Earlier, I wrote a blog entry about the problem of winter skin and how to avoid it. However, I continue to get questions about these problems, so I thought I’d revisit the subject about how to best protect yourself from winter skin.
I was trying to come up with an easy way to remember the basics one should know about preventing winter skin. After much consideration, I have found that it all comes down to three letters: E, M, and S.
E stands for Exfoliate. During the winter, your skin becomes very dry because the winter air’s humidity is also very dry. This gives your skin surface a very rough texture and also a rough appearance. The dry skin also prevents moisture from getting below the surface of the skin. The best way to diminish this dry skin is through exfoliation. There are a number of products to exfoliate the skin gently, and I would recommend you check out the ones we have available on our website, especially if you have sensitive skin or have had skin treatments in the past.
M stands for Moisturize. Once you have removed the dead, dry layers of skin, the live skin under the surface needs to have a certain level of moisture, or it will soon become dry and dead as well. You can moisturize your skin internally by drinking lots of fluids which will maintain the hydration of your body as a whole in addition to the skin. To keep the moisture in the healthy skin cells, moisturizers will help to retain the moisture and prevent the low humidity of the air from drying it out. Again, we have a number of moisturizers on our website that we recommend. There are also many over-the-counter moisturizers at local pharmacies that I highly recommended. The best thing is to avoid any moisturizers that contain alcohol, which itself increases skin dryness.
S stands for Sun Protection, or Sunblock. I know that I sound like a broken record, but I cannot stress enough that even winter sunlight can really be damaging to the skin, especially if the skin is dry and damaged to begin with. For that reason, I recommend applying a minimum of SPF-30 sunblock to the face every day (Quick note: our SPF-36 sunblock is on sale for the remainder of this month.).
So in summary, remember the letters EMS for Exfoliate, Moisturize, and Sunblock, and you will have the best skin possible to survive the winter and be ready for spring. I know many of you are looking forward to the spring as much as I am. Don’t forget to inform as many friends as possible about our products and this exclusive newsletter. Thanks again for reading this and for your overall support, and more pertinent information will be coming to you soon.
This entry was originally written as an e-newsletter exclusively for our subscribers on February 22, 2008. The following information has been edited to illiminate dated references, but the main points of the article remain unchanged. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions, or post any comments (within reason) you may have.