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Skin Care During the Cold Season

Oct 29, 2012 04:48PM ● By Marianne Zullas

 

Most people experience skin changes during the cold months of the year. Dryness, sensitivity, red patches and even flakiness are common complaints in the winter, when cold wind and low temperatures can create a harsh environment for all skin types.

As the weather changes, it is important to pay more attention to what skin needs. Many healing treatments can easily be done at home to improve the skin and keep a nice glow all winter long.

The goal during the winter is to protect the skin barrier, located on the outermost layer of the skin, called the epidermis. A daily moisturizer rich in essential oils can help to keep skin soft and moist, and weekly exfoliation is essential to remove the dead cells and allow the moisturizer to penetrate the epidermis. Applying a hydrating mask that contains natural ingredients after cleansing is a great way to relax and pamper skin.

Many skin care products currently on the market are made with organic ingredients and essential oils that are capable of returning moisture to skin. Some beneficial substances can even be found at the grocery store, such as honey. During the winter months, ingredients such as chamomile, lavender, squalene, bisalobol and aloe vera are helpful because they can calm down redness while moistening the skin. Try to stick with an organic line that is free of parabens, fragrances and sulfates.

Following is a list of winter skin care essentials:

1) A very mild cleanser, to remove impurities and make-up. You can find one for your skin type if you know it, but a mild cleanser should be safe for most concerns.

2) A papaya based enzyme mask is a great choice for a weekly exfoliation.

3) At night, moisturizers should help the skin to rejuvenate itself. Look for organic options that contain antioxidants and essential oils because of their healing properties.

4) Sun Protection. No matter what time of year, skin needs to be protected against sun damage. Winter sports can be very though on skin, so pack a very good SPF before leaving for a skiing trip.

5) On a very cold night, take a bath and enjoy 10 minutes under an oatmeal or honey mask. Both are very hydrating for the skin, and it can become a lovely winter ritual.

While these basic everyday routines apply to most skin types, see a professional if you want a program that’s tailored to your particular skin type, age and goals.

Marianne Zullas is the owner of MZ Skin Care, 1160 Boylston St. (Route 9), in Chestnut Hill. For more information, and to book an appointment, call 617-739-6010 or visit MZSkincare.com. 

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