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Winter skin care: Moisturizer and sunscreen top the list of ways to protect skin

Winter takes a toll on skin.

For starters, central heat — whether electric, natural gas or wood — has drying effects.

Bitter cold is tough on skin, and a drop in humidity during winter months can cause problems, especially for people who suffer from eczema and other skin disorders.

“The big thing that is most important is to moisturize more,” said Amber Teasley, a registered nurse who works at Owensboro Dermatology. “Choose an oil-based moisturizer as opposed to a water-based one during winter.”

Teasley said many lotions labeled as night creams are oil based and provide a protective layer.

Although people may not think about protecting their skin from sun in winter, they should. Teasley recommends applying a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 30.

Sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes prior to exposure, she said. And don’t forget necks, hands and chests.

The skin on hands is thinner and needs protection. It’s a good idea to wear gloves outdoors and apply plenty of moisturizer.

For indoor comfort, the use of a humidifier can return moisture to the air and prevent skin from drying out, Teasley said.

During winter, people should avoid taking super hot baths and showers.

“The intense heat of a hot shower or bath can break down the lipid barrier in the skin,” she said. “It’s the layer of skin that helps hold moisture and protects skin.”

Teasley said people who develop severe cracks and dry itchy skin during winter may need to see a dermatologist because they may suffer from a condition, such as psoriasis or eczema.

Webmd.com offers more tips for winter skin care.

Feet need extra moisturizing treatments during winter, the website said. Moisturizers with petroleum jelly or glycerine work well.

A common home remedy for dry hands and feet is to apply petroleum jelly or heavy cream at bedtime. Then, wear socks and light gloves to bed, which helps hold the moisturizer in all night.

“And use exfoliants to get the dead skin off periodically; that helps moisturizers you use to sink in faster and deeper,” webmd.com said.

People who use clay masks or harsh peels may want to take it easy during winter. Those products can dry skin.

Winter may be a better time for homemade masks made with natural ingredients found in many cupboards, such as olive oil, coconut oil and avocado.

Alcohol astringents and toners should be used sparingly, too, according to webmd.com.

Eczema, a medical condition in which skin becomes rough and inflamed, can worsen in winter.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that anyone who suffers from eczema should bathe in warm water instead of hot.

“Apply moisturizer after every bath, shower and hand washing,” the AAD website said. “Apply moisturizer only to skin that you have not just applied eczema medicine.”

Ointments retain more water and reduce the risk of irritation.

Children with eczema should wear clothes made from natural fabrics, such as cotton. Wool and synthetic materials can irritate skin.

Article Credits: Renee Beasley Jones

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Valentines Day Makeup

A Full Face of Rose Gold Makeup Looks Surprisingly Pretty

Like the jewelry that inspired it, rose gold makeup has long been considered something that’s super pretty to wear as an accent—an eye-catching highlight, a wash of blush, a metallic lid, and (for the brave) as a gorgeous hair color.

However, as one woman proved, the color is so versatile and flattering that it can be used more liberally than you think. Reddit user Kalimdore posted a photo she simply titled “rose gold everything” showing off a fully monochromatic look, hair included. In the accompanying text, Kalimdore lists out all the products used to achieve the look:

Face

Eyes

  • Makeup Revolution Flawless Palette Molten Chocolate, Pure Chocolate & Red Night
  • Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush Ashes of Roses
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational

 

Brows

Lips

Rose gold everything from MakeupAddiction

“Rose gold is versatile and can be worn in many different way,” says Savrani. “The main focus can be either the eyes (it makes them really stand out ) or the lips and keeping the rest of the face with a softer glow. My favorite way of using rose gold is as a ‘blending’ shade for any eye shadow you’re using. It’s a color that’s great for both day and evening and works with all skin tones. For cooler complexions, use a more pinkish gold. For warmer complexions, go for more gold than pink.

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Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Skincare Routine—Revealed!

Suits actress and bride-to-be Meghan Markle has the whole package—the looks, the talent, the royal fiancé, and a nose so perfect it’s one of the most requested plastic surgery trends. Markle already has an envy-inducing complexion, but it sounds like she’s taking even more steps to prepare her skin for her May 19 wedding with Prince Harry.

Markle owes her magically glowing skin to London-based facialist Nichola Joss, who’s most likely already started helping the bride-to-be primp before the big day. Joss, whose client list includes the likes of J. Lo and Kate Moss, spilled the details on the bride-to-be’s potential pre-wedding skincare regimen to Marie Claire and how the rest of us peasants who aren’t lucky enough to marry royalty can achieve the same wedding day look.

First things first, Joss says all brides need to get a head start on their wedding beauty regimens four to five months in advance, for “Markle-level results.” This especially holds true if you have acne-prone or scarred skin, as Joss advises you should be “seeing your facialist every two weeks to get your skin in the best condition you can.” But, she says you can cut it back to every three weeks closer to the wedding date. During this time, brides should especially avoid beauty no-no’s, like sleeping in makeup, touching your face with dirty hands, and messing with any zits.

Next (and you’ll like this one), she recommends getting a professional massage or massaging yourself as many times as you can before the big day. “You want to start getting regular massages from the beginning of your skincare journey, since it not only helps remove the tension in the face, but it also really helps improve the texture when you massage with a good, clean facial oil,” she told Marie Claire. Joss is notorious for her slightly invasive-sounding “inner facial,” which involves a massage so extensive she even covers the inside of the mouth (interesting). While most masseuses won’t offer the same treatment, you can still achieve royal-worthy skin at your local spa.

Future brides should also be picky about their product selection. Any beauty goodies that miraculously promise to work overnight just aren’t feasible, hence why you need to start your wedding skincare routine early. “Anything corrective, like acid peels, intense microdermabrasion, or laser treatments should be done between three to five months before the wedding, but not closer,” she says. This gives your skin plenty of time to heal, and you can focus on simpler tasks, like hydrating, in the months leading up to your wedding.

When the big day finally rolls around, brides should be as gentle as possible and “use only simple, nourishing products.” She also advises leaving a jade roller in your freezer for an hour, and then applying to your skin for a brighter, less puffy complexion.

Since Meghan Markle thanks Joss’s facial exercises for her killer jawline and cheekbones, we trust her credibility completely. We’ll all be well on our way to Markle-perfect skin in no time!