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30/11/2015

Paying attention to your skin

LIZ FULLER
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With the weather turning colder it’s time to really pay attention to your skin. Forget the makeup for now and just focus on taking care of your skin. With the colder temperatures and drier air, skin is going to become dry and tight and no amount of makeup is going to be able to hide that. A consistent skincare regimen needs to be in place to keep skin soft and radiant throughout the harsh winter months.

Start off by using a creamy face cleanser. You don’t want to use anything that will strip the skin of its natural oils. Even if your skin tends to be on the oiler side, that doesn’t mean you should use a harsh cleanser. When oily skin is overwashed and dry, the skin begins producing more oils. So then it becomes this vicious cycle of oil, dry, oily, dry. You’ll never win. A gentle cleanser like Cetaphil is nice for all skin conditions and won’t dry the skin out or cause breakouts.

Exfoliation is really important all year long, but especially in the winter. Skin becomes dry and flaky and in order to remove those dead skin cells, you have to exfoliate. Whether you use a gentle sugar scrub or just a warm, wrung out washcloth, exfoliating must become part of your skin care routine. You will see a brighter, more radiant complexion!

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but it’s amazing to me how many women don’t use a moisturizer. It’s just very surprising to me the number of women I speak to who say they don't use a moisturizer. Geesh-I have one for day and night! The formula should definitely change from season to season, but you should always use a moisturizer, especially during the winter. Dry skin causes wrinkles and fine lines. Use a moisturizer that is appropriate for your skin condition.

My skin is dry all year round, so for me, the richer the better. Even in the summer months. Nothing is too rich for me. But that is not the case for everyone, so you should visit an aesthetician or make an appointment with your dermatologist to find out exactly what kind of skin you have.

Eye cream is another must-have. I don’t care if you’re only 22, you should be using eye cream as a preventative measure at that age. I’ve had clients in their 60s and 70s who don't use eye cream. It’s absurd! Eye cream will soften the lines and wrinkles you have and will help to prevent new ones from forming.

Everyone also seems to forget their lips. I am forever applying copious amounts of lip balm to my clients because they don’t seem to use any. Lips are dry, flaky, and sometimes cracked because they’re being completely ignored. I am not sure how these symptoms could be missed. Have you tried applying lipstick to dry, cracked lips? I have, and it is not pretty! Use a rich lip balm on your lips throughout each day to keep them hydrated.

Don’t forget your SPF! SPF is not just for summer. People forget that the sun’s rays are strongest in the wintertime so apply your SPF 30 or higher as the last step in your skincare routine. It will protect your skin from sunburn, dark spots, wrinkles, and skin cancer.

Keep your skin at it’s healthiest by taking the best care you can of it. Keeping it clean, exfoliated, and moisturized will ensure that your skin will be in its best condition for a lifetime. You might have to add a few extra steps to your morning routine, but it really doesn’t take that long. Just a few extra minutes each day will keep your skin healthy and glowing!Read more at:vintage evening dresses

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