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Preventing and Correcting Thinning Skin

Preventing and Correcting Thinning Skin

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While many may think that thinning skin is only caused by aging, the most common cause of this issue is actually down to the elastin fibers within your skin experiencing so much wear and tear that they are unable to properly bounce back into their original position. This causes crepey, thinning skin, which is a look that nobody wants, especially while they are still young, but, fortunately, there are a few ways in which you can prevent and correct this.

Sun Protection
The sun’s ultraviolet rays damage and break down elastin fibers, which is why those who experience a higher level of sun exposure throughout their lives tend to also experience more wrinkles and thinner skin. This makes sun protection key, not only when it comes to preventing thinning skin but also for correcting it, as no other healing techniques will work if your elastin fibers are constantly being battered by the sun. In addition to using a broad spectrum sunscreen throughout the year, you should also try to physically stay out of the sun as much as possible, seeking shade whenever you are outdoors. For those days when you simply cannot avoid the sun, keep your skin well-covered with clothing, and make sure that you also use a sun hat and sunglasses.

Hydration
Dehydrated skin is an issue that many people deal with, and quickly leads to dryness and other problems. Since dry skin is so prone to damage, this accelerates the rate at which skin thins, and exacerbates the problem for those who are already experiencing thinning skin. This means that you should be making hydration a priority, from both the outside as well as the inside. Not only should you be applying hydrating products to your skin, from serums to moisturizers to facial masks, but you should also be drinking plenty of water, and consuming foods that have a high water content.

Key Ingredients in a Moisturizer
When it comes to preventing and correcting thinning skin, your moisturizer should be your best friend, and there are a few ingredients that you should look out for if you want it to be as effective as possible. Alpha or beta hydroxy acids, such as lactic acid, glycolic acid and salicylic acid, are great for lubricating the skin, which helps to plump it back up. You should also be trying to boost your natural collagen and elastin production, and ingredients such as vitamin C and zinc are fantastic for doing this.

Assess Any Medications That You Are Taking
There are certain medications out there that can either cause thinning skin, or greatly contribute to the process. These are usually ones that contain steroids, and will only have this effect when used in the long term, but, if you have been noticing the problem worsening and have been taking a medication for a while now, it could be worth checking with your doctor to see if this could be the cause.

Thinning skin is something that everybody will experience at some point, but this does not mean that you cannot delay the process for as long as possible. From sufficient hydration to sun protection, these tips will help you to keep your skin looking and feeling plump and fresh.

Choosing The Best Sunscreen For Your Skin Tone

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Now that the warmer weather has arrived and you will likely be spending much more time in the sun, it is important to ensure that your skin is kept protected from the damaging UV rays. When it comes to choosing a sunscreen, there are a few different factors that you need to keep in mind, from your skin type to your skin tone, as this will ensure that the sunscreen you choose is best suited to your own individual skin.

Fair Skin Tones
Those with a fair skin tone tend to burn much quicker and more easily, making a broad spectrum sunscreen with a higher SPF value essential. SPF 30 is the absolute minimum, so try to find a sunscreen that offers more protection than this, at SPF 50 if possible. Keep in mind that, no matter how high the SPF level of your sunscreen may be, you will still need to keep re-applying it every few hours in order to ensure that your skin continues to be protected.

Dark Skin Tones
While those with darker skin tones may not burn quite as quickly as those with lighter skin tones, the sun will still be causing just as much damage to your skin cells, so a broad spectrum sunscreen every day is still necessary. The main issue that many people with darker skin tones have with sunscreen is that a large number of the products out there can often leave a chalky white residue on the skin, which is much more obvious on darker skin tones. However, there are many new formulas constantly being introduced onto the market, so simply find a high-quality chemical sunscreen that your skin is able to absorb quickly.

Dry Skin
In addition to keeping your skin tone in mind, you should also pay attention to your skin type when choosing any new skin care product. Those with dry skin would be best off opting for a moisturizing sunscreen, as these will contain hydrating and moisturizing ingredients that will help to prevent your skin from drying out even further.

