Now that daylight savings time is here, we can all breathe a sigh of relief that spring is on its way. As we say farewell to our coats and boots and welcome t-shirts and sandals, we should also take time to examine our skin. Winter takes a toll on your skin and spring is a great time to do damage control - especially since people will see more of your skin in those warm weather clothes!
According to Dr. Rene Martin Earles, a dermatologist in Chicago, “Winter weather decreases the circulation and perspiration of the skin. The skin's naturally shedding outer layer does not turn over in cold weather as fast as in warm weather. This results in a decrease of suppleness in the skin; it is drier and it feels more rough. "
Fortunately, there are several easy ways to get rid of the telltale signs of winter on your skin before spring is in full swing. . . here's some good advice:
- Exfoliate to remove dry skin cells that clog your pores. A simple mask made from cooled instant oatmeal can be applied for ten minutes to slough the surface of your complexion without stripping it.
- Use a light moisturizer on your face that is suitable for your particular skin type. As spring approaches, you perspire more and heavy moisturizers tend to clog your pores.
- Moisturize your entire body. A good trick is to liberally apply white petroleum jelly on your hands and feet, put on gloves and socks and go to bed. When you wake up, you're skin will be noticeably softer.
- Avoid tanning salons that strip your skin of essential moisture and damage it with harmful rays.
- Be cautious when first gardening outdoors. The sun is stronger and your skin is still sensitive from winter damage, making it even more susceptible to sunburn. Apply a sunscreen to protect your skin whenever you go outside.
- Wear gloves when doing outdoor work to protect the delicate skin on your hands.
- Drink six to eight glasses of water every day to hydrate your skin from the inside out.
- Try soaking your hands and feet for about fifteen minutes in a solution made from two parts milk to one part honey – it really works!
With a little extra attention applying the advice above, you will have smooth, attractive skin and be ready to face spring.
Ryan Cote is the owner of ChinaDollSkin.com , milk and plant-based natural skin care creams & cleansers . Experience the difference skin care from nature can make.