Posts Tagged ‘winter skincare’

Battling the cold with soft, glowing skin

       
Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Battling the cold with soft, glowing skinThere's no time like the winter to realize how much you really depend on your lotion each and every day.

To battle – and win – against the dry, bitter cold this winter, here's some basic advice to keep you glowing all season.

Start off each morning by exfoliating in the shower and washing with a moisturizing cream body wash. Ahava has a wonderful Gentle Body Exfoliator as well as its Pure Spa Stress Melt Butter Salt. The mood-lifting butter is like a creamy salt scrub with beneficial Dead Sea minerals that you rub right onto your skin. For the best exfoliation, try pairing with Ahava Mineral Botanic Body Wash. Its rich lather has micro-exfoliating properties as well as vitamins and anti-oxidants.

Next, you'll want to recover from the shower, as hot water can be nearly as hard for skin to weather as cold winds. Look for formulas with moisturizing and skin-soothing ingredients, such as aloe, shea or cocoa butter. Try L'Occitane's Shea Butter Body Lotion or a luxurious Caswell-Massey's Almond & Aloe Body Balm.

Change up your skincare routine for winter

       
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Change up your skincare routine for winterWith the hot days of summer far behind, people across the country are beginning to watch the leaves change color as the air turns cooler. And, in the not too distant future, temperatures will drop even further and snowflakes will begin to fall.

While many women prepare themselves for the impending seasonal change with a new wardrobe filled with sweaters, jackets and scarves, few may realize that they should be updating their skincare routine as well. However, it can be difficult to figure out which products should be switched and why.

The best place to start is at the very beginning of your beauty routine – the shower. While a long, hot shower may seem especially novel on a cold winter day, the hot water could be doing damage to your skin. In fact, according to Allure magazine, after 15 minutes the heated H20 begins to breakdown your skin’s lipid layer that holds in moisture. Instead, take a warm shower – it will be just as soothing but won’t compromise your skin.

“In the winter, when there isn’t as much moisture in the air, absolutely everyone needs a nonfoaming cleanser,” dermatologist Leslie Baumann told the news source, which recommends Murad Renewing Cleansing Cream for dry skin.

A good facial moisturizer is imperative because the dry winter air and chapping wind can wreak havoc on your skin. However, you should look for more than just a moisture-rich formula. While many women are aware of the importance of sun protection in the summertime, few may realize that they should don SPF in the winter as well.

“The sun’s rays still exist in winter – your skin will still absorb them and be slowly damaged over time,” dermatologist Ariel Ostad told the publication. “Even if you’re only outside for a total of 30 minutes, five times per week – such as walking to work or taking a lunch break – over a year, that adds up to 7,800 minutes in the sun.” Murad Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30 provides great hydration and sun protection.

While it’s likely you will often be wearing gloves, thick socks and boots, you shouldn’t forget to take care of your hands and feet as well. With cold and flu season, there’s a good chance you will be washing your hands often and using antibacterial products, which are known to be drying. To combat cracked cuticles and peeling palms, carry a small tube of hand cream at all times, such as L’Occitane Mini Shea Butter Hand Cream, which contains 20 percent shea butter.

To keep the skin on your feet from becoming dry and rough, Allure recommends following a specific routine once a week. “Soak your feet in warm, soapy water for 15 minutes, then buff the soles with a foot file such as Tweezerman Pedro Callus Stone. To soften and help seal cracks, slick on an ointment [like Babor Spa Mediterranee Feet Smoothing Balm] then wear cotton socks while you sleep.”

Finally, don’t forget to guard your lips from the harsh winter weather as well. Whether you are skiing down a mountain or simply walking to work, a chapped pout is almost a guarantee in the colder months without proper protection. According to the magazine, you should look for a lip balm that is viscous, not waxy, so that the formula can penetrate cracked skin. Additionally, you should avoid balms that are heavily scented, as they may be more likely to irritate skin.

B. Kamins Chemist Lip Balm SPF 20 is a hydrating treatment that softens and protects lips from sun, wind and cold. It can be worn alone, underneath lipstick and even applied over lip color throughout the day to keep your pout protected.

Skin Care to Beat the Bitter Cold

       
Sunday, November 15th, 2009

 

My specialty training at Albert Einstein Hospital and Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship prepared me for every surgical eventuality, but I have come to believe that cosmetic lasers, BOTOX® and a regular program of daily care are the future of anti-aging skin care.

If we begin proper care young enough, we may never need cosmetic surgery. These are promising times!