Sensitive Skin
While chemical sunscreens may be the easiest for your skin to absorb, these chemicals, such as oxybenzone or paraben, can exacerbate sensitive skin, leading to redness and rashes. Physical sunscreens are the best option in this case, as they contain ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are much more gentle on the skin and are still able to protect it from UV rays.

Oily Skin
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, then you need to seek out a sunscreen that has been specially designed for your skin type. These will be free of fragrances and extra oils, saving your skin from clogged pores and breakouts.

It is extremely important to spend a bit of time choosing your sunscreen for the season, as this is your main form of defense against everything from skin cancer to premature aging. Whether you have fair and sensitive skin, or dark and oily skin, these tips should help you to choose the very best sunscreen possible.

You Need An Anti-Aging Routine For The Skin Below Your Jawline

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Anti-aging skincare routines are something that we all end up being a little interested in eventually. After all, it seems like all our efforts before the problem starts did nothing since the problem actually started. This isn’t a healthy way to look at it. All the skincare that we do before it drifts towards focusing on anti-aging techniques serves the purpose of delaying when we have to become truly concerned about them and likewise helps to minimize the overall effects by comparison to others who didn’t take such steps. None of this stops it from being a little disheartening to see signs of aging where you didn’t want them. Most of us concentrate on our face to help minimize the signs, but they are prevalent in various places and not just above your jawline. Taking care of areas below it can be particularly beneficial to maintaining a youthful look. This is particularly true when it comes to the neck and decolletage.

The Importance of Care
We feel the need to stress that this routine needs to be average for all of us. This is because focusing just on your face ends up ignoring so much. The neck and decolletage tend to show age very clearly if they are not tended to and when paired with a comparatively well-cared for face it leads to clear visual dissonance. It makes it harder to maintain the look that you desire if your appearance is telling two separate stories. This is the same reason that you’re told to take care of your hands as well. Maintaining a healthy appearance that ages gracefully involves caring enough to put in the effort to target these problem areas to help minimize issues. Your face isn’t the only part of your skin that is sensitive. Remember that any area that enjoys routine exposure to the sun is going to need that extra bit of care to help minimize the effects of sun damage over time. With that in mind, let’s return to the topic at hand and look at the kind of habits you want to cultivate.

Extending Things Downward
You can actually get a lot out of simply remembering to extend the routine you use for your face downward. Rinsing, cleansing, and moisturizing the area will go a long way towards helping to keep the area healthy. You are going to want to pay particular attention to extending exfoliation into this area. This is thanks to the fact that the neck and decolletage tend to gain a heavily degree of sun exposure and as a result the extra exfoliation will help remove any dead skin and keep the area clean for nourishing products. Moisturizing regularly will also provide a great deal of help. The sensitive skin of your neck and decolletage is thinner than the rest of your skin just like your face. Adding that extra moisture back helps to protect against the inherent moisture loss from the skin being thinner and helps it remain more youthful and plump. All of these are things you can do for the area to help heal and maintain, but you need to do one more thing to keep the area below your jawline happy: protect.

Sunscreen Is Always Necessary
There is no escaping the fact that the best thing you can do is to remember to regularly apply sunscreen to your neck and decolletage. A lot of outfits exposure this area and the sun damage will add up over time. Sun spots, fine lines, and other issues all tend to appear readily in this area thanks to this fact. When all you need to do is remember to apply a sunscreen following the basic rules, there really isn’t much of an excuse not to make the effort to care for the area properly. This involves make sure you’re using a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30. We should all probably escalate this rating some as we age, but it is important to note that you get diminishing returns from numbers higher than 30. So don’t end up going too high unless advised by a doctor. Additionally, you’ll want to consider looking for one a sunscreen that utilizes zinc oxide. It is a physical blocker that will reflect the UV rays instead of absorbing them instead of your skin. Reflecting them provides better protection.

Anti-aging routines are key for many sections of your skin. After all, there are plenty of places that can show the tell-tale signs of age beyond our face. The hands are a prominent one, but even more prominent is your neck and decolletage. Without proper care, they’ll give an idea of your age even if you take perfect care of your face. Aging gracefully takes its share of work and we must all accept that if we wish to age well.

