Winterizing Your Skin Care Routine: Part 2 – Face and Lip Care
Posted Jan 05 2012 6:11pm
Changes in the environment during the winter months can cause our skin to become more dehydrated and our skin type can also change and become drier. For example, oily skin can become combination skin, combination skin can become dry skin and dry skin can become even more dry. So, start by re-assessing your skin type and adapt your face care routine accordingly.
Here are 5 steps to winterizing your face and lip care routine as well as some fun DIY skin care ideas:
Make sure your skin care products don’t contain harsh chemicals, parabens, essential oils or heavy perfumes. Products that contain these ingredients strip natural oils from the skin and as a result your skin becomes more dry and irritated.
Applying moisturizer on a damp skin will help seal-in much-needed water. Make sure your daytime moisturizer has an SPF15 – even in the winter months, sun exposure can speed up the aging process.
Regular facials are very beneficial for our skin – they help to cleanse, hydrate, detoxify, moisturize and rejuvenate the skin. Before booking an appointment, find out what type of skin care products are used during the facial. Make sure the products don’t contain harsh chemicals, parabens, essential oils or heavy perfumes.
At night, our body repairs itself and our skin is most receptive to moisture. That’s why it is important to remove all make up, cleanse your face and apply a high quality moisturizer before going to bed. Apply moisturizer on a damp skin to help seal-in moisture.
Your lips also need special care during winter months. Start by gently exfoliating your lips with your toothbrush – you can do it every other day. Pat dry your lips with a towel and apply a high quality lip balm. Make sure your lip balm doesn’t contain menthol, cinnamon, camphor, or any form of mint. Instead, look for Beeswax, mineral oil, shea butter, castor oil or jojoba oil. Avoid liking your lips as it will dry them out. If your lips become cracked and infected, apply a thin layer of POLYSPORIN ointment.
Important! Always use up all of your homemade skin care products as soon as you prepare them! Never store them (even in the fridge) as they can grow harmful bacteria.
You will need:
1 slice of pineapple
1 slice of papaya
Blend the ingredients in a blender until you get a smooth paste. Apply on your face for 15 minutes and then rinse with water. Follow with your moisturizer.
You will need:
2 Tbsp of honey
1 tsp of lemon juice
2 Tbsp of oatmeal
Grind oatmeal in a coffee grinder, and then mix all the ingredients to make a thick and smooth paste. Spread the mixture on the face evenly and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with water and apply your moisturizer.