When the warm South Florida weather starts to cool, it’s important to be extra vigilant about keeping your skin hydrated. When skin is dry, it can become itchy, ashy, and more prone to showing wrinkles – and no one wants that!
Here are our top tips for keeping your skin hydrated all season long.
Wear sunscreen. You always need sunscreen in Florida, no matter what time of year. We recommend Obagi’s Nuderm SunShield SPF. You should also use a day and nighttime moisturizer that has both collagen and elastin, as these two ingredients help keep skin tight, smooth and supple.
Moisturize Your Lips. The skin on your lips is very thin, with few oil glands. During the winter, the environment lacks moisture, and your lips become dry. To prevent and repair chapped lips, apply a lip balm throughout the day. A lip balm will seal in moisture and form a protective barrier so that your lips stay healthy and soft.
Drink plenty of water. In the winter, people tend to drink more coffee, tea and juice to stay warm. Keep the 2:1 rule in mind: commit to drink two cups of water for every one cup of coffee or tea (as you would do with alcohol), to keep skin hydrated.
Eat healthy fats. One way to prevent moisture loss is to eat healthy foods rich in nutrients like omega-3 oils and unsaturated fats. They’re known to strengthen the skin’s tissue, which helps to promote a healthy complexion. As we’ve said before, clear and healthy skin starts from within.
Give your feet some TLC. For dry, cracked heels, gently buff away calluses with a hydrating scrub or pumice stone, and immediately after, apply a thick, buttery moisturizer while feet are still damp. Then wear your fuzziest socks overnight. Do this religiously and you’ll notice a significant improvement.
Limit your shower time. Instead of soaking in the bathtub for what seems like forever, limit your showers or baths to no more than 10 minutes, pat dry, and moisturize while your skin is still damp.
Seek a skin care expert. A specialist can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using. Contact us at L’Arte Della Bellezza to organize your skin care consultation.