Skincare Advisory: Protect Your Skin From Sun Exposure

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We all need a reminder now and again about how to properly take care of our skin. After all, it is easy to get caught up in the month-to-month adjustments or product trials that we begin to forget elements that we ought not to forget. Most of the time we forget little details like how a serum should go on before any other product after finishing cleaning our skin. Other times we end up forgetting whole products and entirely setting aside things like a retinol cream or forgetting to do our regular mask. Each of these have their own effect on our skin’s overall health and that’s why we often spend so much time trying to correct our mistakes. One thing we need to try not to forget is sunscreen. It is vital to ensuring both current and long term skincare. Your sunscreen or SPF-including moisturizer or similar product is what will help reduce the overall signs of aging over time.

Anatomy of A Sun Ray
There are two kinds of ultraviolet (UV) ray that we’re concerned with when it comes to sun exposure. UVA and UVB rays each play their own part when it comes to our skin’s potentially for illness and its overall health. The fact that the sun can contribute to our health is why we have such an awkward relationship with sun exposure. Ultimately, any exposure needs to be short, controlled, and when wearing appropriate sun protection. UVA rays bring some of the more worrying effects for those of us concerned with avoiding the signs of aging for as long as possible. These are capable of penetrating deep into the skin and doing damage to each layer as they go. They’re typically responsible for introducing free radicals into your skin and being what causes the majority of photoaging. However, UVB rays don’t get off easily either. They’re responsible for both sunburn and potential damage that can lead to skin cancer. Both UVA and UVB rays need to be protected against.

Inspecting the Damage
Telling you to just avoid sun exposure isn’t necessarily as helpful as explaining the kind of damage that you can expect. As we said before, UVA rays bring free radicals and penetrate deeply into the skin. This is a problem because free radicals continually bond with and break the structure of various compounds in your body. They are especially good at breaking down collagen, an important structural protein in your body. Collagen is highly prevalent in the skin and is actually what makes youthful skin so firm. We need it and yet it decreases in amount as we age. Contributing to this decline with unprotected sun exposure will just make it happen all the faster. Both UVA and UVB rays can potentially cause direct damage to the DNA in your skin cells as well. This damage is what leads to replication issues in the skin that eventually cause cancer. As a result, we must strongly recommend never forgetting to wear sunscreen.

Protecting Your Skin
Wearing sunscreen or another product offering SPF is the only reliable way to truly protect your skin. Yes, your skin is technically protecting your body while your natural oils are trying to protect your skin, but they aren’t quite up to the job. Neither offers your skin the broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays that is necessary to minimize sun damage. Without that, your skin is simply sitting there soaking up the UV rays. We recommend favoring products with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin properly. You can keep going as high as 80 or more, but SPF begins to give diminishing returns past around 30 most of the time. Truly high numbers don’t end up giving you as much protection as they lead you to believe. Additionally, you’ll likely want to take a close look at the active ingredients of any product that you buy. Try to find ones that include zinc oxide in their active ingredients list. These sunscreens are physical blockers that reflect UV rays rather than absorbing them instead of your skin. That makes them even more effective.

Providing your skin with appropriate sun protection is necessary for long term care. Your skin can handle some sun exposure, but the more that you subject your skin to without protection the more damage that will slowly build up in it until it becomes highly evident past a certain age. Protecting your skin from sun exposure by wearing sunscreen, minimizing the time you spend outdoors, and not sitting in the sunlight by large windows will pay off eventually. You’ll thank yourself for the effort later.

Skincare Product Switches To Make For Spring and Summer

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The changing of the seasons means we end up needing to change more than our closet. All the little things that we do to prepare for winter need to be slowly swapped back out as we wait for the weather to stabilize. This includes adjusting our skincare routine again to back away from the extreme dryness that winter can bring. There are a simple ways that we can re-adapt our skincare routines to be ready for spring and summer. We’d like to highlight that you need to be patient and careful with this process. Changing your products can be taxing on your skin and as a result it demands staying alert to any major changes to your skin. You may need to adjust products to avoid adverse reactions. We do recommend that you stick with any new products for at least a month to ensure they both work and to avoid stressing your skin by trying new products too quickly.

