Looking Good Longer
Looking good for the changing seasons
by Betty Guy-Wills
Fall and winter weather can take a toll on your skin. The morning and evening chill, combined with sunny afternoons, can distress your skin with dryness.
The sun causes year-round drying and skin aging, while stress and going in and out of air-conditioned buildings can cause skin dehydration, resulting in a dry, flaky and chapped complexion. By taking a few precautions, you can emerge with a radiant complexion.
Hydrating, or adding moisture to your skin both externally and internally, is key. Increase your intake of water to eight glasses daily to replenish lost moisture. Skin cells contain more than 90 percent water, and when it is lost, they diminish in size and flatten out, appearing as lines and wrinkles.
Daily skin care is also a high priority. Using a rich, liquid cleanser that contains vitamin C and panthenol (vitamin B5), but has no soap, is the best bet. Follow up with a toner that is non-alcoholic and that aids in building moisture and tightening the pores. A night treatment is needed to nourish the skin at its peak period of cell renewal. All skin treatments should contain natural botanicals, minerals, vitamins and nourishing oils. Serums are excellent for extremely dry skin.
Visually, the areas around the eyes are the first to show signs of stress and dryness. Eye gels or creams with herbal extracts applied day and night will nourish, tighten and protect this vulnerable area. Always apply an eye product with a light tapping motion with the ring finger or little finger. Remember to wear sunglasses with both UVA and UVB protection, even if the sun is behind the clouds. Once a week, scrub your face with a paste made from raw sugar and water. Simply make the paste in your palm and massage it over your face and neck, then rinse with tepid water and pat dry. The process will exfoliate your face and remove dead skin cells. It also improves your skin’s ability to absorb moisture. There are new, very effective exfoliates on the market that contain pastes made from almonds and pomegranates. Follow with a day moisturizer, especially those that contain essential fatty acids, and a night moisturizer treatment, which will repair skin cells while you are sleeping.
Another beauty-saving and cost-saving tip is to apply grape seed oil instead of moisturizers. Grape seed oil is the base for many high-end skin care products, and is available at any neighborhood supermarket for only a few dollars.
Think of skin care as a long-term investment, with the return being radiant, glowing skin.