Winter Skin Woes and How To Beat Them

facial-skin-care-lotionA flaky and parched complexion is among the most winter complaints. No matter how much we cover up our skin to protect it, slather it with globs of lotions, most people still battle dry skin in winter.


Both outdoor and indoor air lacks moisture. Even when we try to hibernate indoors, heaters, wood burning stoves and fireplaces zap moisture from the air and our skin.


So what can you do, and what should you not do to avoid the winter dry skin woes?


Slough off dead skin cells by using a spa grade exfoliating cleanser with organic rosehip seeds that won’t abrade delicate skin tissue. Use the exfoliator only 2-3 times a week, not on a daily basis. Your skin needs a chance to turnover cells and over exfoliating can actually dry the skin and make it flaky. Exfoliation is key for vibrant skin in the winter. When the dead skin cells are sloughed off it allows serums and moisturizers to penetrate the skin preventing a drying affect.


Use a protective serum with lots of antioxidants like distilled green tea and Colhiben for moisture retention in skin cells. An antioxidant serum formulated to protect the skin from harsh elements such as cold dry air is essential for radiant skin. Apply a light weight moisturizer for the dry skin type. Don’t apply heavy oils as this will actually inhibit your skin from producing its own natural oils to protect the skin. Use a moisturizer with blue green marine algae, Jojoba oil, vitamin E, organic coconut oil, grapeseed, avocado and neem oil. Avoid products with synthetic chemicals as these may irritate dry skin.


Drink plenty of water. Many people cut back on their water consumption during winter because they are not perspiring, thus feeling thirsty. Drink as much water, if not more than the hot summer months to avoid your skin from becoming dehydrated. Dehydrated skin will lackluster and lead to a dry appearance of the skin.


Include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet. These foods are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients to help skin have a vibrant appearance.


Before heading outdoors, be sure your skin is well protected and moisturized. Indoors, keep up with your skin care regimen and you won’t find yourself with the winter skin woes.


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About The Author

Sandy Alcide’s articles have been featured in notable magazines and websites. Sandy is the founder of Motion Medica skin care and the President of the American Athletic Skin Care Association, raising awareness for the rise of melanoma among outdoor athletes. She can be reached at

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