Walking Back Hydration
Most of us step the level of moisturizer we’re using up one level for winter. This is due to the cold, dry air working against us keeping a healthy amount of moisture in our skin. It constantly saps at our skin and not using a heavier a moisturizer can potentially lead to complications from dry skin all winter long. You really just need to reset to what counts as your “normal” moisturizer when it isn’t fall or winter. For most of us with average skin this is going to mean swapping back to a light lotion. This will generally cover all of our needs. Those of us with dry and oily skin are in a more complicated situation. Dry skin needs to step back as well, but generally that’s going to mean swapping for oil to water-based products instead of ceasing to use creams for hydration. Those of us with oily skin will want to simply use products like toner to give really like moisturizing effects alongside other benefits. Getting your moisturizer right is important as spring and summer reintroduce oil control as the biggest skin issue.

Controlling for Oil
Oil production doesn’t necessarily increase in spring and summer, but the warmer weather does mean we have to contend with heat again. This leads to a variety of potential skincare issues that need to be addressed. The most pressing is how sweat tends to pick up oil and debris. These dripping collections of mess have a way of finding their way back into your pores and clogging things up. That’s why we need to invest in a good form of oil control for our skin type. In most cases a good cleanser is all you need. Look for a gentle one with an active ingredient like glycolic or citric acid. These two ingredients offer light oil control that can give you exactly what you need. However, any other gentle astringent will do as well. The goal is simply to make sure that our normal levels of oil production combined with sweat don’t cause our skin problems. Don’t be too enthusiastic with your oil control though as we all need our natural oils to protect our skin.

Evaluating Your Sun Protection
Spring and summer generally mean we’re all going to be outside a lot more. Those of us already focused on caring for our skin understand the need to look after our skin by always wearing sunscreen. This need doesn’t change as spring arrives, but it does mean looking into your current habits and making sure they’re adequate. Consider the products that you’re using. Most of us use a combination of genuine sunscreen and moisturizer with SPF to help protect our skin. The moisturizer is best used in the morning when we’re applying our initial skincare protection for the day. A good sunscreen makes for a way to continue to protect our skin throughout the day as the SPF wears away from each layer. Remember that moisturizer with SPF and sunscreen tend to last at most two hours in most cases. Always touch up your sun protection before going back outside or sitting around a large window. Your sun protection should ideally be at least SPF 30 and offer broad spectrum protection too. Keeping all of this in mind helps to ensure your skin will be ready to face spring and later summer.

Taking proper care of our skin in spring is the beginning of preparing to take good care of it in summer. Now is the time to start making the necessary changes while the weather is at least of an extreme to ensure your skin will be ready for the more extreme season. Fortunately, it only takes a little tweaking to make the most helpful changes. Using these as a guide should keep your focused on the changes that need to be made while avoiding the pitfall of changing your entire routine.

Tips For Taking Care of Combo Skin

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Combination skin is one of the more common skin types. It is technically a mix or two or more types at once, but the general rule for most skin is that some areas are a bit more oily or dry than others on many faces. This makes proper treatment for skin something of a haphazard affair where a product good for one area might be less suited to aid another. That can cause problems. As a result, taking care of combination skin often feels like a balancing act where we’re trying to help the most parts of our skin at a time while working against any potential negative effects to the areas that aren’t benefiting. The situation is incredibly frustrating to those of us who try so hard to help our skin be as healthy as it can. Fortunately, it isn’t that difficult to work towards properly caring for combination skin. You’re just going to have to invest a little more time than you might if you had a more consistent skin type.

