How to Protect Your Skin This Winter

Seasons change and so should your skin care.
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The change of seasons is also a good time to examine your skin treatment routine. First, consider the skin conditions you are treating, such as acne, hyperpigmentation and of course everyone’s favorite, facial rejuvenation! Then, determine whether or not your products are working for you. When your products give you the results and improvement you want, there’s no reason for the active ingredients in that product to stop being effective. So whether it’s a toner, exfoliant or anti-oxidant product, stick to the motto “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it!”

However, if your skin condition isn’t responding to the ingredients after two to four weeks of use, then it’s time to find a product that will be effective. Now if your skin issues change season to season, then you will want to make sure you are using the correct products.

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Don’t ignore the skin on your body! Many people are vigilant about tending the needs of their facial skin, but the skin on the body needs attention too. It requires different products for different times of the year.

During summer months, that means including a sunscreen along with a lightweight moisturizer. Cooler weather with its lower humidity is inherently more drying on the skin, so during fall, winter and early spring, it’s time to be more diligent about moisturizing. It will rehydrate your skin. You might want to consider adding glycolic acid into the mix. It will help you avoid getting flaky, itchy skin. I always recommend applying moisturizer immediately after the shower or bath when your skin has absorbed moisture in order to lock it in and make it long-lasting. If you are using a glycolic body lotion, apply it before your moisturizer for best results.

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