Monday, December 5, 2011

Winter Hydration Techniques

It’s no news that dry winter skin needs moisture. We slather on creams and lotions and make sure to drink at least eight glasses of water daily, but what happens when even the most stringent hydration techniques aren’t working for you? Discover a few ways to fight the arid winter climate and get your skin back to beautiful.
Deal with dry air.
It’s important to stay warm in cold weather, but dry heat from your furnace can take a toll on your skin. Because winter air lacks humidity, you’re exposed to moistureless atmospheric molecules. Instead of cranking the thermostat, bundle up with extra layers. If dry heat is a perpetual problem, invest in a humidifier for your home.
Avoid dehydrating ingredients.
Look out, Beauties! Without your realizing it, ingredients in your favorite skin care products can actually dry out the surface of your skin. Avoid alcohol-based toners and cleanser, which will strip your epidermis of its natural oils. Add extra moisture throughout the day by spritzing a specially formulated French thermal water mist all over your face, neck, and décolletage.
Take advantage of bedtime.
Skin needs a little extra attention in winter, but you can let your treatments work while you sleep. Create your own DIY conditioning oils using ingredients from your kitchen. Slather the oils onto the driest areas of your body (usually hands, feet, elbows, and knees), wrap the treated areas with plastic wrap to lock in hydration, then hit the sack. You’ll wake up with skin like you’ve never felt before!

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