Wear Sunscreen
It is important to stress that some skincare tips are universally useful. Combination skin needs to be regularly protected by sunscreen just as much as every other skin type. It might even be a little more important in some cases given it means some parts of your skin might actually be highly susceptible to the sun while others are more resistant. Fortunately, combination skin doesn’t change the general rules for sunscreen. You’ll need to find one that offers broad spectrum protection that is at least SPF 30 to protect your skin. We recommend increasing the SPF rating to 50 if you’re in your 40s or above simply as a protective measure as skin begins to noticeably thin. Additionally, you’re better served by looking for sunscreens that include active ingredients like zinc oxide. This means the sunscreen is a physical blocker. These sunscreens entirely reflect UV rays rather than just absorbing them and thereby provide the most thorough protection.

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Gently Exfoliate
Given combination skin’s potentially wide spread of traits, it is best to err on the side of caution in most cases. This means favoring less potent exfoliating products to help clean and protect your skin. A chemical exfoliation product is the best in this case. We recommend sticking to ones that utilize beta-hydroxy acids such as glycolic or citric acid to help clean your skin. These are effective, but skin friendly options that don’t put excess strain on sensitive skin. You’ll most frequently find these products as easily spread gels meant to be left on for a little while to achieve their purpose. The active ingredients in these products are necessary for getting the job done as they help to dissolve and break up clumps of dead skin cells, oils, and grime that can get caught in your pores. Avoid using products with salicylic acid, if you can, as that ingredient could potentially be too harsh for the more sensitive sections of your skin and cause problems.

Moisturize Regularly
Moisturizing combination skin is an admittedly difficult proposition if you have mixed areas of dry and oily skin. The proper level of moisturizer for one will inherently cause problems for the other by being too much or too little. We have to find a way to balance these extremes when working to protect combination skin. As a general rule, a water-based gel product is going to serve combination skin the best. Gels aren’t quite creams and as a result have a lower chance of causing problems for oily patches while still being thick enough to cling and provide the moisture necessary to protect dry skin. They need to be water-based to further this goal. Oil-based gels will quickly cause problems for oily patches if you’re not careful. You should expect to apply this kind of moisturizer a few times a day for maximum effectiveness. It may take a little experimentation ti find the right amount for your skin.

Caring for combination skin is a headache-inducing task sometimes. Conflicting skin types have always been frustrating, but we’ve found ways to cope with the challenge. Overall, you need to be both gentle with and protective of your skin to ensure the best results. Proper steps to protect it will let it heal and remain as healthy as it can on average while being gentle will ensure products don’t overly upset a delicate balance. We can’t say that there won’t be problems as you work out this balance, but when you finish you’ll know your skin better than before.

How to Pamper Your Décolletage

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Most of us are familiar with the concept of pampering our skin by this point in our lives. After all, pampered skin helps us look our best no matter the situation. It can be a difficult path to travel though. There are so many little things we need to remember about proper skincare. You need to do this before that with something of that temperature right after you do that other thing. Confusing doesn’t even begin to cover how it all appears from the outside. All these little rules and reminders serve a purpose though. They are what makes sure we don’t neglect one part of ourselves for another and thereby diminish our appearance overall. Making sure we get all of these little bits right is in many ways the key to fighting back against the signs of aging across each of our lives. With that in mind, we’re going to talk about the appropriate ways to pamper and treat your décolletage.

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My What?
The term isn’t necessarily as widely known as it once was, but it remains an important part of skincare and fashion language. Simply put, the décolletage is an easy way to refer to your neck, shoulders, and upper torso. It particular it tends to reference the area of the upper torso along the cleavage in particular. The term is French and originally referred largely to the upper line on low cut dresses, but naturally shifted to encompass the area as well. Many of us have our share of outfits that make the most of exposing this area. They’re a good confidence booster and help us both look and feel younger. Improperly caring for that area tends to add years onto our apparent age though. That’s because wrinkling of the area is fairly common and easily caused by our outfits and habits. Creating cleavage can fold some skin and as can sleeping on our sides or being neglectful of protecting the area. Fortunately, you can correct and work against these problems quite easily.

