Shelter and Shield Your Skin this Winter

Skin is so much more than just the outer layer of our bodies. Only about 0.07 inches thick, it nevertheless protects us from disease; keeps what’s inside, in; what is outside, out; shields us from harmful elements and perhaps most importantly, provides a handy surface for blush, eyeshadow and lip gloss!

And now, with winter entering into her full-stop glory, is the ideal time to reevaluate your skincare routine and make sure you are using a few key skin care products (that’s right, only three!) to provide critical moisture and protection, ushering the skin safely through freezing wind, blowing snow and even bright sunlight. Is your skin ready?

Hydrate: Hyaluronic Acid is an intense hydrator, ideal for all skin types, which attracts moisture from the air and binds it to the skin. Found in the connective tissue of plants, hyaluronic acid is particularly useful on oily skin as it hydrates completely yet does not leave the skin feeling heavy or weighed down, while mature and dry skin will appreciate how hyaluronic acid envelops the skin, leaving it feeling dewy, soft and vibrant. Murad Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum (ULTA) helps reduce redness and alleviate flakiness while SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Serum is an ideal daily pre-moisturizer treatment for extremely dry or mature skin. Outside playing in snow or hitting the slopes? Treat your skin to a protective boost by applying an extra layer before you head out into winter’s wonderland.

Vitamin C: Not only does vitamin C protect the skin against environmental damage and help to reverse visible signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, vitamin C also helps insulate the skin against future damage. And today, this universally useful ingredient is available in dozens of products including: cleansers, toners, moisturizers, serums, eye creams and body lotions, making it accessible and easy to find in just about all beauty outlets. Anthony Logistics for Men Vitamin C Facial Serum has a super light texture and absorbs immediately while the souffle-like texture of Emergin-C Vitamin C Cream offers luxurious hydration and protection. And don’t forget your body. Check out Beauty Without Cruelty Vitamin C with CoQ10 Hand & Body Lotion for overall skin hydration and nurturing. Hands suffer more environmental damage than you might think so don’t skimp – give your hands a good coating every night before bedtime.

Sun Care: In January, the message to ‘always wear sunscreen’ might seem a bit out of season, but the truth is – sunscreen never goes out of season. And the message is too important to not repeat, so here I go: wear sunblock! Even in winter! Adequate sun protection is one of the most critical components of both healthy skin and a healthy skin care regimen and should be kept on hand year round because UV light doesn’t care if it’s winter or summer: UV rays still damage the skin. Like concrete, snow reflects and bounces UV light up and onto the face (or any other exposed part of the body), causing trouble, so don’t think because it’s not hot you aren’t getting sun damage because the sad truth is – you are. In addition to the face, pay attention to often overlooked areas like the backs of the hands, the ears, the neck and the lips; and for men (or women) who may be facing a hair shortage, the scalp because all of these areas can be vulnerable.  La Roche Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream SPF 15 is a great sunscreen option for the entire family. The PABA and fragrance-free formula is safe for adults and children, lightweight, and offers powerful sun protection with Mexoryl, a state-of-the-art sun screen ingredient that blocks UVA rays (ultraviolet light that ages the skin), as well as UVB rays (the rays that burn the skin). And for lips, try Badger SPF15 Unscented Lip Balm. This all-purpose formula with no tint, color, or shimmer, will appeal to everyone, even guys while offering powerful and safe SPF protection.

As the 2012 winter season cranks up, so too should your winter skincare regimen. For the healthiest skin all season long, keep appropriate skin care products on hand and use them consistently and you will be ready to spring to life in the warm weather headed our way with a radiant, healthy, glowing complexion!