But right now the vicious bite of New York winter is close at hand and we’ll all be tightly clamped in its frigid jaws when this column appears in print. Icy wind will whip particles of dirt

and soot into our pores like microscopic bullets and rip soothing moisture from our skin.
Not a pretty picture, but it begs the question, “How can I protect my skin against the cold?”

First, Exfoliate every month. Removing dead skin and awakening fresh new surface cells will maximize the effectiveness of any other skin treatment. There are more ‘exfoliants’ at the cosmetics counter than anyone can count, but real exfoliation is accomplished by trained aestheticians using a Vibraderm™ system or specially compounded facial masks.

Vibradermabrasion™ is truly unique. Traditional crystal dermabrasion is very much like using a sand-blaster to remove dead cells… a harsh and irritating process. But Vibradermabrasion infuses healing compounds such as Copper Peptides into freshly exfoliated skin, the gently vibrating paddles stimulate collagen production and Vibraderm feels absolutely wonderful on your face or entire body!

Secondly, Cleanse and Moisturize twice a day and never, ever, go to sleep wearing makeup. When do you expect your skin to breathe? No matter how late you arrive home from holiday reverie, and how warm and inviting your bed appears, deep clean and moisturize your face before it touches the pillow… especially if other party guests were smoking? Do you really want to spend the night with cigarette smoke trapped in your pores by accumulated oils and old makeup?
Whatever your skin type, your physician or his aesthetician can help you select the best cleansing and moisturizing options. Avoid whatever is sold as the “magic ingredient du jour.” These heavily advertised products are terribly expensive and usually not as effective as doctor-recommended products which cost about 1/2 the price of commercial products… the ones that are modeled by lovely young women barely past puberty who have never actually experienced either a wrinkle or a blemish.
And don’t just moisturize the surface of your skin. Winter air is much dryer than summer air and heated indoor air is even dryer than that. During the winter, moisturize your entire body by drinking two extra glasses of water a day and use a cool-mist humidifier in the bedroom at night.
Did we forget your lips? It takes only a moment to stay kissable with Chapstick™, but it can take weeks to heal cracked, bleeding painful lips.

Finally, Protect your skin.
Winter may seem less sunny, but until they rebuild the ozone layer or build a dome over Manhattan, winter sunscreen is absolutely essential. Use SPF 30-45 every day. Sun damage is cumulative. “I’m only in the sun ten minutes between the apartment and the taxi,” is not an excuse. Ten minutes a day is 50 minutes a week… 3 hours a month… not counting weekends. “Cumulative” is the operative word.

Exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize your skin, apply sunscreen generously, drink lots of water and Santa will bring you a great complexion for the New Year.

Seasonal Changes on Skin Care

       
Friday, December 14th, 2007

No matter where you live, it’s vital that you change your skin care regime along with the season. With bitter, chilly weather, the cold months bring conditions that can be damaging to the skin.

Start the day with a hot shower but before leaving the shower, expose yourself to a stream of cold water for about twenty seconds, turn the temperature to hot again, and repeat for about two minutes. It sounds crazy but this is an effective hydrotherapy technique that can do wonders for your skin.

Use a proper moisturizer. Choose a moisturizer with at least an SPF of 15. Also, choose one that contains oxide. And, don’t forget to use an SPF on those lips. Exfoliate lips once a week to rid your skin of dead skin cells—this will allow for the absorption of extra moisture.

Drink hot water with a twist of lemon. This Chinese herbal remedy will re-energize the body and mind. Additionally, it will detoxify your entire body. Get plenty of rest. Sleep is essential for healthy skin (at least 7 hours is optimal).

The Wonders of Maple Serum and B. Kamins Skin Care

       
Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

If you’ve ever been to Canada in the winter you know how intense the season can be. The air is freezing and dry and can be damaging to the skin.

One winter, while fishing in Northern Canada, a chemist named Ben Kamins become aware of something very curious—the sturdy maple trees surrounding the fishing lake looked to be the only vegetation that survived the winter elements. On a gut feeling Kamins began studies immediately.

X What he discovered was that the serum within the trees was rich in life-sustaining resources such as antioxidants, minerals, polysaccharides, alpha-hydroxy acids and preservatives. In addition, the serum had a large moisture content and was not greasy, making it the perfect material from which to make skin care products.

Quickly after these findings B. Kamins skin care products were born. And, all consumers can buy with ease as these natural products are dermatologist recommended and are not ever tested on animals.