7 Cold-Weather Skin Tips You’ve Never Heard Before
You know to leave the house wearing a hat and gloves. But soaking in these less obvious bits of skin wisdom can help you get through a brutal winter even more beautifully.
1. Don’t wash your face.Yes, you read that correctly. Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, a dermatologist in Washington, DC, says, “Winter really dries out the skin, and if you've washed your face at night, there’s no need to wash it again in the morning -- you’ll just dry it out more.” Splash some cold water on your skin to refresh it and then apply your sunscreen and makeup.
2. Shield your skin—with makeup!The silicones in face primers not only help your makeup glide on effortlessly, they act as a barrier between your skin and the cold and wind, says Sadah Saltzman, a hairstylist and makeup artist at Salon AKS in New York City. Try Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting primer ($30, Sephora.com).
3. Put diaper ointment on your nose.Jillian Wright, owner of Jillian Wright Clinical Skin Spa in New York City, recommends rimming your nostrils with a petroleum-based product like Aquaphor or Vaseline before bedtime to keep your sinuses moist and comfortable. This way, you won’t wake up feeling the need to harshly blow or rub your nose, both of which can lead to unsightly redness and irritation.
4. Try a new position for watching TV.Lie on the floor with your feet elevated on the edge of a couch or coffee table for five to ten minutes. You’ll increase blood circulation to your face, which nourishes the skin and gives it a glow, says Tony Silla, head esthetician of Face Place in Los Angeles.
5. Get your body issues addressed now.The best time to visit your doctor for procedures like laser hair removal, tattoo removal or to get rid of brown spots is when your skin is likely to be the least tan, says Arielle Kauvar, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. Your skin is also more sun-sensitive when it’s recovering from treatments like these, making the darker months preferable.
6. Avoid alcohol.At least the kind that’s used to create artificial fragrance in body lotions, advises New York City celebrity manicurist Elle (her clients include Jennifer Lopez and Blake Lively). The drying properties of alcohol can lead to chafing of skin that’s already sensitized from harsh weather, so it’s a good idea to switch to the fragrance-free version of your favorite moisturizer this time of year.
7. Eat nuts—lots of them.They’re high in essential fatty acids, which help hydrate hair and skin from the inside out, says Tammy Fender, owner of Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care in West Palm Beach, Florida. Not a fan or allergic to nuts? Cottage cheese and olive oil offer similar skin-nourishing benefits.
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