The older I get, the more sensitive and dry my complexion becomes. Add cold weather, heated indoor air and I end up parched! My aging, sensitive skin can take a real beating.
Here’s some things I find helpful.
- I sleep with a humidifier running next to my bed. It helps keep my complexion moist and my sinuses from drying out. Mine is a cheap one from Target. A great deal at $39.99. Make sure you buy a quiet one.
- Getting enough sleep. When I skimp on this, the circles under my eyes are darker and my complexion looks sallow. No amount of makeup can cover lack of sleep at my age. My cell phone and iPad get switched to silent. Then I play ambient nature sounds all night. The soft chirping of crickets that tells my brain to sleep. I also take 400 mg of Valerian and 3 mg of Melatonin, an hour before bed.
- Drinking plenty of water. I’m a Tea lover, which acts as a gentle diuretic. So I also drink lots of pure water to help plump my skin and moisturizer it from the inside, out. You’ve heard it said, by the time you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. It helps to motivate me if I use a pretty glass and squeeze a little lemon in it.
- I also spritz my face and neck with hydrating Rose Water. I always do it when I get into bed at night. My new favorite is Smell The Roses by Jane Iredale. 100% of profits for this spray is donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.
- A strong sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB. Winter is no time to slack off on protecting your skin. In fact, if you ski or are out in the snow, the sun is more damaging as it reflects off the snow. I prefer a physical block, which doesn’t have the endocrine disruptors the chemical ones have.
- If your skin can tolerate it, I recommend Retin A. It helps to speed up the sloughing of older skin layers. As we age this slows down and Retinols counteract this. It also helps slough rough patches and keeps my pores clear. My dermatologist has me using it to help remove pre cancerous actinic keratosis.
- I’m a big fan of facial oils. They’re dry oils, not greasy, and help trap moisture into your skin. I massage them into my damp face before my moisturizer. They’re also great for dry cuticles. I love this 1,000 Roses Moroccan Beauty Oil by Andalou Naturals. It also contains Hyaluronic Acid which helps trap moisture into your skin. I rub it into my cuticles at night before the hand cream. It’s made a big difference in how dry they are.
- A great moisturizer for your face and your body. Look for Shea butter and avocado oils. There’s many new wonderful ones available. Try to avoid petroleum-based products. While they do trap moisture, there are also made from crude oil and toxic. There are much healthier alternatives available at every price point. My favorite for my body is this 1,000 Roses by Andalou Naturals. Their entire line for sensitive skin is amazingly gentle and effective.
This is the beginning of my list.
What are your essentials during the cold weather?
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