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Protective Factors
Wear sunscreen. This is sincerely the single most important thing that you can do for your décolletage. Sun damage helps to degrade the collagen in the skin and as a result it begins to lose firmness. When this skin folds, it folds even deeper and damages yet more collagen over time. This leads to fine lines and wrinkles forming comparatively quickly if we’re fond of lower cut shirts. It is important to note that you also stand the chance for a higher rate of skin discolorations in the area if you’re not wearing sunscreen on it as well. So remember to use SPF 30 sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection anytime you’re going to be outside or near windows for most of the day. It is a simple and easy way to guard against signs of aging. Additionally, you’ll want to stick a pillow between your breasts if you’re prone to sleeping on your side. This will prevent further creases from forming due to gravity while you rest.

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Care and Pampering
Taking care of the area isn’t actually that hard. It largely just involves extending your normal skincare routine a little lower than you normally would. For instance, your décolletage benefits from regular exfoliation and moisturizing just like the rest of your skin. This can be particularly important if you’re fond of low cut tops. Exfoliation will help keep the skin look and feeling healthy. This is important as it also reduces the rate as which wrinkles form by helping to shed unwanted layers of dead skin. Additionally, the process of applying the exfoliating product massages the area and as a result boost blood flow. You’re further promoting healthy skin by doing this. Moisturizing the area will help make the most of the regular exfoliating by helping to keep the area at a health level of hydration. This keeps the skin plump and smooth looking. In turn, your can expect your décolletage to look that much younger and healthier. It is made up of your skin and follows the same rules as the rest of it. Just remember that gentleness is key.

It remains strange that so few people know that they need to tend to their décolletage to help ensure their appearance long term. You need to care for all your skin to keep it healthy. This goes doubly when you’re potentially exposing an area of skin to the sun regularly. Learning to take proper care of often neglected areas of your skin will go a long way towards helping you look your best for years to come.

Haven’t Ditched Your Summer Moisturizer

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Moisturizers are an important part of most of our daily skin routines. We use them regularly to help balance out the overall moisture in our skin regardless of the conditions outside. Finding a good moisturizer is relatively easy when it comes down to it, but the “right” moisturizer changes over time due to various factors. Age is one of the more notable defining factors as it permanently changes how our skin acts and what is necessary for keeping it healthy. Aged skin dries out easier due to a lack of collagen. Naturally, we start using thicker moisturizers then. There are smaller scale and shorter-term shifts that can affect our skin’s relationship with our favorite moisturizer too. Seasonal change is an important one to discuss as your summer moisturizer may not be the best thing to keep using during the depths of winter. Let’s take a closer look at why so you can be a bit better informed about your skin’s changing needs across the seasons.

Oh The Humidity!
Moisturizers depend fairly heavily upon the moisture that is available to our skin to begin with once we start applying them. That’s why the best time to use them is within five minutes of taking a bath or a shower. Your skin will still be plump with moisture and sealing all that in there with a good moisturizer will keep your skin happy for a long time. This is easier in summer. The air is, on average, a lot more humid as storms pass through commonly and bring with them plenty of moist air. Moist air is less harsh on your skin and doesn’t eat through your moisturizer at a high rate. All this changes in winter. The season brings cold, dry air with it that is hard on your skin on contact and instantly starts wearing down any natural or topically applied moisture barriers on your skin. Naturally, this isn’t particularly health for your skin and it is in your best interests to prepare for it sooner rather than later.

Cold Facts
The problem with using a summer moisturizer even during with is that summer moisturizers can be your comparatively “normal” choice. These choices work well when there is already moisture in the air and tend to be able to last a little longer because of it. Nothing is actively trying to destroy the moisture barrier then. You need to be a bit clinical when it comes to selecting a moisturizer to use in the winter. There is a fairly simple rule anyone can use for selecting a winter moisturizer though: take one step up. This means that you need to increase the thickness/heaviness of the product you’re using by one degree or so to help ensure the product you’re using is able to withstand the weather. For those who typically use a lotion, you’re going to want to try a cream. People who typically just use toner may want to experiment with a lotion. Anyone with dry skin is going to want to find a heavy, oil-based cream. Notice the pattern? You get a slightly stronger and more lasting moisturizer for winter to act as the counterbalance to the harsher weather. Ideally, you should be doing this relatively early in the season too, but that isn’t always a luxury that we have.

