Whether its 0 degrees or 30 degrees out, old man winter is determined to do a number on our fragile skin. Lilli Gordon gives us helpful tips to arm ourselves, and our skin against this windy winter. A native of Newton, Gordon is the founder and CEO of First Aid Beauty. See below for her tips for treating winter skin.Winter skin issues including dry, itchy, scaly, dull skin, stemming from a weakening and cracking of the skin’s protective barrier, which makes it less able to repair itself. Unless you actively prevent or treat it fast, it can really become a vicious cycle.
Here are my top skin care tips for dewy, supple skin even in the midst of icy New England temps:
While long showers with hot water feel great first thing in the morning, they can actually be extremely drying to the skin, so keep temps mild and shower length to about 10 minutes. Use a mild body wash that won’t strip your skin. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Wash is gentle with a rich, creamy texture. The formulation preserves skin’s natural oils and improves moisture retention while it cleans. Enriched with skin nourishing humectants to hydrate and protect the skin, it is free of irritating ingredients and fragrances, making it safe for even the most sensitive skin.
Right after you get out of the shower and towel off is the perfect time to moisturize – your pores are still open and skin is a bit damp, which will actually help to seal in moisture and prevent dehydration. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Cream, our best-selling product, is the ultimate skin healer. It is your must-have head to toe moisturizer. It can be used to treat dry, itchy scaly skin anywhere on the body, whatever the cause, even eczema and is perfect for anyone looking for luxurious hydration in the colder months of the year.
Cold air, harsh winds, and pumped-up indoor heat can increase facial tissue sensitivity and leave the skin feeling and looking tight, dry, and flaky. Most people can’t really get away with sticking to the same skincare regimen year round. I don’t advocate harsh anything ever, but especially in the winter months, you want to cut down on scrubbing and eliminate anything that can be drying.
Again, cleansing is key. Foamy face washes are drying. Our Face Cleanser gently cleanses the skin, removes surface oils, make up, dirt and grime.
Moisture truly is the holy grail of skincare year round, but particularly in the winter. If you moisturize once a day in the summer, moisturize twice a day in the winter. It’s also important to remember that the sun’s UV rays are almost the same strength in the winter as they are in the summer, so don’t skimp on your SPF! FAB 5 in 1 Face Cream SPF 30 is the ultimate multi-tasking face cream formulated to help prevent and combat the signs of aging while moisturizing, nourishing and protecting the skin.
The skin on your lips is especially delicate and the cold winter air can cause them to become dry and flaky, just like the rest of the face. Our Ultra Repair® Lip Therapy brings the healing power of FAB’s best-selling Ultra Repair® Cream to moisturize, nourish, and protect your lips.
Our new Ultra Repair® Hydra Firm Sleeping Cream is truly beauty sleep in a jar! It draws on the healing and intense moisturizing power of Ultra Repair and is a super charged blend that combats key signs of visible aging during skin’s nightly repair phase.
Treat winter skin with some new and current treatments below:
The Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System takes their patented sonic technology and delivers two speeds for added cleansing customization along with the Pulsing T-Timer for 60-second cleanse. The travel set also includes an international pLink Charger for worldwide use, sensitive brush head, 1 oz Refreshing Brush Head, and protective travel case. (Available at clarisonic.com)
The L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Facial Oil combines the skin surface renewing ingredient Lip Hydroxy Acid with hydrating essential oils to make skin feel smoother, softer, and firmer. (Available at drug stores)
The Alba Botanica Good & Healthy Range includes five moisturizers developed for different skin types. Anti-Oil Weightless Moisture is for normal to oily skin, Oil-Free Radiance Cream is for normal to dry or sensitive skin, Tinted Perfector is for combination skin, SPF15 Moisturizer is for daily sun protection, and Spots Be Gone Corrector is for dull, uneven skin tone. (Available at albabotanica.com)
Caudalie Premier Cru La Crème contains an exclusive blend of Caudalie’s three patented ingredients to yield firmer, smoother skin. Every Premier Cru product purchased contributes to the protection of the planet under the 1% For the Planet movement; 1% of its world wide turnover goes toward ecological associations. And the Premier Cru L’Elixir amps up moisture with anti-aging ingredients such as Stabilized Vine Resveratrol, Viniferine, and Grape-Seed Polyphenol. The lightweight texture absorbs quickly into skin for a smoother, more radiant complexion. (Available at us.caudalie.com)
Vichy ProEVEN Night Dark Spot Corrector treats brown spots and uneven skintone. The ultra-hydrating serum contains LHA and Ceramide Bright to boost cellular renewal. (Available at vichyusa.com)
The JĀSÖN Smoothing Coconut Body Wash is an ultra-moisturizing wash that gently cleans with botanical cleansers and deeply nourishes with Coconut Oil and Shea Butter. JĀSÖN Smoothing Coconut 100% Organic Oil is an all purpose moisturizer for skin and hair that nourishes chapped skin, tames frizz and fly-aways, and smooths chapped lips. (Available at Jason-personalcare.com)
Farmhouse Fresh introduces Ruby Red Grapefruit Sea Salt Scrub just in time for National Grapefruit Month in February. The 95% natural scrub is a vegan and gluten-free blend of salt, grapefruit extract, ricebran and soybean oils. (Available at farmhousefreshgoods.com)
Pacifica is known for their commitment to the environment, investing in the community, and supporting local women’s shelters. Their Sea Foam Face Wash is sulfate-free and removes daily toxins and make up gently with coconut water and marine extracts. (Available at Target).
The WEN SIXTHIRTEEN Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Treatment is an intensive treatment for distressed, lackluster locks. It can be used for added hydration as a leave-in conditioning treatment or rich moisture mask. The delicate, velvety texture with a fresh scent gives hair the perfect amount of pampering. (Available at Wen.com)
Desert Essence Organic Jojoba Oil moisturizes hair, skin, and scalp without leaving a greasy residue. The time-honored moisturizer is suitable for sensitive skin and can be used as an aftershave moisturizer. (Available at desertessence.com)
Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion targets chronically dry skin with emollients and humectants that bind moisture to skin. The non-greasy, non-irritating formula is lightweight, fact-acting, and long-lasting. (Available at CVS)