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Winter Skin tricks from SP/Family Circle

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Expert Tips (the article has pictures!)

1. Skip the bubbles. Foamy lather feels luxurious but tends to strip away natural oils. Opt for a mild, fragrance-free cream cleanser with less than 1 percent sodium lauryl sulfate.

2. Exfoliate gently. Use a facial wash with no more than 5 percent salicylic or 10 percent glycolic acid two to three times weekly. For sensitive skin, dilute with an equal amount of water.

3. Soothe your scalp. Banish dryness and prevent irritation with a five-ingredients-or-less hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Fewer ingredients means less chance of inflammation. If dandruff is an issue, switch to a shampoo containing either zinc pyrithione or selium sulfide.

4. Take a power shower. Cleanse with a hydrating body wash and loofah. Rinse with lukewarm—not hot—water for five minutes, max. Afterward, pat until almost dry and immediately apply lotion.

5. Pick good hydrators. Look for hyaluronic acid, as well as ceramides. Both seal in moisture. cheapest at Walmart.

6. Winterize your regimen. Start with a facial serum, which penetrates more deeply than regular moisturizers. Finish with a lotion or cream to combat extreme dryness.

7. Seek out redness reducers. Licorice extract, niacinamide and caffeine are great topical options for taming ruddy complexions. Shea butter alleviates blotchiness on arms and legs.

8. Use retinoids year-round. In the winter, a pea-size amount is enough for the entire face. (If you experience irritation, mix it with your everyday moisturizer.) Follow with a rich night cream.

9. Try a weekly mask. A penetrating formula gives hair and skin an extra boost of moisture. Pumpkin, green tea and antioxidants are all exceptionally hydrating.

10. Pucker up. Swipe a clean, dry toothbrush gently across lips to wipe away flakes, then apply a balm with vitamin E.

11. Tweak your diet. Cut back on caffeine and alcohol and nourish from the inside out by increasing your intake of water and antioxidant-rich raw fruits and veggies.

12. Treat your feet. Soften soles with an intense treatment—check the ingredients for either lactic acid or urea—that removes built-up dead cells, allowing moisturizers to sink in.

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2HAMSDIET 12/12/2013 5:31AM

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SRIVERS1 12/10/2013 7:13PM

    Thank you for the great information.!

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STARFISH1961 12/10/2013 5:58PM

    Great tips , heres to staying moist for the dry winter ahead! emoticon emoticon

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LJCANNON 12/10/2013 4:54PM

    emoticon This will Help a Lot!! Thank You!!

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BLONDEMUSE1970 12/10/2013 4:36PM

    Thanks, my skin is already dry and rough this season!


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A_NEW_CHAPTER 12/10/2013 3:12PM

    this is really helpful - our son has terrible eczema - winter started so early this year, compared to the last few years, so his hands are really bad already - they look like they've been burned! we've gone through so many different creams and lotions but I"m always looking for another idea. I'll write these down and see what I can find.

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JUSTYNA7 12/10/2013 1:17PM

    Wow, this is the best I've read... usually I roll my eyes. I'm going to put together a basket with what I need just for me and start doing this!

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GLEORIA 12/10/2013 1:08PM

    Thank you for sharing this head to toe, inside out list of winterizing tips.

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DRAGON-CHICK 12/10/2013 1:05PM

    Great info. Thanks!

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ALICIA214 12/10/2013 12:53PM


Great info Thank you... emoticon

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