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Staying Ahead of the Weather
Staying ahead of winter is always ideal. Think about it for a moment. Let’s say you’re still using a summer moisturizer even now. Your skin is likely starting to dry out or otherwise feel a bit off comparatively sooner in the day. Most of us react to this by applying a little more moisturizer, yes, but you keep needing to do this with summer products. There isn’t a simple solution. Additionally, any gap between when your skin starts to feel dry and when you can apply the moisturizer is time that the air has to dry out and damage your skin. This damage is cumulative and can eventually start to show. It is hard to heal it up too because the weather has already gotten ahead of you in that case. You can easily end up fighting dry, flaky skin all winter if you don’t start early. Don’t worry though. Swapping later is still viable, but you’ll want to look into other skincare treatments to help you reduce and heal the damage already done.

Summer and winter have different demands on your skin. For many people, the differences between seasons can be a bit hard to tell in most respects. This isn’t true when dealing with summer and winter though. Different levels of moisture in the air have a clear effect on the skin that needs an appropriate response. Responding early and staying ahead of things is ideal, but never give up hope on beautiful winter skin. You can get there as long as you start taking care of your skin properly.

 

Winter Skin Issues

Taking care of your skin in colder weather can be a problem. The weather itself seems to conspire against your wishes to have happy, healthy skin. This is due to a combination of factors that are associated with the environmental aspects of the cold weather. Drier air, reflected light, and other things all undermine your skin’s overall health. You have to stay ahead of any winter skin issues if you expect to keep your skin healthy if you’re going to be where the weather is a while or if you’re facing down the entire winter. Failing to stay ahead can mean you’ll deal with some of this issues the entire time you’re dealing with cold weather. Fortunately, there are simple solutions in most cases. We’re going to go over some of the major problems associated with cold weather as well as the easiest solutions so that you can keep your skin healthy even if the weather around you is getting a bit colder.

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Sunburn
We generally think of the summer as being the primary time we need to worry about sunburn. This is a fair interpretation, but is guilty of ignoring that the sun is a problem all year. Summer is simply when we’re most likely to be directly harmed by overexposure to the sun. This can also happen in the winter as we get lax about protecting our skin from the sun. In truth, winter can be surprisingly bad for your skin in this way. Snow and ice tend reflect light back at your and being outside for an extended period will end up giving your skin sunburn quickly. This is, in essence, the same principle that makes you get sunburn faster when by a pool. All you need to do to protect yourself against this is to remember to keep wearing sunscreen even during winter. Don’t forget to reapply it regularly either as that sunscreen will get depleted by the air.

Dry Skin
Cold weather is typically marked by overall drier air. This is especially true in the winter. The cold, dry air can be particularly harmful to your skin if you don’t realize this. Dry air is bad for all of our skin. It makes dry skin drier and, sadly, can make oily skin even more oily by drying the skin out despite the excess oil. The latter situation leads the skin to produce even more oil to try and correct the situation. As a result, there really is no skin type that can afford to simply relax during cold weather. The best answer to this problem is to remember to moisturize your skin properly. Think about the basic skin type rules for selecting a moisturizer. Drier skin tends to use thick moisturizing creams while oily skin favors the use of lightweight toners. The rule of thumb in most cases is to go up one step when it comes to selecting a cold weather moisturizer. Oily skin people may want to experiment with lotions while people with already dry skin will want to look for creams with thoroughly hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid.

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General Redness and Irritation
Dry skin and sun damage are bad enough, but these are only part of the issues that come up in cold weather. They contribute to an overall less healthy and resilient environment for your skin. This means product choice becomes particularly important when dealing with cold weather. Moisturizers are only part of this though. You also need to carefully evaluate the rest of your products. Harsher products are not ideal during the winter. This is especially true for people with oily skin who are used to using harsher products to help provide oil control. Step back from products with ingredients like salicylic acid that can dry out your skin. You do still want to cleanse and exfoliate your skin, yes, but be gentle about it or you’ll create long-lasting patches of visibly irritated skin. Swap to products that advertise themselves as gentle or for sensitive skin to ensure that you’re doing all that you can to help your skin.

