Bleak Winter, Glowing Winter Skin
January 13th, 2011 by Joanna
I’m the first one to agree with you that maintaining a radiant complexion during the winter months can be a challenge.
And when I don’t use what I know, being an ordinary girl myself, I suffer right along with you. Luckily you won’t have to spend years of trial and error, like I did, to know what to do for your skin during the winter months.
These skincare solutions WILL work for anyone that invest a little time to try them.
The following is an article from Spa Week Daily, December 2010, where they quote my 5 best skincare winter tips. You can see the full write-up by following the LINK.
Radiant Winter Skin
1. Scrub Less
“Although cell turnover slows during the winter, it’s a time to exfoliate less, not more. The skin is fragile from the dry heat in our offices as well as the cold wind outdoors. Over-scrubbing will just make the skin red and itchy,” says Vargas. And if you see patches of flaky skin, resist the temptation to scrub them away. “Those flakes are an indication of a rash that occurs from environmental stress. I would exfoliate less in winter-once a week as opposed to twice.”
2. Change the Way You Wash
Soothing and hydrating products should replace more drying skin care that may suit your skin during hot months. “I like people to switch to a cream cleanser for winter as I think it’s soothing and hydrating for every night.” If your current cleanser leaves your skin dry and squeaky-clean, find a natural version that hydrates as it cleanses.
3. Layer Vitamins and Moisture
While your skin might stay supple sans moisturizer in the summer, winter requires a more rigorous regimen of hydration. Vargas likes the one-two punch of serum layered under rich day and night creams. “Serums should be used under your cream, night and day. Your skin will need the extra vitamins. Your day cream should be strong enough to keep that feeling of hydration throughout the day,” she says. If your current day or night cream doesn’t suffice, switch to a formula with shea butter, Vargas recommends. “A night cream with shea butter and royal jelly is always great because it hydrates, calms chapped skin and regenerates while you sleep.”
4. Go For Good Fats
With a change to the way we treat our skin on the surface, it only makes sense that we take into account the foods we’re feeding our skin from within. Winter is the season to add healthy fats to your diet that will keep skin nourished and supple. “I always try and tell people to add avocado and fish oil [supplements] as well as drizzle extra flax oil on their salad,” says Vargas. “All the extra good fat will keep your skin and scalp nicely free from that flakiness which occurs to many people during winter.”
5. See a Pro
Can’t seem to get your skin glowing this winter? Try a professional treatment. “I would recommend Oxygen Facials in particular because they are soothing and hydrating, which is very much needed during the season,” says Vargas. Get the treatment at Joanna Vargas Salon – or schedule a one-on-one session with Vargas herself. And look out for Vargas’ own skin care line, debuting this holiday season, for natural products from a true skin care pro.”
The mirror can be the unfairest judge of all, specially during the winter months. Don’t fret, you can have a radiant and fresh face during the winter months when you follow the 5 easy steps above.
Start with the easiest step for you and begging to implement them one at a time. And if you need help, then call Joanna Vargas Skin Care Sanctuary in New York City and make your appointments NOW. We can customize your skincare routine to make you glow during the bleakest winter days. 212/949.2350.
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