear more quickly as you age.
  6. Getting enough antioxidants. They are not just hype. They fight free radicals (essentially mercenary electrons) which cause damage in all cells of the body, including the skin.
  7. Re-evaluate the products you are using. Choose an age-appropriate cleanser, a mild toner and perhaps switch from your old skin moisturizer to a glycolic acid moisturizer.
  8. Exfoliate regularly. Exfoliation becomes more important as you age because of the slow down in cell turnover rate.
  9. Add trouble spot specific treatments. Your dermatologist can tell you what will work best: facial chemical peels, facial dermabrasion, hyaluronic acid, etc.
  10. When menopause begins, make sure that you regular get your hormone levels checked. Severe fluctuations in hormonal levels can give you breakouts, excessive facial hair and of course, mood swings.

Vigilant maintenance and proper skin care can give you skin at 40 that will have people thinking you are ten years younger. There is no reason you can not look absolutely gorgeous at 40 and beyond. Proper maintenance is more important than when you were in 20 or 30. But a few minutes of your time two times a day with the right products will keep you looking fabulous. Focus on the inside out, feed your body with all it needs for proper health and nutrition. Then add a great skin care regimen. Follow your daily maintenance with makeup made for your age range. Step out and show the world that the Cougar Town slogan is right, 40 really is the new 20.



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