Fighting back against damage from cold weather really isn’t that hard. There are a few major issues that most of us will need to deal with frequently. They’re solve and controlled by good skincare habits like most things. Remembering to apply sunscreen and slightly thicker moisturizers during the winter will honestly go a long way towards solving most issues. Swapping to gentle products simply makes things even easier on your skin. Remembering to care for your skin properly in cold weather will help save you a little pain and help you look your best no matter how cold the weather gets.

Winter Skin Care Tips

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Winter is harder on your skin than many other seasons. That’s because the shifts in weather tend to be more extreme than they are in most other seasons. The cold, dry air that it brings play havoc with your skin if you’re not careful and can lead to problems that last all winter. Summer would be in the same category if it weren’t for the fact that the humidity tends not to be as devastating as the dry air. In fact, it often helps to keep some people’s skin a little healthier. The potential extremes of winter make it important to take proper care of your skin throughout the winter. There are a lot of good winter skin care tips that are simple enough for anyone to use while still being both highly effective and quick enough that they wouldn’t add too much extra time to your routine.

Start Early
As highlighted above, you can end up fighting skin problems all winter if things go badly with winter skincare. That is why it is important to actually start shifting your routine in early to late fall to help compensate for the gradual seasonal changes. After all, the first day of winter isn’t a sudden an unexpected shift in temperature and humidity. By mid-to-late Fall you will want to have started properly shifting your skincare routine to follow a winter pattern. This includes thicker products as well as remembering to adjust the number of times you’re exfoliating. The shift to your skincare routine needs to be alongside the shift in climate or the damage from gradually mounting cool, dry air can end up being something that you don’t get out from under the effects of until spring if you’re not careful. So remember to start early instead of waiting until winter has officially arrived if you want to take proper care of your skin.

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Moisturize!
This is the basic response to drier skin and the necessity of it doesn’t change in winter. It actually gets even more important. Moisturizing in winter involves figuring out how to stay ahead of the air struggling to dry your skin out faster than usual. You can make a couple of small changes, in most cases, that will help with this though. Seek out thicker, oil-based moisturizers to help keep your skin hydrated unless you have oily skin. People with oily skin should just seek out a thicker moisturizer. The general rule for moisturizing in winter is to go one step up from your usual moisturizer to ensure proper hydration. If you use a toner you’ll be swapping to using lotions while anyone already using a lotion will step up to a cream. Anyone already using a cream may want to try to find a thicker cream or simply remember to apply their moisturizer slightly more regularly. Remember that your moisturizer is an extra barrier between your skin and the elements. Keeping it intact will keep your skin happy and healthy.

Remember Sunscreen
You don’t get a pass on remembering to apply sunscreen simply because it is winter. In truth, sunscreen can be even more important in winter if you live in any area that gets frequent snow. The glare from the snow can easily cause sunburn if you’re not careful in protecting your skin. Sun damage is actually easier to get in winter too. Remember that you’re operating with a compromised moisture barrier the entire winter. Moisturizing regularly will help counteract this, but if you’re not staying on top of things then you’re going to experience sun damage far faster than you would otherwise. The basic rules continue to apply in winter. Your best choices for sunscreen will offer you broad spectrum protection with an SPF of at least 30. A physical blocker such as zinc oxide is preferable as an active ingredient as it will provide you with a higher quality form of protection.

You can actually move towards taking proper care of your skin for winter ahead of time. All it takes is starting the shift of your habits in Fall instead of waiting for winter. Changing the thickness of your moisturizer and remembering to keep applying sunscreen during winter will go a long way towards keeping your skin healthy. There are other tips as well, but these frequently center on specific skin types. So remember to talk to your doctor as well as the seasons change so that you can be sure you’re doing all you can to keep your skin happy.