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Wash with lukewarm water. It;s tempting to take a hot bubble bath or shower during cold winter months, but hot water strips the body of its natural oils. Pat dry with a towel instead of rubbing to allow water to absorb into the skin for added hydration.
Apply more moisturizer. Use a moisturizer with a heavier emollient such as cocoa butter, shea butter or mineral oil. For best results, apply moisturizer to damp skin immediately after showering.
Exfoliate. You need to remove dead skin cells first to get maximum effects from your moisturizer. Flaky buildup from dry skin will make skin appear dull and blotchy. Use a gentle, less abrasive product once or twice a week.
Change face wash and toner. Skin needs more nourishment in the winter, so put away products with alcohol or antibacterial soap, since they strip moisture from the skin. Change from gel/foam cleansers to milk/cream cleansers, and be sure your toner is alcohol-free.
Keep using sunscreen. UVA rays are just as strong during the winter months, so always use sunscreen especially if you ski or snowboard. And don't forget to apply it to the neck and backs of hands.
For advice on skincare regimens or problem skin solutions, contact the emergency skin hotline from Skin Authority, a San Diego-based company that specializes in getting pimply, dry faces into the best shape possible. "Skin coaches" monitor your progress and make reccommendations without having to see a specialist. Call 866-325-SKIN or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To keep your skin in perfect condition between spa treatments, use the Artemis Woman at- home body polisher, microdermabrasian facial system and heel smoother, a runaway best-selleróKelly Ripa is a huge fan! Available at Wal-Mart, Target, Sharper Image or artemiswoman.com.
The internationally renowned British spa and skincare brand Elemis is now available at Nordstrom Fashion Valley. Visit the Elemis SpaBar for a bevy of skincare solutions. For a personalized experience, have a private consultation with a trained Elemis skincare specialist in the SkinLab, or try the SpaPod, a 30-minute Power Booster Facial therapy session. 619-295-4441.