We are just two weeks away from Christmas! Fresh snowfall, fun with friends and family, and cozy nights with cups of hot cocoa… It also brings with it a new set of challenges for your skin. But not to worry… Toni has you covered… we are carrying a very limited number of Images 2016 Exclusive Holiday Collection. Each bag contains Image’s most effective lines of defense for winter skin.
Here are six tips from our friends at Image Skincare to fight winter skin blues and keep that holiday glow.
- Lower the Water Temperature
Seems counter intuitive, doesn’t it? But it’s one of the leading causes of dry skin in winter. Have you been soaking in a sauna-hot tub, or reveling in longer, steamier showers than usual to beat the cold? If so, you could be stripping away too much of your skin’s natural oils, resulting in drier skin.
- Hydrate Your Skin
Moisturizing is critical in winter. Not only is the air typically drier outside, and that dryness can be exacerbated by the cold, but heating systems inside can dry out the air as well. A quality moisturizer like our VITAL C hydrating intense moisturizer can make all the difference year round. Look for a moisturizer that contains the vitamins and antioxidants your skin needs. As a bonus, our VITAL C hydrating intense moisturizer also has a time release formula to continue protecting your skin all day.
Oh, and if you’re going to be outdoors, don’t forget the sunscreen. Our PREVENTION+ line can help protect your skin when you hit the slopes. Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you get a break from UV damage! An SPF 50 will protect you from snow glare while keeping your skin Hydrated.
- Hydrate Your Body
Of course, hydrated skin starts from within. Staying hydrated is critical to your overall well being, too. But when cold weather hits, sometimes hydration takes a hit. When we’re chilly, we’re less likely to grab that water bottle for a sip, right? If cold water is a turn off when temperatures drop, boost your hydration motivation by getting some skin-friendly herbal teas. A steaming cup of chamomile tea can hydrate and de-stress you—both of which are great for your skin!
- Citrus It has a whole host of skin boosting benefits and is in season! One of the most vital is limonene. What’s the big deal about limonene? Well, for one thing, studies have linked it to reducing the risk of skin cancer by about a third! Of course, that’s not all citrus fruits have to offer—they’re also packed with vitamin C, which can help to repair damaged cells. You can receive vitamin C’s healing benefits topically, too, in our VITAL C collection. Our VITAL C hydrating repair crème is a great place to start!
- Change Up Your Cleanser Another thing you can do if your skin becomes dry, sensitive or irritated with a change of seasons is to change up your cleanser. Consider getting one that’s gentler, more moisturizing or more focused on skin repair. Our the MAX stem cell facial cleanser is a wonderful choice—it’s paraben-free, gentle, effective and contains restorative plant stem cells and extracts that help to protect and repair your skin from a variety of stresses.Even if your usual skin routine currently includes moisturizing once or twice a day, winter may mean needing to up the ante, hydration-wise. Our Vital C hydrating repair creme is an overnight moisturizer that also helps to exfoliate the outer layer of dead skin and increase cell turnover—keeping your skin looking young and healthy, as well as hydrated.
6. Overnight Moisturize Even if your usual skin routine currently includes moisturizing once or twice a day, winter may mean needing to up the ante, hydration-wise. Our Vital C hydrating repair creme is an overnight moisturizer that also helps to exfoliate the outer layer of dead skin and increase cell turnover—keeping your skin looking young and healthy, as well as hydrated.