At both the offices in the United States and Switzerland we have seen a dramatic shift in the weather and a big drop in the temperature. The cold and blustry days of winter are fast approaching and we want you to be prepared with 5 of our favorite tips for treating and protecting your skin.
#1 – Moisturize More
The skin’s moisture content is one of the most important factors you should pay attention to. Not just because hydrated skin stays younger looking longer, but also because properly nourished skin fights uncomfortable dryness, tightening, cracking, and some painful skin conditions such as Eczema. Find a moisturizer that is right for you but look for quality ones that also have an essential oil in them – this good for your skin oil creates a barrier layer, helping to protect the skin. We recommend any of these 100% Pharmaceutical grade moisturizers.
#2 – Keep using Sun Block
The damaging UVA and UVB rays from the sun don’t stop in the cooler months, they’re just as strong as they were when you were enjoying the day on the beach during summer. In fact, some health professionals believe that the reflection of the sun in the glistening snow can actually increase the amount of dangerous rays you are exposed to. Slather on the sun block 30 minutes before going outside and wear your Bio Fond Foundation that has natural sun block performance ingredients in it.
# 3 – Continue to Exfoliate
Exfoliants help to remove dead skin that can make your appearance seem dull, block the pores, and prevent your products from being efficient. Gently exfoliating the skin will help any moisturizers you use to absorb into your skin faster and deeper. You may want to avoid using harsh peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners or astringents, all of which can strip vital oil from your skin if you are starting to feel dry. Have oily skin and want to keep using a toner? Switch to an herbal based, alcohol-free toner.
# 4 – Heed the Heat
Sure we all crank on the heaters when Mother Nature is trying to freeze us out, but that dry, warm air is actually working against the health of our skin. Use a humidifier to pump more moisture into the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Also avoid hot water in the bath or shower. Very hot water, while it may feel good temporarily, actually depletes your skin of the lipid barriers which protects the skin, making you feel worse later. If your skin is very dry, painful or itchy you may want to consider applying additional essential oils to your skin before climbing into the tub to protect your sensitive skin from the chemicals in the water.
# 5 – Wear Gloves
A brisk walk around the block with your pooch is enough time to start losing hydration in your hands causing itching, cracking, redness and irritation. The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. Wear gloves when you go outside!